The United Kingdom in History (Part 9)

Historical Events

Events 801 - 900 of 2,238

  • 1904-09-26 Earl Grey is named British governor-general of Canada
  • 1904-10-22 Russian fleet shoots at British fishing ship
  • 1905-04-01 British East African Protectorate becomes colony of Kenya
  • 1905-07-12 The British and Japanese renew their alliance (of January 1902) for 10 years and agree to provide mutual support if attacked by other power
  • 1905-07-24 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reggie Doherty beat Holcombe Ward & Beals Wright 8-10, 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 8-6 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over US (ends 5-0)
  • 1905-11-22 British, Italian, Russian, French and Austro-Hungarian fleet attacks Lesbos

Historic Event

1905-12-04 British government of Arthur Balfour resigns

  • 1905-12-11 British government of Campbell-Bannerman forms
  • 1906-01-10 The British and French begin consultations on military and naval issues

Election of Interest

1906-01-12 Henry Campbell-Bannerman's cabinet (which included H. H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill) embarks on sweeping social reforms after a Liberal landslide in the British general election

  • 1906-01-22 SS Valencia runs aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130
  • 1906-02-01 Dorothy Grey, wife of British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey fatally injured
  • 1906-02-10 British battleship HMS Dreadnought launches after only 100 days, renders all other capital ships obsolete with its revolutionary design
  • 1906-02-15 British Labour Party founded
  • 1906-02-27 France and Britain agree to joint control of New Hebrides
  • 1906-03-24 "Census of the British Empire" shows Great Britain rules 1/5th of the world
  • 1906-05-03 British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey
  • 1906-05-22 A British garrison leaves Esquimalt, on the Pacific coast, after a military occupation that began in 1858: the last British soldiers stationed in Canada
  • 1906-06-05 Determined to keep pace with Britain as a major naval power, the German Reichstag passes new navy legislation, increasing the total tonnage in Germany's fleet
  • 1906-06-17 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reginald Doherty beat Raymond Little & Holcombe Ward 3-6, 11-9, 9-7, 6-1 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over US (ends 5-0)
  • 1906-07-04 Great Britain, France, and Italy declare independence of Ethiopia (Abyssinia), but all lay claim to their own 'spheres of influence' in that land

Historic Event

1906-08-15 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits German Emperor Wilhelm II to discuss the escalating rivalry between their nations' naval forces

  • 1906-09-01 British New Guinea placed under Australian administration
  • 1906-10-28 Belgian-British "Union Minière du Haut Katanga" mining company created in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 1906-12-06 The British grant Transvaal self-government
  • 1906-12-21 British Parliament pass two important pieces of social legislation: The Trades Disputes Bill, legalizing peaceful picketing, and The Workingmen's Compensation Act, broadening employers' liability for accidents
  • 1906-12-30 The All India Muslim League is founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India Empire, later laid down the foundations of Pakistan
  • 1906-12-31 French, British and Italian treaty concerning rights on Abyssinia
  • 1907-01-12 Britain grants responsible government to former colony of Transvaal
  • 1907-01-26 The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III rifle officially introduced into British Military Service, 2nd oldest military rifle still in official use
  • 1907-02-13 English suffragettes storm British Parliament & 60 women are arrested
  • 1907-02-26 Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
  • 1907-05-16 In the Pact of Cartagena, Great Britain, France, and Spain agree to maintain the status quo in the Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coast of Europe and Africa
  • 1907-07-01 The Orange River Colony, known as the Orange Free State, is granted self-government by the British

Sports History

1907-07-23 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Norman Brookes beats Herbert Roper Barrett 6-2, 6-0, 6-3 to give Australasia a 3-2 win over British Isles

  • 1907-08-03 Emperor Wilhelm (Germany) meets with Tsar Nicholas (Russia) to discuss Germany's plan to build a railroad to Baghdad; the discussion helps move Russia towards Britain and eventually the Triple Alliance
  • 1907-08-31 Britain & Russia sign treaty with Afghanistan, Persia & Tibet

Meeting of Interest

1907-09-05 King Edward VII of Great Britain meets Russia's Foreign Minister Alexander Izvolski in an attempt to strengthen Russia's relationship with Britain

  • 1908-05-26 At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made, rights acquired by the United Kingdom

Historic Event

1908-06-09 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Tsar Nicholas II at Reval, Russia, where the two discuss the growing power of Germany and British plans for reform in Macedonia

  • 1908-06-10 The Australian Parliament passes the Invalid and Old Age Pensions Act providing for pensions for British subjects (excluding aborigines) at age 65
  • 1908-08-11 King Edward VII of Britain meets with Emperor Wilhelm of Friedrichshof, Germany; the main point of contention is the increasing size of Germany's navy
  • 1908-08-13 King Edward VII of Great Britain meets with Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria at Ischl; the King tries to persuade the Emperor to advise Germany against aggressive (anti-British) policies
  • 1908-10-28 The English Newspaper the Daily Telegraph prints an interview with Germany's Emperor Wilhelm II, who characterises himself as personally friendly to Britain but suggests the German people are hostile, causing uproar in both countries
  • 1909-01-01 In Great Britain, the Old Age Pension Law is finally instituted, providing pensions for every British subject over 70 with low income
  • 1909-07-27 British ship SS Waratah is last seen en-route from Durban to Cape Town; 211 on board are missing and no trace of the ship ever found
  • 1909-09-20 The British Parliament passes the South Africa Act; it calls for union of Cape Colony, Natal, Orange River Colony, and Transvaal; and both English and Dutch as official languages

Historic Event

1909-11-30 British House of Lords rejects David Lloyd George's 'People's Budget', which tried to shift tax burden to the wealthy. Leads to the Parliament Act; intent to stop unelected house overruling will of the elected house.

  • 1910-01-03 British miners strike for 8 hour working day
  • 1910-01-21 British-Russian military intervention in Persia
  • 1910-02-01 1st British labour exchange opens
  • 1910-02-25 Dalai Lama flees Tibet for British India to escape Chinese troops

Nine Kings in One Room

1910-05-06 George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII

  • 1910-05-10 The British House of Commons pass three major resolutions on political reform
  • 1910-05-20 Funeral for Britain's King Edward VII held in Westminster Abbey, has one of the largest assemblages of European royalty
  • 1910-09-22 The Duke of York's Cinema opens in Brighton. It is still operating today as the oldest continually operating cinema in Britain
  • 1911-02-18 The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away.
  • 1911-02-22 The Canadian Parliament resolves to maintain union with the British Empire, while controlling domestic fiscal affairs
  • 1911-05-15 British House of Commons accept Parliament Bill
  • 1911-07-13 Great Britain and Japan renew their alliance of 1902 for another four years; the reason Japan joins WWI on the Allies side
  • 1911-07-20 Generals Henry Wilson/Auguste Dubail sign plan for British Expeditionary army in case of war with Germany
  • 1911-08-23 British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith holds secret meeting about British strategy in case of war with Germany
  • 1911-09-18 Britain's 1st twin-engine airplane (Short S.39) test flown
  • 1911-11-18 Britain's first seaplane flies
  • 1912-01-04 The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter.
  • 1912-02-08 British Emissary journeys to Berlin to suggest that Britain might support German colonial aspirations in Africa if Germany agrees to hold her current naval strength
  • 1912-04-11 The UK Parliament introduce a Irish home rule bill, granting Ireland its own bicameral parliament and be required to send a representative to the British House of Commons; Protestants in Ulster resist
  • 1912-07-15 British National Health Insurance Act goes into effect
  • 1912-07-22 In the face of ever-increasing German naval power, the British Admiralty decides to recall British warships from the Mediterranean and base them in the North Sea
  • 1912-08-21 Francis Carter-Cotton chosen 1st chancellor of University of British Columbia

Assassination Attempt on Lord Charles Hardinge

1912-12-23 Indian revolutionary underground in Bengal and Punjab, headed by Rash Behari Bose attempt to assassinate Viceroy of India Lord Hardinge, by throwing homemade bomb into Viceroys's Howdah (elephant carriage) during ceremonial procession in Delhi. Although wounded, the Viceroy survives. Investigations lead to the Delhi conspiracy trial.

  • 1913-01-16 British House of Commons accepts Home Rule for Ireland (but the Great War gets in the way of it happening)

Historic Event

1913-04-03 British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst sentenced to 3 years in jail

  • 1913-05-07 British House of Commons rejects women's right to vote
  • 1913-05-26 Emily Duncan becomes Great Britain's first woman magistrate
  • 1913-07-12 150,000 Ulstermen gather and resolve to resist Irish Home Rule by force of arms; since the British Liberals have promised the Irish nationalists Home Rule, civil war appears imminent
  • 1913-10-10 British passenger ship Volturno catches fire in Atlantic (136 killed)
  • 1913-10-14 Senghenydd Colliery Disaster, the United Kingdom's worst coal mining accident, an explosion claims 439 lives.
  • 1913-12-13 British foreign minister Sir Edward Grey proposes that southern Albania be divided between Greece and Albania with compensation to Greece in the Aegean islands
  • 1914-01-01 Northern & Southern Nigeria united in British colony of Nigeria
  • 1914-03-01 Dutch Minister of war H Colijn named director of British Petroleum
  • 1914-05-06 British House of Lords rejects women's suffrage
  • 1914-05-25 British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill
  • 1914-07-20 Armed resistance against British rule begins in Ulster

Historic Event

1914-07-26 First Lord of the Admiralty (British Minister of Navy) Winston Churchill orders British fleet to remain

  • 1914-07-26 Irish Volunteers unload a shipment of 1,500 rifles and 45,000 rounds of ammunition arrive from Germany aboard Erskine Childers' yacht the Asgard; British troops fire on jeering crowd on Bachelors Walk, Dublin, killing three citizens
  • 1914-07-28 First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill orders British Grand Fleet to Scapa Flow
  • 1914-07-29 British fleet leaves Portland/passes Straits of Dover
  • 1914-07-30 John French appointed British supreme commander
  • 1914-08-01 British Grand Fleet reaches Scapa Flow
  • 1914-08-02 Great Britain mobilizes
  • 1914-08-04 WWI: Germany declares war on Belgium; Britain declares war on Germany

Declaration of War

1914-08-04 WWI: Field Marshal Lord Kitchener becomes British Minister of War after British declaration of war on Germany

  • 1914-08-07 Engagement between British cruiser HMS Gloucester and German cruisers SMS Breslau and SMS Goeben off Greece
  • 1914-08-09 German U-15 was sunk by the British cruiser, H.M.S. Birmingham
  • 1914-08-14 British field marshal John French & Gen Wilson land in France

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 801 - 900 of 2,390

  • 1920-06-17 Patrick Duffy, British politician (L), born in Wigan, Lancashire
  • 1920-06-20 Haydn Tudor Evans, British high court judge, born in Cardiff (d. 2012)
  • 1920-06-21 Helen Cattanach, British Army Nursing Service (QARANC), born in Knockando, Morayshire, Scotland (d.1994)
  • 1920-07-15 Ruthven Wade, British Air Chief marshal
  • 1920-07-18 Eric Brandon, British racing driver, born in East Ham, Essex (d. 1982)
  • 1920-07-20 Jack Harman, British general
  • 1920-07-20 Jeffrey Petersen, British diplomat
  • 1920-07-22 Malcolm Hughes, British artist, born in Manchester, England (d. 1997)
  • 1920-07-27 James Munn, Scottish educationalist and commissioner (British University) (d. 2009)
  • 1920-08-12 Peter West, British sports commentator
  • 1920-09-04 Teddy Johnson, British singer (Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson), born in Surbiton, Surrey (d. 2018)
  • 1920-09-05 Peter Racine Fricker, British composer, born in London (d. 1990)
  • 1920-09-16 Sheila Quinn, British nurse and adviser (British Red Cross), born in Blackpool, England (d. 2016)
  • 1920-09-23 Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon
  • 1920-10-06 Lord Donaldson of Lymington, British judge (d. 2005)
  • 1920-11-02 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress (Gone With The Wind; Whistling in the Dark), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2012)
  • 1920-11-05 Tommy Godwin, British track cyclist (Great Britain coach; 2 x Olympic bronze 1948; President British Cycling Federation), born in Connecticut, United States (d. 2012)
  • 1920-11-11 Roy Jenkins, British MP (Labour, Liberal Democrats) and President of the European Commission (1977-81), born in Abersychan, Monmouthshire (d. 2003)
  • 1920-11-22 Anne Crawford, British film actress (Knights of the Round Table), born in Haifa, Palestine (d. 1956)
  • 1920-12-06 George Porter, British chemist (Nobel 1967), born in Stainforth, South Yorkshire, England (d. 2002)
  • 1920-12-29 Syd Dernley, British hangman (1949-54), born in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire (d. 1994)
  • 1921-01-13 Dachine Rainer, British writer (d. 2000)
  • 1921-02-05 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1921-02-16 Araucaria [John Galbraith Graham], British crossword compiler (The Guardian) and priest, born in Oxford, England (d. 2013)
  • 1921-02-20 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England (d. 1999)
  • 1921-02-22 David Greene, British television director, born in Manchester, England (d. 2003)
  • 1921-03-06 Oliver Wright, British Ambassador (To US)
  • 1921-03-19 Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician (d. 1984)
  • 1921-03-26 George Jefferson, British CEO (British Telecom)
  • 1921-04-05 Patricia Ford, Lady Fisher, Irish politician and founder (British Women Caring Trust), born in Donaghadee, County Down, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1921-04-06 Franta Belsky, Czecg-British sculptor, born in Brno, Czechia (d. 2000)
  • 1921-04-09 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), born in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine (d. 2015)
  • 1921-04-11 Martin Buckmaster, 3rd Viscount Buckmaster, British diplomat
  • 1921-04-12 Alfred Mabbs, British archivist (Public Records Office), born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1921-05-06 Erich Fried, Austrian-British writer, born in Vienna (d. 1988)
  • 1921-05-06 Robert Fell, British CEO (British Stock Exchange)
  • 1921-05-11 Ian Percival, British politician (C) and Solicitor General (d. 1998)
  • 1921-05-13 Syd[ney G] Vincent, British mine workers leader
  • 1921-05-17 John Garlick, British senior civil servant
  • 1921-05-20 John Harrison, British vice admiral/surgeon
  • 1921-05-31 Andrew Grima, Italian-born British jeweller known for his modern designs, born in Rome, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1921-06-12 Christopher Derrick, British writer, born in Hungerford, Berkshire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1921-06-27 Muriel Pavlow, British actress (Murder, She Said, Reach for the Sky), born in Lewisham, London (d. 2019)
  • 1921-07-31 Peter Benenson, British founder of Amnesty International, born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1921-08-10 Leonard Lickorish, dir-gen (British Tourist Authority)
  • 1921-08-12 Patrick Howard-Dobson, president (Royal British Legion)
  • 1921-08-28 John Herbert Chapman, Canadian physicist, and space researcher, born in London, Ontario (d. 1979)
  • 1921-09-11 Edwin Richfield, British actor (Interpol Calling, The Avengers), born in London England (d. 1990)
  • 1921-09-24 Leonard Salzedo, British orchestral, ballet, and film composer (The Witch Boy; Requiem Sine Voxibus, Hammer Films), born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • 1921-09-27 Dennis Nineham, British theologian, (d. 2016)
  • 1921-11-26 Verghese Kurien, Indian engineer (billion-litre idea), born in Calicut, India (d. 2012)
  • 1922-01-25 Raymond Baxter, English television presenter & writer (Fast Lady), born in Ilford, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • 1922-02-06 Denis Norden, British television personality, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1922-02-13 Lord Pym of Sandy, British minister of foreign affairs
  • 1922-02-16 Geraint Evans, Welsh bass-baritone opera singer (Das Knaben Wunderhorn), born in Cilfynydd, Wales (d. 1992)
  • 1922-03-17 Megan Bull, British head mistress (Holloway Jail)
  • 1922-04-09 Michael Palliser, head of British diplomatic service, born in Reigate, Surrey (d. 2012)
  • 1922-05-10 David Orr, deputy chairman (Inchcape)/CEO (British Council, Unilever)
  • 1922-05-13 Michael Ainsworth, British cricketer (d. 1978)
  • 1922-05-18 GMcC Kitson, British principal (Central School of Speech/Drama)
  • 1922-06-09 Peter Beazley, British politician (C) (European Parliament), born in Chale, Isle of Wight (d. 2004)
  • 1922-07-26 Frank Price, CEO (British Waterways Board), born in Birmingham (d. 2017)
  • 1922-08-01 Frank Hauser, British theatrical director (Oxford Playhouse), born in Cardiff (d. 2007)
  • 1922-08-02 Lord Murray of Epping Forest [Lionel], British labour politician and union leader (General Secretary TUC), born in Hadley, Telford (d. 1984)
  • 1922-08-12 Lord Colinbrook, British government minister
  • 1922-08-23 Jack Boddy, British trade union leader, born in Norwich (d. 2004)
  • 1922-09-01 Yvonne De Carlo [Middleton], Canadian-American actress (10 Commandments; The Munsters-Lily), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2007)
  • 1922-09-16 Guy Hamilton, British director (Goldfinger), born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1922-09-20 David Nicolson, British businessman and politician (Chairman of BTR Industries-1969), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1922-11-19 Stanley Keith Runcorn, British geophysicist (pioneering studies of paleomagnetism provided early evidence in support of the theory of continental drift), born in Southport, Lancashire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1922-12-16 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1923-02-11 Ronald Arculus, British diplomat
  • 1923-02-15 Justice Drake, British justice
  • 1923-03-26 Elizabeth Jane Howard, British novelist (After Julius), (d. 2014)
  • 1923-03-27 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (d. 2019)
  • 1923-04-02 Hugh Overton, British diplomat
  • 1923-04-05 Stanley Orme, British Labour Party politician, born in Sale, Cheshire
  • 1923-04-18 Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, British engineer, politician and CEO (Equal Opportunities Comm), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex (d. 2015)
  • 1923-04-25 Francis Graham-Smith, British astronomer, 13th Astronomer Royal (1982-90)
  • 1923-05-05 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (deeply engaged with issues that were central to the visual arts), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1923-05-20 Hugh Beach, British General
  • 1923-05-27 Lord Freyberg, British Colonel of General Staff
  • 1923-06-04 John Lea, British vice-admiral, born in Shimla, India (d. 2015)
  • 1923-06-25 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1923-06-26 David Haslam, British rear admiral (hydrographer), born in Derby, England (d. 2009)
  • 1923-06-29 Ronnie Ronalde [Ronald Charles Waldron], British entertainer and world-famous whistler, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1923-07-16 Reg Prentice, British government minister, born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 2001)
  • 1923-08-31 Larry Grayson, British comedian (Generation Game), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1923-09-17 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, born in Ashford, Kent (d. 1999)
  • 1923-09-28 John Scott, Duke of Buccleuch, Scottish peer, then largest landowner in Scotland, 1st MP in a wheelchair (d. 2007)
  • 1923-11-17 Robert Francis Vere Heuston, British professor of law
  • 1923-12-04 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1924-01-03 Roy Harding, British teacher
  • 1924-01-03 Doug Ellis, British entrepreneur
  • 1924-01-27 William van Straubenzee, British MP
  • 1924-01-29 Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot, first to fly Concorde, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)
  • 1924-02-09 George Guest, Welsh organist and choir director, born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales (d. 2002)
  • 1924-02-16 Peter Webster, British High Court Judge
  • 1924-02-24 William Pillar, British admiral
  • 1924-02-29 David Beattie, New Zealand judge, Governor-General of NZ (1980-85), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2001)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 801 - 900 of 1,251

  • 1998-11-02 Vincent Winter, Scottish child actor, dies at 50
  • 1998-11-13 Valerie Hobson, British actress (Great Expectations), dies at 81
  • 1998-12-01 Freddie Young, British cinematographer (Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 96
  • 1998-12-07 John Addison, British composer (b. 1920)
  • 1999-01-15 Betty Box, British film producer (b. 1915)
  • 1999-02-08 Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British writer (The Sea, The Sea), dies at 79
  • 1999-02-09 Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 1999-02-28 Christine Glanville, British Puppeteer (. 1924)
  • 1999-03-12 Yehudi Menuhin, American-British violinist, conductor and teacher (Bartok's Sonata), dies at 82
  • 1999-03-17 Rod Hull, British comedian (Emu), dies after falling off a roof at 63
  • 1999-03-20 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, dies at 79
  • 1999-03-21 Ernie Wise, British comedian (Morecambe and Wise), dies at 73
  • 1999-04-14 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), dies at 67
  • 1999-04-15 Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer & racing car designer, dies at 55
  • 1999-04-26 Jill Dando, British television presenter, dies at 37
  • 1999-06-16 (David Edward) "Screaming Lord" Sutch, English rocker ("Jack The Ripper"), and politician (founder of Official Monster Raving Loony Party), commits suicide at 58
  • 1999-06-23 Buster Merryfield, British actor (Only Fools and Horses), dies of a brain tumor at 78
  • 1999-07-12 Bill Owen [William Owen Rowbotham], British actor (Last of the Summer Wine, Not So Dusty), dies from pancreatic cancer at 85
  • 1999-08-12 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, dies at 75
  • 1999-08-15 Sir Hugh Casson, British architect and artist (b. 1910)
  • 1999-09-17 Frankie Vaughan, British pop singer, dies of heart failure at 71
  • 1999-09-22 Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist, dies at 81
  • 1999-11-21 Quentin Crisp, British writer, raconteur and actor (b. 1908)
  • 1999-12-29 Leon Radzinowicz, British criminologist (b. 1906)
  • 2000-01-02 Patrick O'Brian, British novelist, dies at 85
  • 2000-01-14 Charles Pick, British publisher (William Heinemann), dies at 82
  • 2000-01-17 Philip Jones, British classical trumpeter (Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, 1951-86), and educator, dies at 71
  • 2000-01-26 Kathleen Hale, British children book writer and illustrator (Orlando), dies at 101
  • 2000-03-07 Charles Gray, British actor (Clay-Rawhide, Diamonds Are Forever, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), dies at 71
  • 2000-03-28 Anthony Powell, British novelist (b. 1905)
  • 2000-04-11 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
  • 2000-05-06 Leonard Salzedo, British orchestral, ballet, and film composer (The Witch Boy; Requiem Sine Voxibus, Hammer Films), dies at 78

John Gielgud

2000-05-21 Sir John Gielgud, British stage and screen actor and director (Hamlet, Arthur, Ages of Man), dies at 96

  • 2000-05-25 Nicholas Clay, English actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies at 53
  • 2000-05-27 Crawford Murray MacLehose of Beoch, British statesman (b. 1917)
  • 2000-06-02 Gerald Whitrow, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • 2000-06-24 Vera Atkins, Romanian-born British intelligence officer (b. 1908)
  • 2000-06-28 Jane Birdwood, British anti-Semitic activist (b. 1913)
  • 2000-07-01 Sarah Payne, British murder victim (b. 1992)
  • 2000-07-22 Eric Christmas, British actor (b. 1916)

Alec Guinness

2000-08-05 Alec Guinness, British actor (The Ladykillers, The Bridge on the River Kwai), dies of liver cancer at 86

  • 2000-09-09 Julian Critchley, British journalist and politician, dies at 69
  • 2000-09-19 Anthony Robert Klitz, British artist (b. 1917)
  • 2000-10-01 Reginald Kray "Reggie", British gangster, one of the Kray Twins, dies of cancer at 66
  • 2000-10-03 John Grant, British politician (b. 1932)
  • 2000-11-09 Hugh Paddick, English actor (Round the Horne), dies at 85
  • 2000-11-12 John Bury, British stage designer who worked with Peter Hall, dies at 75
  • 2001-01-11 Michael Williams, British actor, husband of Judi Dench (b. 1935)
  • 2001-01-16 Auberon Waugh, British author and journalist (b. 1939)
  • 2001-01-30 Johnnie Johnson, British fighter pilot (b. 1915)
  • 2001-03-02 John Diamond, British journalist, dies of cancer at 47
  • 2001-03-13 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C, dies at 74
  • 2001-04-01 Olivia Barclay, British astrologer (revival of traditional forms of astrology in the late 20th century), dies at 81
  • 2001-04-03 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist, dies at 89
  • 2001-05-02 Ted Rogers, British comedian and game show host (3-2-1), dies after emergency open-heart surgery at 65
  • 2001-05-30 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2001-08-03 Christopher Hewett, British actor (b. 1922)
  • 2001-08-18 David Peakall, British scientist (b. 1931)
  • 2001-09-01 Brian Moore, British sports commentator (BBC Radio, London Weekend Television 'The Big Match'), dies of heart failure at 69
  • 2001-10-07 Christopher Adams, British-born pro wrestler and judoka (b. 1955)
  • 2001-10-12 Quintin Hogg, British politician, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, dies at 94 (b. 1907)
  • 2001-10-23 Ronald William Kirby, British artist, dies at 72
  • 2001-11-05 Barry Horne, a British animal liberation activist.
  • 2001-11-14 Charlotte Coleman, British actress (Four Weddings and a Funeral), dies of an asthma attack at 33
  • 2001-11-28 William Reid, British aviator awarded the Victoria Cross (b. 1921)
  • 2001-12-09 Michael Carver, British soldier (b. 1915)
  • 2002-01-16 Robert Hanbury Brown, British-Australian astronomer and physicist (b. 1916)
  • 2002-02-11 Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)

Spike Milligan

2002-02-27 Spike Milligan, Irish-British actor and comedian (The Goon Show, 3 Musketeers), dies of kidney failure at 83

  • 2002-03-04 Eric Flynn, British actor and singer (b. 1939)

Dudley Moore

2002-03-27 Dudley Moore, English comedian, actor (10; Arthur; Bedazzled), jazz pianist, and composer, dies of progressive supranuclear palsy and pneumonia at 66

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

2002-03-30 Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother of the United Kingdom, British consort of King George VI, dies at 101

  • 2002-03-31 Barry Took, British comedian (b. 1928)
  • 2002-05-03 Barbara Castle, British politician (b. 1910)
  • 2002-06-24 Miles Fitzalan-Howard, British army general and peer (Duke of Norfolk), dies at 86
  • 2002-07-18 Victor Emery, British theoretical physicist (b. 1933)
  • 2002-08-03 Carmen Silvera, Canadian-born British actress ('Allo 'Allo!), dies of lung cancer at 80
  • 2002-08-09 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson), dies at 49
  • 2002-09-07 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)
  • 2002-09-09 Geoffrey Dummer, British electronics engineer, built first integrated circuit and work in radar, dies at 93
  • 2002-09-30 Arthur Hazlerigg, British peer and cricketer, dies at 92
  • 2002-12-22 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), dies at age 50
  • 2003-01-02 Eric Jupp, British-born musician, dies at 80
  • 2003-01-05 Roy Jenkins, British MP (Labour, Liberal Democrats) and President of the European Commission (1977-81), dies at 82
  • 2003-01-05 Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • 2003-01-08 Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • 2003-01-26 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (b. 1931)
  • 2003-01-31 Michael Ogden, British barrister and judge (Ogden Tables), dies at 76
  • 2003-02-28 Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
  • 2003-03-10 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer, dies at 52
  • 2003-03-15 Dame Thora Hird, British actress, comedian, presenter and writer (Last of the Summer Wine, The Love Match), dies at 91
  • 2003-03-18 Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • 2003-04-07 David Greene, British television director (b. 1921)
  • 2003-04-11 Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)
  • 2003-04-15 Reg Bundy, British performer, dies at 56
  • 2003-05-14 Wendy Hiller, English actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield), dies at 90
  • 2003-05-15 George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
  • 2003-05-29 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer, dies at 30
  • 2003-06-06 Dave Rowberry, English rocker (The Animals -"House of the Rising Sun"), dies at 62
  • 2003-06-22 John Stokes, British MP (C), dies at 85