The United Kingdom in History (Part 11)

Historical Events

Events 1001 - 1,100 of 2,236

Stormy Birth for the House of Windsor

1917-07-17 Royal Proclamation by King George V changes name of British Royal family from German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor

  • 1917-07-22 British bomb German lines at Ypres, 4,250,000 grenades
  • 1917-08-05 British troops attack canal of Ypres in Boesinghe, Belgium
  • 1917-09-20 British assault on Polygon Forest, France
  • 1917-09-26 British assault on Menin-street, France
  • 1917-10-04 British assault on Broodseinde, France
  • 1917-10-17 1st British bombing of Germany

Historic Event

1917-10-30 British government gives final approval to Balfour Declaration

  • 1917-11-07 British capture Gaza, Palestine, from Turks
  • 1917-11-16 British occupy Tel Aviv and Jaffa
  • 1917-11-20 1st successful tank use in battle, at the Battle of Cambrai in World War I as Britain uses the new technology to break through German lines
  • 1917-12-09 British forces under General Allenby capture Jerusalem
  • 1917-12-23 3 British warships come close to Holland
  • 1918-01-05 British premier Lloyd George demand for unified peace
  • 1918-01-31 A series of accidental collisions on a misty Scottish night leads to the loss of two Royal Navy submarines with over a hundred lives, and damage to another five British warships.
  • 1918-02-06 Great Britain grants women (30 & over) the vote
  • 1918-04-01 United Kingdom: the Royal Air Force is created from the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps.
  • 1918-04-16 The British House of Commons passes a new Military Service Bill, taking men up to 55 years old and extending to Ireland
  • 1918-05-24 British officer General Poole lands at Murmansk, the Russian port on the Barents Sea
  • 1918-08-01 British troops enter Vladivostok
  • 1918-08-08 World War I: The Allies launch the Hundred Days Offensive, beginning with the Battle of Amiens where 500 tanks and 10 Allied divisions attacked German lines
  • 1918-08-17 British troops attack Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 1918-08-20 WWI: Britain opens offensive on Western front
  • 1918-10-15 British Q-ship Cymric sinks British submarine J6
  • 1918-11-21 The German High Seas Fleet of 5 battlecruisers, 9 battleships, 7 cruisers and 49 destroyers surrendered to the British Grand Fleet and were shepherded into the Firth of Forth
  • 1919-01-21 Irish militant nationalist party Sinn Féin creates its own parliament in Dublin and declares Ireland independent of Great Britain, sparking the Irish War of Independence
  • 1919-04-12 British Parliament passes a 48-hour work week with minimum wages
  • 1919-04-13 British troops open fire on demonstrators in Amritsar, India, killing 350
  • 1919-05-03 Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain
  • 1919-05-06 Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; German East Africa is assigned to Britain and France, German South West Africa to South Africa
  • 1919-05-12 The Transvaal British Indian Association calls a mass meeting to organise opposition to the proposed Asiatics (Land and Trading) Amendment Act; in the Act, Transvaal Indians are prohibited from owning shares in limited companies

Scuttling at Scapa Flow

1919-06-21 The German Navy, feeling betrayed by the terms of the Versailles Treaty, scuttles most of its ships interned at Great Britain's Scapa Flow Naval base in the Orkney Islands

  • 1919-07-06 British R-34 lands in NY, 1st airship to cross Atlantic (108 hr)
  • 1919-08-08 Treaty of Rawalpindi, British recognise Afghanistan's independence
  • 1919-08-19 After nearly 100 years of British control, Afghanistan declares itself independent
  • 1919-09-04 British intervene in Petrograd
  • 1919-09-14 British regime forbids Sinn Féin Dáil
  • 1919-09-27 British troops withdraw from the North Russian town of Archangelsk after fighting Bolsheviks/Soviets

Election of Interest

1919-11-28 American-born Lady Nancy Astor elected as the 1st female member of the British House of Commons

  • 1919-12-01 Lady Nancy Astor sworn-in as 1st female member of British Parliament
  • 1920-01-21 14th Davis Cup: Australasia beats Great Britain in Sydney (4-1)
  • 1920-03-10 Home Rule Act passed by the British Parliament, dividing Ireland into two parts; it is rejected by the southern counties, where the Ango-Irish war continues for a year
  • 1920-03-28 Anton Denkin's White Russian troops defeated by Bolsheviks and Soviets at Novorossijsk on the Black Sea (The British aid Denkin in his escape)
  • 1920-03-31 British parliament accepts Irish Home Rule law
  • 1920-04-20 Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
  • 1920-04-24 British Mandate over Palestine goes into effect (lasts 28 years)
  • 1920-04-30 The British Government ends military conscription
  • 1920-07-01 Sir Herbert Samuel takes over as high commissioner over Palestine, where Arab resistance to the British mandate continues
  • 1920-07-21 Irish Nationalist and Loyalists engage in street fighting over the issue of Irish independence from Britain, though Loyalist are reinforced by 1500 British Auxiliaries and 5800 British troops
  • 1920-07-23 British East Africa renamed Kenya and becomes a British crown colony
  • 1920-08-10 Turkish government renounces its claim to Israel, recognizes British mandate
  • 1920-08-24 With British approval, Greece is encouraged to take offensive action against Turkish nationalists in Asia Minor
  • 1920-11-11 Great Britain's monument to her war dead, the Cenotaph in Whitehall, designed by Edwin Lutyens, unveiled
  • 1920-12-17 British Empire receives League of Nations mandate over Nauru
  • 1921-01-20 British submarine HMS K5 (which was unusually equipped with steam turbines) sinks with 57 crew during exercises in the Bay of Biscay

Historic Event

1921-02-12 Winston Churchill becomes British Minister of Colonies

  • 1921-02-18 British troops occupy Dublin
  • 1921-03-16 Britain signs a trade agreement with the USSR and sends a trade mission to Moscow: this goes against the US, who in the same month refused to sign a trade agreement
  • 1921-03-17 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic in London
  • 1921-03-31 British coal miners goes on strike
  • 1921-04-15 Black Friday in Britain: leaders of transport and rail unions announce a decision not to call for strike action in support of the miners; despite widespread feeling decision a breach of solidarity and a betrayal of the miners
  • 1921-05-15 British Legion formed to care for ex-servicemen
  • 1921-06-19 Census held in Great Britain
  • 1921-06-20 At the Imperial Conference in London, V.S. Srinivasa Sastri puts forward a case for the granting of full citizenship rights to Indians in South Africa and other British colonies
  • 1921-06-21 The UK, the Dominions, and India, become the British Commonwealth of Nations

Historic Event

1921-07-16 Encouraged by the British, King Constantine of Greece launches a drive to take Asia Minor from nationalists under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

  • 1921-08-23 British declare a truce with Irish Nationalists Sinn Féin
  • 1921-08-24 British airship R-38 crashes in River Humber, 44 die
  • 1921-11-13 US, France, Japan and British Empire sign a Pacific Treaty

Anglo-Irish Treaty

1921-12-16 The Anglo-Irish Treaty, agreed to by the British Parliament and Sinn Féin, is ratified

  • 1922-02-21 Britain declares Egypt a sovereign state
  • 1922-03-16 Egypt achieves independence from Britain, but British troops remain
  • 1922-06-16 Irish republicans are beaten in a national election; the vote is in favor of the Treaty of London, which leaves the Irish Free State as a dominion within the British Commonwealth
  • 1922-09-11 British mandate of Palestine begins
  • 1922-10-18 British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation

Election of Interest

1922-11-15 British General Election: Conservative party wins a majority under Andrew Bonar Law

  • 1922-11-17 The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI, is expelled to Malta on a British warship

Election of Interest

1922-11-22 British Labour party elects Ramsay MacDonald as leader

  • 1922-12-17 Last British troops leave Irish Free State
  • 1922-12-24 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"
  • 1923-01-01 Britain's Railways are grouped into the Big Four: LNER, GWR, SR, and LMSR.

Agreement of Interest

1923-01-19 UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Stanley Baldwin and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon agree to reschedule repayment of Britain's $4.5 billion war debt over 62 years

  • 1923-02-23 Great Britain lowers import duty on German products from 26% to 5%
  • 1923-03-25 British government grants Trans-Jordan autonomy
  • 1923-05-25 Britain recognizes Transjordan with Abdullah as its leader
  • 1923-09-12 Britain takes over Southern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co
  • 1923-09-26 The Commonwealth Conference is held in London, where Britain recognizes the right of the Dominions to make treaties with foreign powers
  • 1923-10-02 British occuping army leaves Constantinople
  • 1923-12-08 Labour/Liberals win British parliament
  • 1923-12-21 Nepal changes from British protectorate to independent nation
  • 1924-03-06 British Labour government cuts military budget
  • 1924-04-01 Crown takes over Northern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co
  • 1924-04-01 Imperial Airways forms in Britain
  • 1924-04-23 British Empire Exhibition opens at Wembley, London
  • 1924-08-08 British-Russian trade agreement signed
  • 1924-10-08 British Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald falls to Conservatives
  • 1924-10-29 Labour minority government loses British parliamentary election to Conservatives led by Stanley Baldwin
  • 1924-11-02 Sunday Express publishes first British crossword puzzle

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1001 - 1,100 of 2,384

  • 1927-11-15 Gregor Mackenzie, British politician (d. 1992)
  • 1927-12-07 Helen Watts, British contralto, born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2009)
  • 1927-12-27 Antony Gardner, British politician
  • 1928-02-20 Donald Longmore, British cardiac surgeon
  • 1928-02-25 Keith Williamson, British RAF marshal
  • 1928-02-29 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1928-03-12 Roland Moyle, British deputy chairman (Police Complaints Authority)
  • 1928-03-20 Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book), born in Sale, Cheshire (d. 2008)
  • 1928-03-23 Alfred Morris, British MP
  • 1928-04-04 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), born in Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2001)
  • 1928-04-09 Brian Cubbon, British senior civil servant, born in Lancashire, England (d. 2015)
  • 1928-04-15 Richard Evans, British diplomat, ambassador to the People's Republic of China (1984-88), born in England (d. 2012)
  • 1928-04-19 John Horlock, British vice-chancellor (Open College), born in Edmonton, Middlesex (d. 2015)
  • 1928-05-18 Peter Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral who served on submarines, born in Stoke-on-Trent, England (d. 2020)
  • 1928-05-24 Peter Griffiths, British politician (C), controversially won his seat (1964), born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire (d. 2013)
  • 1928-05-28 Albert Booth, British government minister
  • 1928-06-07 Reg Park, British bodybuilder (Mr Universe - 1951, 58, 65), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1928-06-18 Michael Blakemore, British theater director (Country Life)
  • 1928-06-19 Raymond Powell, British MP
  • 1928-06-20 David Mitchell, British MP, born in rural Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2014)
  • 1928-07-17 Jean Muir, British fashion designer and dressmaker, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1928-09-17 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), born in Coventry (d. 2017)
  • 1928-09-22 Eric Broadley, British automotive engineer (Lola Cars)
  • 1928-09-27 G H Martin, British keeper of Public Records
  • 1928-10-02 Anthony Tippet, British Royal Navy officer and Chief of Fleet Support (d. 2006)
  • 1928-10-08 Bill Maynard [Walter Williams], English actor (Greengrass-Heartbeat) and comedian, born in Heath End, England (d. 2018)
  • 1928-11-02 Paul Johnson, English journalist, author and historian, born in Manchester, England
  • 1928-11-10 William Staveley, British Royal Navy admiral (d. 1997)
  • 1928-11-15 John Orchard, British actor (Capone, M*A*S*H), born in Kennington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1929-02-16 Peter Porter, Australian-British author and poet (Chair of Babel), born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2010)
  • 1929-03-06 Hal Miller, British MP
  • 1929-03-14 Bob Goalby, American golfer (US Masters 1968), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2022)
  • 1929-04-06 Willis Hall, British writer
  • 1929-04-15 Jocelyn Barrow, British race relations campaigner (Card) and 1st black female governor of the BBC, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2020)
  • 1929-04-18 Peter Hordern, British Conservative Party politician
  • 1929-04-29 [John] Jeremy Thorpe, British politician, Leader of the Liberal Party (Norman Scott scandal), born in London, England (d. 2014)

Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn (1929-1993)

1929-05-04 British actress (Roman Holiday; Breakfast at Tiffany's; My Fair Lady), born in Brussels, Belgium

  • 1929-05-06 Rosemary Camp, British archaeologist (Council for British Archaeology)
  • 1929-05-09 Kay Dotrice [Katherine Newman], British actress (Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2007)
  • 1929-05-11 Edward Anson, British vice-admiral
  • 1929-05-14 Henry McGee, British actor and comedian (No, That's Me Over Here!, The Benny Hill Show), born in South Kensington, London (d. 2006)
  • 1929-05-18 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (C) (1964-1987), born in London
  • 1929-05-29 Peter Higgs, English theoretical physicist (Nobel Prize for Physics 2013), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 1929-05-31 Neil Shaw, British CEO (Tate & Lyle)
  • 1929-06-08 Earl Ferrers, 13th Earl Ferrers, British minister of state (Department of Environment) (d. 2012)
  • 1929-06-20 Ronald Hines, British actor (Not in Front of the Children, Pack of Lies), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1929-06-21 John Morgan, British ambassador (to Mexico), born in London (d. 2012)
  • 1929-07-22 John Barber, British racing driver
  • 1929-07-31 Lynne Reid Banks, British author (The Indian in the Cupboard), born in London
  • 1929-08-02 John Gale, British theatrical producer (Chichester Festival), born in Chigwell, Essex, England
  • 1929-08-02 John Hannam, British Conservative politician (MP for Exeter 1970-97)
  • 1929-08-02 Lord David Waddington, British politician (Home Secretary 1989-90), born in Burnley (d. 2017)
  • 1929-08-22 Baroness Ewart-Biggs, British (Labour) spokesperson on Home Affairs, born in British India
  • 1929-09-25 Ronnie Barker, English comedian (The Two Ronnies, Porridge), born in Bedford, England (d. 2005)
  • 1929-09-28 Nigel Althaus, British government broker
  • 1929-10-02 John Zochonis, British industrialist (PZ Cussons) and philanthropist (d. 2013)
  • 1929-10-07 Robert Westall, British author, born in North Shields, United Kingdom (d. 1993)
  • 1929-12-16 Ian Board, British barkeeper (the Colony Room), born in Devon (d. 1994)
  • 1929-12-25 Stuart Hall, British radio and television presenter
  • 1929-12-30 Rosalind Hurley, British physician, barrister, ethicist and writer (d. 2004)
  • 1930-01-04 Iain Cuthbertson, Scottish actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB), born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire (d. 2009)
  • 1930-01-27 Roger Sims, British MP
  • 1930-01-28 David Morris, British MEP
  • 1930-02-01 Peter Tapsell, British Conservative Party politician (Member of Parliament, 1959-64 and 1966-2015), born in Hove, England (d. 2018)
  • 1930-02-15 C F Payne, British chief constable, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1930-02-20 Bill Walker, British MP
  • 1930-03-12 Antony Acland, provost of Eton/British ambassador (to US)
  • 1930-03-18 Pat Halcox, British jazz trumpeter (Chris Barber Jazz Band, 1954-2008), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2013)
  • 1930-03-30 Rolf Harris, Australian-British comedian, actor, painter, singer-songwriter ("Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport"), television personality, and convicted sex offender, born in Bassendean, Western Australia
  • 1930-04-11 James Ferman, American director and secretary (British Board of Film Classification), born in New York (d. 2002)
  • 1930-04-12 Bryan Magee, British philosopher, politician and broadcaster (Modern British Philosophy), born in London
  • 1930-04-13 Jeremiah Harman, British Judge "the kicking Judge", born in Kensington, London
  • 1930-05-10 June Knox-Mawer, British radio host/novelist (World of Islands)
  • 1930-05-20 Robert Bunyard, Commandant (British Police Staff College)
  • 1930-05-30 Mark Birley, British nightclub owner (d. 2007)
  • 1930-05-31 William Taylor, British Chairman of Convocation (London University)
  • 1930-06-19 Bryan Kneale, British sculptor
  • 1930-06-21 Gerald Kaufman, British Labour MP, born in Leeds (d. 2017)
  • 1930-07-25 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, born in London (d. 2020)
  • 1930-07-27 Ronald Dearing, British civil servant and chairman (British Post Office), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 2009)

Ted HughesTed Hughes (1930-1998)

1930-08-17 English Poet and translator (British Poet Laureate 1984-98), born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire

  • 1930-08-23 John Fairclough, British scientific adviser and computer designer, born in Yorkshire (d. 2003)
  • 1930-08-24 Raj Bagri, Indian-British merchant in metal, born in Kolkata, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 2017)
  • 1930-08-27 John Daly, British trade union leader
  • 1930-08-28 Windsor Davies, British actor (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1930-09-17 Gwyn Jones Francis, Welsh UK Forestry commissioner (d. 2015)
  • 1930-10-02 Dave Barrett, 26th Premier of British Columbia (1972-75), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2018)
  • 1930-11-03 Brian Robinson, English cyclist (Tour de France: first Briton to finish and first stage winner), born in Mirfield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 1930-11-14 Michael Robbins, British actor and comedian (On the Buses, The Great Muppet Caper), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1930-11-22 Peter Hall, English stage, film and opera director (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre director), born in Bury St Edmunds, England (d. 2017)
  • 1930-12-08 Julian Critchley, British journalist and politician, born in Islington, London (d. 2000)
  • 1931-01-31 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)
  • 1931-02-02 Les Dawson, English comedian and actor (The Dawson Watch, Blankety Blank), born in 1931, Manchester, England (d. 1993)
  • 1931-02-15 W K Reid, British ombudsman
  • 1931-02-18 Swraj Paul, Indian/British industrial/multi-millionaire (Caparo)
  • 1931-02-24 Inge Bernstein, British judge
  • 1931-02-25 Edward Kellett-Bowman, British MEP
  • 1931-03-06 David Haddon Whitaker, British publisher (Whitaker's Almanack)
  • 1931-03-17 David Peakall, British scientist (d. 2001)
  • 1931-03-20 John Rae, British educator (Conscience & Politics)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1001 - 1,100 of 1,250

  • 2006-09-15 Raymond Baxter, British television presenter (b. 1922)
  • 2006-10-03 John Crank, British mathematician (b. 1913)
  • 2006-10-14 Maurice Grosse, British paranormal investigator (b. 1919)
  • 2006-10-16 Ross Davidson, British actor (b. 1949)
  • 2006-11-10 Diana Coupland, British comedy actress (b. 1932)
  • 2006-11-27 Alan Freeman, British disc jockey known by his nickname 'Fluff' (b. 1927)
  • 2006-12-18 Mike Dickin, British radio broadcaster (b. 1943)
  • 2007-01-04 Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
  • 2007-01-08 Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
  • 2007-02-14 Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)
  • 2007-02-23 John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2007-03-04 Ian Wooldridge, British sports journalist (Daily Mail), and broadcaster, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2007-03-21 Kevin Whitrick, first British man to commit suicide on a live chatroom (b. 1964)
  • 2007-05-10 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), dies at 71
  • 2007-06-18 Bernard Manning, British comedian, dies at 76
  • 2007-07-05 George Melly, British jazz & blues singer, journalist, and art critic, dies of lung cancer and emphysema at 80
  • 2007-08-03 John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)
  • 2007-08-10 Tony Wilson, British music personality, record label owner and radio broadcaster, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2007-08-15 Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor (Canadian Opera Company, 1989-2007), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 2007-08-17 Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2007-08-21 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
  • 2007-08-30 Michael Jackson, British beer and whiskey author/expert. (b. 1942)
  • 2007-09-03 Jane Tomlinson, British charity fund raiser (b. 1964)
  • 2007-09-10 Anita Roddick, English businesswoman and cosmetic manufacturer (Body Shop), dies at 64 [1]
  • 2007-10-02 Christopher Derrick, British writer, dies at 86
  • 2007-10-14 Frank Hauser, British theatrical director (Oxford Playhouse), dies at 85
  • 2007-10-20 Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 2007-11-22 Verity Lambert, English film and TV producer, 1st producer of Doctor Who, dies at 71
  • 2007-12-01 Anton Rodgers, British actor (May to December), dies at 74
  • 2007-12-24 Nicholas Pumfrey, British judge (b. 1951)
  • 2007-12-29 Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
  • 2007-12-31 Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2008-01-02 George MacDonald Fraser, British poet & author (Flashman at the Charge), dies at 82
  • 2008-01-03 Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
  • 2008-01-30 Jeremy Beadle, British television host (Beadle's About), dies of pneumonia at 59
  • 2008-02-07 Tamara Desni [Brodsky], German-born British actress (The Green Finger, Hell's Cargo), dies from natural causes at 97
  • 2008-02-18 Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
  • 2008-02-21 Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • 2008-03-16 John Hewer, English actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials, dies at 86
  • 2008-03-24 Neil Aspinall, British music executive (The Beatles), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 2008-04-12 Cecilia Colledge, British figure skater (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 87
  • 2008-05-23 David Mitton, British television director (b. 1939)
  • 2008-06-22 Jane McGrath, British-Australian cancer support campaigner (wife of Australian Test cricketer Glenn McGrath), dies from cancer at 42
  • 2008-07-04 Charles Wheeler, British journalist (b. 1923)
  • 2008-07-29 Eric Varley, British politician and cabinet minister, dies at 75
  • 2008-07-30 Anne Armstrong U.S. ambassador to Britain and first female counsel to the President, dies at 80
  • 2008-08-12 (June) "Christie" Allen, British-Australian pop singer (Goosebumps), dies of pancreatic cancer at 54
  • 2008-08-23 John Russell, British-born American art critic and author
  • 2008-08-29 Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer (b. 1953)
  • 2008-10-08 Bob Friend, British newscaster (BBC, 1969-89; Sky News, 1989-2003), dies from a brain tumor at 70
  • 2008-10-14 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man, dies at 82
  • 2008-10-23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • 2008-11-16 Reg Varney, British actor (On The Buses) (b. 1916)

Harold PinterHarold Pinter (1930-2008)

2008-12-24 British playwright and screenwriter (The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), dies at 78

  • 2008-12-30 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69
  • 2009-01-09 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2009-01-10 William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • 2009-01-11 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2009-01-14 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin, dies at 71
  • 2009-01-16 John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
  • 2009-01-18 Tony Hart, English artist and television presenter (Take Hart, Hartbeat), dies at 83
  • 2009-01-24 Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
  • 2009-01-29 Alfred Mabbs, British Archivist (Public Records Office), dies at 87
  • 2009-03-02 Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 2009-04-15 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP, dies at 84
  • 2009-04-19 J.G. Ballard, British novelist (Empire of the Sun; Crash), dies of prostate cancer at 78
  • 2009-04-24 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • 2009-05-20 Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)

Clive GrangerClive Granger (1934-2009)

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

  • 2009-05-31 Danny La Rue, Irish drag entertainer, dies at 81
  • 2009-06-07 Hugh Hopper, British progressive rock and jazz bassist (Soft Machine; Stomu Yamashta's East Wind; Carla Bley), dies of leukemia at 64
  • 2009-07-06 Johnny Collins, British folk and maritime music singer (b. 1938)
  • 2009-07-18 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran, dies at 113
  • 2009-07-19 Henry Surtees, British racing driver. (b. 1991)
  • 2009-11-16 Edward Woodward, British singer and actor (Breaker Morant, Wickerman), dies at 79
  • 2009-11-20 Max Robertson, British sports commentator, dies at 94
  • 2009-12-03 Richard Todd, Irish-born British actor (Dorian Gray, Assassin Yangtse Incident), dies at 90
  • 2009-12-29 Akmal Shaikh, British drug trafficker, executed by lethal injection in the People's Republic of China (b. 1956)
  • 2010-01-11 Mick Green, British rock guitarist (The Pirates; Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas), dies of heart failure at 65
  • 2010-02-13 John Reed, British comic actor and singer (Gilbert & Sullivan; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, 1951-79), dies after a stroke on his 94th birthday
  • 2010-02-14 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), dies at 89
  • 2010-03-01 Kristian Digby, British television presenter & director, dies at 32
  • 2010-03-02 Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician (b. 1940)
  • 2010-03-03 Keith Alexander, British soccer forward (3 caps St Lucia; Grimsby Town FC, Lincoln City FC) and manager (Lincoln, Peterborough, Macclesfield), dies from a brain aneurysm at 56
  • 2010-03-03 Michael Foot, British politician (L) and writer, Leader of the Opposition (1980-83), dies at 96
  • 2010-03-04 Fred Wedlock, British folk musician (b. 1942)
  • 2010-03-04 Roger Newman, British-born American actor and television writer (b. 1940)
  • 2010-03-04 Tony Richards, British footballer (b. 1934)
  • 2010-03-17 Charlie Gillett, British pop-rock and world music radio presenter and writer (The Sound of the City), dies at 68
  • 2010-04-06 Corin Redgrave, British actor (Excalibur, A Man For All Seasons), dies at 70

Malcolm McLarenMalcolm McLaren (1946-2010)

2010-04-08 British music manager (Sex Pistols; Bow Wow Wow), and musician, dies of cancer at 64

  • 2010-05-02 Lynn Redgrave, British-American actress (Gods and Monsters, Georgy Girl), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2010-05-26 Christopher Moran, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1956)
  • 2010-05-31 Brian Duffy, British photographer and film producer (b. 1933)
  • 2010-06-19 Angela Rumbold, British politician (C), dies at 78
  • 2010-06-19 Anthony Quinton, British philosopher (b. 1925)
  • 2010-06-20 Harry Blackmore Whittington, British palaeontologist (b. 1916)
  • 2010-11-18 Brian G. Marsden, British astronomer (Smithsonian's Minor Planet Center (MPC), 1978-2006), dies at 73
  • 2010-11-23 Ingrid Pitt, Polish-born British actress (b. 1937)
  • 2010-11-23 Joyce Howard, British film actress (b. 1922)