The United Kingdom in History (Part 12)

Historical Events

Events 1101 - 1,200 of 2,236

Contract of Interest

1924-11-21 British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin cancels Labour contract with USSR

  • 1924-12-02 British-German trade agreement signed

Historic Event

1925-01-29 British Liberal Party chooses David Lloyd George as leader

  • 1925-03-12 British government of Stanley Baldwin refuses to ratify Geneva agreement
  • 1925-04-03 Great Britain goes back to gold standard
  • 1925-04-06 1st film shown on an airplane (British Air)
  • 1925-04-28 Netherlands & Great Britain return to gold standard
  • 1925-05-01 Cyprus becomes a British Crown Colony
  • 1925-05-10 To control demonstrations against foreigners, British troops in Shanghai fire into a crowd, leading to a boycott against British goods
  • 1925-05-21 George Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Dolobran, becomes British High Commissioner in Egypt
  • 1925-05-30 British mariners shoot on demonstrators
  • 1925-06-23 British warship fires on Hong Kong harbor strikers
  • 1925-11-05 British secret agent Sidney Reilly ('Ace of Spies') is executed in a forest near Moscow by the OGPU, the secret police of the Soviet Union
  • 1925-12-06 Italy, Britain & Egypt sign Jaghbub accord (Italy)
  • 1926-05-01 British coal miners go on strike

Volunteers Help Defeat General Strike

1926-05-03 Britain's Trade Union Congress calls for the country's first ever general strike, begins at 1 minute to midnight in support striking coal miners, lasts 9 days

  • 1926-05-12 British General Strike ends after 9 days, coal mine workers stay on strike
  • 1926-11-19 British miners' strike ends after 28 weeks
  • 1927-01-19 British government decides to send troops to China
  • 1927-02-12 British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai
  • 1927-02-19 General strike against British occupiers in Shanghai
  • 1927-03-21 Guomindang Army conquers Shanghai as British marines flee
  • 1927-03-26 Gaumont-British Film Corporation forms
  • 1927-05-01 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)

Treaty of Interest

1927-05-20 Treaty of Jeddah is signed between the United Kingdom and Ibn Saud recognizing the independence of the Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd, the forerunner of Saudi Arabia

  • 1927-12-14 Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops remain
  • 1928-07-02 British parliament reduces the age at women can vote to 21 - the same as men (Representation of the People Act 1928)
  • 1928-11-12 British steamer "Vestris" capsizes & sinks off Virginia, kills 110
  • 1929-04-27 Ryder Cup Golf, Moortown GC: Great Britain beats US, 7-5 in bitterly cold and snowy conditions
  • 1929-06-05 Ramsey MacDonald forms minority Labour government in Britain
  • 1929-09-17 British troops begin withdrawal from occupied Germany
  • 1929-10-03 British Labour government recovers diplomatic relations with USSR

Historic Event

1929-10-07 Ramsay MacDonald is first British Prime Minister to address US Congress

  • 1929-11-01 Lundy Island, part of British Isles, issue its own stamps

Historic Event

1930-03-12 Mahatma Gandhi begins his famous 200 mile (300km) protest march against the widely hated British salt tax

  • 1930-04-18 Attempted raid on the armoury of police and auxiliary forces in Chittagong in Bengal province, British India by armed pro-independence revolutionaries led by Surya Sen popularly known as Master-da
  • 1930-04-22 British troops battle pro-independence revolutionaries in the Jalalabad hills near Chittagong, Bengal province, British India, 80 troops and 12 revolutionaries killed
  • 1930-04-22 US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty

Appointment of Interest

1930-05-09 John Masefield is appointed British Poet Laureate by King George V

  • 1930-07-01 Great Britain signs accord for Independence of Iraq
  • 1930-10-05 British airship crashes in storm at Beauvais, France, 48 die
  • 1930-10-20 British White Paper restricts Jews from buying Arab land
  • 1931-03-05 Gandhi & British viceroy Lord Irwin sign pact
  • 1931-03-10 Oswald Mosley leaves British Labour party and founds the "New Party"
  • 1931-03-26 New Delhi replaces Calcutta as capital of British-Indies
  • 1931-04-20 British House of Commons agrees for sports play on Sunday

Sports History

1931-07-26 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Henri Cochet beats Fred Perry 6-4, 1-6, 9-7, 6-3 to give France 3-2 win over Great Britain and 5th straight title

  • 1931-09-10 Lord Cecil of British government says War was never so improbable
  • 1931-09-15 British naval fleet mutinies at Invergordon over pay cuts
  • 1931-09-21 Britain abandons gold standard; pound devalues 20%
  • 1932-01-04 British Viceroy of India Lord Willingdon arrests Gandhi & Nehru
  • 1932-01-26 British submarine M-2 sinks in English Channel (60 dead)
  • 1932-03-01 12 pro-independence revolutionaries captured in and around Chittagong in Bengal province, British India are sentenced to deportation for life, two to three-year prison terms with the remaining 32 being acquitted.
  • 1932-06-13 Great Britain and France sign peace treaty
  • 1932-10-01 Oswald Mosley forms British Union of Fascists
  • 1932-10-03 Iraq gains full independence from Britain, joins League of Nations
  • 1932-10-19 British government signs trade agreement with Soviet Union
  • 1932-10-24 British government signs trade treaty with USSR
  • 1932-12-19 British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas
  • 1933-01-27 Otto Meisnner (Head of the German President's Office) dines with British ambassador Sir Horace Rumbold
  • 1933-05-08 Mahatma Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India
  • 1933-06-27 Ryder Cup Golf, Southport & Ainsdale GC: Great Britain wins, 6½-5½; GB's last Cup victory until 1957
  • 1933-07-30 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Fred Perry beats André Merlin 4-6, 8-6, 6-2, 7-5 to give Great Britain a 3-2 victory over France; ends French 6 title win streak
  • 1934-03-26 Driving tests introduced in Britain
  • 1934-07-31 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Fred Perry beats American Frank Shields 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 15-13 to give Great Britain unassailable 3-1 lead to retain title; ends 4-1
  • 1934-09-26 British ocean liner RMS Queen Mary is launched; "wins" Blue Riband for fastest passenger crossing of Atlantic, 1936 & 1938-52; retired in 1967, permanently moored and converted to a hotel in Long Beach, California
  • 1935-03-13 Driving tests introduced in Great Britain
  • 1935-05-06 British King George V & Queen Mary celebrate silver jubilee
  • 1935-06-03 One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1935-07-02 Great Britain amateur boxing team beats United States in the first International Golden Gloves tournament in NYC, New York
  • 1935-07-24 1st greetings telegram sent in Britain
  • 1935-11-13 Anti-British riots in Egypt

Historic Event

1936-01-20 Edward VIII succeeds British King George V

  • 1936-04-01 Orissa constituted a province of British India
  • 1936-05-16 1st British air hostess Daphne Kearley flies to France

Radio History

1936-12-11 Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson

  • 1937-01-01 Safety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in Great Britain.
  • 1937-04-01 Aden becomes a British crown colony

Royal Coronation

1937-05-12 Coronation of King George VI of Great Britain (and his other realms and territories beyond the sea) at Westminster Abbey, London

  • 1937-07-27 32nd Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Wimbledon (4-1)
  • 1937-11-17 Britain's Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement

Historic Event

1938-01-17 Joseph P. Kennedy becomes the 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

  • 1938-02-25 Lord Halifax becomes British Foreign Secretary
  • 1938-03-18 President Cardena of Mexico nationalizes US & British oil companies
  • 1938-04-16 Great Britain recognizes Italian annexation of Abyssinia
  • 1938-06-04 10th Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland wins 7½-4½ at the Old Course at St Andrews
  • 1938-08-26 British leaders & Arabians fight in Palestine

Historic Event

1939-02-28 Great Britain recognizes Franco regime in Spain

  • 1939-03-31 Britain & France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany
  • 1939-04-06 Great Britain & Poland sign military pact
  • 1939-04-13 The Hindustani Lal Sena (Indian Red Army) is formed and vows to engage in armed struggle against the British.

Agreement of Interest

1939-04-16 The Soviet Union proposes an alliance with Britain and France to counter Nazi Germany; the Soviets would later sign a secret agreement with the Nazis

  • 1939-05-23 British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1101 - 1,200 of 2,384

  • 1931-03-27 Bob Bauman, CEO (British Aerospace)
  • 1931-03-29 Norman Tebbit, British Conservative party politician, cabinet minister and life peer, born in Ponders End, England
  • 1931-03-29 Sylvia Law, British town planner (President of the Royal Town Planning Institute), born in Southport, Lancashire
  • 1931-04-06 Joan Carlyle, British soprano
  • 1931-04-17 John Bartlett, Australian tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain), born in Woonona, New South Wales
  • 1931-04-17 Joyce Molyneux, British chef and author
  • 1931-04-19 Denis Henry, British High Court judge, born in Margate, Kent, England (d. 2010)
  • 1931-04-22 Ronald Hynd, British choreographer (English National Ballet), born in London
  • 1931-04-24 Bridget Riley, British painter (op-art), born in Norwood London, England
  • 1931-04-29 Frank Auerbach, German-born British painter
  • 1931-05-04 Thomas Stuttaford, British doctor and medical columnist (The Times), born in Norfolk, England
  • 1931-05-19 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
  • 1931-05-27 Florence Sharples, director (British YWCA)
  • 1931-05-27 John Chapple, British chief of General Staff
  • 1931-06-30 James Loughran, British conductor, born in Glasgow
  • 1931-07-02 Robert Ito, Canadian-born actor (Quincy, ME - "Sam"), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1931-08-09 Mark Weinberg, South African-British financier and multi-millionaire, born in South Africa
  • 1931-08-13 Bernard Manning, British comedian, born in Ancoats, Manchester, England (d. 2007)
  • 1931-08-13 Roy Evans, British trade unionist and General Secretary (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation), born in Pontarddulais, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1931-08-23 Richard Vincent, Baron Vincent of Coleshill, British chief of Defense, born in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
  • 1931-09-01 Cecil Parkinson, British politician (C), born in Carnforth, North Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • 1931-09-08 John Garrett, British Labour Party politician, born in Romford, London (d. 2007)
  • 1931-09-22 Fay Weldon, British feminist and writer (The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1931-09-22 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (d. 2003)
  • 1931-09-25 Patric Walker, American-British astrologer, born in Hackensack, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1931-10-09 Anthony "Tony" Booth, British actor and father of Cherie Blair (Till Death Us Do Part), born in Liverpool, Lancashire (d. 2017)
  • 1931-10-30 David Wilson, British archaeologist and director of British Museum (1977-92), born in Dacre Banks, England
  • 1931-11-13 Joan Lestor, British Labour politician (d. 1998)
  • 1932-01-12 Des O'Connor, British television presenter, singer and comedian, born in Stepney, London (d. 2020)
  • 1932-01-26 Ronald Allison, British author/broadcaster
  • 1932-01-27 Neville Trotter, British MP
  • 1932-02-01 John Nott, British policitican(C), Secretary of State for Defence during Falkland War, born in Bideford, Devon
  • 1932-02-15 Adrian Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
  • 1932-02-28 Brian Moore, British sports commentator (BBC Radio, London Weekend Television 'The Big Match'), born in Benenden, Kent, England (d. 2001)
  • 1932-03-11 Nigel Lawson, British government official (The Power Game)
  • 1932-03-15 David Alliance, Iran/British textile factory/multi-millionaire
  • 1932-04-03 Martin Nourse, Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales (d. 2017)
  • 1932-04-14 Bill Bennett, Canadian politician, Premier of British Columbia (1975-86), born in Kelowna, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • 1932-05-17 Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador to USSR
  • 1932-05-24 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Bratkartoffeln Inbegriffen), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1932-05-24 Graham Arnold, British artist (Brotherhood of Ruralists), born in Sydenham, London (d. 2019)
  • 1932-05-24 Terence Heiser, British senior civil servant
  • 1932-05-31 Elizabeth Southey, British CEO (National Fed of Women's Institutes)
  • 1932-05-31 George Vallings, British Vice Admiral
  • 1932-05-31 Ronald Hampel, British CEO (ICI)
  • 1932-06-11 Timothy Sainsbury, British politician and businessman
  • 1932-06-25 Peter Blake, British visual artist (Beatles - "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover), born in Dartford, Kent, England
  • 1932-06-27 Hugh Wood, British composer, born in Parbold, Lancashire
  • 1932-08-06 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1932-08-07 Edward Hardwicke, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1932-08-11 Angela Rumbold, British politician (C), born in Bristol (d. 2010)
  • 1932-08-11 Eric Varley, British politician and cabinet minister, born in Poolsbrook, Derbyshire (d. 2008)
  • 1932-08-20 Anthony Ainley, British actor (Doctor Who), born in Stanmore, Middlesex (d. 2004)
  • 1932-09-07 John Paul Getty Jr., American-born British oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), born onboard ship in the waters near Genoa, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1932-09-25 Andrew Gardner, British newscaster (News at Ten), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire (d. 1999)
  • 1932-09-29 Ronald B. Kitaj, American-British painter and graphic artist (pop art), born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1932-10-16 John Grant, British politician (d. 2000)
  • 1932-11-22 Keith Wickenden, British politician (d. 1983)

Colin CowdreyColin Cowdrey (1932-2000)

1932-12-24 England Cricket Batsman (114 Tests, 7,624 runs @ 44.06), born in Udagamandalam, India

  • 1932-12-28 Roy Hattersley, British journalist/Labour-parliament leader
  • 1933-01-09 Wilbur Smith, British-South African novelist (When the Lion Feeds, War Cry, River God), born in Ndola, Northern Rhodesia, (now Zambia) (d. 2021)
  • 1933-01-12 Michael Aspel, English television presenter, born in Battersea, London
  • 1933-01-13 Nurdin Jivraj, Tanzanian-British hotel magnate (Buckingham Intl.)
  • 1933-01-17 Bruno Schroder, British baron/banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1933-01-21 Norman Willis, English union leader (General Secretary of the UK's Trades Union Congress), born in Ashford, Middlesex (d. 2014)
  • 1933-02-18 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), born in Sacriston, County Durham (d. 2009)
  • 1933-03-04 John Mills, British sculptor, born in London, England
  • 1933-03-23 Norman Bailey, British operatic bass-baritone (Flying Dutchman), in Birmingham, England
  • 1933-04-06 Dudley Sutton, British stage and screen actor (Leather Boys; Brimstone & Treacle; Lovejoy - "Tinker Dill"), born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England (d. 2018)
  • 1933-04-06 Roy Goode, British lawyer
  • 1933-04-16 Joan Bakewell, British broadcaster and actress (Cold Comfort Farm), born in Stockport, England
  • 1933-04-24 Claire Davenport, English actress (The Elephant Man), born in Sale, Cheshire, England (d. 2002)
  • 1933-05-24 Christopher Staughton, British Lord Justice of Appeal (d. 2014)
  • 1933-06-04 John Sparrow, Chairman (British Horserace Betting Levy Board)
  • 1933-06-13 Tom King, British politician and minister (C), born in Rugby
  • 1933-06-26 David Winnick, British Labour Party MP, born in Brighton, Sussex, England
  • 1933-07-01 Peter Walwyn, British thoroughbred trainer (champion trainer 1974-75), born in Lambourn, England (d. 2017)
  • 1933-07-13 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), born in Wakefield (d. 2017)
  • 1933-07-17 Bruce Wells, English boxer (European amateur light middleweight champion 1953) & actor (Dr. Who 1965-73), born in Harlesden, Middlesex (d. 2009)
  • 1933-08-01 Richard Lloyd Jones, British secretary (Welsh Office 1985–93)
  • 1933-08-02 Alan Tuffin, British trade union leader (d. 2017)
  • 1933-08-10 Butler-Sloss, British Lady Justice
  • 1933-08-11 Julian Oswald, British Admiral of the Fleet
  • 1933-08-21 Barry Norman, British film critic (Film Greats), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1933-09-08 Michael Frayn, English playwright (Copenhagen), born in Mill Hill, England
  • 1933-09-16 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1933-09-17 Desmond Fennell, British high court judge, born in Sheffield, England (d. 2011)
  • 1933-09-25 Ian Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter (Ian & Sylvia), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1933-10-10 Gerald Masters, South African-British author (Pan Book of Dates)
  • 1934-01-20 Tom Baker, English actor (fourth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1934-02-11 John Surtees, British auto racer (World F1 C'ship 1964) and motorcycle racer (World C'ships: 350 cc – 1958, 59, 60; 500 cc – 1956, 58, 59, 60), born in Tatsfield, England (d. 2017)
  • 1934-02-12 Annette Crosbie, British(?) actress
  • 1934-03-06 John Noakes, British TV presenter, born in Yorkshire, England (d. 2017)
  • 1934-03-27 David Hancock, British civil servant, secretary (British Department of Education & Science), born in Beckenham, Kent (d. 2013)
  • 1934-04-02 Christopher France, British permanent secretary (Department of Health) (d. 2014)
  • 1934-04-02 Peter Middleton, British permanent secretary (Treasury)
  • 1934-04-16 Geoffrey Owen, British editor (Financial Times)
  • 1934-04-16 Richard Kenshaw, British broadcaster, born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1934-04-22 Nico Ladenis, Tanganyikan-British restaurateur (Nico at 90), born in Tanganyika, Tanzania
  • 1934-05-16 Anthony Walker, British army officer (Commandant of the Royal College of Defense Studies)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1101 - 1,200 of 1,250

  • 2010-11-29 Maurice Wilkes, British computer scientist and inventor (stored program concept for computers), dies at 97
  • 2010-12-20 Brian Hanrahan, British journalist (b. 1949)
  • 2010-12-21 David Hennessy [Lord Windlesham], British politician (C) (Leader of the House of Lords 1973-4) and TV executive, dies at 78
  • 2010-12-24 Elisabeth Beresford, British author and creator of The Wombles (b. 1926)
  • 2011-01-04 Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Steeler's Wheel - "Stuck In The Niddle"; solo - "Baker Street"), dies at 63
  • 2011-01-04 Miick Karn [Andonis Michaelides], Cypriot-British new wave and art rock fretless bassist, and singer-songwriter (Japan), dies of cancer at 52
  • 2011-01-07 Derek Gardner, British Formula 1 car designer (b. 1931)
  • 2011-02-22 Nicholas Courtney, British actor (Doctor Who, Incendiary), dies at 81
  • 2011-03-04 Charles Jarrott, British film and television director (b. 1927)
  • 2011-03-04 Vivienne Harris, British businesswoman and newspaper publisher (b.c. 1921)
  • 2011-03-15 Smiley Culture [David Victor Emmanuel], British reggae singer ("Police Officer"; "Cockney Translation"), dies from a self-inflicted stab wound at 48
  • 2011-03-17 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), dies at 94
  • 2011-03-20 Johnny Pearson, British pianist, arranger, orchestra leader, and composer (Cilla Black; Top of the Pops; Dusty Springfield), dies at 85
  • 2011-03-26 Diana Wynne Jones, British sci-fi author (Drowned Ammet; Witch Week), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 2011-04-07 Duke of Grafton, 11th Duke of Grafton, British peer, dies at 92
  • 2011-04-14 Trevor Bannister, British actor (Are You Being Served?), dies at 76
  • 2011-04-19 Elisabeth Sladen, British actress (b. 1946)
  • 2011-04-20 Tim Hetherington, British-American photojournalist (b. 1970)
  • 2011-04-23 John Sullivan, British comedy writer, dies at 64
  • 2011-05-07 "Big" George Webley, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 2011-05-25 Leonora Carrington, British-Mexican Surrealist artist dies aged 94
  • 2011-05-26 Ben Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics), dies at 93
  • 2011-06-25 Goff Richards, British brass band music composer and arranger
  • 2011-07-15 Googie Withers, British actress (b. 1917)

Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse (1983-2011)

2011-07-23 British singer-songwriter ("Stronger Than Me"; "Rehab"), dies from alcohol poisoning at 27

  • 2011-08-07 Nancy Wake, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent (Special Operations Executive), dies at 98
  • 2011-08-12 Robert Robinson, British television presenter (Ask The Family, Call My Bluff) (b. 1927)
  • 2011-08-26 George Band, English mountaineer (1st to climb Kangchenjunga, world's 3rd highest mountain), dies at 82
  • 2011-08-26 John McAleese, British SAS Trooper, Team leader during 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege (b. 1949)
  • 2011-10-15 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street; Pardon the Expression), dies from pneumonia at 91
  • 2011-10-29 Jimmy Savile, British entertainer and suspected sexual predator, dies at 84
  • 2011-11-19 Michael Hastings, British playwright, dies at 74
  • 2011-12-05 Peter Gethin, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 2012-01-02 David Barron, British physicist & computer scientist, at 76 (b.1935)
  • 2012-01-03 Bob Weston, British guitarist & songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found this date)
  • 2012-01-09 Brian Curvis, British boxer and 1960 welterweight champion, dies from leukemia at 74
  • 2012-01-12 Reginald Hill, British crime author (Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novels), dies of brain cancer at 75
  • 2012-02-03 Christopher Samuel Youd, British sci-fi writer (Tripods Trilogy), dies at 89
  • 2012-02-21 Baron Hooson [Hugh Emlyn], British politician and peer, dies at 86
  • 2012-02-21 Colin Ireland, British 'Gay Slayer' serial killer, dies at 57
  • 2012-03-02 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (1964-1987), dies at 82
  • 2012-03-03 Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer (Dartford Destroyer), dies at 72
  • 2012-03-09 Lord Wedderton of Charlton, British academic and politician, dies at 84

Vidal SassoonVidal Sassoon (1928-2012)

2012-05-09 British-American hair stylist and CEO of Vidal Sasson, dies from leukemia at 84

Robin GibbRobin Gibb (1949-2012)

2012-05-20 English rock-pop-disco singer-songwriter and producer (Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever), dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

  • 2012-05-30 Andrew Huxley, British physiologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 94
  • 2012-06-05 Barry Unsworth, British novelist, dies from lung cancer at 81
  • 2012-07-27 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • 2012-08-28 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), dies at 87
  • 2012-09-08 Bill Moggridge [William], British designer, dies from cancer at 69
  • 2012-10-01 Eric J. Hobsbawm, British Marxist historian, dies from pneumonia at 95
  • 2012-10-05 Keith H.S. Campbell, British biologist, dies at 58
  • 2012-10-28 Jack Dellal, British property investor/multi-millionaire, dies from natural causes at 83
  • 2012-11-03 Tommy Godwin, British track cyclist (Great Britain coach; 2 x Olympic bronze 1948; President British Cycling Federation), dies at 91
  • 2012-11-06 Clive Dunn, British actor (Dad's Army, The Avengers), dies from complications following an operation at 92
  • 2012-12-18 Marcus Worsley, British Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, dies at 87
  • 2013-01-29 Frank Hahn, British economist, dies at 87
  • 2013-02-04 Pat Halcox, British trumpeter, dies at 82
  • 2013-03-20 James Herbert, British horror writer, dies at 69
  • 2013-03-23 David Bond, British sailor, dies at 90
  • 2013-03-28 Richard Griffiths, British actor, dies from complications from heart surgery at 65
  • 2013-04-03 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-American novelist and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary failure at 85
  • 2013-04-10 Robert Edwards, British physiologist, IVF pioneer, and Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • 2013-04-19 Patrick Garland, British director (Doll House), dies at 78
  • 2013-05-04 Christian de Duve, British cytologist and biochemist (Nobel 1974), dies from euthanasia at 95
  • 2013-05-09 Andrew Simpson, British sailor, dies after a yacht capsize at 36
  • 2013-06-02 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (Labour), dies at 86
  • 2013-06-06 Tom Sharpe, British satirist and author, dies from complications from diabetes at 85
  • 2013-07-17 Peter Appleyard, British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, dies from natural causes at 84
  • 2013-08-31 David Frost, British broadcaster, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 2013-10-19 Noel Harrison, British singer and actor, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 2013-11-12 John Tavener, British composer (The Protecting Veil), dies from complications from Marfan syndrome at 69
  • 2013-11-17 Doris Lessing, Iranian novelist and Nobel laureate (Adore, Memoirs of a Survivor, Golden Notebook), dies at 94
  • 2013-11-20 Peter Griffiths, British politician (C), controversially won his seat (1964), dies at 85
  • 2013-11-27 Lewis Collins, British actor, dies from cancer at 67
  • 2013-12-06 Stan Tracey, British jazz pianist, dies at 86
  • 2013-12-08 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist (Nobel Prize 1975), dies at 96

Joan FontaineJoan Fontaine (1917-2013)

2013-12-15 British-American actress (Gunga Din; Ivanhoe; Rebecca), dies of natural causes at 96

  • 2014-03-14 Tony Benn, British politcian, Minister of Technology and President of the Stop the War Coalition, dies aged 88
  • 2014-05-07 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, dies at 86
  • 2014-05-19 Michael Aldrich, British inventor (Online shopping), dies at 72
  • 2014-07-23 Dora Bryan [Broadbent], British stage and screen actress (A Taste of Honey), novelty singer ("All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle"), and hotelier dies at 91
  • 2014-11-12 Warren Clark, British actor, dies at 67
  • 2014-11-30 Fred Catherwood, British politician, Vice President of the European Parliament (1989-1992), dies at 89
  • 2014-12-20 John Freeman, British politician (Labour)/ambassador/TV host, dies at 99
  • 2014-12-21 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, dies at 90
  • 2014-12-30 Yolande Donlan, British-American actress (Jigsaw, Expresso Bongo, Penny Princess), dies at 94
  • 2015-01-08 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 x Olympic gold eventing 1968, 72; World C'ship gold team 1970, 82), dies from cancer at 76
  • 2015-01-13 Ronnie Ronalde [Ronald Charles Waldron], British entertainer and world-famous whistler, dies at 91
  • 2015-01-21 Leon Brittan, British politician, Home Secretary and member of the European Commission, dies at 75
  • 2015-01-21 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), dies at 71
  • 2015-02-01 Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, British engineer, politician and CEO of the Equal Opportunities Commission, dies at 91
  • 2015-02-03 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), dies at 78
  • 2015-02-13 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, dies at 75
  • 2015-02-14 Alan Howard, British actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), dies at 77
  • 2015-03-02 Mal Peet, British children's author, dies at 67
  • 2015-04-12 Sheila Kitzinger, British author, anthropologist & child birth educator, dies at 86
  • 2015-05-06 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), dies at 71
  • 2015-05-24 Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), dies of cancer at 67