Wales in History (Part 2)

Wales: Cardiff

Historical Events

  • 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!
  • 1991-04-14 55th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Welshman Ian Woosnam wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of José María Olazábal; 4th straight year the Masters champion is from the UK
  • 1992-03-07 England routs Wales, 24-0 at Twickenham for it's 2nd straight outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam and Triple Crown titles; fullback Jonathan Webb 2 penalties and 3 conversions
  • 1992-04-04 146th Grand National: 14/1 shot Party Politics, ridden by Welsh jockey Carl Llewellyn wins by 2½ lengths from Romany King
  • 1993-03-20 France beats Wales, 26-10 at Parc des Princes, Paris for it's 10th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1993-10-01 In his first World Boxing Council heavyweight title defence Lennox Lewis beats fellow Londoner Frank Bruno by TKO in 7 at the National Stadium in Cardiff, Wales

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
Boxer Frank Bruno
Boxer
Frank Bruno
  • 1994-03-19 England beats Wales, 15-8 at Twickenham, London but the Welsh take the Five Nations Rugby Championship as title decided by using points difference for the first time
  • 1996-12-01 Flamboyant Australian rugby union winger David Campese ends his 15-year, 101 Test career at Cardiff Arms Park in Wales; Wallabies beat Wales, 28-19; Campese scores record 64 career tries
  • 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.
  • 1998-04-04 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn wins aboard Earth Summit; first GN winner who was also successful in both Scottish and Welsh Grand Nationals
  • 1998-04-05 France thrashes Wales, 51-0 at Wembley Stadium, London for it's second straight Five Nations Rugby Championship and Grand Slam; fly-half Christophe Lamaison lands 5 conversions and 2 penalties
  • 1998-08-09 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Welshman Brian Huggett beats Eddie Pollard of Northern Ireland by a stroke on the first playoff hole
  • 1999-04-11 Neil Jenkins converts a Scott Gibbs try to give Wales a famous, 32-31 win over England at Wembley Stadium; allows Scotland to win final Five Nations Rugby Championship; reverts to 6 teams in 2000
  • 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

  • 2003-04-05 156th Grand National: 10-year-old 16/1 shot Monty's Pass, ridden by Barry Geraghty wins by 12 lengths from 2001 Welsh National winner Supreme Glory
  • 2005-03-19 Wales beats Ireland, 32-20 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to win the Six Nations Rugby Championship and become the 1st team to complete a Grand Slam playing more games away than at home

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005-12-21 Singer Elton John and David Furnish register their civil partnership at Windsor Town Hall, on the first day they come into law in England and Wales

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • 2006-03-18 France wins Six Nations Rugby Championship on points difference over Ireland, with a 21-16 win over Wales at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Ireland receives consolation prize of the Triple Crown Trophy
  • 2007-07-01 Smoking is banned from English public places and all the UK after earlier bans in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • 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.
  • 2008-03-15 Wales beats France, 29-12 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship with a 19th Triple Crown
  • 2008-12-08 Kirsty Williams elected as Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The first female leader of a political party in Wales.
  • 2009-03-21 Ireland completes a Grand Slam with a 17-15 win over Wales at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to win the Six Nations Rugby Championship
  • 2009-12-19 Former Welsh and Lions captain Gareth Thomas is the first international rugby player to reveal he is gay
  • 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
  • 2012-03-17 Wales beats France, 16-9 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to wrap up the Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; Welsh fullback Leigh Halfpenny kicks 3 penalties and a conversion
  • 2013-03-16 Wales routs England by a record 30-3 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to retain their Six Nation Rugby Championship; Welsh winger Alex Cuthbert scores 2 tries and fullback Leigh Halfpenny lands 4/4 penalties
  • 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
  • 2019-01-21 A light aircraft carrying EPL team Cardiff City's record signing Emiliano Sala of French club FC Nantes disappears near the Channel islands en route to Wales
  • 2019-03-17 Wales beats Ireland, 25-7 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to clinch the Six-Nations Rugby Championship and Grand Slam; Welsh fly-half Gareth Anscombe kicks 6 penalties and a conversion
  • 2019-09-14 Former Welsh rugby union and league player Gareth Thomas reveals he is HIV positive

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 361

  • 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)
  • 1916-06-20 Johnny Morris, British broadcaster and actor (Once in a Lifetime), born in Newport, Wales (d. 1999)

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
  • 1916-11-20 John Elwyn, British painter, born in Adpar, Wales (d. 1997)
  • 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)
  • 1917-05-16 Geraint Jones, Welsh conductor and organist, born in Porth, Wales (d. 1998)
  • 1918-06-17 Maldwyn Thomas, Welsh businessman and Liberal Party politician (d. 2002)
  • 1918-11-18 Tasker Watkins, Welsh World War II hero, born in Nelson, Wales (d. 2007)
  • 1920-09-07 Harri Webb, Welsh poet and nationalist, born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1994)
  • 1920-10-31 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), born in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2010)
  • 1921-04-06 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • 1921-04-19 Glyn England, British electrical engineer and CEO (CEGB, Windcluster Ltd), born in Llantrisant, Cardiff, South Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1921-06-08 Alwyn Williams, Welsh geologist and Vice-Chancellor (University of Glasgow), born in Aberdare, Wales (d. 2004)
  • 1921-07-29 Aled Eames, Welsh maritime historian, born in Llandudno (d. 1996)
  • 1921-08-31 Raymond Williams, Welsh academic and novelist (Second Generation), born in Llanfihangel Crucorney, Wales (d. 1988)
  • 1921-09-08 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2001)
  • 1922-03-14 Colin Fletcher, Welsh author and pioneering backpacker (Walking Through Time), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2007)
  • 1923-09-22 Dannie Abse, Welsh poet and writer
  • 1923-11-06 Clay [David] Jones, Welsh gardener (BBC Gardener's Question Time), born in Cardigan, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1923-11-14 Margaret Courtenay, Welsh actress, singer and entertainer (Royal Flash, Duet for One), born in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1925-07-03 Michael Oliver, British cardiologist (linked cholesterol with coronary artery disease), born in Borth, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1925-08-17 John Howard Purnell, Welsh chemist (Royal Society of Chemistry), born in Rhondda, South Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1925-09-07 Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, businesswoman and co-founder of Laura Ashley, born in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 1985)
  • 1925-10-12 Gilbert Parkhouse, Welsh cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1950-59), born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2000)
  • 1925-11-10 Richard Burton, Welsh stage and screen actor (Cleopatra, Virginia Woolf), born in Pontrhydyfen, South Wales (d. 1984)
  • 1925-11-24 Alun Owen, North Wales, writer (Hard Days Night)/actor (Servant)
  • 1925-12-18 Peggy Cummins [Augusta Fuller], Welsh-born Irish actress (Gun Crazy, Curse of the Demon), born in Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 2017)
  • 1926-03-12 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway rider (world champion, 1950, 1952), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1926-10-02 Jan Morris, Welsh historian and travel writer (Among the Cities, Hong Kong, Journeys), born in Clevedon, Somerset, England
  • 1927-09-20 Rachel Roberts, Welsh actress (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Foul Play, Doctor's Wife), born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales (d. 1980)
  • 1927-09-26 Joyce Jameson, American comedienne and actress (Spike Jones Show, The Outlaw Josey Wales), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1927-11-07 Ivor Emmanuel, Welsh singer and actor (Zulu, Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate), born in Margam, Wales (d. 2007)
  • 1927-12-07 Helen Watts, British contralto, born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2009)
  • 1928-02-01 Sir Samuel "Sam" Edwards, Welsh physicist (condensed matter physics), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1928-02-01 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, born in Tenby, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1928-02-08 Stanley Baker, Welsh actor and producer (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu), born in Ferndale, Glamorgan (d. 1976)
  • 1928-06-07 Dave Bowen, Welsh soccer wing-half (19 caps; Arsenal) and manager (Wales 1964-74; Northampton Town), born in Maesteg, Wales (d. 1995)
  • 1928-06-09 Geraint Gruffydd, Welsh scholar (University of Wales), born in Tal-y-bont, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1928-11-20 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), born in Corris, Gwynedd (d. 2016)
  • 1929-03-29 Ronald Clive Williams, Welsh actor and comedian (Twin Town), born in Cefneithin, Carmarthenshire, Wales (d. 1997)
  • 1929-08-11 Alun Hoddinott, Bargoed Wales, composer (Floriture)
  • 1931-03-22 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), born in Newport (d. 2014)
  • 1931-08-13 Roy Evans, British trade unionist and General Secretary (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation), born in Pontarddulais, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1932-09-25 Terry Medwin, Welsh footballer (Tottenham Hotspur), born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
  • 1932-10-08 Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player, born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1932-12-22 Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer striker, manager (Wales 17 caps, USA manager 1968), born in Powys, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1933-04-22 Anthony Llewellyn, Welsh-American scientist and NASA astronaut, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1933-04-29 Keith Baxter, Welsh actor (Chimes at Midnight, Killing Time, Barretts at Wimpole Street), born in Newport, Monmouthshire
  • 1933-08-01 Richard Lloyd Jones, British secretary (Welsh Office 1985–93)
  • 1933-09-02 Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor, (d. 2012)
  • 1934-01-26 Joe Erskine, Welsh heavyweight boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1990)
  • 1934-05-14 Siân Phillips, Welsh actress
  • 1934-07-05 Philip Madoc, Welsh actor (The Life and Times of David Lloyd George), born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1934-08-06 Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer

Person of interestClive Granger

1934-09-04 Clive Granger, Welsh-born British economist (Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences 2003), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2009)

Economist Clive Granger
Economist
Clive Granger
  • 1934-09-30 Anna Kashfi [Joan O'Callaghan], Welsh actress and 1st wife of Marlon Barando, born in Darjeeling, India (d. 2015)
  • 1934-11-01 William Mathias, Welsh composer, born in Whitland (d. 1992)
  • 1936-01-09 Mike Davies, Welsh tennis player, entrepreneur and administrator (ED ATP; GM ITF; Grand Slam Cup creator), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1936-04-26 Edward Cazalet, judge of the High Court of England and Wales, born in Marylebone, London
  • 1937-01-08 Shirley Bassey, Welsh singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker), born in Tiger Bay, United Kingdom
  • 1937-02-10 Lord Justice Rose, former judge on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • 1937-03-12 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor-Victoria, born in Llanfyllin
  • 1937-08-14 Brian Curvis, Welsh boxer and British welterweight champion (1960-1964), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1937-08-27 Phil Shulman, Welsh rocker (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1937-09-10 Alun Pask, Welsh rugby union flanker (26 caps; British Lions 8 caps; Abertillery), born in Blackwood, Monmouthshire (d. 1995)
  • 1938-06-13 Gwynne Howell, British operatic bass, born in Gorseinon, Wales
  • 1938-07-06 Tony Lewis, Welsh cricket batsman and broadcaster (England 9 Tests, captain 1972-73; president MCC; BBC cricket coverage), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1938-07-26 Keith Peters, Welsh physician, born in Baglan, Glamorgan
  • 1938-08-07 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, Welsh rugby union player, born in Wales, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1938-12-04 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 x Olympic gold eventing 1968, 72; World C'ship gold team 1970, 82), born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1939-03-08 Robert Tear, tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970), born in Barry, Wales
  • 1939-06-17 Donald Anderson, British Labour Party politician, born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1939-07-17 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1940-01-17 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), born in Ynysybwl, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2003)

Person of interestTom Jones

1940-06-07 Tom Jones [Thomas John Woodward], Welsh singer (What's New Pussycat), born in Pontypridd, Wales

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones
  • 1940-10-02 Lord Davies, British engineer and chairman (Welsh National Opera)
  • 1940-10-14 Christopher Timothy, Welsh actor (All Creatures Great & Small), born in Bala, Wales
  • 1940-12-05 Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler, born in Brynmawr, Brecknockshire, Wales
  • 1941-02-15 Austin Savage, Welsh hockey player, born in St Asaph, Wales
  • 1941-04-20 Grace Coddington, Welsh born fashion editor and model (American Vogue), born on Anglesey, Wales
  • 1941-10-13 Neil Aspinall, British music executive (The Beatles), born in Prestatyn, Wales (d. 2008)
  • 1941-12-02 Mike England, Welsh soccer defender and manager (44 caps, Tottenham Hotspur; mgr Wales), born in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales
  • 1941-12-10 Jeff Jones, Welsh cricket fast bowler (15 Tests England, 44 wickets), born in Dafen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
  • 1942-02-01 Terry Jones, Welsh comedian (Monty Python), born in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 2020)
  • 1942-03-09 John Cale, Welsh musician, composer and singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), born in Garnant, Wales
  • 1942-03-28 Neil Kinnock, Leader of the British opposition (Labour Party), born in Tredegar, Wales
  • 1942-04-05 Peter Greenaway, Welsh film director, born in Newport, Wales
  • 1942-05-21 David Hunt, British Conservative politician, born in Glyn Ceiriog, Wales
  • 1942-05-25 Ron Davies, Welsh footballer (29 Welsh caps), born in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1943-02-09 Ryland Davies, Welsh tenor, born in Cwm, Gwent
  • 1943-06-25 Chris Huston, British-born record engineer and guitarist, born in North Wales
  • 1943-09-27 Maxwell Boyce, Welsh comedian and singer, born in Glynneath, Wales
  • 1944-02-17 Karl Jenkins, Welsh composer
  • 1944-04-08 Hywel Bennett, South Wales, actor (Family Way, Shelley)
  • 1944-04-15 Dave Edmunds, Welsh singer and guitarist (Rockpile - Girls Talk), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1944-05-05 John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor (Sir Edward-Quest, Sliders), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • 1944-05-05 Roger Rees, Welsh Tony winning stage and screen actor (Cheers), born in Aberystwyth (d. 2015)
  • 1944-12-18 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), born in Llanelli (d. 2017)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

  • 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 (BDO World Champion 1978), dies at 63
  • 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)
  • 2005-01-29 Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)
  • 2005-10-04 Michael "Mike" Gibbins, Welsh musician (Badfinger), dies from a brain aneurysm at 56
  • 2006-09-01 Sir Kyffin Williams, Welsh landscape painter (b. 1918)
  • 2007-01-04 Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • 2007-02-22 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • 2007-04-03 Marion Eames, Welsh novelist (b. 1921)
  • 2007-06-12 Colin Fletcher, Welsh author and pioneering backpacker (Walking Through Time), dies of complications from an old head injury at 85
  • 2007-07-20 Ivor Emmanuel, Welsh singer and actor (Zulu, Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 2007-10-31 Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby union footballer (b. 1951)
  • 2008-06-12 Derek Tapscott, Welsh footballer (b. 1932)
  • 2009-01-09 T. Llew Jones, Welsh author (b. 1915)
  • 2009-04-18 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress, dies at 22

Person of interestClive Granger

2009-05-27 Clive Granger, Welsh-born British economist (Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences 2003), dies at 74

Economist Clive Granger
Economist
Clive Granger
  • 2010-03-10 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • 2010-06-07 Stuart Cable, Welsh musician (b. 1970)
  • 2011-02-02 Margaret John, Welsh actress (b. 1926)
  • 2011-09-11 Andy Whitfield, Welsh actor (Spartacus), dies of cancer at 39
  • 2011-11-27 Gary Speed, Welsh footballer and Wales national football team manager, dies at 42
  • 2012-01-30 Mary Grierson, Welsh botanical artist, dies at 99
  • 2012-03-05 Philip Madoc, Welsh actor (The Life and Times of David Lloyd George), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2012-06-18 Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor, dies from prostate cancer at 82
  • 2012-09-04 Ian Parrott, British-Welsh composer (The Black Ram), dies at 96
  • 2013-01-20 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway champion, dies at 86
  • 2013-05-24 Ron Davies, Welsh footballer (29 Welsh caps), dies at 70
  • 2013-07-02 Anthony Llewellyn, Welsh-American scientist and NASA astronaut, dies at 80
  • 2013-07-19 Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer striker, manager (Wales 17 caps, USA manager 1968), dies from prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease at 90
  • 2014-05-06 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), dies at 83
  • 2015-05-07 Sir Samuel "Sam" Edwards, Welsh physicist (condensed matter physics), dies at 87
  • 2015-07-10 Roger Rees, Welsh Tony winning stage and screen actor (Cheers), dies at 71
  • 2015-08-21 Anna Kashfi [Joan O'Callaghan], Welsh actress and 1st wife of Marlon Barando, dies at 80
  • 2015-11-02 Mike Davies, Welsh tennis player, entrepreneur and administrator (ED ATP; GM ITF; Grand Slam Cup creator), dies from mesothelioma at 79
  • 2016-02-08 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), dies at 87
  • 2016-04-30 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), dies at 69
  • 2017-01-31 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), dies at 72
  • 2017-12-29 Peggy Cummins [Augusta Fuller], Welsh-born Irish actress (Gun Crazy, Curse of the Demon), dies at 92