English History (Part 27)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2601 - 2,700 of 4,660

  • 1939-01-05 Bridget Parker, British equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1939-01-09 Susannah York, English actress (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Superman), born in London, England
  • 1939-02-14 Michael Rudman, English theater director and producer (Donkeys' Years)
  • 1939-02-20 Frank Arundel, English footballer
  • 1939-02-26 Josephine Tewson, English actress, born in Hampstead, United Kingdom
  • 1939-03-05 Samantha Eggar, English actress (Collector, Dr Doolittle) [or May 3], born in London, England
  • 1939-03-05 Terry Curry, English multi-millionaire
  • 1939-03-18 Ron Atkinson, English soccer wing half, manager (Oxford United, Manchester United, Sheffield Wed, Aston Villa), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1939-03-26 Jonathan Tod, British Vice-Admiral (Royal Navy)
  • 1939-04-05 David Winters, American choreographer and director (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • 1939-04-07 David Frost, Tenterdon England, TV host (That Was the Week That Was), (d. 2013)
  • 1939-04-12 Alan Ayckbourn, English playwright and director, born in London, England
  • 1939-04-15 Marty Wilde, English pop singer-songwriter ("A Teenager In Love"), and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • 1939-04-16 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], British pop vocalist ("I Only Want To Be With You"; "Son Of A Preacher Man"), born in West Hampstead, London (d. 1999)
  • 1939-04-25 Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, English photographer (d. 2005)
  • 1939-04-27 Judy Carne, English comedienne and actress (Laugh-In, Love on a Rooftop), born in Northampton, England (d. 2015)
  • 1939-05-03 Jonathan Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen), born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham (d. 2012)
  • 1939-05-19 Henry Herbert, 17th earl of Pembroke, English peer and director (Emily) (d. 2003)
  • 1939-05-19 James Fox, English actor (The Servant), born in London, England

Person of interestIan McKellen

1939-05-25 Sir Ian McKellen, English film and theatre actor (Lord of the Rings; X-Men), born in Burnley Lancashire

  • 1939-05-26 Gerald Ronson, English multi-millionaire
  • 1939-05-31 Terry Waite, English Anglican Church envoy/Lebanese hostage, born in Bollington, Cheshire
  • 1939-06-03 Ian Hunter, English rock singer (Mott the Hoople - "All The Young Dudes"; "Roll Away The Stone"), born in Oswestry, England
  • 1939-06-22 Bobby Harrison, English rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
  • 1939-07-06 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1939-07-06 Mary Peters, English pentathlete (Olympic gold 1972), born in Halewood, Lancashire
  • 1939-07-15 Ronald Hadfield, chief constable (West Midlands England)
  • 1939-07-16 Corin Redgrave, British actor (Excalibur, A Man For All Seasons), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1939-07-18 Brian Auger, English fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • 1939-08-09 Tony Budge, English contractor/tank maker/multi-millionaire
  • 1939-08-10 Kate O'Mara, Leicaster England, actress (Caress Morell-Dynasty, AbFab)
  • 1939-08-16 Carol Shelley, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple), born in London, England
  • 1939-08-19 [Peter] Ginger Baker, English drummer (Cream), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1939-08-25 John Badham, English-born American director (Dracula, Short Circuit), born in Luton, England
  • 1939-08-28 Clem Cattini, English rock drummer (The Tornados), born in Stoke Newington, North London
  • 1939-08-30 John Peel, English DJ and Broadcaster (BBC Radio 1), born in Heswell, Merseyside (d. 2004)
  • 1939-09-10 Topham Brinton, English carpet magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1939-09-26 Ricky Tomlinson, English actor and comedian (Mike Bassett: England Manager), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • 1939-09-27 Nicholas Haslam, English interior designer, born in Amersham
  • 1939-10-01 Geoffrey Whitehead, English actor
  • 1939-10-07 Harold Kroto, English chemist and Nobel laureate (1996), born in Wisbech (d. 2016)
  • 1939-10-22 George Cohen, English footballer (1966 World Cup), born in London, England

Person of interestJohn Cleese

1939-10-27 John Cleese, English actor and comedian (Monty Python), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • 1939-11-02 Pauline Neville-Jones, English diplomat, born in Birmingham
  • 1939-12-10 Barry Cunliffe, English archaeologist and university professor, born in Portsmouth, England
  • 1939-12-18 Michael J Moorcock, England, sci-fi author (Alien Heat, Bull & Spear)
  • 1939-12-23 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], British rock singer-songwriter (Johnny Kidd & Pirates - "Shakin' All Over"), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • 1939-12-25 Christopher Wates, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1940-01-19 Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)
  • 1940-01-21 Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford, English peer (Woburn Abbey, Country House TV series), born at the Ritz, London (d. 2003)
  • 1940-01-22 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), born in Chesterfield (d. 2017)
  • 1940-02-02 David Jason, English actor
  • 1940-02-02 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2000)
  • 1940-02-06 Jimmy Tarbuck, English comedian, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1940-02-07 Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
  • 1940-02-08 Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
  • 1940-02-09 Brian Bennett, British rock drummer (Shadows), born in Palmers Green, North London, England
  • 1940-02-10 Mary Rand, English field athlete (Olympic long jump gold 6.76m WR 1964), born in Wells, Somerset
  • 1940-02-21 Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)
  • 1940-02-22 Julian Chagrin, English mime & actor (Golddiggers), born in London, England
  • 1940-03-03 Owen Spencer-Thomas, English broadcaster, journalist and Anglican clergyman
  • 1940-03-05 Malcolm Hebden, English actor
  • 1940-03-14 Eleanor Fount, English actress (Women in Love, Bedazzled)
  • 1940-03-16 Keith Rowe, English guitarist (AMM) and painter
  • 1940-03-27 June Wilkinson, English actress (Absolutely Glamorous), born in Essex, England
  • 1940-04-01 Annie Nightingale, English broadcaster, 1st BBC Radio 1 female presenter, born in London
  • 1940-04-15 Jeffrey Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare, English novelist, born in Finsbury, London
  • 1940-04-17 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer ("When Will You Say I Love You"; "Halfway To Paradise"), and actor (That'll Be The Day), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • 1940-05-07 Angela Carter, English novelist (Magic Toyshop) and journalist, born in Eastbourne, England (d. 1992)
  • 1940-05-13 Bruce Chatwin, England, writer (On the Black Hill)
  • 1940-05-14 Chay Blyth, English sailor (Alone in Order to the World)

Person of interestTony Sheridan

1940-05-21 Tony Sheridan, British singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with The Beatles ("My Bonnie"), born in Norwich, England (d. 2013)

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1940-06-20 John Mahoney, British-born American actor (Fraiser, Frantic, 8 Men Out), born in Manchester, England (d. 2018)
  • 1940-06-23 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • 1940-06-25 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2004)
  • 1940-07-02 Ken Clarke [Kenneth Harry Clarke], British Conservative politician, born in Nottinghamshire, England

Person of interestRingo Starr

1940-07-07 Ringo Starr [Richard Starkey], English drummer and member of The Beatles, born in Liverpool, England

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Person of interestPatrick Stewart

1940-07-13 Patrick Stewart, English actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Captain Picard", X-Men - "Charles Xavier")born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England

  • 1940-07-14 Susan Howatch, English author
  • 1940-07-16 Tony Jackson, English bass player (The Searchers), born in Dingle, Liverpool, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • 1940-07-17 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian (The Goodies), born in Buxton, England (d. 2020)
  • 1940-08-22 Antony Crosthwaite-Eyre, English publisher and multi-millionaire
  • 1940-08-28 Nik Turner, English musician (Hawkwind), born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
  • 1940-09-03 Pauline Collins, English actress (Shirley Valentine), born in London, England
  • 1940-09-06 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme (d. 2015)
  • 1940-09-12 Patrick Mower, English actor (Emmerdale), born in Oxford, England

Person of interestJohn Lennon

1940-10-09 John Lennon, English musician and member of The Beatles (Imagine), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1940-10-13 Chris Farlowe [John Henry Deighton], English singer (Out of Times), born in London

Person of interestCliff Richard

1940-10-14 Cliff Richard [Harry Webb], English rock vocalist ("Move It"; "Living Doll"; "We Don't Talk Anymore"), born in Lucknow, British India

  • 1940-10-17 Jim Smith, English soccer midfielder and manager (Birmingham City, QPR, Portsmouth, Derby County), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (d. 2019)
  • 1940-10-19 Michael Gambon, English actor (Singing Detective, Paris at Night)
  • 1940-10-23 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)
  • 1940-10-24 David Sainsbury, English billionaire and founder (Dutch Soc-Dem)
  • 1940-10-29 Galen Weston, English-Canadian multi-millionaire industrialist, born in Marlow, England
  • 1940-11-27 John Alderton, English actor (Zardoz), born in Gainsborough, England
  • 1940-11-30 Glenn English, (Rep-D-OK, 1975- )
  • 1940-12-07 Stan Boardman, English comedian, born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England
  • 1940-12-08 Jenny Linden, English actress (Hedda, Dr Who & the Daleks), born in Worthing, Sussex, England
  • 1940-12-25 Pete Brown, English musician and songwriter (Cream), born in Ashtead, Surrey
  • 1941-01-07 John E. Walker, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

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