Wales in History

Wales: Cardiff

Historical Events

  • 1282-12-11 Llywelyn ab Gruffydd/Llywelyn the Last, last native Prince of Wales is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, south Wales. Reigned from 1259.
  • 1283-10-03 Dafydd ap Gruffydd, Prince of Gwynedd, Wales, becomes the first person executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered
  • 1284-03-03 Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England
  • 1301-02-07 Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) becomes first (English) Prince of Wales
  • 1400-09-16 Owain Glyndŵr is declared Prince of Wales by his followers.
  • 1413-03-21 Henry of Monmouth, Prince of Wales, becomes King Henry V of England

Victory in BattleBattle of Tewkesbury

1471-05-04 Battle of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, final battle between the Houses of Lancaster and York: Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his throne. Re-restores political stability to England until his death in 1483.
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  • 1485-08-07 Henry Tudor's (Henry VII to be) army lands in Milford Haven, South Wales

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1503-02-18 Henry Tudor (later Henry VIII) created Prince of Wales

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

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1649-02-05 Prince of Wales proclaimed King Charles II of Great Britian by Covenanter Parliament of Scotland

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1682-09-14 Bishop Gore School, one of the oldest schools in Wales, founded.
  • 1689-03-16 The 23rd Regiment of Foot or Royal Welch Fusiliers is founded. In 2004 it merged with the Royal Regiment of Wales to form the Royal Welsh Regiment.
  • 1696-02-27 English/Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Association
  • 1707-05-01 Acts of Union comes into force, uniting England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • 1737-07-31 Prince Frederick of Wales escapes English court

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1778-08-09 Captain James Cook reaches Cape Prince of Wales, Bering Straits

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook

  • 1797-02-22 The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales
  • 1797-02-25 Colonel William Tate and his force of 1,000-1,500 soldiers surrender after the Last Invasion of Britain (according to legend, to Welsh women in tall black hats, mistaken for elite guards regiment)
  • 1804-02-21 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for the 1st time, along the tramway of the Penydarren Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
  • 1807-03-25 First fare-paying, passenger railway service in the world established on the Oystermouth Railway in Swansea, Wales
  • 1826-01-30 The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world's first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened.

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1831-03-01 Lord John Russell introduces the Reform Bill in the British House of Commons on the government's behalf to revamp the electoral system of England and Wales and increase the franchise

British Prime Minister John Russell
British Prime Minister
John Russell

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1832-03-22 British Parliament, led by Charles Grey, passes the Reform Act, introducing wide-ranging changes to electoral system of England and Wales, increasing electorate from about 500,000 voters to 813,000

British Prime Minister Charles Grey
British Prime Minister
Charles Grey
British Prime Minister John Russell
British Prime Minister
John Russell
  • 1850-03-05 The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales is opened
  • 1859-10-26 The steam clipper Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead
  • 1860-09-20 First British royalty to visit US, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII)
  • 1865-07-27 Welsh settlers arrive at Chubut in Argentina.
  • 1872-03-11 Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, begins; located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain
  • 1876-03-25 Glasgow 1st soccer match Scotland-Wales (4-0)
  • 1880-04-24 Amateur Athletic Association, governing body for men's athletics in England & Wales, is founded in Oxford, England
  • 1884-01-18 Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Iesu Grist (Welsh for Jesus Christ) Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom
  • 1884-08-28 Mickey Welsh strikes-out 1st 9 men he faces
  • 1890-03-04 The longest bridge in the Great Britain, the Forth Bridge (railway) (1,710 ft) in Scotland is opened by the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII.
  • 1890-11-04 Prince of Wales opens first underground station at Stockwell, South London
  • 1895-11-05 Edward, Prince of Wales, says "We are all Socialists nowadays"
  • 1896-01-16 Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
  • 1900-04-04 Assassination attempt on Prince of Wales, later British King Edward VII when shot by Jean-Baptiste Sipido in protest over Boer war
  • 1900-04-05 Attempted assassination of Edward Prince of Wales in Brussels, fails
  • 1901-05-24 Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales
  • 1904-04-05 The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
  • 1906-09-12 The Newport Transporter Bridge is opened in Newport, South Wales by Viscount Tredegar.

  • 1920-04-01 The (Anglican) Church in Wales disestablished
  • 1925-08-05 Plaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language, which is in danger of dying out

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1928-06-18 American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean landing at Burry Port, Wales

  • 1934-09-22 An explosion takes place at Gresford Colliery in Wales, leading to the deaths of 266 miners and rescuers
  • 1941-01-02 World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales

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1941-08-04 Winston Churchill departs on Prince of Wales to US

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1941-12-10 British battleship Prince of Wales and battlecruiser Repulse (Force Z ) sunk following Japanese aerial attacks off Malaya. 840 men die
  • 1942-06-23 World War II: Germany's latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales
  • 1955-12-20 Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales
  • 1958-07-18 6th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1958-08-18 United Kingdom issues regional stamps (N Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
  • 1965-12-12 The Beatles' last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales)
  • 1966-10-21 116 children and 28 adults died as a coal waste heap slid and engulfed a school in Aberfan, South Wales
  • 1967-08-25 The Beatles go to Wales to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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1969-07-01 Investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales is watched by large crowds in Caernarfon, Wales and by millions on television

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 1969-12-18 House of Lords votes to abolish the death penalty in England, Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland 25 July 1973)
  • 1970-05-23 A fire breaks out in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales contributing to its partial destruction and causing approximately £1,000,000 worth of fire damage
  • 1972-09-01 Welshman Richard Meade representing Great Britain and riding Laurieston grabs the equestrian individual and team 3-day event gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • 1974-07-01 Monmouthshire renamed Gwent and becomes part of Wales
  • 1979-08-14 Rainbow seen in Northern Wales for a 3 hours duration
  • 1989-05-07 Mark Merrony (Wales) cycles for 30 mins in Nepal at 21,030 feet
  • 1990-02-06 Steve Briers of Wales recites entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes 58.44 seconds backwards!
  • 1997-01-21 An inquiry in North Wales names more than 80 child abusers
  • 1997-09-18 Voters in Wales vote yes (50.3%) in a referendum on Welsh autonomy.
  • 2001-01-15 Wikipedia a free Wiki or content encyclopedia is launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger
  • 2002-10-27 The British ITV Network airs a regional service for the last time in England and Wales, LWT loses its identity completely
  • 2007-07-01 Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces: with the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. Australia implements a similar ban.
  • 2008-12-08 Kirsty Williams elected as Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The first female leader of a political party in Wales.
  • 2010-10-04 Ryder Cup Golf, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales: Europe wins 14½-13½; with scores level Irishman Graeme McDowell holds nerve to beat Hunter Mahan 3 & 1
  • 2011-03-30 Global credit information group Experian report that economic recovery in Wales slower than the rest of the UK, forecasting growth of 1.6% vs 2.2% for the rest of the UK
  • 2018-05-07 World Snooker Championship: Welshman Mark Williams wins beating John Higgins 18-16 in Sheffield and, as promised, does his press conference in the nude
  • 2018-07-29 Tour de France: Geraint Thomas becomes the first Welshman and only 3rd Briton to win the Tour; beats Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by 1' 51"; Peter Sagan wins green points jersey

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 316

  • 0040-06-13 Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England, born in Gallia Narbonensis (Roman province in Southern France) (d. 93)
  • 0534-04-29 Taliesin, Welsh poet, according to legend in Mabinogion
  • 1239-06-17 Edward I, King of England (1272-1307) subdued Wales, expelled Jews from England
  • 1284-04-25 Edward II, King of England (1307-27), born in Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, Wales (d. 1327)
  • 1330-06-15 Edward, the Black Prince, born in Woodstock Palace, Oxfordshire (d. 1376)
  • 1387-09-16 Henry V, King of England (1413-22) and France (1416-19), born in Monmouth Castle, Monmouth, Principality of Wales (date disputed) (d. 1422)
  • 1453-10-13 Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales and the only son of King Henry VI of England and Margaret of Anjou, born in London (d. 1471)
  • 1454-09-04 Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, English politician, born in Wales (d. 1483)
  • 1486-09-20 Arthur, Prince of Wales, English crown prince, son of King Henry VII of England, 1st husband of Catherine of Aragon, born in Winchester, England (d. 1502)
  • 1593-04-03 George Herbert, English metaphysical poet (5 Mystical Songs), born in Montgomery, Wales (d. 1633)
  • 1622-04-17 Henry Vaughan, English poet (Silex Scintillans), born in Newton St. Bridget, Brecknockshire, Wales (d. 1695)
  • 1682-05-17 Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (d. 1722)
  • 1699-08-13 John Dyer, British poet, born in Aberglasney, Wales (Baptism date)
  • 1714-08-01 Richard Wilson, Welsh landscape painter, born in Penegoes, Montgomeryshire, Wales (d. 1782)
  • 1719-11-30 Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales (d. 1772)
  • 1723-02-23 Richard Price, Welsh philosopher (d. 1791)
  • 1726-06-25 Thomas Pennant, Welsh naturalist, born in Downing, Wales (d. 1798)
  • 1737-07-31 Princess Augusta Frederica of Great Britain, born in London, England (d. 1813)

Person of interestArthur Phillip

1738-10-11 Arthur Phillip, British admiral, 1st Governor of New South Wales (1788-92), born in Cheapside, London (d. 1814)

1st Governor of New South Wales Arthur Phillip
1st Governor of New South Wales
Arthur Phillip
  • 1740-12-30 Princess Elizabeth Caroline of Wales (d. 1759)
  • 1741-01-27 Hester Thrale, Welsh diarist (d. 1821)
  • 1749-03-19 Princess Louisa Anne of Wales (d. 1768)
  • 1751-07-11 Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway, born in Leicester House, London, England (d. 1775)
  • 1752-03-29 Edward Jones, Welsh harpist and composer, born in Llandderfel, Wales (d. 1824)
  • 1755-07-05 Sarah Kemble Siddons, English tragic actress (Fatal Marriage), born in Brecon, Wales (d. 1831)
  • 1776-02-18 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, born in Denbigh (d. 1851)
  • 1790-06-19 John Gibson, British sculptor, born in Conwy, Wales (d. 1866)
  • 1790-07-04 George Everest, Welsh surveyor and namesake of Mt. Everest, born in Gwernvale, Brecknockshire, Wales (d. 1866)
  • 1796-01-07 Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales (d. 1817)
  • 1811-07-11 William Robert Grove, Welsh physicist and inventor of the first fuel cell, born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1896)
  • 1822-12-27 John Roberts, Welsh composer, minister and poet, born in Aber­ystwyth, Wales (d. 1877)

Person of interestAlfred Russel Wallace

1823-01-08 Alfred Russel Wallace, British naturalist, explorer and co-discoverer of evolution through natural selection, born in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 1913)

Naturalist, biologist, and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace
Naturalist, biologist, and explorer
Alfred Russel Wallace
  • 1826-03-01 John Thomas, Welsh composer and harpist, born in Bridgend (d. 1913)

Person of interestDavid Edward Hughes

1831-05-16 David Edward Hughes, British-American inventor (microphone, teleprinter), born in either London, England or Corwen, Wales (d. 1900)

Person of interestHenry Morton Stanley

1841-01-28 Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh journalist and African explorer (found Livingstone in Africa), born in Denbigh, Wales (d. 1904)

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • 1841-05-21 Joseph Parry, Welsh composer and musician, born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 1903)
  • 1856-03-26 David Alfred Thomas, 1st Viscount Rhondda, Welsh coal-mining entrepreneur, born in Ysgyborwen, Wales (d. 1918)
  • 1860-02-21 Goscombe John, Welsh sculptor (d. 1952)
  • 1863-03-03 Arthur Machen, Welsh-born author (d. 1947)
  • 1865-02-28 Arthur Symons, Welsh poet/critic/co-founder (Savoy)
  • 1867-05-13 Frank Brangwyn, Wales, painter/muralist/cartoonist (Willam Morris)
  • 1871-07-03 William Henry Davies, Welsh poet (Autobiography of a Super Tramp), born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 1940)
  • 1873-03-15 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, born in Ystalyfera (d. 1934)
  • 1875-12-20 T F Powys, Wales, writer (Captain Patch, Goat Green)
  • 1876-06-22 Gwen (Gwendolen) John, Haverfordwest, Wales, Welsh painter
  • 1877-09-26 Edmund Gwenn, English actor (Miracle on 34th Street), born in London, England (d. 1959)
  • 1878-01-04 Augustus John, Welsh painter (d. 1961)
  • 1878-08-27 Joseph John Richards, American composer, born in Cwmafan, Wales (d. 1956)
  • 1881-02-14 William John Gruffydd, Welsh poet and scholar, born in Gorffwysfa, Bethel, Wales (d. 1954)
  • 1883-05-28 Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (d. 1978)
  • 1883-08-28 E. E. Clive, Welsh actor (Night Must Fall, Dark Hour), born in Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 1940)
  • 1884-04-12 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner, born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 1932)
  • 1886-11-09 S. O. Davies, Welsh Labour Party politician and trade union official, born in Abercwmboi, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1972)

Person of interestT. E. Lawrence

1888-08-16 T. E. Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia], British author, soldier and diplomat famous for his liaison role in Arabia during WWI, born in Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, Wales (d. 1935)

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • 1890-02-14 Nina Hamnett, Welsh artist and writer, born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 1956)

Person of interestDion Fortune

1890-12-06 Dion Fortune, British occultist, born in Llandudno, Wales (d. 1946)

Occultist and Author Dion Fortune
Occultist and Author
Dion Fortune
  • 1891-02-13 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (d. 1985)
  • 1892-11-19 Huw Thomas Edwards, Welsh trade unionist and politician (d. 1970)
  • 1893-01-15 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1951)
  • 1893-07-02 Ralph Hancock, Welsh garden designer (Rockefeller Center) (d. 1950)
  • 1894-07-31 Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1972)
  • 1894-08-23 Gareth Hughes, Welsh actor (Midnight Girl), born in Dafen, Carmarthenshire, Wales (d. 1965)
  • 1897-12-31 Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (How Green Was My Valley, Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart), born in Clydach, Swansea, Wales (d. 1969)
  • 1899-03-08 Eric Linklater, British novelist and poet (Blue Swallows), born in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1974)
  • 1900-01-23 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor and organist (d. 1988)
  • 1900-06-02 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), born in Penderyn (d. 1983)
  • 1900-11-22 Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (d. 1980)
  • 1901-06-22 Naunton Wayne, Welsh actor (Quartet, Hidden Room, Double Confession), born in Llanwonno, Glamorganshire, Wales (d. 1970)
  • 1904-11-30 Philip Burton, Welsh director, acting teacher and mentor to Richard Burton, born in Mountain Ash, Glamorganshire

Person of interestRay Milland

1905-01-03 Ray Milland, Welsh actor (Lost Weekend-Academy Award 1945), born in Neath, Wales (d. 1986)

  • 1905-02-28 Glyn Jones, Wales, novelist, poet and literary historian
  • 1905-03-01 Doris Hare, Welsh actress, born in Bargoed, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2000)
  • 1905-08-28 Cyril Walters, Welsh cricketer (solid England batsman of 30's), born in Bedlinog, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1992)
  • 1905-11-26 George Emlyn Williams, Welsh actor and playwright (David Copperfield), born in Mostyn, Wales (d. 1987)
  • 1906-06-25 Roger Livesey, Welsh actor (Drums, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp), born in Barry, Wales (d. 1976)
  • 1906-06-27 Vernon Watkins, Welsh poet (Ballad of Mari Lwyd), born in Maesteg, Wales (d. 1967)
  • 1906-07-03 F. Gwendolen Rees, Welsh zoologist and parasitologist, born in Abercynon, Wales (d. 1994)
  • 1906-12-08 Richard Llewellyn, Wales, novelist (How Green Was My Valley)
  • 1908-02-05 Peg Entwistle, Welsh actress, born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1932)
  • 1908-12-14 Claude Davey, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • 1909-01-29 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1997)
  • 1909-06-12 Mansel Treharne Thomas, Welsh composer, born in Tylorstown, Rhondda, Wales (d. 1986)
  • 1909-07-04 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1963)
  • 1909-08-25 Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, born in Rhosllannerchrugog, Wales (d. 1988)
  • 1912-05-30 Hugh Griffith, Welsh actor (Ben-Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Oliver!), born in Marian Glas, Anglesey, Wales (d. 1980)
  • 1912-06-09 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Cardiganshire (d. 2007)
  • 1912-09-27 Mary Grierson, Welsh botanical artist, born in Bangor, Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1913-03-29 R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2000)
  • 1914-03-13 Tessie O'Shea, Welsh stage and screen entertainer, born in Cardiff (d. 1995)
  • 1914-09-12 Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor, born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 1999)
  • 1914-10-27 Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet (Child's Christmas in Wales), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1953)
  • 1915-05-29 David Jenklins, librarian (National Library of Wales)
  • 1916-04-05 Baroness Delacourt-Smith of Alteryn [Margaret Rosalind Delacourt-Smith], British Labour politician, born in Newport, Wales (d. 2010)
  • 1916-05-07 Huw Wheldon, Welsh broadcaster (BBC), born in Prestatyn, Denbighshire (d. 1986)

Person of interestRoald Dahl

1916-09-13 Roald Dahl, British author (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1990)

Author Roald Dahl
Author
Roald Dahl
  • 1917-02-25 Alex Gordon, Welsh architect, born in Ayr, Scotland
  • 1917-04-22 Leo Abse, Welsh politician and biographer, born in Cardiff (d. 2008)
  • 1918-06-17 Maldwyn Thomas, president (Welsh Liberal Party)
  • 1918-11-18 Tasker Watkins, Welsh World War II hero (d. 2007)
  • 1920-09-07 Harri Webb, Welsh poet and nationalist, born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1994)

Famous Weddings

  • 1863-03-10 Prince of Wales, Albert Edward (21) weds Princess Alexandra of Denmark (18) at Windsor Castle in St. George's chapel
  • 1937-07-11 Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas (22) marries dancer Caitlin McNamara (22) in Penzance, Cornwall

HeartWedding of Interest

1946-03-14 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries Mary Welsh

HeartWedding of Interest

1953-07-06 "James Bond" actor Roger Moore (25) weds Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (38) in Jersey City

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-04-09 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
  • 2005-06-18 "Queens Park Rangers" football striker Djibril Cisse (23) weds Jude Littler at Bodelwyddan Castle in Denbighshire, North Wales
  • 2005-12-22 "Ospreys" Rugby star Shane Williams (28) weds Gail Lacey at Twyn Church in Garnant, West Wales
  • 2017-09-16 Welsh singer Charlotte Church (31) marries musician Jonny Powell (30) in Cardiff

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 132

  • 0093-08-23 Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England, dies at 53
  • 0589-03-01 Saint David, Patron Saint of Wales (b. 500)
  • 1240-04-11 Llywelyn ab Iorwerth the Great, monarch of Wales (1194-1240), dies
  • 1240-04-14 Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, Prince of Wales, dies
  • 1283-10-03 Dafydd ap Gruffyd, last monarch of Gwynnedd (North-Wales), dies
  • 1376-06-08 "Black Prince" of Wales, son of King Edward of England, dies at 46
  • 1461-02-02 Owen Tudor, Welsh founder of the Tudor dynasty of England
  • 1471-05-04 Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, dies at 17, becoming the only heir apparent to the English throne to ever die in battle
  • 1484-04-09 Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales (b. 1473), son of Richard III King of England
  • 1502-04-02 Arthur, Prince of Wales, English crown prince, son of King Henry VII of England, 1st husband of Catherine of Aragon, dies from an unknown illness at 15
  • 1581-11-07 Richard Davies, Welsh bishop and scholar
  • 1604-09-10 William Morgan, Welsh Bible translator (b. 1545)
  • 1606-11-12 St. Nicholas Owen (martyr), one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
  • 1659-06-03 Morgan Llwyd, Welsh Puritan preacher and writer (b. 1619)
  • 1670-10-27 Vavasor Powell, Welsh non-conformist leader (b. 1617)
  • 1685-09-01 Leoline Jenkins, Welsh lawyer (b. 1625)

Person of interestHenry Morgan

1688-08-25 Henry Morgan, Welsh pirate and privateer who raided Spanish settlements and shipping, dies at 53

Pirate Henry Morgan
Pirate
Henry Morgan
  • 1709-06-30 Edward Lhuyd, Welsh scientist (b. 1660)
  • 1722-02-10 Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (b. 1682)
  • 1749-07-03 William Jones, Welsh mathematician (b. 1675)
  • 1751-03-20 Frederick Louis, English prince of Wales and son of George II, dies at 44
  • 1782-05-15 Richard Wilson, Welsh landscape painter, dies at 67
  • 1791-01-11 William Williams Pantycelyn, Welsh hymnist (b. 1717)
  • 1798-12-16 Thomas Pennant, Welsh naturalist, dies at 72
  • 1802-12-31 Francis Lewis, Welsh/US merchant/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 89
  • 1824-04-18 Edward Jones, Welsh harpist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1851-04-08 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, dies at 75
  • 1863-08-18 Thomas Welsh, US Union brigadier general (Antietam), dies at 39
  • 1866-12-01 George Everest, Welsh surveyor and namesake of Mt. Everest, dies at 76
  • 1877-05-14 John Roberts, Welsh composer, minister and poet, dies at 54
  • 1896-08-01 William Robert Grove, Welsh physicist and inventor of the first fuel cell, dies at 85
  • 1903-02-17 Joseph Parry, Welsh composer and musician, dies at 61

Person of interestHenry Morton Stanley

1904-05-10 Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh journalist and African explorer (discovered source of the Nile), dies at 63

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • 1913-03-19 John Thomas, Welsh composer and harpist, dies at 87
  • 1917-07-31 Hedd Wyn, Welsh poet (b. 1887)
  • 1918-07-03 David Alfred Thomas, 1st Viscount Rhondda, Welsh coal-mining entrepreneur, dies at 62
  • 1920-06-05 Rhoda Broughton, Welsh author (b. 1840)
  • 1927-03-03 J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)
  • 1932-07-23 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner, dies at 48
  • 1934-09-15 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, dies at 61
  • 1939-09-18 Gwen John, Welsh painter, dies at 63
  • 1940-06-06 E. E. Clive, Welsh actor (Night Must Fall, Dark Hour), dies at 56
  • 1940-09-26 William Henry Davies, Welsh poet (Autobiography of a Super Tramp), dies at 69
  • 1944-08-05 Maurice Turnbull, cricketer (England)/rugby (Wales), dies
  • 1947-12-15 Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863)
  • 1951-03-06 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), dies at 58
  • 1953-04-06 Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
  • 1954-09-29 William John Gruffydd, Welsh poet and scholar, dies at 73
  • 1956-12-16 Nina Hamnett, Welsh artist and writer, dies at 66
  • 1963-03-28 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), dies at 52
  • 1965-10-01 Gareth Hughes, Welsh actor (Midnight Girl), dies at 71
  • 1967-10-08 Vernon Watkins, Welsh poet (Ballad of Mari Lwyd), dies at 61
  • 1969-05-28 Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (How Green Was My Valley, Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart), dies at 71
  • 1970-11-08 Huw Thomas Edwards, Welsh trade unionist and politician, dies at 77
  • 1970-11-17 Naunton Wayne, Welsh actor (Quartet, Hidden Room, Double Confession), dies at 69
  • 1971-05-20 Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • 1976-02-05 Roger Livesey, Welsh actor (Drum, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp), dies from bowel cancer at 69
  • 1976-06-28 Stanley Baker, Welsh actor and producer (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • 1977-03-05 Tom Pryce, Welsh Formula One driver, dies at 27
  • 1978-04-09 Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (b.1883)
  • 1980-02-09 Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1980-05-14 Hugh Griffith, Welsh actor (Ben-Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Oliver!), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • 1980-11-26 Rachel Roberts, Welsh actress (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Foul Play, Doctor's Wife), commits suicide at 53
  • 1983-03-23 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), dies at 82
  • 1984-08-05 Richard Burton, Welsh stage and screen actor (Cleopatra, The Robe), dies of cerebral haemorrhage at 58
  • 1985-04-04 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (b. 1891)
  • 1985-09-17 Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, businesswoman and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies by falling down the stairs of her daughter's home at 60
  • 1986-01-08 Mansel Treharne Thomas, Welsh composer, dies at 76

Person of interestRay Milland

1986-03-10 Ray Milland, Welsh actor (The Lost Weekend-Academy Award 1945), dies at 81

  • 1986-03-14 Huw Wheldon, Welsh broadcaster (BBC), dies at 69
  • 1987-01-16 Joyce Jameson, American comedienne and actress (Spike Jones Show, The Outlaw Josey Wales), commits suicide at 59
  • 1987-09-25 George Emlyn Williams, Welsh actor and playwright (David Copperfield), dies from cancer at 81
  • 1988-09-23 Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, dies at 79
  • 1988-11-11 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor & organist (b. 1900)
  • 1990-02-02 Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (b. 1934)
  • 1992-07-29 William Mathias, Welsh composer (wrote for 1981 royal wedding), dies at 57
  • 1992-12-23 Cyril Walters, Welsh cricketer (11 Tests for England, 784 runs), dies at 87
  • 1993-01-05 Ronnie Welsh, actor (Patterns), dies of brain cancer at 52
  • 1994-10-04 F. Gwendolen Rees, Welsh zoologist and parasitologist, dies at 88
  • 1994-12-31 Harri Webb, Welsh poet and nationalist, dies at 74
  • 1995-01-28 Philip Burton, Welsh producer and Richard Burton's teacher, dies at 80
  • 1995-04-20 Tessie O'Shea, Welsh stage and screen entertainer, dies at 81
  • 1995-09-25 Dave Bowen, Welsh footballer, dies at 67
  • 1996-01-12 John Howard Purnell, Welsh chemist (Royal Society of Chemistry), dies at 70
  • 1996-02-15 Margaret Courtenay, Welsh actress, singer and entertainer (Royal Flash, Duet for One), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1996-07-04 Clay [David] Jones, Welsh gardener (BBC Gardener's Question Time), dies at 72
  • 1997-12-28 Ronald Clive Williams, Welsh actor and comedian (Twin Town), dies at 68
  • 1998-02-18 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (b. 1957)
  • 1999-12-19 Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor, dies at 85
  • 2000-05-30 Doris Hare, Welsh actress (b. 1905)
  • 2000-08-10 Gilbert Parkhouse, Welsh cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1950-59), dies at 74
  • 2000-09-25 R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet, dies at 87
  • 2001-04-11 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), dies of cancer at 79
  • 2001-09-23 Ron Hewitt, Welsh footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2002-01-07 Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
  • 2003-06-08 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (b. 1940)
  • 2003-06-10 Dr Phil Williams, Welsh politician and scientist (b. 1939)
  • 2003-07-17 David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)
  • 2003-09-20 Lord Williams of Mostyn, Welsh barrister, politician, and Lord President of the Council, dies at 62
  • 2004-02-21 John Charles, Welsh footballer (b. 1931)