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Historical Events

Events 1 - 59 of 59

1282-12-11 - Llywelyn ab Gruffydd/Llywelyn the Last (b. c.1228), the last native Prince of Wales, is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, south Wales. Reigned from 1259
1283-10-03 - Dafydd ap Gruffydd, prince of Gwynedd in Wales, becomes the first person executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered.
1284-03-03 - Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England
1301-02-07 - Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) becomes first (English) prince of Wales
1400-09-16 - Owain Glyndŵr is declared Prince of Wales by his followers.
1415-10-25 - Battle of Agincourt: Henry V's forces defeat larger French army and the longbow defeats the armoured knight
1485-08-07 - Henry Tudor's (Henry VII to be) army lands in Milford Haven, South Wales
King of England Henry VIIIKing of England Henry VIII 1503-02-18 - Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
1649-02-05 - Prince of Wales proclaimed King Charles II of Great Britian by Covenanter Parliament of Scotland
1682-09-14 - Bishop Gore School, one of the oldest schools in Wales, founded.
1696-02-27 - English/Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Association
1707-05-01 - England, Wales & Scotland form United Kingdom of Great Britain
1737-07-31 - Prince Frederick of Wales escapes English court
1778-08-09 - Captain Cook reaches Cape Prince of Wales, Bering straits
1797-02-22 - The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales.
King Charles IIKing Charles II 1804-02-21 - 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for 1st time, in Wales
1826-01-30 - The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world's first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened.
1850-03-05 - The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales is opened.
1859-10-26 - The Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead.
1860-09-20 - First British royalty to visit US, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII)
1865-07-27 - Welsh settlers arrive at Chubut in Argentina.
1872-03-11 - Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, begins; located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain.
1876-03-25 - Glasgow 1st soccer match Scotland-Wales (4-0)
1880-04-24 - Amateur Athletic Association, governing body for men's athletics in England & Wales, is founded in Oxford, England
1884-01-18 - Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Iesu Grist (Welsh for Jesus Christ) Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.
1884-08-28 - Mickey Welsh strikes-out 1st 9 men he faces
1890-03-04 - The longest bridge in the Great Britain, the Forth Bridge (railway) (1,710 ft) in Scotland is opened by the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII.
1890-11-04 - Prince of Wales opens 1st underground station (Stockwell, London)
1895-11-05 - Edward, Prince of Wales, says "We are all Socialists nowadays"
1896-01-16 - Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
1900-04-04 - Assassination attempt on Prince of Wales, later British King Edward VII when shot by Jean-Baptiste Sipido in protest over Boer war
1900-04-05 - Attempted assassination of Edward, Prince of Wales in Brussels, fails
1901-05-24 - Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
1904-04-05 - The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
1906-09-12 - The Newport Transporter Bridge is opened in Newport, South Wales by Viscount Tredegar.
1920-04-01 - The (Anglican) Church in Wales disestablished
1925-08-05 - Plaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language, which is in danger of dying out.
1934-09-22 - An explosion takes place at Gresford Colliery in Wales, leading to the deaths of 266 miners and rescuers.
1941-01-02 - World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales.
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston ChurchillSoldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill 1941-08-04 - Winston Churchill departs on Prince of Wales to US
1941-12-10 - British battleship Prince of Wales sinks off Singapore
1942-06-23 - World War II: Germany's latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales.
1955-12-20 - Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales
1958-08-18 - Great Britain issues regional stamps (N Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
1965-12-12 - Beatles' last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales)
1966-10-21 - 144 die as a coal waste landslide engulfed a school in Aberfan, South Wales
1967-08-25 - The Beatles go to Wales to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
1969-07-01 - Charles Philip Arthur George invested as Prince of Wales
1969-12-18 - House of Lords votes to abolish the death penalty in England, Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland 25 July 1973)
1970-05-23 - A fire breaks out in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales contributing to its partial destruction and causing approximately £1,000,000 worth of fire damage.
1974-07-01 - Monmouthshire renamed Gwent & becomes part of Wales
1979-08-14 - Rainbow seen in Northern Wales for a 3 hours duration
1989-05-07 - Mark Merrony (Wales) cycles for 30 mins in Nepal at 21,030 feet
1990-02-06 - Steve Briers of Wales recited the entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes & 58.44 seconds backwards!
1997-09-18 - Voters in Wales vote yes (50.3%) in a referendum on Welsh autonomy.
2002-10-27 - The ITV Network aired a constant regional service for the last time in England and Wales, but LWT lost its identity completely. All companies (except UTV, Channel, Scottish TV & Grampian TV) formed the national ITV1 with regional references only before regional programmes.
2007-07-01 - Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces: with the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. Australia implements a similar ban.
2008-12-08 - Kirsty Williams elected as Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The first female leader of a political party in Wales.
2012-03-17 - Wales defeat France to record their eleventh Grand Slam in the Six Nations Championship

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 233

0040-06-13 - Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England
0534-04-29 - Taliesin, Welsh poet, according to legend in Mabinogion
1239-06-17 - Edward I, King of England (1272-1307) subdued Wales, expelled Jews from England
1330-06-15 - Edward, the black prince, prince of Wales (1343-1376)
1486-09-20 - Arthur, Prince of Wales, son of King Henry VII of England (d. 1502)
1682-05-17 - Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (d. 1722)
1714-08-01 - Richard Wilson, Welsh landscape painter
1719-11-30 - Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales (d. 1772)
1723-02-23 - Richard Price, Welsh philosopher (d. 1791)
1737-07-31 - Princess Augusta Charlotte of Wales (d. 1813)
1738-10-11 - Arthur Phillip, admiral/1st governor New-South Wales
1740-12-30 - Princess Elizabeth Caroline of Wales (d. 1759)
1741-01-27 - Hester Thrale, Welsh diarist (d. 1821)
1749-03-19 - Princess Louisa Anne of Wales (d. 1768)
1751-07-11 - Caroline Matilda of Wales, queen consort of Denmark and Norway (d. 1775)
1790-07-04 - George Everest, Welsh surveyor (d. 1866)
1796-01-07 - Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales (d. 1817)
1860-02-21 - Goscombe John, Welsh sculptor (d. 1952)
1863-03-03 - Arthur Machen, Welsh-born author (d. 1947)
1865-02-28 - Arthur Symons, Welsh poet/critic/co-founder (Savoy)
1867-05-13 - Frank Brangwyn, Wales, painter/muralist/cartoonist (Willam Morris)
1871-04-20 - William Henry Davies, Wales, poet (Autobiography of a Super Tramp)
1875-09-26 - Edmund Gwenn, Wales, actor (Miracle on 34th Street)
1875-12-20 - T F Powys, Wales, writer (Captain Patch, Goat Green)
1876-06-22 - Gwen (Gwendolen) John, Haverfordwest, Wales, Welsh painter
1878-01-04 - Augustus John, Welsh painter (d. 1961)
1881-02-14 - William John Gruffydd, Welsh poet/scholar (Ynys yr Hud)
1883-05-28 - Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (d. 1978)
1883-08-28 - E E Clive, Monmouthshire Wales, actor (Night Must Fall, Dark Hour)
1884-04-12 - Tenby Davies, Welsh world champion runner (d. 1932)
1886-11-09 - S. O. Davies, Welsh politician (d. 1972)
1888-08-16 - T E Lawrence Tremadoc, [Lawrence of Arabia], Wales, soldier/writer
1890-02-14 - Nina Hamnett, Welsh artist (d. 1956)
1891-02-13 - Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (d. 1985)
1892-11-19 - Huw Thomas Edwards, Welsh trade unionist and politician (d. 1970)
1893-01-15 - Ivor Novello (David Ivor Davies, Cardiff Wales, composer/writer/actor (Truth Game)
1893-07-02 - Ralph Hancock, Welsh garden designer (Rockefeller Center) (d. 1950)
1894-07-31 - Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer (d.1972)
1894-08-23 - Gareth Hughes, Llanelly Wales, actor (Midnight Girl)
1897-12-31 - Rhys Williams, Wales, actor (Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart)
1900-01-23 - William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor and organist (d. 1988)
1900-11-22 - Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (d. 1980)
1901-06-22 - Naunton Wayne, Wales, actor (Quartet, Hidden Room, Double Confession)
1904-11-30 - Philip Burton, Mountain Ash, Glamorganshire, Wales, director/acting teacher and mentor to Richard Burton
1905-01-03 - Ray Milland, Neath Wales, actor (Lost Weekend-Acad Award 1945)
1905-02-28 - Glyn Jones, Wales, novelist, poet and literary historian
1905-03-01 - Doris Hare, Welsh actress (d. 2000)
1905-11-26 - George Emlyn Williams, Wales, actor/playwright (David Copperfield)
1906-06-25 - Roger Livesey, Barry Wales, actor (Drums, Life & Death of Col Blimp)
1906-06-27 - Vernon P Watkins, Welsh poet (Ballad of Mari Lwyd)
1906-12-08 - Richard Llewellyn, Wales, novelist (How Green Was My Valley)
1908-07-01 - Peg Entwistle, Welsh actress (d. 1932)
1908-12-14 - Claude Davey, Welsh rugby union footballer
1909-07-04 - Alec Templeton, Cardiff Wales, pianist/composer (Concertino Lirico)
1912-05-30 - Hugh Griffith, Wales, actor (Ben Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Oliver!)
1912-09-27 - Mary Grierson, Bangor, Wales, botanical artist, (d. 2012)
1913-03-29 - R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet (d. 2000)
1914-09-12 - Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor (d. 1999)
1914-10-27 - Dylan Thomas, Swansea Wales, poet (Child's Christmas in Wales)
1915-05-29 - David Jenklins, librarian (National Library of Wales)
1918-06-17 - Maldwyn Thomas, president (Welsh Liberal Party)
1918-11-18 - Tasker Watkins, Welsh World War II hero (d. 2007)
1920-10-31 - Dick Francis, Wales, jockey/detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes)
1921-03-19 - Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician (d. 1984)
1921-04-06 - Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
1921-08-31 - Raymond Williams, Welsh academic (d. 1988)
1921-09-08 - Harry Secombe, Swansea Wales, actor, singer and goon (Down Among the "Z" Men)
1923-09-22 - Dannie Abse, Welsh poet and writer
1925-11-10 - Richard Burton, South Wales, actor (Cleopatra, Virginia Woolf)
1925-11-24 - Alun Owen, North Wales, writer (Hard Days Night)/actor (Servant)
1926-03-12 - Freddie Williams, Port Talbot, Wales, motorcycle speedway rider (world champion, 1950, 1952), (d. 2013)
1926-12-18 - Peggy Cummins, North Wales, actress (Curse of the Demon)
1927-02-08 - Stanley Baker, Ferndale Wales, actor (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu)
1927-09-20 - Rachel Roberts, Llanelly Wales, actress (Foul Play, Doctor's Wife)
1927-11-07 - Ivor Emmanuel, Welsh singer and actor (d. 2007)
1928-06-09 - Geraint Gruffydd, director (U of Wales Centre for Welsh Studies)
1928-11-20 - John Disley, Welsh athlete
1929-08-11 - Alun Hoddinott, Bargoed Wales, composer (Floriture)
1932-09-25 - Terry Medwin, Welsh retired footballer
1932-10-08 - Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player
1932-12-22 - Phil Woosnam, Powys, Wales, footballer (17 Caps) and manager, (d. 2013)
1933-03-21 - Michael Heseltine, UK Secretary of State for Defence (1986)/MP
1933-04-22 - John A Llewellyn, Cardiff Wales, astronaut
1933-04-29 - Keith Baxter, South Wales, actor (Barretts at Wimpole Street)
1933-08-01 - Richard Lloyd Jones, secretary Welsh Office
1933-09-02 - Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor, (d. 2012)
1934-05-14 - Siân Phillips, Welsh actress
1934-08-06 - Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer
Economist Clive GrangerEconomist Clive Granger (1934-09-04) 1934-09-04 - Clive Granger, Welsh-born economist, Nobel laureate
1934-09-30 - Anna Kashfi, Welsh actress
1937-01-08 - Shirley Bassey, Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)
1937-02-10 - Lord Justice Rose, former judge on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
1937-08-01 - Richard Lloyd Jones, secretary (Welsh Office)
1937-08-14 - Brian Curvis, Swansea, Wales, boxer, British welterweight champion (1960-1964), (d. 2012)
1939-03-08 - Robert Tear, Barry Wales, tenor (Welsh Natl Opera 1970)
1939-07-17 - Spencer Davis, Wales, vocalist (Spencer Davis Group-Gimme Some Lovin)
Singer Tom JonesSinger Tom Jones (1940-06-07) 1940-06-07 - Tom Jones [Sir Thomas John Woodward], Pontypridd, Welsh singer (What's New Pussycat)
1940-10-02 - Lord Davies, chairman (Welsh National Opera)
1940-12-05 - Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler
1941-12-15 - Austin Savage, Welsh hockey player

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 7 of 7

1863-03-10 - Prince of Wales, Albert Edward (21) weds Princess Alexandra of Denmark (18) at Windsor Castle in St. George's chapel
1937-07-11 - Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas (22) marries dancer Caitlin McNamara (22) in Penzance, Cornwall
Author Ernest HemingwayAuthor Ernest Hemingway (1946-03-14) 1946-03-14 - American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries Mary Welsh
1953-07-06 - "James Bond" actor Roger Moore (25) weds Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (38) in Jersey City
2005-04-09 - His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles
2005-06-18 - "Queens Park Rangers" football striker Djibril Cisse (23) weds Jude Littler at Bodelwyddan Castle in Denbighshire, North Wales
2005-12-22 - "Ospreys" Rugby star Shane Williams (28) weds Gail Lacey at Twyn Church in Garnant, West Wales

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 75 of 75

0589-03-01 - Saint David, Patron Saint of Wales (b. 500)
1240-04-11 - Llywelyn ab Iorwerth the Great, monarch of Wales (1194-1240), dies
1240-04-14 - Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, Prince of Wales, dies
1283-10-03 - Dafydd ap Gruffyd, last monarch of Gwynnedd (North-Wales), dies
1376-06-08 - "Black Prince" of Wales, son of King Edward of England, dies at 46
1461-02-02 - Owen Tudor, Welsh founder of the Tudor dynasty of England
1471-05-04 - Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales (killed in battle) (b. 1453)
1484-04-09 - Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales (b. 1473), son of Richard III King of England
1581-11-07 - Richard Davies, Welsh bishop and scholar
1604-09-10 - William Morgan, Welsh Bible translator (b. 1545)
1606-11-12 - St. Nicholas Owen (martyr), one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
1659-06-03 - Morgan Llwyd, Welsh Puritan preacher and writer (b. 1619)
1670-10-27 - Vavasor Powell, Welsh non-conformist leader (b. 1617)
1685-09-01 - Leoline Jenkins, Welsh lawyer (b. 1625)
1709-06-30 - Edward Lhuyd, Welsh scientist (b. 1660)
1722-02-10 - Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (b. 1682)
1749-07-03 - William Jones, Welsh mathematician (b. 1675)
1751-03-20 - Frederick Louis, English prince of Wales/son of George I, dies
1771-02-08 - Augusta von Saxen-Gotha, German prince Frederick Louis of Wales, dies
1791-01-11 - William Williams Pantycelyn, Welsh hymnist (b. 1717)
1802-12-31 - Francis Lewis, Welsh/US merchant/signer (Decl of Ind), dies at 89
1863-08-18 - Thomas Welsh, US Union brig-general (Antietam), dies at 39
1866-12-01 - George Everest, Welsh surveyor and namesake of Mt. Everest (d. 1790)
1917-07-31 - Hedd Wyn, Welsh poet (b. 1887)
1920-06-05 - Rhoda Broughton, Welsh author (b. 1840)
1927-03-03 - J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)
1932-07-23 - Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner (b. 1884)
1939-09-18 - Gwen John, Welsh painter, dies aged 63
1944-08-05 - Maurice Turnbull, cricketer (England)/rugby (Wales), dies
1947-12-15 - Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863)
1953-04-06 - Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
1956-12-16 - Nina Hamnett, Welsh artist (b. 1890)
1970-11-08 - Huw Thomas Edwards, Welsh trade unionist and politician (b. 1892)
1971-05-20 - Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
1977-03-05 - Tom Pryce, Welsh Formula One driver (b. 1949)
1978-04-09 - Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (b.1883)
1980-02-09 - Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
1985-04-04 - Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (b. 1891)
1985-09-17 - Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, dies by accident
1988-11-11 - William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor & organist (b. 1900)
1990-02-02 - Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (b. 1934)
1993-01-05 - Ronnie Welsh, actor (Patterns), dies of brain cancer at 52
1995-01-28 - Philip H Burton, Welsh producer/Richard Burton's teacher, dies at 80
Princess of Wales Diana SpencerPrincess of Wales Diana Spencer (1997-08-31) 1997-08-31 - Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36
1998-02-18 - Robbie James, Welsh footballer (b. 1957)
1999-12-19 - Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor (b. 1914)
2000-05-30 - Doris Hare, Welsh actress (b. 1905)
2000-09-25 - R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet (b. 1913)
2001-04-11 - Harry Secombe, Welsh actor and comedian (b. 1921)
2001-09-23 - Ron Hewitt, Welsh footballer (b. 1928)
2002-01-07 - Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
2003-06-08 - Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (b. 1940)
2003-06-10 - Dr Phil Williams, Welsh politician and scientist (b. 1939)
2003-07-17 - David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)
2004-02-21 - John Charles, Welsh footballer (b. 1931)
2004-06-03 - Frances Shand Kydd, mother of Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1936)
2005-01-29 - Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)
2006-09-01 - Sir Kyffin Williams, Welsh landscape painter (b. 1918)
2007-01-04 - Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
2007-04-03 - Marion Eames, Welsh novelist (b. 1921)
2007-10-31 - Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby union footballer (b. 1951)
2008-06-12 - Derek Tapscott, Welsh footballer (b. 1932)
2009-01-09 - T. Llew Jones, Welsh author (b. 1915)
2009-02-14 - Sir Bernard Ashley, Welsh businessman and entrepreneur. (b. 1926)
2009-04-18 - Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)
Economist Clive GrangerEconomist Clive Granger (2009-05-27) 2009-05-27 - Clive Granger, Swansea, Wales, Welsh-born British economist, dies at 74
2010-06-07 - Stuart Cable, Welsh musician (b. 1970)
2011-02-02 - Margaret John, Welsh actress (b. 1926)
2011-09-11 - Andy Whitfield, Welsh actor (b. 1972)
2011-11-27 - Gary Speed, Former Welsh international footballer and Wales national football team manager (b. 1969)
2012-01-30 - Mary Grierson, Welsh botanical artist, dies at 99
2012-06-18 - Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor, dies from prostate cancer at 82
2013-01-20 - Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway champion, dies at 86
2013-05-24 - Ron Davies, Welsh footballer, dies at 70
2013-07-19 - Phil Woosnam, Welsh footballer and manager, dies from complications from prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease at 90


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