English History (Part 23)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2201 - 2,300 of 4,610

  • 1927-09-25 Sir Colin Davis, British conductor (Covent Garden, 1970-85; Bavarian Radio Symphony, 1983-93; London Symphony, 1995-2006), born in Weybridge, Surrey (d. 2013)

Roger MooreRoger Moore (1927-2017)

1927-10-14 British actor (The Saint, James Bond), born in London

  • 1927-10-16 Lee Montague, British actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust), born in London, England
  • 1927-10-28 Dame Cleo Laine, British actress and jazz-pop singer ("Flesh to a Tiger"), born in Middlesex, England
  • 1927-11-02 John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover, English businessman and billionaire
  • 1927-11-08 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer", born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England (d. 2018)
  • 1927-11-11 Leonard Wolfson, Baron Wolfson, English businessman and multi-millionaire
  • 1927-11-17 Fenella Fielding, English actress (Carry On films), born in London (d. 2018)
  • 1927-12-19 James Booth [David Geeves], British actor and screenwriter (Zulu, Keeping Mum), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 2005)
  • 1927-12-26 Denis Quilley, British actor (Anything Goes; The Lady's Not For Burning; Masada), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1927-12-28 Simon Raven, English playwright and critic (Alms for Oblivion)
  • 1928-01-02 Harry Hyams, English immovable goods owner (Center Point)

Vidal SassoonVidal Sassoon (1928-2012)

1928-01-17 British-American hair stylist and CEO of Vidal Sasson, born in London

  • 1928-01-24 Desmond Morris, English zoologist (Human Ape, Body Language), born in Purton, United Kingdom
  • 1928-01-31 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, born in Bridgwater, Somerset
  • 1928-02-01 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, born in Tenby, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1928-02-22 Bruce Forsyth, English comedian & TV host (Generation Game), born in London, England
  • 1928-02-29 Joss Ackland, British actor (Queenie, To Kill a Priest), born in London, England
  • 1928-03-04 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), born in Nottingham (d. 2010)
  • 1928-03-11 Peter Roger Hunt, English director (Dr No), born in London, England
  • 1928-03-17 Eunice Gayson, British actress and 1st Bond Girl (Sylvia Trench- "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love"), born in London (d. 2018) [1]
  • 1928-03-30 John Heddle Nash, Britiish lyric tenor, born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1928-03-30 Tom Sharpe, English historian and author (Riotous Assembly, Want), (d. 2013)
  • 1928-04-03 Jennifer Paterson, English chef and TV personality (Two Fat Ladies), born in Kensington, London (d. 1999)
  • 1928-04-05 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov; Girly), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1928-04-08 Eric Porter, British actor (Antony & Cleopatra; The 39 Steps), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1928-04-13 Alan Clark, English politician (Minister for Defence Procurement), born in Paddington, London (d. 1999)
  • 1928-04-20 Gerald S. Hawkins, English-American astronomer (archaeoastronomy), born in Great Yarmouth, England (d. 2003)
  • 1928-05-19 Colin Chapman, English automotive engineer and founder of Lotus Cars, born in Richmond (d. 1982)
  • 1928-05-23 Jeannie Carson [Shufflebottom], British-born comedian, actress, singer and dancer (As Long as They're Happy; An Alligator Named Daisy), born in Yorkshire, England
  • 1928-05-23 Nigel Davenport, British actor (Without a Clue, Masada), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2013)
  • 1928-05-30 John Keith Wright, English economist, Assistant Secretary of State (1971-84)
  • 1928-06-01 Bob Monkhouse, comedian (Bonkers), born in Kent, England
  • 1928-06-05 Tony Richardson, English theater and film director (Tom Jones), born in Shipley, England (d. 1991)
  • 1928-06-19 Barry Took, English comedy writer (d. 2002)
  • 1928-06-28 Andrew Gordon Speedie-Pask, English cybernetician stage producer and lyricist, born in Derby (d. 1996)
  • 1928-06-28 Cyril Smith, British Liberal Member of Parliament and alleged serial sex offender, born in Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • 1928-06-28 Harold Evans, English-American journalist and writer (editor of The Sunday Times), born in Patricroft, England
  • 1928-07-03 Evelyn Anthony, English historical writer (Poellenberg Inheritance), born in London (d. 2018)
  • 1928-07-03 John Wills, Lord-Lieutenant of Avon 1974-96, born in Bristol (d. 1998)
  • 1928-07-12 Sir Alastair Burnet [James William Alexander Burnet], British journalist and broadcaster (News at Ten), Born in Sheffield, England (d. 2012)
  • 1928-07-16 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1928-08-08 Ken Scowcroft, English insurance magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1928-08-15 Nicolas Roeg, English cinematographer and director (Aria, Eureka), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1928-08-21 Gillian Sheen, British fencer (Olympic gold individual foil 1956), born in London, England (d. 2021)
  • 1928-08-26 Peter Appleyard, British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, born in Cleethorpes England (d. 2013)
  • 1928-08-29 Charles Gray, British actor (Clay-Rawhide, Diamonds Are Forever, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Bournemouth, Hampshire (d. 2000)
  • 1928-09-14 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman and husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • 1928-09-15 Rod Robbie, Canadian architect and planner (Roger's Centre/Sky Dome, Toronto), born in Poole, England (d. 2012)
  • 1928-09-17 Roddy McDowall, British actor (Planet of Apes, Cleopatra, Lord Love a Duck), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1928-09-29 Eric Reginald Lubbock, Lord Avebury, English politician (Liberal MP for Orpington 1962-70)
  • 1928-11-12 Bob Holness, South African English radio and television presenter (BBC), (d. 2012), born in Natal, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • 1928-11-22 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1928-12-29 Bernard Cribbins, British character actor (Old Jack’s Boat; Doctor Who – “Wilfred Mott”; The Railway Children), voice-over artist (The Wombles; Jackanory), and novelty song singer (Right Said Fred), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England (d. 2022)
  • 1929-01-10 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1929-01-28 (Bernard) "Acker" Bilk, British clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, born in Pensford, Somerset, England (d. 2014)
  • 1929-01-31 Jean Simmons, British actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • 1929-02-08 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Manchester, Lancashire (d. 1958)

Graham HillGraham Hill (1929-1975)

1929-02-15 British Auto Racer (Formula One World Champion, 1962 & 1968), born in Hampstead, London

  • 1929-02-17 Nicholas Ridley, Lord Ridley of Liddesdale, English politician, Minister of Finance, born in Northumberland (d. 1993)
  • 1929-02-18 Leonard Cyril Deighton, English author (Ipcress File, Fighter)
  • 1929-02-21 James Beck, British actor (Dad's Army), born in Islington, London (d. 1973)
  • 1929-03-02 Sir Donald Gosling, British former-Chairman of "National Car Parks" and multi-millionaire, born in England
  • 1929-03-23 Michael Manser, English architect, born in Bristol (d. 2016)

Roger BannisterRoger Bannister (1929-2018)

1929-03-23 English athlete (first sub-4-minute mile, 3:59.4 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford 1954), born in Harrow, England

  • 1929-03-25 Kenneth Haigh, British actor (Look Back in Anger; Search for the Nile), born in Mexborough, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2018)
  • 1929-03-28 Paul England, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1929-04-05 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), born in Newent, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1967)
  • 1929-04-14 Gerry Anderson, English television producer, (d. 2012)
  • 1929-04-22 Margaret Pereira, English forensic scientist (Nicholls and Pereira method), born in Bexley, England (d. 2016)
  • 1929-04-22 Michael Atiyah, English mathematician (Atiyah-Singer Index, Fields Medal 1966), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1929-04-23 George Steiner, French-American literary critic and educator, born in Paris (d. 2020)

John TurnerJohn Turner (93 years old)

1929-06-07 17th Prime Minister of Canada (1984), born in Richmond, England

  • 1929-06-13 Alan Civil, British horn player (played horn solo in Beatles "For No One"), born in Northamptonshire, England (d. 1989)
  • 1929-06-16 Pauline Yates, British actress (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), born in St Helens, Merseyside (d. 2015)
  • 1929-06-19 Thelma Barlow [Pigott], British actress (Mavis on Coronation Street, Dinnerladies), born in Middlesbrough, England
  • 1929-06-23 Dave King, British comedian (Kraft Music Hall), born in Twickenham England
  • 1929-06-26 Ian Prestt, English ornithologist, born in Lancaster (d. 1995)
  • 1929-07-22 Vivien Merchant [Ada Thompson], British actress (Alfie, The Homecoming, The Offence), born in Manchester, England (d. 1982)
  • 1929-08-29 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), born in Kent, England (d. 2004)

Stirling MossStirling Moss (1929-2020)

1929-09-17 British Auto Racer (16 x F1 Grands Prix; World F1 Drivers C'ship runner-up 1955-58; 12 Hours of Sebring 1954) and broadcaster (ABC F1, NASCAR), born in London, England

  • 1929-09-21 Bernard Williams, English moral philosopher, born in Westcliff, Essex, England (d. 2003)
  • 1929-10-28 Dame Joan Plowright, British actress (Enchanted April, Brimstone & Treacle), born in Brigg, Lincolnshire
  • 1929-12-12 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1929-12-16 Nicholas Courtney, British actor (Doctor Who, Incendiary), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2011)
  • 1930-01-24 Bernard Matthews, English turkey farmer (Bernard Matthews Farms), born in Brooke, England (d. 2010)
  • 1930-01-29 Derek Bailey, British avant-garde jazz guitar virtuoso, born in Sheffield, England (d. 2005)
  • 1930-02-03 Gillian Ayres, British abstract painter and printmaker, born in Barnes, London (d. 2018)
  • 1930-02-03 Joan Rice, British actress (His Majesty O'Keefe, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men), born in Derby, England (d. 1997)
  • 1930-02-17 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), born in South Woodford, Essex
  • 1930-03-07 Antony Armstrong-Jones [Lord Snowdon], British photographer and husband of Princess Margaret, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1930-03-12 Robin Cavendish, English campaigner for the disabled, born in Middleton (d. 1994)
  • 1930-03-28 Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer, born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire
  • 1930-04-08 Dorothy Tutin, British actress (Importance of Being Earnest; Cromwell), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1930-04-28 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1930-05-22 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 2013)
  • 1930-06-01 Edward Woodward, British actor (Breaker Morant, Wickerman, The Equalizer), and singer, born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 2009)
  • 1930-06-01 John Lemmon, English logician (d. 1966)
  • 1930-06-08 Dana Wynter, German-English actress (Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1930-07-15 Charles Kelly, chief constable (Staffordshire England)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2201 - 2,300 of 2,327

  • 2012-11-09 Bill Tarmey, English actor (Coronation Street), dies at 71
  • 2012-11-17 Margaret Yorke, English crime fiction writer, dies at 88
  • 2012-11-25 Dinah Sheridan, British actress (Genevieve, The Railway Children, Don't Wait Up), dies at 92
  • 2012-11-26 Joseph Murray, English plastic surgeon, dies from a hemorrhagic stroke at 93
  • 2012-12-09 Sir Patrick Moore, English amateur astronomer and author, dies from an infection at 89
  • 2012-12-24 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical and film score composer (Four Weddings And A Funeral), dies at 76
  • 2012-12-26 Gerry Anderson, English writer/producer/director, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • 2013-01-04 Derek Kevan, English footballer, dies at 77
  • 2013-01-17 Lizbeth Webb, English soprano, dies at 86
  • 2013-01-21 Michael Winner, English film director and producer (Death Wish), dies at 77
  • 2013-02-04 Reg Presley [Reginald Ball], English rock vocalist (Troggs - "Wild Thing"; "Love Is All Around"), and songwriter, dies from lung cancer at 71
  • 2013-02-05 Stuart Freeborn, English motion picture make-up artist, dies at 98
  • 2013-02-11 Rick Huxley, British rock guitarist (Dave Clark Five - "Glad All Over"), dies from emphysema at 72

Tony SheridanTony Sheridan (1940-2013)

2013-02-16 British singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with the pre-fame Beatles ("My Bonnie"), dies at 72

  • 2013-02-17 Richard Briers, English actor, dies from emphysema at 79
  • 2013-02-18 Kevin Ayers, British progressive rocker (Soft Machine; Joy of a Toy), dies at 68
  • 2013-02-28 Bruce Reynolds, English criminal, dies at 81
  • 2013-03-06 Alvin Lee, English rocker, dies from complications from surgery at 68
  • 2013-03-07 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, dies of pneumonia at 82
  • 2013-03-07 Peter Banks [Brockbanks], British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter described as "the architect of progressive music" (Yes, the Syn, Flash), dies of heart failure at 65
  • 2013-03-12 Clive Burr, English drummer, dies from complications from multiple sclerosis at 56
  • 2013-04-07 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), dies at 94
  • 2013-04-20 Nosher Powell, English actor and boxer, dies at 84
  • 2013-05-08 Brian Forbes, English director and actor, dies at 86
  • 2013-05-27 Bill Pertwee, British actor (Dad's Army), dies at 86
  • 2013-07-19 Mel Smith, English comedian and author, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2013-08-13 Jon Brookes, English drummer (The Charlatans), dies of cancer at 44
  • 2013-08-23 David Garrick [Philip Darryl Core], British singer ("Dear Mrs. Applebee"), dies at 67
  • 2013-09-15 Jackie Lomax, British singer-songwriter (Is This What You Want?; Sour Milk Sea)), dies at 69
  • 2013-10-25 Nigel Davenport, British actor (Without a Clue, Masada), dies at 85
  • 2013-10-30 Pete Haycock, British blues-rock guitarist, vocalist, and composer (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2013-11-25 Bill Foulkes, English footballer (Manchester United), dies at 81
  • 2013-11-30 Jean Kent [Joan Summerfield], British actress (Caravan, Bond Street), dies from complications from a fall at 92
  • 2013-12-01 Richard Coughlan, British progressive rock drummer and percussionist (Caravan - "In the Land of Grey and Pink"), dies of pneumonia at 66
  • 2013-12-05 Colin Wilson, English writer (Afterlife, Book of Great Mysteries), dies at 82
  • 2014-01-02 Elizabeth Jane Howard, English novelist, dies at 90
  • 2014-01-19 Bert Williams MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (24 caps; Wolverhampton Wanderers 381 games), dies at 93
  • 2014-03-06 Sheila MacRae, British-born actress (Jackie Gleason Show), dies at 92
  • 2014-03-15 Clarissa Dickson Wright, English celebrity chef (Two Fat Ladies), dies at 66
  • 2014-03-30 Kate O'Mara, English actress (Dynasty) and writer, dies at 74
  • 2014-04-07 Peaches Geldof, English columnist and daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, dies of a heroin overdose at 25
  • 2014-04-29 Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), dies from pneumonia at 71
  • 2014-05-14 Stephen Sutton, English cancer blogger (Stephen's Story), dies at 19
  • 2014-06-09 Rik Mayall, English actor & comedian, dies from cardiac arrest at 56
  • 2014-06-14 Sam Kelly [Roger Michael Kelly], English actor ('Allo 'Allo!, Porridge), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2014-06-17 Patsy Byrne, English actress, dies at 80
  • 2014-08-08 Charles Keating, English actor, dies from lung cancer at 72

Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough (1923-2014)

2014-08-24 English actor and director (Gandhi, Young Winston), dies at 90

  • 2014-08-28 Glenn Cornick, British rock bassist (Jethro Tull, 1967-70; Wild Turkey), dies from heart failure at 67
  • 2014-09-12 Donald Sinden, English actor, dies from prostate cancer at 90
  • 2014-10-19 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress, dies from colon cancer at 66
  • 2014-10-23 Alvin Stardust [Bernard Jewry], English rock singer("Jealous Mind"), dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • 2014-11-02 (Bernard) "Acker" Bilk, British clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, dies at 85
  • 2014-11-27 P. D. James [Phyllis Dorothy], Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime and mystery writer (Cover Her Face, Death in Holy Orders), dies at 94
  • 2014-12-03 Ian McLagan, English rock keyboardist (Small Face; Faces), dies from a stroke at 69
  • 2014-12-21 Billie Whitelaw, British actress (Omen, Adding Machine), dies at 82

Joe CockerJoe Cocker (1944-2014)

2014-12-22 English rock vocalist ("With A Little Help From My Friends"; "Cry Me A River"; "You Are So Beautiful"), dies of lung cancer at 70

  • 2014-12-25 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), dies at 89
  • 2015-01-06 Lance Percival, English actor and comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 81
  • 2015-01-12 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), dies at 89
  • 2015-01-13 Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies 'Dozy', English musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies at 70
  • 2015-01-19 Anne Kirkbride, English actress (Deirdre-Coronation Street), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • 2015-01-21 Pauline Yates, British actress (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 85
  • 2015-01-30 Geraldine McEwan, British actress (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), dies at 82
  • 2015-02-07 Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron, English publisher and multi-millionaire (St Ives Group), dies of a heart attack at 84

Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett (1948-2015)

2015-03-12 English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 66

  • 2015-03-15 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, dies at 87
  • 2015-03-16 Andy Fraser, English bass guitarist (Free), dies at 62
  • 2015-03-21 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74
  • 2015-03-26 John Renbourn, British jazz and folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2015-04-01 Dave Ball, British rock guitarist (Procul Harum), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2015-04-20 Sir Raymond Carr, English historian and warden (St Antony's College Oxford), dies at 96
  • 2015-05-02 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85

Christopher LeeChristopher Lee (1922-2015)

2015-06-07 English actor (Dracula, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), dies at 93

  • 2015-06-12 Ernest Tomlinson, English light classical composer, dies at 90
  • 2015-06-27 Chris Squire, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes, 1969-2014 ("The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), dies of acute erythroid leukemia at 67
  • 2015-07-01 Sir Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), dies at 106
  • 2015-07-17 Owen Chadwick, English historian, priest and university chancellor, dies at 99
  • 2015-08-01 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], British pop singer ("Anyone Who Had a Heart"), and TV personality (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • 2015-08-03 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), dies at 98
  • 2015-08-05 George Cole, English actor (Minder), dies at 90
  • 2015-08-09 David Nobbs, English comedic writer (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 80
  • 2015-08-24 Justin Wilson, English auto racer (International Formula 3000 C'ship; Champ Car Series 4 wins), dies as a result of on track accident at 37
  • 2015-08-26 P J Kavanagh [Patrick Joeseph], British poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), dies at 84
  • 2015-08-30 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), dies at 82
  • 2015-09-03 Judy Carne, English comedienne and actress (Laugh-In), dies at 76
  • 2015-09-17 David Willcocks, English conductor and composer (Kings College choir), dies at 95
  • 2015-10-03 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), dies at 98
  • 2015-10-17 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), dies at 69
  • 2015-10-20 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, dies at 89
  • 2015-11-11 Philthy Animal [Phil Taylor], English rock drummer (Motörhead), dies from liver failure at 61
  • 2015-11-14 Warren Mitchell, English actor (Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part), dies at 89
  • 2015-11-15 Cynthia Payne, English brothel madam, dies at 82

David BowieDavid Bowie (1947-2016)

2016-01-10 English rock singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity"; "Changes"; "Ziggy Stardust"; "Heroes"), mime, and actor (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence; Labyrinth), dies of cancer at 69

  • 2016-01-13 Brian Bedford, English actor (Anthony-Coronet Blue), dies at 80

Alan RickmanAlan Rickman (1946-2016)

2016-01-14 English actor (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Die Hard, Harry Potter), dies of cancer at 69

  • 2016-01-26 Colin Vearncombe, British singer-songwriter (Black - "Wonderful Life"), dies from injuries in a car accident at 53
  • 2016-01-30 Frank Finlay, British actor (Bouquet of Barbed Wire), dies at 89
  • 2016-02-25 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • 2016-03-10 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, dies at 87