Wales in History (Part 2)

Wales: Cardiff

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 316

  • 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
  • 1921-06-08 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 baackpacker (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, cardiologist, 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)
  • 1927-02-08 Stanley Baker, Welsh actor and producer (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu), born in Ferndale, Glamorgan (d. 1976)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1928-06-07 Dave Bowen, Welsh footballer, born in Maesteg, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1995)
  • 1928-06-09 Geraint Gruffydd, director (U of Wales Centre for Welsh Studies)
  • 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 footballer (17 Caps) and manager, born in Powys, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1933-04-22 John A. Llewellyn, Cardiff Wales, astronaut
  • 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)
  • 1934-05-14 Siân Phillips, Welsh actress
  • 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)
  • 1937-01-08 Shirley Bassey, Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)
  • 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
  • 1938-06-13 Gwynne Howell, British operatic bass, born in Gorseinon, Wales
  • 1938-07-26 Keith Peters, Welsh physician, born in Baglan, Glamorgan
  • 1939-03-08 Robert Tear, tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970), born in Barry, Wales
  • 1939-07-17 Spencer Davis, Wales, vocalist (Spencer Davis Group-Gimme Some Lovin)

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
  • 1941-12-15 Austin Savage, Welsh hockey player
  • 1942-02-01 Terry Jones, Welsh comedian (Monty Python), born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales
  • 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, Holywell, Wales, footballer (29 Welsh caps), (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 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)
  • 1945-01-06 Barry John, Welsh rugby player
  • 1945-08-13 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), born in Kenfig Hill, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1946-03-21 Timothy Dalton, Welsh actor (James Bond), born in Colwyn Bay, Wales
  • 1946-06-07 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), born in Merthyr Tydfil (d. 2010)
  • 1946-10-21 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1947-04-27 Pete Ham, Welsh rock vocalist (Badfinger-Come & Get It), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1947-06-01 Jonathan Pryce, Holywell Flintshire, Welsh actor (Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • 1947-08-01 Chris Barnard, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1947-09-28 Peter Hope-Evans, British singer and harmonicaist (Medicine Head), born in Brecon, Powys, Wales
  • 1947-12-05 Kim Simmonds, Welsh guitarist (Savoy Brown), born in Newbridge, Wales
  • 1948-03-04 Shakin' Stevens, [Mike Barrett], Wales, rocker (You Drive Me Crazy)
  • 1948-03-18 Brian Lloyd, Welsh footballer
  • 1948-04-01 J. J. [John James] Williams, Welsh rugby player, born in Nantyffyllon, Wales
  • 1948-08-02 Andy Fairweather Low, British guitarist (Amen Corner), born in Ystrad Mynach, Wales
  • 1948-11-05 Mel Ab-Owain, Welsh politician

Person of interestPrince Charles

1948-11-14 Prince Charles [Charles Philip Arthur George], Prince of Wales/Duke of Cornwall, born in London

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 1949-01-02 Chick Churchill, Wales, keyboardist (Ten Years After-I'm Going Home)
  • 1949-03-12 Mike Gibbons, Welsh musician and drummer (Badfinger), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2005)
  • 1949-03-12 Michael "Mike" Gibbins, Welsh musician (Badfinger), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2005)

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
Author
Ken Follett
  • 1949-06-11 Tom Pryce, British racing driver, born in Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 1977)
  • 1949-06-30 Andrew Scott, Wales, rock guitarist (Sweet)
  • 1949-06-30 Andrew "Andy" Scott, Welsh musician and songwriter (Sweet), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • 1949-08-15 Richard Deacon, Welsh sculptor, born in Bangor, Wales
  • 1949-08-25 Martin Amis, English novelist (London Fields), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1950-05-03 Mary Hopkin, Welsh folk singer (Those Were the Days), born in Pontardawe, Wales
  • 1950-09-05 Paul William Roberts, Canadian writer, born in Wales
  • 1951-05-17 I R Evans, CEO (Hyder, Welsh Water)
  • 1951-06-08 Bonnie Tyler [Gaynor Hopkins], Welsh rocker (Total Eclipse of the Heart), born in Skewen, Neath, Wales

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 132 of 132

  • 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 baackpacker (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)
  • 2009-02-14 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies of cancer at 82
  • 2009-04-18 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)

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, Former Welsh international footballer and Wales national football team manager (b. 1969)
  • 2012-01-30 Mary Grierson, Welsh botanical artist, dies at 99
  • 2012-06-18 Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor, dies from prostate cancer at 82
  • 2013-01-20 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway champion, dies at 86
  • 2013-05-24 Ron Davies, Welsh footballer, dies at 70
  • 2013-07-19 Phil Woosnam, Welsh footballer and manager, dies from complications 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
  • 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