The United Kingdom in History (Part 10)

Historical Events

Events 901 - 1,000 of 2,264


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1914-07-28 First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill orders British Grand Fleet to Scapa Flow

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1914-07-29 British fleet leaves Portland/passes Straits of Dover
  • 1914-07-30 John French appointed British supreme commander
  • 1914-08-01 British Grand Fleet reaches Scapa Flow
  • 1914-08-02 Great Britain mobilizes
  • 1914-08-04 WWI: Germany declares war on Belgium; Britain declares war on Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1914-08-04 WWI: Field Marshal Lord Kitchener becomes British Minister of War after British declaration of war on Germany

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener
  • 1914-08-07 Engagement between British cruiser HMS Gloucester and German cruisers SMS Breslau and SMS Goeben off Greece
  • 1914-08-09 German U-15 was sunk by the British cruiser, H.M.S. Birmingham
  • 1914-08-14 British field marshal John French & Gen Wilson land in France
  • 1914-08-15 The first large public gathering of Boers in South Africa who do not want to support Britain in a war against Germany; British authorities will try to repress this movement, but discontent spreads
  • 1914-08-22 1st encounter between British & German troops (in Belgium)
  • 1914-08-24 Battle of Bergen: Germans defeat Belgian/British troops
  • 1914-08-28 Battle of Helgoland: British fleet beats German, 1,100 killed
  • 1914-09-01 Von Gluck's army meets up with British expeditionary army
  • 1914-09-03 British expeditionary army/general Lanrezacs army attack the Marne
  • 1914-09-04 France, Russia, and Britain agree in a Pact of London that none will make a separate peace
  • 1914-09-05 Great Britain, France, Belgium and Russia sign pact of London
  • 1914-09-08 Private Thomas Highgate becomes the first British soldier to be executed for desertion during WW1
  • 1914-09-09 First fully mechanized unit in the British Army created - the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade (WWI)
  • 1914-09-09 Meeting held at Gaelic League headquarters between Irish Republican Brotherhood and other extreme republicans; initial decision made to stage an uprising while Britain is at war
  • 1914-09-20 John Redmond urges Irish Volunteers to enlist in the British Army
  • 1914-09-22 1 German submarine sinks 3 British ironclads, 1,459 die
  • 1914-09-22 Louis Botha, premier of the Union of South Africa, assumes command of the armed forced after having dismissed General Beyers because of his resistance to aiding British in the war against Germany
  • 1914-10-01 The first division of Canadian troops, 33,000 sail for Britain; most Canadians are volunteers, anxious to prove their loyalty to the Commonwealth
  • 1914-10-13 Pro-German Boers begin opposition to British authority in South Africa
  • 1914-10-27 British battleship Audacious sunk by mine
  • 1914-10-31 Great Britain & France declare war on Turkey
  • 1914-11-01 German-British naval battle at Coronel, Chile
  • 1914-11-02 Great Britain annexes Cyprus
  • 1914-11-02 Great Britain declares the entire North Sea a military area: neutral ships will transit it at their own risk
  • 1914-11-05 Britain declares war on Turkey and annexes Cyprus, occupied since 1878; the immediate reason is to keep it from being taken by Turkey
  • 1914-11-06 The British land troops (mostly from the Indian Army) at the head of the Persian Gulf in Mesopotamia, and will begin to move westward in an attempt to draw Turkish troops from other fronts
  • 1914-11-21 British army conquers Bazra
  • 1914-12-08 Battle of the Falkland Island: British Royal Navy destroys a German battle squadron
  • 1914-12-08 Boers rebelling against the British have recently suffered several defeats; today, one of their leaders, General Beyers, accidently drowns
  • 1914-12-15 British fleet forfeits chance to destroy German fleet in North Sea
  • 1914-12-17 Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate
  • 1914-12-26 US Government protests British interference with American merchant ships at sea, on the same day Germans announce they will treat food as contraband, subject to seizure; weakens America's protest
  • 1915-01-19 1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die
  • 1915-01-24 German-British sea battle at Dogger Bank & Helgoland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1915-02-10 US President Woodrow Wilson protests to Britain on the use of US flags on British merchant ships to deceive the Germans

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1915-02-19 British fleet opens fire on Dardanelles coast
  • 1915-03-02 British vice admiral Sackville Hamilton Carden begins bombardment of Dardanelles forts
  • 1915-03-10 British Army captures Neuve Chapelle, Belgium
  • 1915-03-11 The British declare a blockade of all German ports
  • 1915-03-18 Failed British attack in Dardanelles
  • 1915-04-04 Germany protests vigorously to the US, claiming it must insist that Britain lifts its blockade and assert American neutrality
  • 1915-04-26 Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France & Russia
  • 1915-05-01 British liner Lusitania leaves NY for Liverpool

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1915-05-17 Last liberal British government of H. H. Asquith falls

British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith

  • 1915-06-09 US President Woodrow Wilson sends 2nd Lusitania note to Germany protesting sinking of the Lusitania and refuting German claim British blockade illegal
  • 1915-06-10 British/French troops conquer German colony of Cameroon
  • 1915-06-16 The foundation of the British Women's Institute
  • 1915-06-21 Anti-British revolt in South Africa ends with arrest of General De Law
  • 1915-07-03 After exploding a bomb in US Senate reception room previous day, Erich Muenter, a German instructor at Cornell University, shoots JP Morgan for representing the British government in war contract negotiations
  • 1915-07-10 British/South African troops march into German SW-Africa
  • 1915-08-06 The British land more troops at Suvla Bay on the northern shore of Gallipoli in an effort to break the stalemate on the peninsula during WWI
  • 1915-08-09 British attack at Chanak Bair at Gallipoli during WWI
  • 1915-08-14 British transport Royal Edward sank by German U boat kills 1000
  • 1915-08-19 British liner "SS Arabic" sunk by German submarine without warning leaving Liverpool for New York; killing 44. Creates diplomatic incident
  • 1915-09-01 The German ambassador to the US pledges again that German submarines will no longer sink liners without warning and providing safety of passengers and crew following the sinking of the British liner "Arabic"
  • 1915-09-25 Battle of Loos commenced, lasted until 14th October. Chlorine gas deployed by the British was blown back into their own trenches: 59,000 British & 26,000 German casualties
  • 1915-09-29 British army conquers Chilly al Imara, Mesopotamia
  • 1915-10-08 Battle of Loos on WWI Western Front ends, German forces contain British attack (85,000 casualties)
  • 1915-10-16 Great Britain declares war on Bulgaria
  • 1915-10-19 US bankers arrange a $500 million loan to the British and French

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1915-10-21 William Jennings Bryan's successor as US Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, sends a note to Britain protesting interference with US shipping

US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan
  • 1915-11-12 Britain annexes Gilbert & Ellice archipelago
  • 1915-12-28 Today the British Cabinet recognizes the true nature of the war by deciding to institute compulsory military service, with single men to be conscripted before married ones
  • 1915-12-30 Cromarty Harbour, Scotland - British cruiser Natal explodes: 405 die
  • 1916-01-09 The Ottoman Empire prevails in the Battle of Çanakkale, as the last British troops evacuated
  • 1916-01-12 Britain proclaims Gilbert & Ellice Islands as a colony in Pacific
  • 1916-01-24 The Military Service Bill, calling for conscription of men for war services, passes in the British House of Commons
  • 1916-01-28 German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain & France
  • 1916-02-09 Britain's military service act enforced (conscription)
  • 1916-02-10 Military conscription begins in Britain
  • 1916-02-22 The House-Grey Memorandum, drafted by US and Britain, states: 'Should the Allies accept [the American idea of a conference to end the war] and should Germany refuse it, the United States would "probably" enter the war against Germany'
  • 1916-03-12 French airship mistakenly attacks and sinks British submarine D3 with loss of all hands

/flags/germanySS Libau Sets Sail

1916-04-09 The Libau sets sail from Germany with a cargo of 20,000 rifles to assist Irish republicans; Captain Karl Spindler changes the name of the vessel to the Aud to avoid British detection
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  • 1916-04-20 German-British sea battle off Belgian coast
  • 1916-04-21 Ulster Protestant and Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement lands at Tralee Bay, Ireland from a German submarine; discovered at McKenna's Fort and arrested by the Royal Irish Constabulary
  • 1916-04-21 The Aud, carrying a cargo of 20,000 rifles to assist Irish republicans in staging what would become the 1916 Rising, is captured by the British Navy and forced to sail towards Cork Harbour

Victory in battleEaster Proclamation of 1916

1916-04-24 Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin
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  • 1916-04-27 The British renew their assault on the Irish Volunteer position in Mount Street; shelling also sets the buildings on fire
  • 1916-05-04 Ned Daly, Willie Pearse, Michael O'Hanrahan and Joseph Plunkett are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • 1916-05-08 Irishmen Eamon Kent, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Sean Houston are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • 1916-05-09 British-France Sykes-Picot conference over division of Turkey
  • 1916-05-17 British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced
  • 1916-05-18 A British Royal Inquiry into the Easter Rising in Dublin is set up in London
  • 1916-05-21 Britain begins "Summer Time" (daylight saving time)
  • 1916-05-24 Conscription begins in Britain
  • 1916-05-24 Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname

BattleBattle of Jutland

1916-05-31 Battle of Jutland: British battle cruiser HMS Invincible explodes, only 6 crew members survive
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  • 1916-07-01 British court martial (Easter uprising)
  • 1916-07-01 First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI)
  • 1916-07-26 The US Protests the 'Blacklist' issued by the British forbidding trade with some 30 US firms
  • 1916-08-04 The Turks attack the British line at Romani in the northern Sinai (WWI)
  • 1916-08-21 Sir Roger Casement, an Ulster Protestant and ardent Irish nationalist, arrested by the British
  • 1916-10-07 The German submarine U-53 arrives off Newport, Rhode Island, and sinks 9 British merchant ships in international waters

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 2,506

  • 1923-02-11 Ronald Arculus, British diplomat
  • 1923-02-15 Justice Drake, British justice
  • 1923-03-26 Elizabeth Jane Howard, British novelist (After Julius), (d. 2014)
  • 1923-03-27 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1923-04-02 Hugh Overton, British diplomat
  • 1923-04-05 Stanley Orme, British Labour Party politician, born in Sale, Cheshire
  • 1923-04-18 Beryl Platt [Baroness Platt of Writtle], British Engineer, politician and CEO (Equal Opportunities Comm)
  • 1923-04-25 Francis Graham-Smith, British astronomer, 13th Astronomer Royal (1982-90)
  • 1923-05-05 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (d. 2003)
  • 1923-05-20 Hugh Beach, British General
  • 1923-05-27 Lord Freyberg, British Colonel of General Staff
  • 1923-06-04 John Lea, British vice-admiral
  • 1923-06-25 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1923-06-26 David Haslam, British rear admiral (hydrographer), born in Derby, England (d. 2009)
  • 1923-06-29 Ronnie Ronalde [Ronald Charles Waldron], British entertainer and world famous whistler, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1923-07-16 Reg Prentice, British government minister, born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 2001)
  • 1923-08-31 Larry Grayson, British comedian (Generation Game), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1923-09-17 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, born in Ashford, Kent (d. 1999)
  • 1923-09-28 Duke of Buccleuch, British large landowner/art collector
  • 1923-11-17 Robert Francis Vere Heuston, British professor of law
  • 1923-12-04 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1924-01-03 Roy Harding, British teacher
  • 1924-01-03 Doug Ellis, British entrepreneur
  • 1924-01-27 William van Straubenzee, British MP
  • 1924-01-29 Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot, first to fly Concorde, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)
  • 1924-02-09 George Guest, British organist
  • 1924-02-16 Peter Webster, British High Court Judge
  • 1924-02-24 William Pillar, British admiral
  • 1924-02-29 David Beattie, British governor-general of NZ
  • 1924-03-07 Eduardo Paolozzi, British sculptor (Hydra)
  • 1924-03-19 Mary Wimbush, British actress (Oh! What a Lovely War, The Archers), born in Kenton, Middlesex, England (d. 2005)
  • 1924-04-02 Denis Rooke, British engineer and CEO (British Gas), born in New Cross, London (d. 2008)
  • 1924-04-15 John Grigg, British historian
  • 1924-04-18 Roy Mason [Baron Mason of Barnsley], British defense secretary and Labour MP, born in Royston, England (d. 2015)
  • 1924-04-24 Clement Freud, British writer, radio personality, and politician, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1924-05-06 Denny Wright, British guitarist (d. 1992)
  • 1924-05-14 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, born in Eastchurch, Kent (d. 2014)
  • 1924-05-23 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), born in Bromley (d. 2017)
  • 1924-05-28 Lord Rippon, British MP
  • 1924-06-19 David Scott, British priest, Chaplain to the Queen (d. 1996)
  • 1924-06-26 Peter Miles, British Army officer, businessman and courtier in the Household of Elizabeth II, born in Long Ashton, Somerset (d. 2013)
  • 1924-07-23 Gavin Lambert, British-born screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1924-07-24 David Loram, British vice-admiral (Supreme Allied Commander)
  • 1924-09-22 Charles Keeping, British illustrator (d. 1988)
  • 1924-09-24 Jean-Pierre Warner, British high court judge
  • 1924-09-29 David Atkinson, British air marshal
  • 1924-10-02 Sam Wainwright, deputy chairman (British Post Office)
  • 1924-11-07 Wolf Mankowitz, British(?) playwright
  • 1924-11-19 William Russell, British actor (Doctor Who, The Great Escape, Superman), born in Sunderland, England
  • 1924-11-21 Christopher Tolkien, British author and son of J. R. R. Tolkien, born in Leeds, England
  • 1925-01-07 Gerald Malcolm Durrell, Britain, zoologist/writer (Mockery Bird)
  • 1925-01-26 Desmond Cassidi, British admiral
  • 1925-01-27 Geoffrey Tucker, British political consultant
  • 1925-01-28 Henry Harris, British professor of medicine
  • 1925-02-11 Peter Berger, British vice-admiral
  • 1925-02-12 Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (d. 1984)
  • 1925-02-22 Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect
  • 1925-03-17 G M Hughes, British zoologist
  • 1925-03-26 Baron Hooson [Hugh Emlyn], British politician and peer (MP for Montgomeryshire 1962-79), (d. 2012)
  • 1925-03-27 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), born in Lahore, British India (d. 2015)
  • 1925-04-03 Tony Benn, British politcian, Minister of Technology and President of the Stop the War Coalition, born in Marylebone, London (d. 2014)
  • 1925-04-06 John Knox, British supreme court justice
  • 1925-04-09 Tom Jackson, British union leader (Post Office)
  • 1925-04-26 Frank Hahn, British economist (Hahn's Problem), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1925-05-10 Edward Fursdon, British Maj-Gen (defense council)
  • 1925-05-11 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), born in Haslingden, Lancashire (d. 2012)
  • 1925-05-29 Sir Kenneth Couzens, Deputy Chairman of the British Coal Board
  • 1925-06-09 Roy Hughes, Baron Islwyn, British politician (L), born in Pontllanfraith, Monmouthshire (d. 2003)
  • 1925-06-19 Charlie Drake [Charles Springall], English comedian (Plank, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Splish Splash), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1925-08-02 Alan Wicker, British broadcaster
  • 1925-10-02 Brian Dilton, British lord justice of appeal

Person of interestMargaret Thatcher

1925-10-13 Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1979-90), born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England (d. 2013)

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1925-11-09 Sir Alistair Horne, British historian and journalist (A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1925-11-11 June Whitfield, British comedian
  • 1925-11-27 John Maddox, British science writer and editor
  • 1925-12-28 Bill [William] Westwood, British bishop of Peterborough
  • 1926-01-13 Michael Bond, British writer
  • 1926-01-14 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer and activist, born in Dhaka, British India (d. 2016)
  • 1926-02-10 Danny Blanchflower, British(?) soccer player
  • 1926-02-11 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1926-02-20 Cameron Rusby, British Vice-Admiral
  • 1926-02-24 Reginald Freeson, British MP
  • 1926-02-27 Peter Emery, British MP
  • 1926-03-12 Gudrun Ure, Scottish actress (Super Gran, Lady MacBeth, BBC Sorcerer), born in Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland
  • 1926-03-25 Hans Rausing, Swedish/British industrial/billionaire (Tetra Pak)
  • 1926-04-09 Michael Ogden, British barrister (Ogden Tables), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1926-04-16 Barbara Tizzard, British educator

Person of interestElizabeth II

1926-04-21 Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, 1952- ), born in London, England

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1926-05-06 John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises) and British Major-General
  • 1926-05-08 Ronald Waterhouse, British high court judge (d.2011)
  • 1926-05-09 Francis Kennedy, British diplomat
  • 1926-05-13 Wallace Breem, British author
  • 1926-05-31 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man (d. 2008)
  • 1926-06-08 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C), born in Bexhill (d. 2001)
  • 1926-06-18 Patricia Hutchinson, British ambassador (Uruguay)
  • 1926-07-15 John Graham, British ambassador to NATO
  • 1926-07-30 Peter T Thwaites, British Brigadier General and playwright (Love or money) (d. 1991)
  • 1926-08-17 George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
  • 1926-09-10 Beryl Cook, British painter
  • 1926-11-23 Christopher Logue, British poet/stage writer (Trials)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 901 - 1,000 of 1,284


Person of interestQueen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

2002-03-30 Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother of the United Kingdom, dies at 101

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • 2002-03-31 Barry Took, British comedian (b. 1928)
  • 2002-05-03 Barbara Castle, British politician (b. 1910)
  • 2002-06-24 Miles Fitzalan-Howard, British army general and peer (Duke of Norfolk), dies at 86
  • 2002-07-18 Victor Emery, British theoretical physicist (b. 1933)
  • 2002-08-03 Carmen Silvera, Canadian-born British actress ('Allo 'Allo!), dies of lung cancer at 80
  • 2002-08-09 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (b. 1953)
  • 2002-09-07 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)
  • 2002-09-09 Geoffrey Dummer, British electronics engineer, built first integrated circuit and work in radar, dies at 93
  • 2002-09-30 Arthur Hazlerigg, British peer and cricketer, dies at 92
  • 2002-12-22 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), dies at age 50
  • 2003-01-02 Eric Jupp, British-Australian pianist, composer, arranger (b. 1922)
  • 2003-01-05 Roy Jenkins, British politician (b. 1920)
  • 2003-01-05 Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • 2003-01-08 Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • 2003-01-26 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (b. 1931)
  • 2003-01-31 Michael Ogden, British barrister and judge (Ogden Tables), dies at 76
  • 2003-02-28 Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
  • 2003-03-10 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer (b. 1950)
  • 2003-03-15 Dame Thora Hird, British actress, comedian, presenter and writer (Last of the Summer Wine, The Love Match), dies at 91
  • 2003-03-18 Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • 2003-04-07 David Greene, British television director (b. 1921)
  • 2003-04-11 Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)
  • 2003-04-15 Reg Bundy, British performer (b. 1941)
  • 2003-05-14 Wendy Hiller, English actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield), dies at 90
  • 2003-05-15 George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
  • 2003-05-29 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (b. 1972)
  • 2003-06-06 Dave Rowberry, English rocker (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun), dies at 62
  • 2003-06-22 John Stokes, British MP (C), dies at 85
  • 2003-07-10 Hartley Shawcross, British prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials (b. 1902)
  • 2003-07-25 John Schlesinger, British film director (b. 1926)
  • 2003-08-02 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), dies at 70
  • 2003-08-24 Sir Wilfred Thesiger, British explorer (b. 1910)
  • 2003-09-01 Sir Terry Frost, British artist (b. 1915)
  • 2003-09-18 Bob Mitchell, British politician (b. 1927)
  • 2003-09-20 Lord Williams of Mostyn, Welsh barrister, politician, and Lord President of the Council, dies at 62
  • 2003-09-22 Hugo Young, British journalist (b. 1938)
  • 2003-11-04 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (b. 1923)
  • 2003-11-20 Robert Addie, British actor (cancer) (b. 1960)
  • 2003-11-20 Roger Short, British Consulate General (b. 1944)
  • 2003-11-24 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, dies at 76
  • 2003-11-28 Antonia Forest, British children's author (b. 1915)
  • 2003-12-02 Alan Davidson, British author (b. 1924)
  • 2003-12-19 Roy Hughes, Baron Islwyn, British politician (L), dies at 78
  • 2004-01-11 Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], British politician (C), dies at 85
  • 2004-01-13 Harold Shipman, British general practitioner and prolific serial killer, commits suicide at 57
  • 2004-01-29 M. M. Kaye, British writer (The Far Pavilions), dies at 95
  • 2004-03-28 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), dies of heart failure at 82
  • 2004-03-30 Hubert Gregg, British broadcaster (b. 1914)
  • 2004-04-13 Caron Keating, British television presenter (b. 1962)
  • 2004-04-25 Thom Gunn, British poet (b. 1929)
  • 2004-05-03 Anthony Ainley, British actor (b. 1932)
  • 2004-05-03 Ken Downing, British racing driver (b. 1917)
  • 2004-05-08 John Peel, British politician (C), dies at 91
  • 2004-05-14 Anna Lee [Joan Boniface Winnifrith], British actress (General Hospital, How Green Was My Valley), dies of pneumonia at 91
  • 2004-05-20 Lord Murray of Epping Forest, British labour politician and union leader, dies of emphysema and pneumonia at 82
  • 2004-06-05 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (b. 1941)
  • 2004-07-17 Pat Roach, British professional wrestler and actor (b. 1937)
  • 2004-07-18 Paul Foot, British journalist (b. 1937)
  • 2004-08-04 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of British Coal and significant figure during Miners Strike, dies at 79
  • 2004-08-12 Peter Woodthorpe, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2004-08-14 Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)
  • 2004-09-21 Bob Mason, British actor (b. 1952)
  • 2004-09-30 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (b. 1915)
  • 2004-10-07 Ken Bigley, British civil engineer, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq (b. 1942)
  • 2004-11-19 John Robert Vane, British pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1927)
  • 2004-11-24 Arthur Hailey, English novelist (Hotel, Airport), dies at 84
  • 2004-12-02 Alicia Markova, British ballerina (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32) dies aged 94
  • 2004-12-18 Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)
  • 2004-12-23 Peter Beazley, British politician (C) (European Parliament), dies at 82
  • 2004-12-26 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman, husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent (b. 1928)
  • 2005-01-01 Hugh Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham, British newspaperman (b. 1931)
  • 2005-01-02 Cyril Fletcher, British comedian, dies at 91
  • 2005-01-10 Erwin Hillier, British cinematographer (b. 1911)
  • 2005-01-20 Miriam Louisa Rothschild, British zoologist, entomologist, and author (b. 1908)
  • 2005-01-23 Morys George Lyndhurst Bruce, 4th Baron Aberdare, British politician (b. 1921)
  • 2005-02-01 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist dies at 95
  • 2005-03-06 Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
  • 2005-03-07 John Box, British film production designer and art director (b. 1920)
  • 2005-03-16 Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (b. 1914)

Person of interestJames Callaghan

2005-03-26 James Callaghan, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1976-79), dies of lobar pneumonia, cardiac failure and kidney failure at 92

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • 2005-03-28 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • 2005-04-05 John Sichel, British film and television director (b. 1937)
  • 2005-04-07 Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)
  • 2005-04-16 Kathleen "Kay" Walsh, British actress (The Horse's Mouth, Oliver Twist), dies in a fire at 93
  • 2005-04-21 Gerry Marshall, British racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 2005-05-25 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)
  • 2005-06-02 Melita Norwood, British spy (b. 1912)
  • 2005-06-26 Richard Whiteley, British television game show host (b. 1943)
  • 2005-06-27 Ray Holmes, Battle of Britain veteran (b. 1914)
  • 2005-07-12 John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, Chief executive of British Airways since its privitisation (b. 1917)

Person of interestEdward Heath

2005-07-17 Edward Heath, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1970-74), dies of cancer at 89

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • 2005-07-17 Gavin Lambert, British-born screenwriter, dies at 80
  • 2005-07-19 John Tyndall, British politician (b. 1934)
  • 2005-07-21 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (b. 1941)
  • 2005-07-21 Lord Alfred Hayes, British Wrestling Announcer for WWE (b. 1928)
  • 2005-07-26 Betty Astell, British actress (b. 1912)
  • 2005-07-28 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), dies at 93
  • 2005-08-06 Robin Cook, British politician (b. 1946)
  • 2005-08-31 Michael Sheard, British actor (b. 1940)