Today in Wales History

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 57 of 57

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, Welsh longbow defeats the armored knight
1485-08-07 - Henry (VII) Tudors army lands in Milford Harbor, South Wales
1503-02-18 - Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
1649-02-05 - Prince of Wales becomes king Charles II
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
King Charles IIKing Charles II 1707-05-01 - England, Wales & Scotland form UK 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.
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
1884-08-28 - 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)
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.
1913-10-13 - Explosion & fire in Universal Coal Mine, South Wales
1920-04-01 - Church disforms in Wales
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 - Beatles go to Wales to study TM with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
1969-07-01 - Charles Philip Arthur George invested as Prince of Wales
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. The ban is also put into effect in Australia.
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 225

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
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)
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)
1905-03-01 - 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)
1926-12-18 - 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
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)
1937-08-01 - 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)
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
1942-02-01 - Terry Jones, Colwyn Bay North Wales, comedian (Monty Python)
1942-03-09 - John Cale, Garnant, Welsh musician, composer and singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground)
1942-03-28 - Neil Kinnock, Tredegar, Wales, leader of the British opposition (Labour Party)
1942-04-05 - Peter Greenaway, Welsh film director
Singer Tom JonesSinger Tom Jones (1940-06-07) 1942-05-21 - David Hunt, Wales sec of state
1944-02-17 - Karl Jenkins, Welsh composer

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 8 of 8

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
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
2000-11-18 - Actor and producer Michael Douglas (67) weds Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (42) at The Plaza Hotel in New York 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 - 71 of 71

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)
1688-08-25 - Henry Morgan, Welsh lt-governor of Jamaica
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)
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)
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


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