The United Kingdom in History (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 2,236

  • 1857-06-10 Britain passes an act putting Canada on the decimal currency system
  • 1857-06-27 Bibighar massacre of 120 British women and children following the siege of Cawnpore
  • 1857-06-29 Battle at Chinhat (Indies rebel under Barkat Ahmed beat British)
  • 1858-07-23 Jewish Disabilities Removal Act passed by British Parliament
  • 1858-07-26 Baron Lionel de Rothschild becomes the 1st Jewish person elected to the British Parliament
  • 1858-08-02 Government of India transferred from East India Company to the British Crown

Historic Invention

1858-08-16 Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan for 1st time by transatlantic telegraph cable, he replies "it is a triumph more glorious, because far more useful to mankind, than was ever won by conqueror on the field of battle."

  • 1859-06-15 Pig War: Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the "Northwestern Boundary Dispute" between U.S. and British/Canadian settlers

Historic Event

1859-09-16 Lake Nyasa, which forms Malawi's boundary with Tanzania & Mozambique discovered by British explorer David Livingstone

  • 1860-01-28 Britain formally returns Mosquito Coast to Nicaragua
  • 1860-08-30 1st British tram begins operating in Birkenhead

Historic Event

1860-09-20 First British royalty to visit US, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII)

  • 1860-10-12 British & French troops capture Beijing
  • 1860-12-29 The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched
  • 1861-02-06 British Vice-Admiral Robert Fitzroy issues first storm warnings for ships
  • 1861-03-16 Confederate government appoints commissioners to Britain
  • 1861-05-13 Queen Victoria announces Britain's position of neutrality
  • 1861-06-01 British territorial waters & ports off-limits during Civil War
  • 1861-08-06 The British annex Lagos, Nigeria
  • 1861-09-16 British Post Office Savings Banks opens

Historic Event

1861-11-08 USS San Jacinto commanded by Charles Wilkes captures two Confederate diplomats from the British mail steamer Trent, almost causing a war between the US and the UK

  • 1862-03-10 Great Britain & France recognise independence of Zanzibar
  • 1862-06-07 The United States and Britain agree to suppress the slave trade
  • 1863-07-12 In New Zealand, British forces invade Waikato, home of the Maori King Movement, beginning a new phase of the wars between Maori and Colonial British
  • 1863-07-17 Māori forces are defeated by British troops at Koheroa, Waikato, in the New Zealand Wars between Maori tribes and British colonials
  • 1863-08-15 The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).
  • 1863-10-31 The Maori Wars resumed as British forces in New Zealand led by General Duncan Cameron began their Invasion of the Waikato
  • 1864-03-29 Great Britain gives the Ionian Islands back to Greece

Battle of Gate Pā

1864-04-29 Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina): 1,700 British troops suffer their worst defeat of the New Zealand Wars at the hands of 230 entrenched Maori warriors in Tauranga

  • 1864-06-01 Confederate cruiser Georgia sold to a British merchant in Liverpool
  • 1864-09-03 US, British, French & Dutch naval officer sails Straits of Simonoseki
  • 1864-09-05 British, French & Dutch fleets attacked Japan in Shimonoseki Straits
  • 1865-03-02 British newspaper "Morning Chronicle" begins publishing
  • 1865-07-05 Great Britain creates world's 1st speed limit law
  • 1865-11-11 Treaty of Sinchula is signed in which Bhutan ceded the areas east of the Teesta River to the British East India Company.
  • 1866-02-16 Spencer Compton Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington becomes the British Secretary of State for War
  • 1867-03-08 British North America Act is passed in the House of Commons, serves as Canada's constitution for more than 100 years
  • 1867-03-29 British North America Act (Canadian constitution) is given Royal Assent
  • 1867-04-01 Singapore, Penang & Malacca become British crown colonies

Historic Event

1867-05-20 British parliament rejects John Stuart Mills' proposals on women's suffrage

Historic Event

1867-12-02 In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States

Historic Event

1868-02-29 1st British government of Benjamin Disraeli forms

  • 1868-03-12 Great Britain annexes Basutoland in Africa (later renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho)
  • 1868-04-10 British defeat King of Abyssinia at Magdala

Ethiopian Emperor Commits Suicide

1868-04-13 Abyssinian War ends as British and Indian troops capture Magdala and Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros II commits suicide

  • 1868-12-02 1st British government of Benjamin Disraeli resigns
  • 1868-12-09 1st British government of Gladstone forms
  • 1869-10-05 A strong hurricane known as the Saxby Gale devastates the Bay of Fundy region in Maritime Canada. Incredibly British naval officer Stephen Martin Saxby predicted the storm 10 months earlier in December 1868 via astronomy.
  • 1870-08-04 British Red Cross Society forms
  • 1870-09-08 Netherlands and Britain sign "Koelietraktaat" an agreement to allow Indian contract workers from Calcutta to work in sugar plantations in Suriname
  • 1870-10-19 British steamship SS Cambria wrecked off the north-west of Ireland with the loss of 178 lives
  • 1871-01-26 The Rugby Football Union is formed at a meeting of 21 clubs at the Pall Mall Restaurant, London, England
  • 1871-05-08 British-US treaty ends Alabama dispute
  • 1871-07-20 British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada.
  • 1871-09-07 Bay of Biscay: British warship HMS Captain capsizes, 500 killed
  • 1871-10-17 Great Britain annexes Griqualand, South Africa
  • 1872-03-11 Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, begins; located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain
  • 1872-07-18 The Ballot Act introduces the secret ballot in elections in Britain; previously votes made openly
  • 1872-09-14 Britain pays US$15½m for damages during Civil War
  • 1873-01-22 British SS Northfleet sinks at Dungeness, England, 300 die
  • 1873-02-20 British Naval Officer John Moresby discovers the site of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and claims it for Britain
  • 1873-04-01 British White Star steamship Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, 547 die
  • 1873-06-04 1st contract workers of British-Indies Co arrive in Suriname
  • 1874-02-21 Benjamin Disraeli succeeds William Gladstone as British Prime Minister
  • 1874-07-30 1st baseball teams to play outside US, Boston-Philadelphia in British Isles
  • 1874-09-12 1874 The District of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada is founded.
  • 1874-10-10 Fiji becomes a British possession
  • 1875-11-28 British explorer Verney Cameron reaches East Africa
  • 1876-02-18 Direct telegraph link established between Britain and New Zealand
  • 1876-06-03 Lacrosse introduced in Britain and Canada
  • 1876-10-31 Great Backerganj Cyclone of 1876 ravages British India (Modern-day Bangladesh), over 200,000 killed
  • 1877-03-12 Great Britain annexes Walvis Bay at Cape colony, Southern Africa.
  • 1877-03-31 British High Commissioner Sir Bartle Frere arrives in Capetown
  • 1877-04-12 British annex Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1877-07-11 Kate Edger becomes New Zealand’s first woman graduate and first woman in the British Empire to earn a Bachelor of Arts
  • 1878-03-24 British frigate Eurydice sunk; 300 lost
  • 1878-06-04 Cyprus ceded by Turkey to Britain for administrative purposes
  • 1878-09-03 British passenger paddle steamer Princess Alice sunk in a collision on the River Thames with the collier Bywell Castle; 645 die
  • 1878-09-25 British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warns against the use of tobacco in a letter to The Times newspaper in one of the earliest public health announcements on the dangers of smoking
  • 1879-01-02 British battleship Thunder explodes in Gulf of Ismid, 9 die

Anglo-Zulu War

1879-01-11 Anglo-Zulu War begins as British Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand in South Africa

  • 1879-01-20 British troops under Lord Chelmsford make camp at Isandlwana

The British: 139. Zulu Warriors: 4,000. Let Battle Begin

1879-01-22 Battle of Rorke's Drift: British garrison of 150 holds off 3,000-4,000 Zulu warriors. Eleven Victoria Crosses and a number of other decorations were awarded to the defenders.

  • 1879-01-22 Zulu warriors attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa
  • 1879-04-08 Khedive Ismael of Egypt fires French and British ministers
  • 1879-06-01 Napoleon Eugene, the last dynastic Bonaparte, is killed serving with British forces in the Anglo-Zulu War. He is buried in Farnborough, Hampshire.
  • 1879-07-31 The first cable connection between South Africa and Europe is laid by the British electrical engineer Charles Tilston Bright as part of his project to link the British Empire with growing telecommunications technologies
  • 1879-10-12 British troops occupy Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 1879-12-28 North British Railway's train falls as Tay bridge collapses (Scotland)
  • 1880-08-02 British Parliament officially adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • 1880-12-16 Beginning of the First Boer War between British Empire and Boer South African Republic
  • 1881-01-28 Battle at Laing's Neck Natal: Boers beat superior powered British
  • 1881-02-07 Battle at Ingogo, Transvaal: Boers beat superior British forces
  • 1881-02-26 -27] Natal: British troops under Major General Colley occupy Majuba Hill
  • 1881-03-23 Boers & Britain sign peace accord; end 1st Boer war
  • 1881-04-05 Transvaal regains independence under British suzerainty
  • 1881-07-01 General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell-Childers reforms of the British Army's organisation, comes into effect
  • 1882-02-15 SS Dunedin leaves New Zealand for Britain with the first cargo of frozen meat.
  • 1882-03-04 Britain's first electric trams run in East London
  • 1882-07-11 British fleet bombards Alexandria

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 2,384

  • 1904-04-08 John R. Hicks, British economist (Value and Capital), (Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science 1972), born in Warwick, England (d. 1989)
  • 1904-04-27 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), born in Ballintubbert, Queen's County (d. 1972)
  • 1904-05-05 Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races), born in Donnington Wood, Telford (d. 1986)
  • 1904-05-24 Kenneth Buckley, British rear-admiral (d. 1992)
  • 1904-05-26 George Formby, British singer and comedian, born in Wigan, Lancashire, England (d. 1961)
  • 1904-07-28 Selwyn Lloyd, British politician (Foreign Secretary, 1955-60; Exchequer, 1960-62; Leader of the House of Commons, 1963–64; Speaker of the House of Commons, 1971-76),, born in West Kirby, England (d. 1978)
  • 1904-08-27 Norah Lofts, British author (The Town House), born in Shipdham, Norfolk, England (d. 1983)

Frederick AshtonFrederick Ashton (1904-1988)

1904-09-17 British choreographer (Cinderella), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Greer GarsonGreer Garson (1904-1996)

1904-09-29 British actress (Mrs Miniver), born in East Ham, Essex

  • 1904-10-15 Julian Hodge, British financier and multi-millionaire (Hodge Group), born in Camberwell, London (d. 2004)
  • 1904-10-16 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, born in Sheffield, Britain, (d. 1985)
  • 1904-11-11 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (one of the founders of homotopy theory), born in Madras, India (d. 1960)
  • 1904-11-22 Theodore Besterman, British bibliographer and psychical researcher, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1976)
  • 1904-12-11 Joe Coral [Joseph Kagarlitski], British bookmaker (Gala Coral Group), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1904-12-28 Clabon W Allen, Australian/British astronomer
  • 1905-02-16 Oliver Franks, British civil servant, ambassador to the US and philosopher (Falklands War report), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1992)
  • 1905-05-08 Inglis Gundry, British composer, musicologist and novelist, born in Wimbledon, London (d. 2000)
  • 1905-06-26 Jack Longland, British director of education (Derbyshire), born in London (d. 1993)
  • 1905-07-25 Elias Canetti, Bulgarian-British author (Crowds and Power) and winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, born in Ruse, Bulgaria (d. 1994)
  • 1905-08-09 Elizabeth Lane, 1st female British supreme court justice, born in Bowden, Cheshire (d. 1988)
  • 1905-08-10 Bernard Benjamin Gillis, British judge
  • 1905-08-10 Richard F Kahn, baron of Hampstead/British economist
  • 1905-09-05 Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-British writer (Arrow in Blue), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1983)
  • 1905-09-07 John Whitley, British air-marshal (d. 1997)
  • 1906-02-09 Gwen Catley, British coloratura soprano, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1906-02-11 Denis Barnett, British air chief marshal (WWII, Suez Canal) (d. 1992)

A. J. P. TaylorA. J. P. Taylor (1906-1990)

1906-03-25 English historian (The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848–1918, Origins of the Second World War), born in Southport, England

  • 1906-04-21 Tom Burns, British-Chilean publisher and editor, born in Chile (d. 1995)
  • 1906-06-05 John Kemp, 1st Viscount Rochdale, British soldier and businessman (d. 1993)
  • 1906-06-17 Thomas Cowling, British mathematician and astronomer, born in Walthamstow, Essex (d. 1990)
  • 1906-07-15 Edmund Davies, British lord of appeal
  • 1906-08-01 William Hayter, British diplomat and Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1953-57), born in Oxford, England (d. 1995)
  • 1906-09-25 Phyllis Pearsall, British painter and writer (A to Z Map Company), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1906-09-30 John I M Stewart [pseudonym Michael Innes], Scottish detective writer (Comedy of Terrors), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1906-11-07 Margaret Barbara Lambert, British historian (Saar) (d. 1995)
  • 1906-11-18 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British automotive designer who designed the Mini, born in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire (d. 1988)
  • 1906-12-20 Dick White, British intelligence officer (Director General of MI5 1953–1956; Head of the Secret Intelligence Service 1956–1968), born in Tonbridge, Kent
  • 1906-12-25 Lew Grade, British TV mogul (ATV)/movie producer (Boys from Brazil)
  • 1907-01-14 Derek Richter, British neuroscientist (learning & memory), born in bath, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • 1907-01-28 Henry Cotton, British golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), born in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England (d. 1987)
  • 1907-03-03 Joy Finzi [Joyce A Black], British painter
  • 1907-03-11 Margaret Herbison, British minister (Labour)
  • 1907-03-12 Arthur Hewlett, British actor (The Pied Piper), born in Southampton, England (d. 1997)
  • 1907-04-15 Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch-British biologist and zoologist (Nobel 1973), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1907-05-17 Charles Cawley, British chief scientist and Minister of Power (1959-67) (d. 2000)
  • 1907-05-23 Matthew Campbell, British senior civil servant
  • 1907-05-28 Patrick Browne, British Lord justice of appeal, born in Cambridge (d. 1996)
  • 1907-05-31 Valston Hancock, British air marshal
  • 1907-06-14 Nicolas Bentley, British writer and illustrator, born in London (d. 1978)
  • 1907-07-15 Paterson Fraser, British air marshal
  • 1907-07-27 Mollie Phillips, British figure skater and judge (first woman to referee a world championship), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1907-09-17 Desmond Heap, British lawyer and authority on British planning law, born in Burnley, Lancashire (d. 1998)
  • 1907-09-22 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (d. 1981)
  • 1907-09-26 Anthony Blunt, British art historian and spy for USSR, born in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England (d. 1983)
  • 1907-09-27 Bernard Miles, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Great Expectations, In Which We Serve), born in Uxbridge, England (d. 1991)
  • 1907-10-02 Alexander Robertus Todd, British organic chemist (Nobel Prize 1957), born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1907-10-09 Quintin Hogg, British politician, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, born in London (d. 2001)
  • 1907-11-25 John Stuart Hindmarsh, British racing driver and aviator (d. 1938)
  • 1908-01-18 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1974)
  • 1908-02-05 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins, born in Brighton, England (d. 1969)
  • 1908-02-11 Vivian [Ernest] Fuchs, geologist/explorer (British Antarctic Survey)
  • 1908-03-17 Radie Britain, American composer, born near Silverton, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1908-03-25 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director, born in London, England (d. 1985)
  • 1908-04-08 Neil Lawson, British high court judge
  • 1908-04-18 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1966)
  • 1908-06-05 Jack Jacob, British senior master (British Supreme Court), born in Shanghai (d. 2000)
  • 1908-06-30 Winston Graham, British writer (Poldark novels), born in Manchester (d. 2003)
  • 1908-07-16 Maurice Adams, British surgeon and rear admiral
  • 1908-07-27 Hugh Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Putney, British MP of Arts (Labour), born in Enfield, Middlesex (d. 2004)
  • 1908-08-12 Lord Renton, QC/British government minister
  • 1908-08-21 M. M. Kaye, British writer (The Far Pavilions), born in Shimla, India (d. 2004)
  • 1908-10-13 John Grant, British rear-admiral (Royal Navy) (d. 1996)
  • 1908-10-19 Patrick Cairns "Spike" Hughes, British jazz double bassist and composer (Elegy), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1908-10-29 Stewart Myles MacPherson, Canadian-born British broadcaster (WWII), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1995)
  • 1908-11-26 Charles Forte, Italian-British hotel magnate (Savoy), born in Mortale, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1909-01-28 Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II-George Medal)
  • 1909-01-31 Foley Newns, British colonial administrator
  • 1909-02-15 Harold Beeley, British diplomat
  • 1909-02-24 Max Black, Dutch/British/American philosopher (analytical philosophy)
  • 1909-03-17 Patrick Reilly, British diplomat, born in Ootacamund, India
  • 1909-05-17 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant, born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1909-05-19 Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1909-05-31 Jan Lewando, British director (Marks & Spencer)
  • 1909-06-24 William Penney, British physicist (developed Britain's 1st atom bomb), born in Gibraltar (d. 1991)
  • 1909-07-12 Seymour Berry, 2nd Viscount Camrose, British Conservative Lower house leader (1941-45), born in Surrey, England (d. 1995)
  • 1909-07-26 Peter Thorneycroft, British politician, born in Dunston, Staffordshire (d. 1994)
  • 1909-08-01 Nigel Henderson, British Royal Navy admiral (d. 1993)
  • 1909-08-02 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1909-09-14 Peter Scott, British naturalist & explorer, born in London (d. 1989)
  • 1909-09-16 John Megaw, British Lord Justice of Appeal, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1910-01-21 Lord Cayzer, British financier/swcheeps magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1910-02-21 Douglas Bader, British pilot and WWII flying ace during WWII, born in London, England (d. 1982)
  • 1910-02-21 Eddie Waring, British sports commentator (d. 1986)
  • 1910-03-16 Andrew Miller-Jones, British TV pioneer (Picture Page, Dressing Up), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1910-04-06 Desmond Dreyer, British admiral

Dorothy HodgkinDorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994)

1910-05-12 British biochemist who developed protein crystallography to study molecular structure, including that of vitamin B12 (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1964), born in Cairo, Egypt [1]

  • 1910-05-31 Francis Avery Jones, British gastro-enterologist
  • 1910-06-13 Mary Whitehouse, English social activist who opposed social liberalism and the mainstream British media, born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England (d. 2001)
  • 1910-07-03 Bernard Burrows, British diplomat (d. 2002)
  • 1910-07-20 Cicely Veronica Wedgwood, British historian (William the Silent)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 501 - 600 of 1,249

  • 1969-01-04 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins, die at 60
  • 1969-01-08 Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • 1969-01-11 Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)

Boris KarloffBoris Karloff (1887-1969)

1969-02-02 English actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), dies of pneumonia at 81

  • 1969-03-25 Billy Cotton, British bandleader and entertainer, dies at 69

Cecil Frank PowellCecil Frank Powell (1903-1969)

1969-08-09 English physicist who discovered pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle (Nobel 1950), dies at 65

  • 1969-11-18 Ted Heath, British jazz trombonist, composer, and big bandleader, dies at 67
  • 1970-01-03 Gladys Aylward, British missionary in China; portrayed by Ingrid Bergman in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (b. 1902)
  • 1970-01-05 Max Born, German physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1954), dies at 87

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell (1872-1970)

1970-02-02 English mathematician and philosopher (Nobel 1950), dies at 97

  • 1970-02-15 Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, dies at 87
  • 1970-07-07 Dame Laura Knight, English impressionist artist, dies at 92
  • 1970-12-26 Lillian Board, British 400m athlete (Olympic silver 1968), dies at 22
  • 1971-01-28 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
  • 1971-06-16 John Reith, Scottish broadcast executive (General Manager of the BBC), dies at 81
  • 1972-03-13 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, dies of Leukemia at 30
  • 1972-05-22 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), dies of cancer at 68

Edward VIIIEdward VIII (1894-1972)

1972-05-28 King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India (Jan 20th, 1936 until his abdication on Dec 11th, 1936), dies at 77

  • 1972-08-05 Harry Hylton-Foster, Speaker of the British House of Commons (b. 1905)
  • 1973-03-04 Samuel Tolansky, British scientist and expert on spectroscopy (b. 1907)
  • 1973-03-05 Michael Jeffery, British music manager (The Animials; Jimi Hendrix), dies in a mid-air plane collision over France at 39)

J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

1973-09-02 British author (The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings), dies of an ulcer at 81

  • 1973-09-28 Wystan H Auden, British/American writer (Spain/Platonic Blow), dies at 66
  • 1974-01-07 Charles Alfred Coulson, British chemist (theoretical), dies at 63
  • 1974-01-20 Edmund Blunden, English poet and critic (Undertones of War), dies at 77
  • 1974-05-08 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • 1974-07-13 Patrick Blackett, British physicist (Nobel 1948 - nuclear reaction), dies at 76
  • 1974-08-02 W. Douglas Hawkes, British auto racer and designer, dies at 80
  • 1974-08-10 Ivor Dean, British actor (Theatre of Death), dies at 57
  • 1974-08-22 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1974-11-07 Eric Linklater, British novelist and poet (Blue Swallows), dies at 75
  • 1974-12-21 James Henry Govier, British artist (b. 1910)
  • 1975-01-03 Robert Neumann, Austrian-British author (False Flag), dies at 77
  • 1975-02-08 Robert Robinson, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
  • 1976-01-08 Robert Forgan, British fascist (b. 1891)

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie (1890-1976)

1976-01-12 English crime writer (Murder on the Orient Express, Mousetrap), dies at 85

Bernard MontgomeryBernard Montgomery (1887-1976)

1976-03-24 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, dies at 88

  • 1976-07-21 Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British ambassador to Ireland, assassinated
  • 1976-10-06 Gilbert Ryle, British philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 1976-11-19 Basil Spence, Scottish architect (Coventry Cathedral), dies at 69

Benjamin BrittenBenjamin Britten (1913-1976)

1976-12-04 English composer (The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Peter Grimes), dies of heart failure at 63

Anthony EdenAnthony Eden (1897-1977)

1977-01-14 British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1955-57) and Foreign Secretary, dies of liver cancer at 79

  • 1977-02-19 Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • 1977-06-13 Matthew Garber, British child actor (Mary Poppins), dies of pancreatitis at 21

Terence RattiganTerence Rattigan (1911-1977)

1977-11-30 British playwright (Winslow Boy, Browning Version), dies at 66

  • 1978-01-14 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (Olympic gold 100m, silver 4x100m 1924; depicted in film "Chariots of Fire"), dies at 78
  • 1978-01-21 Freda Utley, British scholar and author. (b. 1898)
  • 1978-01-22 Oliver Leese, British World War II general, dies at 83
  • 1978-05-17 Selwyn Lloyd, British politician (Foreign Secretary, 1955-60; Exchequers, 1960-62; Leader of the House of Commons, 1963–64; Speaker of the House of Commons, 1971-76), dies of a brain tumor at 73
  • 1978-06-07 Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate 1967, dies at 80
  • 1978-08-14 Nicolas Bentley, British writer and illustrator, dies at 71
  • 1979-03-22 Richard Sykes, British ambassador to the Netherlands, assassinated at 58 by the IRA in The Hague
  • 1979-03-30 Airey Neave, British MP (Conservative), killed in a car bomb by the Irish National Liberation Army at 63
  • 1979-08-08 Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (b. 1910)
  • 1979-10-10 Christopher Evans, British psychologist and computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • 1979-10-30 Barnes Wallis, English scientist, engineer and inventor (bouncing bomb), dies at 92
  • 1980-01-18 Cecil Beaton, British photographer, dies at 76
  • 1980-02-22 Oskar Kokoschka, Austria/British painter and graphic artist, dies at 93
  • 1980-03-12 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • 1980-06-07 Elizabeth Craig, British writer (b. 1883)
  • 1980-07-01 Charles P. Snow, English novelist (Death Under Sail, Strangers and Brothers) and physical chemist, dies at 74
  • 1980-08-24 Yootha Joyce, British actress (Man About the House, George and Mildred), dies of liver failure at 53
  • 1980-12-03 Oswald Mosley, British politician and founder of British Union of Fascists, dies at 84

John LennonJohn Lennon (1940-1980)

1980-12-08 British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and murdered outside of his home in NYC by Mark David Chapman at 40

  • 1981-03-31 Enid Bagnold, British novelist (Chalk Garden, 1956 Award of Merit), dies at 91
  • 1981-05-25 Fredric Warburg, British publisher (Animal Farm) and author, dies at 82
  • 1981-06-17 Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • 1981-10-15 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • 1982-03-11 Edmund Cooper, British sci-fi writer (Tomorrow Came), dies at 55
  • 1982-03-21 Harry H Corbett, British actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky), dies at 57
  • 1982-04-26 Celia Johnson, British actress (Jean Brodie), dies of stroke at 73
  • 1982-05-28 Lt Col 'H'. Jones VC, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (British Army) (Falklands War) (b. 1940)
  • 1982-06-12 Sgt Ian McKay VC, Platoon Sergeant 4 Platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment (British Army) (Falklands War) (b. 1953)
  • 1982-06-14 Marie Rambert [Cyviam Ramberg], Polish/British ballerina, dies at 94
  • 1982-07-04 Terry Higgins, early British AIDS death (b. 1945)
  • 1982-07-12 Kenneth More, British actor (39 Steps, Doctor in the House), dies of Parkinson's disease at 67
  • 1982-08-08 Eric Brandon, British racing driver, dies at 62
  • 1982-11-03 E. H. Carr, English historian (History of Soviet Russia), dies at 90
  • 1982-11-16 Arthur Askey, British actor (Bees in Paradise, Ghost Train), dies at 82
  • 1982-11-21 John Hargrave, British Social Credit advocate (b. 1894)
  • 1983-03-26 Anthony Blunt, British art historian and spy for USSR, dies at 75
  • 1983-07-09 Keith Wickenden, British Politician (b. 1932)

David NivenDavid Niven (1910-1983)

1983-07-29 British actor (Around the World in 80 Days, Rugues), dies in Switzerland of Lou Gehrig's disease at 73

  • 1983-11-15 John Le Mesurier, British actor (The Italian Job, Jabberwocky, Dad's Army), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 71
  • 1983-12-11 Neil Ritchie, British General (commanded British Eighth Army in North Africa in WWII), dies at 86
  • 1983-12-26 Violet Carson, British actress (b. 1898)
  • 1984-01-01 Alexis Korner, British blues revivalist, guitar player (Blues Incorporated - "Please Please Please Please"), and radio broadcaster, dies of lung cancer at 55
  • 1984-03-04 Geoffrey Lumsden, British actor (b. 1914)
  • 1984-03-28 Kenneth Whitty, 1st sec at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
  • 1984-04-05 Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF, dies
  • 1984-04-06 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Teddy Bears' Picnic"; "My Prayer"), dies at 81
  • 1984-04-09 Basil Henry Blackwell, British publisher, dies
  • 1984-04-15 Tommy Cooper, British comedian & magician, collapses and dies on stage at 61
  • 1984-05-15 Lionel Charles Robbins, British economist, dies at 85
  • 1984-05-20 Peter Bull, British actor and author (The African Queen, Tom Jones, Dr Strangelove), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1984-05-28 Eric Morecambe [John Bartholomew], British comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1984-07-27 James Mason, British actor (Lolita, North by Northwest, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1984-08-27 Bernard Youens [Popley], British actor (Coronation Street, Somewhere in Politics), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 1984-10-12 Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (bombing victim) (b. 1925)
  • 1985-01-09 Robert Mayer, German-born businessman and philanthropist, dies at 105