The United Kingdom in History (Part 13)

Historical Events

Events 1201 - 1,300 of 2,250

  • 1938-09-27 British ocean liner "Queen Elizabeth" launches at Clydebank, Scotland
  • 1939-02-25 1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 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.

AgreementAgreement 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

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1939-05-23 British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949
  • 1939-06-01 British submarine "Thetis" sinks in Liverpool Bay with all 99 aboard
  • 1939-08-23 John Cobb (Britain) drives 365.85 MPH (593.48 KPH) at Bonneville Flats
  • 1939-09-03 German submarine U-30, commanded by Oberleutnant Fritz-Julius Lemp, sinks British passenger ship SS Athenia; 117 people die, among them 28 Americans
  • 1939-09-03 World War II: Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939-09-05 New Zealand Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage declares New Zealand's support for Britain in the war with Germany; Savage famously told the nation 'where she goes, we go. Where she stands, we stand'

New Zealand Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage
New Zealand Prime Minister
Michael Joseph Savage
  • 1939-09-06 1st German air attack on Great Britain in WW II
  • 1939-09-11 British submarine Triton torpedoes British submarine Oxley
  • 1939-09-14 British fleet attacks German U-39 boat

  • 1939-09-17 German U-29 sinks British aircraft carrier Courageous, 519 die
  • 1939-09-19 British Expeditionary Force reaches France
  • 1939-09-20 British navy captures German U-27 boat
  • 1939-09-30 Britain first evacuates citizens in anticipation of war.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939-10-06 Adolf Hitler denies he intends to go to war against France and Britain

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1939-10-14 German U-47 sinks British battleship HMS Royal Oak, 833 killed
  • 1939-12-02 British Imperial Airways & British Airways merge to form BOAC
  • 1939-12-13 Battle of the River Plate - 3 British cruisers vs German pocket battleship Graf Spee
  • 1940-01-08 Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)
  • 1940-02-14 British merchant vessel fleet is armed
  • 1940-02-16 British search plane finds German supply ship Altmark, used to accommodate aliied sailors from vessles sunk by the Graf Spee, off Norway
  • 1940-02-17 Altmark Incident: Crew of the British destroyer "Cossack" board German "Altmark" in Jøssingfjord, Norway, releasing 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass
  • 1940-03-16 German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1940-03-18 Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler meet at Brenner Pass where the Italian dictator agrees he will, in due course, join Germany's impending war effort in the west

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1940-03-19 Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
  • 1940-04-08 German battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
  • 1940-04-15 British troops land at Narvik, Norway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940-05-10 Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • 1940-05-13 British bomb factory at Breda, Netherlands
  • 1940-05-14 British Local Defence Volunteers forms, an armed citizen militia designed to support the British Army during the Second World War. It is later renamed the Home Guard.

  • 1940-05-14 Lord Beaverbrook appointed British minister of aircraft production
  • 1940-05-20 German General Guderian's tanks reach the English Channel (British expeditionary army)
  • 1940-05-27 British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII
  • 1940-05-28 British-French troops capture Narvik, Norway
  • 1940-06-03 Last British and French troops evacuated from Dunkirk
  • 1940-06-04 British complete the "Miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats
  • 1940-06-07 British/French troops evacuate Narvik
  • 1940-06-08 Last British troops leave Narvik, Norway
  • 1940-06-10 Italy declares war on France and Great Britain as part of its Axis alliance with Nazi Germany
  • 1940-06-11 World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy
  • 1940-06-21 The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1940-07-03 British Royal Navy damages the French fleet in Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, to prevent Germany seizing it
  • 1940-07-04 British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
  • 1940-07-05 Diplomatic relations broken between Britain and Vichy government in France
  • 1940-07-10 Battle of Britain begins as Nazi forces attack shipping convoys in the English Channel
  • 1940-07-11 British & German dogfight above Lyme Bay
  • 1940-07-19 Adolf Hitler orders Great Britain to surrender
  • 1940-08-03 Italian troops invade British Somalia
  • 1940-08-03 Seaplane Clare makes 1st British passenger flight to the US
  • 1940-08-07 Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana)
  • 1940-08-11 German air raid on British ports Portland and Weymouth
  • 1940-08-12 Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircraft
  • 1940-08-17 Adolf Hitler orders a total blockade of Great Britain
  • 1940-08-18 Battle of Britain: The air battle known as "The Hardest Day" occurs; Luftwaffe lose approximately 69 aircraft and the RAF lose 68 in one of the largest ever air battles
  • 1940-08-20 1st Polish squadrons fight along allies in the Battle of Britain
  • 1940-08-20 British PM Churchill says of Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"
  • 1940-08-25 First British night bombing of Germany (Berlin)
  • 1940-09-03 US gives Britain 50 destroyers in exchange for Newfoundland base lease
  • 1940-09-15 Battle of Britain Day: climax of the Battle of Britain, tide begins to turn as the Royal Air Force repulses a major Luftwaffe attack, losing 29 aircraft to the Germans' 57-61
  • 1940-09-23 -27] French/British assault on French fleet in Dakar, flees
  • 1940-10-02 British Council receives Royal Charter
  • 1940-10-02 British liner Empress, loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
  • 1940-10-31 Battle of Britain, fought between the RAF and Luftwaffe over the English Channel and southern England, ends with a British victory
  • 1940-11-11 British Fleet Air Arm attack destroys half of Italian fleet at Taranto
  • 1940-12-07 North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
  • 1940-12-09 British assault on Benghazi, Libya: first major allied offensive in North Africa
  • 1940-12-10 British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani)
  • 1940-12-12 British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani
  • 1940-12-16 British air raid on Mannheim
  • 1940-12-17 British troops occupy Sollum, Egypt
  • 1941-01-05 British Australian troops conquer Bardia, Libya
  • 1941-01-09 Maiden flight by Canada's British-built Avro Lancaster military plane
  • 1941-01-18 World War II: A counter-offensive is launched by the British against the Italians in East Africa
  • 1941-01-19 British offensive in Eritrea
  • 1941-01-19 British troops occupies Kassalaf, Sudan
  • 1941-01-21 Australian and British troops attack Tobruk, Libya
  • 1941-01-21 British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
  • 1941-01-22 British and Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians
  • 1941-01-24 British troops march into Abyssinia
  • 1941-01-31 British army Layforce commando units set sail
  • 1941-02-04 British tanks occupy Maus, Libya
  • 1941-02-06 British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya
  • 1941-02-09 British troops conquer El Agheila
  • 1941-02-22 Arthur "Bomber" Harris becomes British Air Marshal
  • 1941-02-28 British-Italian dogfight above Albania
  • 1941-03-04 The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
  • 1941-03-07 50,000 British soldiers land in Greece
  • 1941-03-07 British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941-03-11 FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1941-03-24 British troops defeat Italians in Somaliland
  • 1941-03-27 Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
  • 1941-04-06 British major general Michael Gambier-Parry captured in North Africa
  • 1941-04-06 Italian forces holding Addis Ababa surrender to British & Ethiopian forces
  • 1941-04-07 British generals O'Connor & Neame captured in North Africa

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1201 - 1,300 of 2,432

  • 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 CBE, 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)
  • 1934-03-11 Keith Speed, British MP
  • 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)
  • 1934-05-21 Phillip King, British sculptor
  • 1934-06-05 Gwen Swire, British social worker
  • 1934-06-09 Michael Mates, British politician (C) resigned during Asil Nadir scandal, born in Brentford, Middlesex
  • 1934-06-10 Paul Gibson, British high court judge
  • 1934-06-18 Carl de Winter, sect-gen (Federation of British Artists)
  • 1934-06-19 Terence Clark, British diplomat
  • 1934-06-20 Brian Barder, British high commissar (Australia)
  • 1934-06-26 Jeremy Wolfenden, British journalist and spy, born in England (d. 1965)
  • 1934-07-07 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs, born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1934-07-15 Simon Gournlay, president (British National Farmer's Union)
  • 1934-08-12 Kenneth Eaton, Controller (British Navy)
  • 1934-08-14 Robin McLaren, British ambassador (China)
  • 1934-08-18 Ronnie Carroll, British singer (Walk Hand in Hand), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1934-09-28 Janet Munro, British actress (d. 1972)
  • 1934-10-02 Richard Scott, Baron Scott of Foscote, British high court judge, born in Dehradun, India
  • 1934-10-27 David Barclay, British hotel magnate and multi-millionaire, born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1934-10-27 Frederick Barclay, British hotel magnate and multi-millionaire, born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1934-11-01 William Mathias, Welsh composer, born in Whitland (d. 1992)
  • 1934-12-30 Nicolas Coster, British actor (Our Private World, Ryan's Four), born in London
  • 1935-01-03 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), born in Newton Abbot, England (d. 2009)
  • 1935-02-14 David Wilson, Scottish administrator and 27th Governor of Hong Kong (1987-92), born in Alloa, Scotland
  • 1935-04-04 Lord Ichayra, secretary-general (British Banking Association)
  • 1935-04-05 Donald Lynden-Bell, British theoretical astrophysicist, born in Dover, Kent (d. 2018)
  • 1935-05-08 Viscount Falkland, British peer (Lib-Dem)
  • 1935-05-15 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "It's not Unusual"), born in Madras, India (d. 1986)
  • 1935-05-23 Juliet Campbell, British ambassador (to Luxembourg)
  • 1935-05-26 Sheila Steafel, South African-British actress (The 10th Kingdom), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1935-06-15 Fernand Schokweiler, British judge
  • 1935-07-12 Barrie Wilson, British religious scholar (How Jesus Became Christian) (d. 1995)
  • 1935-07-16 Tom Rosenthal, British publisher and broadcaster, born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1935-07-28 Simon Dee, British television broadcaster
  • 1935-08-02 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), born in Merseyside (d. 2007)
  • 1935-08-10 Jerrie Anthony Hulme, British major-general
  • 1935-08-19 Alan Baker, British Mathematician and winner of the Fields Medal (1970) for his work on transcendental number theory, born in London, England
  • 1935-08-23 Brendan Jackson, British air marshal, born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1935-10-09 Don McCullin, British photographer, born in London, England
  • 1935-11-05 Lester Piggott, British jockey (11 time champ), born in Wantage, Berkshire, England
  • 1936-01-08 Robert May, Baron May of Oxford, Australian-born British scientist, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1936-01-28 Bill Jordan, British trade unionist
  • 1936-01-29 Patrick Caulfield, British painter and printmaker, born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1936-02-13 John Harris, British(?) cricket player
  • 1936-03-04 David Thompson, British food magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1936-03-22 Philip Ely, president (British Law Society)
  • 1936-03-30 Mark Burns, British director (Juggernaut)
  • 1936-04-03 Reginald Hill, British crime author (Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novels), born in West Hartlepool, County Durham (d. 2012)
  • 1936-04-05 Michael Livesay, British admiral, Royal Navy officer, born in Middlesbrough, North Riding, Yorkshire (d. 2003)
  • 1936-04-09 Michael Somare, British foreign affairs minister (Paupa & New Guinea), born in Rabaul, Territory of New Guinea
  • 1936-04-26 Edward Cazalet, judge of the High Court of England and Wales, born in Marylebone, London
  • 1936-05-02 Engelbert Humperdinck [Arnold George Dorsey], British singer, born in Madras, India
  • 1936-05-05 Patrick Gowers, British film scores composer (Hamlet), born in Islington, England (d. 2014)
  • 1936-05-08 Neville Purvis, British vice admiral (Chief of Fleet Support)
  • 1936-05-10 Anthony Mullens, British Lt-Gen (Deputy chief of defense)
  • 1936-05-15 Ralph Steadman, British cartoonist
  • 1936-05-27 Benjamin Bathurst, vice chief of British Defense Staff
  • 1936-05-27 Lord Holme, president British Liberal Party
  • 1936-05-30 Roy Harford, Fulham UK, British-born NZ cricketer
  • 1936-06-01 Gerald Scarfe, British illustrator (Pink Floyd's The Wall), born in London, England
  • 1936-06-05 Barry Wilson, deputy chief (British Defense Staff)
  • 1936-06-10 Graham Carleton Greene, British literary agent
  • 1936-06-17 Ken Loach, British film director (The Wind That Shakes the Barley), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
  • 1936-06-26 Robert Maclennan, Baron Maclennan of Rogart, born in Glasgow
  • 1936-07-25 Gerry Ashmore, British racing driver, born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire
  • 1936-08-14 Trevor Bannister, British actor (Are You Being Served?), born in Durrington, Wiltshire (d. 2011)
  • 1936-08-22 Anne Downey, British circuit judge
  • 1936-09-27 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, born in Karachi, Colonial India (d. 2015)
  • 1936-09-29 Michael Partridge, British civil servant
  • 1936-10-25 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), born in London, England
  • 1936-11-23 Robert Barnard, British mystery writer
  • 1936-12-22 James Burke, British science historian and broadcaster (Connections), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1937-02-14 John MacGregor, British MP
  • 1937-02-22 Noel Murphy, Irish rugby union player, born in County Cork, Ireland
  • 1937-02-24 Jerry Wiggin, British MP (cash for amendments scandal), born in Worcestershire (d. 2015)
  • 1937-03-20 Mark Saville, QC, British high court judge
  • 1937-04-09 Simon Brown, Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.K.
  • 1937-04-09 Valerie Singleton, British broadcaster (Blue Peter), born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1937-04-10 Stan Mellor, British racehorse trainer and jockey
  • 1937-04-17 Brian Sedgemore, British MP (Labour Party 1974-79 and 1983-2005), born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2015)
  • 1937-04-18 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2009)
  • 1937-05-08 Michael Simmons, Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
  • 1937-07-24 Baroness Blatch, British minister of state for Education

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1201 - 1,264 of 1,264

  • 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 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), dies at 71
  • 2015-01-21 Leon Brittan, British politician, Home Secretary and member of the European Commission, dies at 75
  • 2015-02-01 Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, British engineer, politician and CEO (Equal Oppurtunities Comm), 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
  • 2015-06-01 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), dies at 55
  • 2015-06-05 Richard Johnson, British stage and screen actor and producer (Never So Few, Restless, Beyond the Door), dies at 87
  • 2015-06-07 Michael Oliver, British cardiologist (linked cholesterol with coronary artery disease), dies at 89
  • 2015-06-11 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), dies at 91
  • 2015-06-20 Nazar Singh, British great-grandfather, believed to be Europe's oldest man, dies at 111
  • 2015-06-25 Patrick Macnee, British actor (The Avengers, Magnum, P.I., Sherlock Holmes), dies at 93
  • 2015-07-01 Sir Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), dies at 106
  • 2015-08-18 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, dies at 72
  • 2015-08-22 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, dies at 88
  • 2015-09-03 Adrian Cadbury, British confectionery manufacturer (Cadbury) and author of report on Corporate Governance, dies at 86
  • 2015-09-19 Jackie Collins, British-American author (The Stud, Lucky), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2015-09-27 John Guillermin, British film director (The Towering Inferno), dies at 89
  • 2015-10-08 Hugh Scully, British TV presenter (The Antiques Roadshow), dies at 72
  • 2015-10-09 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), dies at 88
  • 2015-10-09 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, dies at 79
  • 2015-10-25 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, dies of cancer at 71
  • 2015-11-18 Jim Slater, British financier and writer, dies at 86
  • 2015-12-02 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), dies at 76
  • 2015-12-27 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
  • 2016-01-09 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), dies of a stroke at 74
  • 2016-01-20 George Weidenfeld, British publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), dies at 96
  • 2016-01-22 Cecil Parkinson, British politician (C), dies at 84
  • 2016-01-22 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), dies at 93
  • 2016-01-31 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2016-02-22 Douglas Slocombe, British cinematographer (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Raiders of the Lost Ark), dies at 103
  • 2016-03-07 Michael White, British theater/film producer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), dies at 80

Person of interestGeorge Martin

2016-03-08 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), dies at 90

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
  • 2016-03-10 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), dies at 95
  • 2016-03-13 Adrienne Corri, British actress (River, Doctor Zhivago), dies at 85
  • 2016-03-14 Peter Maxwell Davies, British composer (Prolation, Taverner), dies at 81
  • 2016-03-17 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), dies at 77
  • 2016-03-21 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs), dies at 81
  • 2016-03-28 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), dies at 96
  • 2016-03-31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), dies at 65
  • 2016-03-31 Ronnie Corbett, British comedian (The Two Ronnies), dies at 85
  • 2016-03-31 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes, Octopussy, El Cid), dies of pneumonia at 96
  • 2016-04-10 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), dies at 70
  • 2016-04-11 Emile Ford, Caribbean-born British singer and engineer (first black male singer to top UK charts), dies at 78
  • 2016-04-12 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Chips with Everything), dies at 83
  • 2016-04-12 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, dies at 88
  • 2016-04-20 Guy Hamilton, British director (Goldfinger), dies at 93
  • 2016-04-20 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress, dies of cancer at 62
  • 2016-05-07 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), dies at 92
  • 2016-05-09 Dennis Nineham, British theologian, dies at 94
  • 2016-05-19 Angus "Alan" Young, British actor and voice actor (Mister Ed, Scrooge McDuck), dies of natural causes at 96
  • 2016-06-03 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler (Fairport Convention), dies at 75
  • 2016-06-11 Alberto Remedios, British opera and concert singer, dies at 81
  • 2016-07-02 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), dies of cancer at 52
  • 2016-07-05 Beatrice de Cardi, British archaeologist, dies at 102
  • 2016-07-09 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Falstaff), dies at 77