The United Kingdom in History (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 2,259

  • 1855-06-17 Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, Crimea: 2,000+ killed
  • 1855-09-08 British and French troops capture Sevastopol from the Russians, effectively ending the Crimean War
  • 1856-01-29 Victoria Cross established to acknowledge valour in the face of the enemy (United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries)
  • 1856-07-15 Natal forms as a British colony separate from Cape Colony
  • 1856-11-03 A British fleet bombards Canton
  • 1856-12-09 The Iranian city of Bushehr surrenders to occupying British forces.
  • 1857-03-03 Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1858-08-16 Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
15th US President James Buchanan
15th US President
James Buchanan
  • 1859-06-15 Pig War: Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the "Northwestern Boundary Dispute" between U.S. and British/Canadian settlers

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

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone

  • 1860-01-28 Britain formally returns Mosquito Coast to Nicaragua
  • 1860-08-30 1st British tram opens (Birkenhead)
  • 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

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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

Naval Officer and Explorer Charles Wilkes
Naval Officer and Explorer
Charles Wilkes
  • 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

Victory in BattleBattle 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
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  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Philosopher and Political Economist John Stuart Mill
Philosopher and Political Economist
John Stuart Mill

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

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

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

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli
  • 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
  • 1868-04-13 Abyssinian War ends as British and Indian troops capture Magdala and Ethiopian Emperor 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 Formation of the first Rugby Union at a meeting at 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 & 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
  • 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
  • 1879-01-22 Zulu warriors attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa
  • 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.
  • 1879-04-08 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 2,500

Person of interestBob Hope

1903-05-29 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], British born American entertainer, born in London, England (d. 2003)

Entertainer Bob Hope
Bob Hope

Person of interestGeorge Orwell

1903-06-25 George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair], Bihar, British writer (Animal Farm, 1984), born in Motihari, British India (d. 1950)

Person of interestAmy Johnson

1903-07-01 Amy Johnson, British pilot, first female pilot to fly alone Britain to Australia, born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 1941)

Aviator Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson

Person of interestAlec Douglas-Home

1903-07-02 Alec Douglas-Home, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1963-64), born in London (d. 1995)

British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home
British Prime Minister
Alec Douglas-Home

Person of interestLouis Leakey

1903-08-07 Louis Leakey, British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), born in Kabete, Kenya (d. 1972)

Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • 1903-09-05 Gloria Holden, British actress (The Life of Emile Zola , Dracula's Daughter), born in London, England (d. 1991)
  • 1903-12-13 John Piper, British writer (US Churches in WWI)/official war painter
  • 1904-04-08 John R Hicks, British economist (Nobel 1972)
  • 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)
  • 1904-05-24 Kenneth Buckley, British rear-admiral
  • 1904-05-26 George Formby, British singer and comedian, born in Wigan, Lancashire, England (d. 1961)
  • 1904-07-28 [John] Selwyn [Brooke] Lloyd, British statsman
  • 1904-08-27 Norah Lofts, British author (The Town House), born in Shipdham, Norfolk, England (d. 1983)

Person of interestFrederick Ashton

1904-09-17 Frederick Ashton, British choreographer (Cinderella), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador (d. 1988)

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Frederick Ashton

Person of interestGreer Garson

1904-09-29 Greer Garson, British actress (Mrs Miniver), born in East Ham, Essex (d. 1996)

Actress Greer Garson
Greer Garson
  • 1904-10-15 Julian Hodge, British financier and multi-millionaire (Hodge Group), born in Camberwell, London (d. 2004)
  • 1904-10-16 Reginald Dixon, Sheffield, Britain, theatre organist, (d. 1985)
  • 1904-11-11 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (d. 1960)
  • 1904-11-18 Theodore DN Besterman, British bibliographer
  • 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 Lord Franks, British ambassador (to US)
  • 1905-05-08 Inglis Gundry, Wimbledon, British composer
  • 1905-06-26 Jack Longland, British director of education (Derbyshire), born in London (d. 1993)
  • 1905-07-25 Elias Canetti, Bulgarian-British author (Life-Terms, Nobel 1981), born in Ruse, Bulgaria (d. 1994)
  • 1905-08-09 Elizabeth Lane, 1st female British supreme court justice
  • 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(?) soprano
  • 1906-02-11 Denis Barnett, British air chief marshal

Person of interestA. J. P. Taylor

1906-03-25 A.J.P Taylor [Alan John Percival], English historian (The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848–1918, Origins of the Second World War), born in Southport, England (d. 1990)

Historian A. J. P. Taylor
A. J. P. Taylor
  • 1906-04-21 Tom Burns, British-Chilean publisher and editor, born in Chile (d. 1995)
  • 1906-05-28 Mary Ralton, director (British WRAC)
  • 1906-06-05 John Kemp, 1st Viscount Rochdale, British soldier and businessman (d. 1993)
  • 1906-06-17 Thomas G Cowling, British mathematician/astronomer
  • 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, British detective writer (Comedy of Terrors)
  • 1906-11-07 Margaret Barbara Lambert, British historian (Saar) (d. 1995)
  • 1906-11-18 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer (d. 1988)
  • 1906-12-20 Dick White, head of British secret service (MI-5/MI-6)
  • 1906-12-25 Lew Grade, British TV mogul (ATV)/movie producer (Boys from Brazil)
  • 1907-01-14 Derek Richter, British neuro chemist (Aspects of learning & memory)
  • 1907-01-26 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948)
  • 1907-01-27 Henry Cotton, English golf champion (won 3x British Open)
  • 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 Nicholas Tinbergen, Neth/British biologist/zoologist (Nobel 1973)
  • 1907-05-17 Charles Cawley, British chief scientist/minister of power
  • 1907-05-23 Matthew Campbell, British senior civil servant
  • 1907-05-28 Patrick Browne, British Lord justice of appeal
  • 1907-05-31 Valston Hancock, British air marshal
  • 1907-06-14 Nicolas Bentley, British writer and illustrator (d. 1978)
  • 1907-07-15 Paterson Fraser, British air marshal
  • 1907-07-27 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater and judge (Olympics 1932,36), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1907-09-17 Desmond Heap, authority on British planning law
  • 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 (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)
  • 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 musician/composer (Elegy)
  • 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/US philosopher (analytical philosophy)
  • 1909-03-17 Patrick Reilly, Ootacamund, India, British diplomat
  • 1909-05-17 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant
  • 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 G Penney, British physicist (1st British Atom Bomb)
  • 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 and explorer, born in London (d. 1989)
  • 1909-09-16 John Megaw, British Lord Justice of Appeal

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 501 - 600 of 1,280

  • 1965-05-03 Howard Spring, British author (Heaven Lies About Us), dies at 76
  • 1965-05-21 Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer, dies at 82
  • 1965-05-22 Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  • 1965-10-02 [John] Selwyn (Brooke) Lloyd, British statesman, dies
  • 1965-11-25 Dame Myra Hess, British pianist (b. 1890)
  • 1966-04-10 Evelyn Waugh, British writer (Black Mischief), dies at 62
  • 1966-06-27 Arthur D Waley, [Schloss], British sinology/poet (Monkey), dies
  • 1966-11-03 Eric Spear, British composer for film and TV (Coronation Street theme)
  • 1967-05-12 John Masefield, British writer and poet (Salt-Water Ballads), Poet Laureate (1930-67), dies at 88
  • 1967-06-03 Arthur W Tedder of Glenguin, British air marshal (WWII), dies at 76
  • 1967-07-13 Tom Simpson, British cyclist (b. 1937)
  • 1967-08-14 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (b. 1931)
  • 1967-09-18 John Cockcroft, British physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)

Person of interestClement Attlee

1967-10-08 Clement Attlee, British politician, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1945-51), dies at 84

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee
  • 1968-02-20 Anthony Asquith, British film director (Court Martial), dies at 65
  • 1968-07-26 Lilian Harvey, British actress (Congress Dances), dies
  • 1968-08-08 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher, dies at 74
  • 1968-09-06 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 69
  • 1968-10-06 Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (Crank-Nicolson method), dies at 51
  • 1968-11-17 Mervyn Peake, British writer and illustrator (Gormenghast books), dies at 57
  • 1969-01-04 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (b. 1908)
  • 1969-01-08 Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • 1969-01-11 Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)
  • 1969-02-02 Boris Karloff [William H Pratt], British actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), dies at 81
  • 1969-03-25 Billy Cotton, British bandleader & entertainer (b. 1889)

Person of interestCecil Frank Powell

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

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • 1969-11-18 Ted Heath, British musician and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • 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

Person of interestBertrand Russell

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

Philosopher Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
  • 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 athlete (b. 1948)
  • 1971-01-28 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
  • 1971-06-16 Lord Reith, British broadcast executive (b. 1889)
  • 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

Person of interestEdward VIII

1972-05-28 Edward VIII, 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

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • 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 (b. 1933)

Person of interestJ. R. R. Tolkien

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

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1973-09-23 A S Neill, British headmaster, dies at 89
  • 1973-09-28 Wystan H Auden, British/US writer (Spain/Platonic Blow), dies at 66
  • 1974-01-07 Charles Alfred Coulson, British Chemist (theoretical), dies at 63
  • 1974-01-20 Edmund Blunden, British poet/critic, dies at 77
  • 1974-05-08 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • 1974-07-13 Patrick MS Blackett, British physicist (Nobel 1948), dies at 76
  • 1974-08-02 W. Douglas Hawkes, British racing driver, 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)

Person of interestAgatha Christie

1976-01-12 Agatha Christie, British crime writer ("10 Little Indians"), dies at 85

Novelist Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie

Person of interestBernard Montgomery

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

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 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, British architect, dies at 69
  • 1976-12-04 Benjamin Britten, British composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at 63

Person of interestAnthony Eden

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

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden
  • 1977-02-19 Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • 1977-06-13 Matthew Garber, British child actor (Mary Poppins), dies of pancreatitis at 21
  • 1977-11-30 Terrence Rattigan, British writer and playwright (b. 1911)
  • 1978-01-14 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (b. 1899)
  • 1978-01-21 Freda Utley, British scholar and author. (b. 1898)
  • 1978-01-22 Oliver Leese, British World War II general, dies at 83
  • 1978-06-07 Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate 1967, dies at 80
  • 1978-08-14 Nicolas Bentley, British writer (b. 1907)
  • 1979-03-22 Richard Sykes, British ambassador, assassinated by the IRA in The Hague, Holland
  • 1979-03-30 Airey Neave, British MP (Conservatives), killed by terrorist bomb
  • 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

Person of interestJohn Lennon

1980-12-08 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and killed in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1981-03-31 Enid Bagnold, British novelist (Chalk Garden, 1956 Award of Merit), dies at 91
  • 1981-04-07 Kit Lambert, British record producer and manager (The Who) (b. 1935)
  • 1981-05-25 Fredric Warburg, British publisher and author (b. 1898)
  • 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