English History (Part 22)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2101 - 2,200 of 4,616

  • 1924-04-15 Neville Marriner, English violinist (London Symphony, 1954-69), and conductor (Academy of St Martin in the Fields, 1958-2011; Minnesota Orchestra, 1979-86), born in Lincoln (d. 2016)
  • 1924-04-18 Roy Mason [Baron Mason of Barnsley], British defense secretary and Labour MP, born in Royston, England (d. 2015)
  • 1924-05-03 Ken Tyrrell, English race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing, born in East Horsley, Surrey, England (d. 2001)

Tony Hancock

1924-05-12 Tony Hancock, English comedian and actor (Hancock's Half Hour), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1968)

  • 1924-06-01 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 1996)
  • 1924-06-09 Anthony "Tony" Britton, British actor (Day of Jackal, Girl in my Soup), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1924-07-29 Arnold Weinstock, English industrialist (GEC managing director), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1924-08-15 Robert Oxton Bolt, English playwright (A Man for All Seasons, Doctor Zhivago), born in Sale, Manchester (d. 1995)
  • 1924-08-21 Gerald D. Lascelles, son of English princess Mary, born in Goldsborough Hall, Yorkshire (d. 1952)
  • 1924-09-19 Ernest Tomlinson, English composer (Light music), born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1924-09-22 Rosamunde Pilcher, English novelist (The Shell Seekers), born in Lelant, England (d. 2019)
  • 1924-09-24 Sheila MacRae, British-born actress (Jackie Gleason Show), born in London, England (d. 2014)
  • 1924-10-10 James Clavell, British-American author (The Asian Saga), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1924-11-19 William Russell, British actor (Doctor Who, The Great Escape, Superman), born in Sunderland, England
  • 1924-11-21 Christopher Tolkien, British author and son of J. R. R. Tolkien, born in Leeds, England (d. 2020)
  • 1924-12-19 Edmund Purdom, British actor (The Egyptian, Asissi Underground, Pieces), born in Hertfordshire, England (d. 2009)
  • 1924-12-19 Peter Prowtiny, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1924-12-28 Christine Norden, British actress (Little Shop of Horrors, Night Beat), born in Sunderland, England (d. 1988)
  • 1925-01-08 James Saunders, English playwright (Ark), born in Islington, London (d. 2004)
  • 1925-01-19 Nina [Mary] Bawden, English author (Afternoon of a Good Woman), (d. 2012)
  • 1925-01-22 Leslie Silver, English paint manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • 1925-02-07 Arthur Berry, English artist and playwright, born in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent (d. 1994)
  • 1925-02-17 Ron Goodwin, English composer and conductor, Plymouth, Devon, England (d. 2003)
  • 1925-03-07 Richard Vernon, British character actor (A Hard Days Night; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Gandhi), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 1997)
  • 1925-03-14 John Barrington Wain, English novelist/poet (Hurry on Down)
  • 1925-03-18 James Pickles, English judge and columnist, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire (d. 2010)
  • 1925-03-21 Peter Brook, English theater and film director (Marat/Sade), born in London
  • 1925-03-23 David Watkin, English cinematographer (d. 2008)
  • 1925-03-27 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), born in Lahore, British India (d. 2015)
  • 1925-04-12 Johnny Jordan, English cameraman (You Only Live Twice), born in Oxfordshire, England (d. 1969)
  • 1925-04-17 John Yates, Anglican bishop (Lambeth England), born in Burslem, Staffordshire
  • 1925-04-22 George Cole, English actor (Minder, Vampire Lovers), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1925-05-02 John Neville, English theatre and film actor, born in Willesden, London (d. 2011)
  • 1925-05-04 Peter Blum, Afrikaan poet (Capricorn), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1925-05-15 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), born in Norwich, Norfolk (d. 2014)
  • 1925-05-26 Alec McCowen, English actor (Never Say Never Again), born in Tunbridge Wells (d. 2017)
  • 1925-05-27 Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere, English press magnate (The Mail on Sunday), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1925-06-23 Miriam Karlin, British actress (The Rag Trade), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2011)
  • 1925-07-07 Yvonne Mitchell, writer (Johnny Nobody, Genghis Khan), born in London, England
  • 1925-08-22 Honor Blackman, English actress (Goldfinger, The Avengers), born in Plaistow, London (d. 2020)
  • 1925-09-02 Ronnie Stevens, actor (Rodney-Dick & Duchess), born in London, England

Peter Sellers

1925-09-08 Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (The Goon Show, Bobo, Pink Panther), (d. 1980), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire (d. 1980)

Margaret Thatcher

1925-10-13 Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1979-90), born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England (d. 2013)

Angela Lansbury

1925-10-16 Angela Lansbury, British Tony Award-winning stage and screen actress (Gaslight; Mame; Murder She Wrote), born in London, England

  • 1925-10-19 Bernard Hepton, Bradford England, actor (6 Wives of Henry VIII)
  • 1925-10-29 Robert Hardy, British actor (Harry Potter, All Creatures Great and Small), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 2017)
  • 1925-10-31 John Pople, English chemist (Nobel Prize 1998), born in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England (d. 2004)
  • 1925-11-27 Ernie Wise [Wiseman], English comedian (Morecambe & Wise), born in Bramley, England (d. 1999)
  • 1926-01-13 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/author (Change of Use)
  • 1926-01-14 Warren Mitchell, English actor (Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1926-01-21 Brian Brockless, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1926-02-12 Paul Hamlyn, English publisher/multi-millionaire (Octopus)
  • 1926-02-16 John Schlesinger, English director (Midnight Cowboy, Darling), born in London, England
  • 1926-02-22 Kenneth Williams, British actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On films), born in King's Cross, London (d. 1988)
  • 1926-03-04 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2015)
  • 1926-03-11 Patricia Tindaole, England, architect
  • 1926-03-14 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), born in Liverpool (d. 2008)
  • 1926-03-30 Lord Rayner [Derek Rayner], English businessman and chief executive (Marks & Spencer), born in Norwich, Norfolk
  • 1926-03-31 John Fowles, British novelist (Collector, French Lieutenant's Woman), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, England (d. 2005)
  • 1926-04-09 Graham Hills, English physical scientist and principal (Strathclyde University, England), born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex (d. 2014)
  • 1926-04-13 John Spencer-Churchill, 11th duke of Marlborough, English large landowner, born in Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England (d. 2014)
  • 1926-04-21 Arthur Rowley, English soccer forward (most goals in English league football, 434 from 619 games; Leicester City, Shrewsbury Town), born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 2002)

Elizabeth II

1926-04-21 Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (country's longest reigning monarch 1952-2022), born in London (d. 2022)

David Attenborough

1926-05-08 David Attenborough, English naturalist, TV producer and host (BBC "Life" and "Our Planet" series), born in London, England

  • 1926-05-14 Eric Morecambe [John Bartholomew], British comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), born in Morecambe, Lancashire (d. 1984)

Peter Shaffer

1926-05-15 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), twin brother to Anthony, born in Liverpool (d. 2016)

  • 1926-06-08 Nico Kiasashvii, professor of English Literature
  • 1926-06-11 John Aspinall, English zoo owner (Howletts; Port Lympne), and gambling club host, born in Delhi, British India (d. 2000)
  • 1926-06-12 Jackie Pallo, English professional wrestler, born in Islington, Greater London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1926-07-11 Patrick Wymark [Cheeseman], British actor (Skull, Tomb of Ligeia), born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire (d. 1970)
  • 1926-07-18 Jane Hylton [Audrey Gwendolene Clark], British actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1926-07-18 Richard Pasco, British actor (Gorgon, Arch of Triumph), born in Barnes, London (d. 2014)
  • 1926-07-20 Patricia "Pat" Cutts, British actress (Coronation Street), born in London, England (d. 1974)
  • 1926-07-21 Bill Pertwee, British actor (Dad's Army), born in Amersham, England (d. 2013)
  • 1926-07-21 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • 1926-07-27 Peter Coker, English painter, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1926-08-06 Frank Finlay, British actor (Robbery, Lifeforce), born in Farnworth Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • 1926-08-11 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1926-08-27 Patricia "Pat" Coombs, British comedienne and actress (Carry On Again Doctor, Cranford), born in Camberwell, London (d. 2002)
  • 1926-09-06 Arthur William Oldham, English composer, born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1926-09-17 Donald Acheson, Irish physician and Chief Medical Officer for England (1983-90), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2010)
  • 1926-10-11 Jean Alexander, British actress (Coronation Street - "Hilda Ogden"), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2016)
  • 1926-10-21 Leonard Rossiter, British actor (Rising Damp, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1984)
  • 1926-10-31 Jimmy Savile, English entertainer and suspected sexual predator, born in Leeds (d. 2011)
  • 1926-11-05 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1926-11-20 Terry Hall, English ventriloquist, born in Chadderton, Lancashire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1926-11-24 Alan Owen, English author (Maggie May, Ronnie Barker Show)
  • 1926-12-17 Jeremy Brooks, English writer (Jampot Smith), born in Southampton (d. 1994)

Sheila Scott

1927-04-27 Sheila Scott, English aviator (completes 1st round-the-world solo flight by a woman), born in Worcester, Worcestershire (d. 1988)

  • 1927-04-29 Dorothy Manley, English 100m sprinter (Olympic silver 1948), born in London, England
  • 1927-05-04 Owen "Terry" Scott, British actor and comedian (Terry and June, Carry On Films), born in Watford, Hertfordshire (d. 1994)
  • 1927-05-13 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (d. 1958)
  • 1927-05-21 Kay Kendall [Justine McCarthy], British actress (Genevieve, The Constant Husband, Les Girls), born in Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1959)
  • 1927-06-27 David Hobman, English human right activist and director (Age Concern England) (d. 2003)
  • 1927-07-03 Ken Russell, British film director (Tommy, Altered States, Gothic), born in Southampton, Hampshire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1927-08-01 Franklyn Perring, English botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1927-08-02 Peter Swinnereton-Dyer, English mathematician, born in Ponteland, Northumberland
  • 1927-08-09 Robert Shaw, British actor, novelist, and playwright (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday), born in Westhoughton, Lancashire (d. 1978)
  • 1927-08-11 Raymond Leppard, British-American harpsichordist, conductor (Indianapolis Symphony, 1987-2001; BBC Northern Symphony, 1973-80), and composer (Lord Of The Flies), born in London, England
  • 1927-08-20 Geriatric1927 [Peter Oakley], English video blogger, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2101 - 2,200 of 2,328

  • 2007-03-08 John Inman, English actor (Mr. Humphries-Are You Being Served?), dies at 71
  • 2007-03-14 Gareth Hunt, English actor (b. 1943)
  • 2007-03-17 Jim Cronin, Animal welfare campaigner and founder of Monkey World in Dorset, England. (b. 1951)
  • 2007-03-18 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, dies at 85
  • 2007-04-04 Terry Hall, English ventriloquist, dies at 80
  • 2007-04-25 Alan Ball, English footballer (b. 1945)
  • 2007-07-15 Kelly Johnson, English guitarist, dies at 49
  • 2007-07-26 John Normington, English actor (b. 1937)
  • 2007-07-29 Mike Reid, English comedian and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2007-08-02 Kay Dotrice [Katherine Newman], British actress (Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 2007-08-25 Ray Jones, English footballer (b. 1988)
  • 2007-10-01 Ned Sherrin, English broadcaster, author and stage director (b. 1931)
  • 2007-10-01 Ronnie Hazlehurst, English conductor and TV theme song composer (Are You Being Served?), dies at 79
  • 2007-10-18 Alan Coren, English writer and satirist (b. 1938)
  • 2007-10-19 Michael Maidens, English footballer with Hartlepool United (b. 1987)
  • 2007-10-21 Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts), dies at 56
  • 2007-11-06 Hilda Braid, English actress (Eastenders), dies at 78
  • 2007-11-08 Chad Varah, English founder of charity The Samaritans (b. 1911)
  • 2007-11-13 John Doherty, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2007-11-19 Mike Gregory, English rugby league footballer, dies from progressive muscular atrophy at 43
  • 2007-11-22 Verity Lambert, English film and TV producer, 1st producer of Doctor Who, dies at 71
  • 2008-01-25 Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • 2008-02-06 Tony Rolt, English auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1953; British Empire Trophy 1939), dies at 89
  • 2008-02-17 Brian Harris, English footballer and manager, dies at 72
  • 2008-02-20 Emily Perry, English Actress (b. 1907)
  • 2008-02-21 Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • 2008-02-28 Mike Smith, British rock singer and keyboardist (Dave Clark Five - "Glad All Over"), dies of pneumonia at 64

Arthur C. Clarke

2008-03-19 Arthur C. Clarke, English sci-fi author (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), dies of post-polio syndrome at 90

Paul Scofield

2008-03-19 Paul Scofield, English actor (A Man for All Seasons and Quiz Show), dies from leukemia at 86

  • 2008-03-20 Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • 2008-03-20 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2008-07-01 Mel Galley, English guitarist (Whitesnake; Phenomena), dies of esophageal cancer at 60
  • 2008-07-02 Elizabeth Spriggs, English-Born Actress (b. 1929)
  • 2008-07-03 Clive Hornby, English soap actor (Emmerdale), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2008-07-21 Lord Stokes [Donald Stokes], English industrialist (British Leyland), dies at 94
  • 2008-08-14 Lita Roza, British singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), dies at 82
  • 2008-09-15 Richard Wright, British progressive rock keyboardist, arranger, composer, and occasional vocalist (Pink Floyd - "Time"; "Echoes"; "The Art Of Conversation"), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2008-11-12 Mitch Mitchell, English musician (Jimi Hendrix Experience), dies at 62
  • 2009-01-20 Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
  • 2009-02-14 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies of cancer at 82
  • 2009-02-26 Wendy Richard, English actress (EastEnders), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2009-03-04 Harry Parkes, English footballer (b. 1920)

Natasha Richardson

2009-03-18 Natasha Richardson, English actress (Gothic, Handmaid's Tale), dies of a traumatic brain injury at 45

  • 2009-03-22 Jade Goody, English reality TV Star and Entrepreneur, dies of cancer at 27
  • 2009-05-07 David Mellor, English cutlery designer (b. 1930)
  • 2009-06-10 Tenniel Evans, British actor and clergyman (10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper), dies at 83
  • 2009-07-31 Harry Alan Towers, English film producer and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2009-07-31 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 2009-10-31 Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman and car collector (Donington Grand Prix Collection), dies at 87
  • 2009-11-29 Robert Holdstock, English sci-fi author (Ghost Dance, Labyrinth), dies at 61
  • 2009-12-02 Maggie Jones, English actress (b. 1934)
  • 2009-12-14 Alan A'Court, English footballer, dies at 75
  • 2009-12-20 Jack Hixon, English football talent scout (b. 1921)
  • 2010-01-22 Jean Simmons, British actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls), dies at 80
  • 2010-02-11 [Lee} Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, commits suicide at 40
  • 2010-04-25 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), dies at 82
  • 2010-05-23 Simon Monjack, English actor, producer, & writer (b. 1970)
  • 2010-05-24 Ray Alan, English ventriloquist & television entertainer (Lord Charles), dies at 79
  • 2010-06-03 John Hedgecoe, English photographer (Royal College of Art), dies at 78
  • 2010-06-23 Pete Quaife, English bassist (The Kinks, 1963-69 -"Sunny Afternoon"), and cartoonist, dies of kidney failure at 66
  • 2010-06-25 Alan Plater, English playwright and screenwriter, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2010-07-28 Ivy Bean, English internet celebrity (b. 1905)
  • 2010-09-03 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada], English musician (ELO), killed by a rolling hay bale at 62
  • 2010-10-04 Norman Wisdom, English comedian (Kraft Music Hall, Trouble In Store), dies at 95
  • 2010-10-14 Simon MacCorkindale, English actor (Falcon Crest, Manimal), dies of bowel cancer at 58
  • 2010-11-25 Peter Christopherson, British rock musician (Throbbing Gristle; Psychic TV), commercial & music video director, dies at 55
  • 2010-12-18 James Pickles, English judge and columnist, dies at 85
  • 2010-12-19 Anthony Howard, English Journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2011-01-02 Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (In the Name of the Father, Inception), dies of pancreatic cancer at 64
  • 2011-01-04 Dick King-Smith English Author (b. 1922)
  • 2011-01-14 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • 2011-01-15 Nat Lofthouse, English Footballer (b. 1925)
  • 2011-01-30 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), dies at 77
  • 2011-02-05 Brian Jacques, English author, author of the Redwall series (b. 1939)
  • 2011-03-17 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), dies at 94
  • 2011-03-18 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), dies of cancer at 71

Elizabeth Taylor

2011-03-23 Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian (Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) dies at 79

  • 2011-05-01 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black, BBC), dies at 90
  • 2011-05-16 Edward Hardwicke, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 78
  • 2011-06-25 Margaret Tyzack, English actress (b. 1931)
  • 2011-06-27 Mike Doyle, English former footballer (b. 1946)
  • 2011-07-12 David Carr, British rock keyboardist (The Fortunes, 1963-68 - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"), dies at 67
  • 2011-10-16 Dan Wheldon, British race car driver (Indianapolis 500, 2005 & 2011), dies in crash at IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas, Nevada at 33
  • 2012-01-01 Bob Anderson, English fencer & film fight choreographer (Lord of the Rings, Die Another Day), dies at 90
  • 2012-01-04 Harry Fowler, British actor (Great: Isambard Kingdom Brunel), dies at 85
  • 2012-01-06 Robert Holness, South African English radio and television presenter (Blockbusters), dies at 83
  • 2012-01-26 Ian Abercrombie, English actor (Birds of Prey, Desperate Housewives), dies from kidney failure at 77
  • 2012-01-30 Frederick Treves, English actor, dies at 86

Davy Jones

2012-02-29 Davy Jones, English musician (The Monkees), dies from heart attack at 66

  • 2012-03-28 John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), dies at 81
  • 2012-04-20 Bert Weedon, British jazz, pop, and blues guitar player ("Guitar Boogie Shuffle"), dies at 91
  • 2012-04-28 Patricia Medina, British actress (The Three Musketeers, High-Low), dies from natural causes at 92
  • 2012-06-02 Richard Dawson, British-American actor, comedian, and game show host (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), dies from esophageal cancer at 79
  • 2012-07-04 Eric Sykes, British radio, stage and television comedy writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), dies at 89
  • 2012-07-16 Jon Lord, English keyboardist and composer (Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Whitesnake), dies from a pulmonary embolism at 71
  • 2012-07-20 Simon Ward, English actor, dies at 70
  • 2012-08-06 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • 2012-08-19 Tony Scott, British film director and producer (Top Gun; Revenge; Days of Thunder), commits suicide at 68
  • 2012-08-22 Nina Bawden, English author, dies at 87