Cardiff in History

Historical Events

  • 1870-02-02 Cardiff Giant (supposed petrified human) proved to be gypsum
  • 1916-11-16 Eugene O'Neill's "Bound East for Cardiff" premieres in NYC
  • 1923-07-03 Dockers' strike in Hull/Grimsby/Cardiff/Bristol over to London
  • 1941-01-02 World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, 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
  • 1958-07-26 6th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1965-12-12 The Beatles' last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales)
  • 1999-11-06 4th Rugby World Cup: Australia beats France 35-12 in Cardiff

Famous Birthdays

  • 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)
  • 1894-07-31 Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1972)
  • 1909-07-04 Alec Templeton, Cardiff Wales, pianist/composer (Concertino Lirico)
  • 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)

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
Roald Dahl
  • 1917-04-22 Leo Abse, Welsh politician and biographer, born in Cardiff (d. 2008)
  • 1922-03-14 Colin Fletcher, Welsh author and pioneering baackpacker (Walking Through Time), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2007)
  • 1922-08-01 Frank Hauser, British theatrical director (Oxford Playhouse), born in Cardiff (d. 2007)
  • 1923-11-14 Margaret Courtenay, Welsh actress, singer and entertainer (Royal Flash, Duet for One), born in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1933-04-22 John A. Llewellyn, Cardiff Wales, astronaut
  • 1937-01-08 Shirley Bassey, Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)
  • 1944-04-15 Dave Edmunds, Welsh singer and guitarist (Rockpile - Girls Talk), born in Cardiff, Wales

Person of interestKen Follett

1949-06-05 Ken Follett, Welsh spy author (Eye of the Needle, Lie Down with Lions), born in Cardiff, Wales

Author Ken Follett
Ken Follett
  • 1962-09-05 Peter Wingfield, Welsh rocker and actor (Methos-Highlander), born in Cardiff
  • 1963-08-27 Downtown Julie Brown, Welsh TV personality and actress (Club MTV, The Earth Day Special, Junket Whore), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1967-02-18 Colin Jackson, Cardiff Wales, 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1969-04-11 Cerys Matthews, Welsh singer and songwriter (Catatonia), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1978-02-12 Gethin Jones, British (Welsh) television presenter, born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • 1978-11-17 Tom Ellis, Welsh actor (Miranda, Lucifer), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1979-08-01 Honeysuckle Weeks, Cardiff, Welsh actress
  • 1989-07-16 Gareth Bale, Welsh footballer (Real Madrid, Welsh national team), born in Cardiff, Wales

Famous Weddings

  • 2015-12-31 TV presenter Alex Jones (38) weds Charlie Thomson in a magical ceremony at Cardiff Castle
  • 2017-09-16 Welsh singer Charlotte Church (31) marries musician Jonny Powell (30) in Cardiff

Famous Deaths

  • 1954-11-19 Walter Bartley Wilson, founding member of Cardiff City F.C. (b. 1870)