Today in United Kingdom History (Part 10)

UK Countries & Territories: Ascension Islands - Bermuda - Cayman Islands - England - Falkland Islands - Gibraltar - Guernsey - Isle of Man - Jersey - Montserrat - Northern Ireland - Scotland - Turks and Caicos Islands - Virgin Islands (British) - Wales

Historical Events

Events 901 - 1,000 of 1,737

1940-02-17 - Crew of the British destroyer Cossack board German Altmark in Jøssingfjord, Norway, and realised 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass.
1940-03-16 - German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow
1940-03-18 - Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain
1940-03-19 - Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
Italian Dictator Benito MussoliniItalian Dictator Benito Mussolini 1940-04-08 - German battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
1940-04-15 - British troops land at Narvik, Norway
1940-05-10 - British Local Defence Volunteers forms (later renamed the Home Guard)
1940-05-10 - Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister
1940-05-13 - British bomb factory at Breda
1940-05-14 - Lord Beaverbrook appointed British minister of aircraft production
1940-05-20 - German General Guderian's tanks reach the English Channel (British expeditionary army)
1940-05-27 - British & French begin evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo)
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston ChurchillSoldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill 1940-05-28 - British-French troops capture Narvik, Norway
1940-06-03 - Last British/French troop leave Dunkirk
1940-06-04 - British complete miracle of Dunkirk by evacuating 300,000 troops
1940-06-07 - British/French troops evacuate Narvik
1940-06-08 - Last British troops leave Narvik Norway
1940-06-10 - Italy declares war on France & Britain during WW II
1940-06-11 - World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy.
1940-06-21 - The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia.
1940-07-03 - British Royal Navy sinks French fleet in Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, to prevent Germany seizing it.
1940-07-04 - British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
1940-07-05 - Diplomatic relations broken between Britain & Vichy government in France
1940-07-10 - Battle of Britain begins as Nazi forces attacked shipping convoys in English Channel
1940-07-11 - British & German dogfight above Lyme Bay
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 1940-07-19 - Hitler orders Great Britain to surrender
1940-08-03 - Italian troops invade British Somalia
1940-08-03 - Seaplane Clare makes 1st British passenger flight to the US
1940-08-07 - Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana)
1940-08-11 - German air raid on British harbors Portland/Weymouth
1940-08-12 - Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircraft
1940-08-17 - Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain
1940-08-18 - Battle of Britain - 'The hardest day": Luftwaffe attacks the RAF in largest ever air battle
1940-08-20 - 1st Polish squadrons fight along allies in the Battle of Britain
1940-08-20 - British PM Churchill says of Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"
1940-08-25 - 1st (British) night bombing of Germany (Berlin)
1940-09-03 - US gives Britain 50 destroyers in exchange for Newfoundland base lease
1940-09-15 - Tide turns in Battle of Britain in WW II, RAF beats Luftwaffe
1940-09-23 - -27] French/British assault on French fleet in Dakar, flees
1940-10-02 - British Council receives British Charter
1940-10-02 - British liner Empress loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
1940-10-31 - Battle of Britain, fought between the RAF and Luftwaffe over the English Channel and southern England, ends
1940-11-11 - British air attack destroys half of Italian fleet
1940-12-07 - North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
1940-12-09 - British assault on Banghazi Libya: 1st major offensive in North Africa
1940-12-10 - British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani)
1940-12-12 - British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani
1940-12-16 - British air raid on Mannheim
1940-12-17 - British troops occupy Sollum, Egypt
1941-01-05 - British/Australian troops conquer Bardia Lybia
1941-01-09 - Maiden flight by Canada's British-built Avro Lancaster military plane
1941-01-19 - British offensive in Eritrea
1941-01-19 - British troops occupies Kassalaf Sudan
1941-01-21 - Australian and British troops attack Tobruk, Libya
1941-01-21 - British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
1941-01-22 - British/Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians
1941-01-24 - British troops march into Abyssinia
1941-02-04 - British tanks occupy Maus, Libya
1941-02-06 - British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya
1941-02-09 - British troops conquer El Agheila
1941-02-22 - Arthur "Bomber" Harris becomes British Air Marshal
1941-02-28 - British-Italian dogfight above Albania
1941-03-04 - The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
1941-03-07 - 50,000 British soldiers land in Greece
1941-03-07 - British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1941-03-11 - FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)
1941-03-24 - British troops defeat British Somalia
1941-03-27 - Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
1941-04-06 - British general Gambier-Parry caught in North Africa
1941-04-06 - Italian held Addis Ababa surrenders to British & Ethiopian forces
1941-04-07 - British generals O'Connor & Neame captured in North Africa
1941-04-17 - British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis
1941-04-24 - British army begins evacuation of Greece
1941-04-28 - Last British troops in Greece surrender
1941-05-07 - British House of Commons votes for Churchill (477-3)
1941-05-12 - British forces march into Alexandria
1941-05-15 - 1st British turbojet flies
1941-05-15 - British attack Halfaya-pass & Fort Capuzzo in Egypt & Libya
1941-05-16 - Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia
1941-05-16 - Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
1941-05-18 - Italian army in Ethiopia under general Aosta surrenders to Britain
1941-05-22 - British troops attack Baghdad
1941-05-24 - Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive
1941-05-27 - German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
1941-05-28 - British army begins evacuation of Crete
1941-05-31 - British troops vacate Crete
1941-06-01 - British troops occupy Bagdad, Iraq
1941-07-07 - World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops.
1941-07-19 - British PM Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign
1941-08-14 - US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issue the joint declaration that later becomes known as the Atlantic Charter
Aviator Charles LindberghAviator Charles Lindbergh 1941-09-11 - Charles Lindbergh, charges "British, Jewish & Roosevelt administration" are trying to get US into WW II
1941-09-22 - British signal officer Bill Hudson lands in Montenegro
1941-11-07 - British air attack on Berlin, Mannheim & Ruhrgebied
1941-11-14 - British aircraft carrier Ark Royal sank in Mediterranean, having been torpedoed by a German submarine the day before
1941-11-18 - British troops open attack on Tobruk, North Africa
1941-11-22 - British cruiser Devonshire sinks German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis
1941-11-26 - British North African commandant General Cunningham lay-offs
1941-11-26 - British troops conquer Belhamed, Sidi Rezegh & El Duda
1941-11-27 - British 13th Army Corps reaches Tobruk
1941-12-01 - British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Python

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 2,290

1926-09-10 - Beryl Cook, British painter
1926-11-23 - Christopher Logue, British poet/stage writer (Trials)
1927-01-08 - Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator
1927-01-13 - Sydney Brenner, British Nobel Laureate
1927-01-20 - Geoffrey WT Atkins, British World Champion racket player (1954-72)
1927-01-24 - Sir Patrick Macnaghten, 11th Baronet, British aristocrat (d. 2007)
1927-01-28 - James Callaghan, British MP
1927-02-10 - Jakov Lind, German/British author (Counting My Footsteps)
1927-02-10 - Nigel Bagnall, British field marshal
1927-02-10 - Viscount Cowdray, British financier/multi-millionaire
1927-02-16 - June Brown, British actress
1927-02-28 - John Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
1927-03-11 - Raymond Jackson, [Jaki], British cartoonist
1927-03-11 - Ron Todd, British trade unionist
1927-04-06 - Gerry Mulligan, British saxophonist/orchestra leader (Jazz on a Summer Day)
1927-04-21 - Gerald Flood, British actor (d. 1989)
1927-05-17 - Ronald Halstead, deputy CEO (British Steel)
1927-05-28 - Robert Evans, CEO (British Gas)
1927-05-31 - Isabel Stoate, British diplomat
1927-05-31 - Michael Sandberg, British CEO (Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp)
1927-06-04 - Geoffrey Palmer, British actor (Smacks & Thistle)
1927-06-08 - Michael Levey, director (British National Gallery)
1927-06-18 - Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born British actress
1927-07-20 - Anthony Cavendish, British MI 6 agent/banker
1927-08-27 - Hugh Byatt, British diplomat
1927-09-02 - Francis Matthews, British actor (On the Bowery, Paul Temple)
1927-09-07 - Eric Hill, British children's Author
1927-09-10 - Gwen Watford, British actress (Body in the Library, Ghoul)
1927-10-01 - Sandy Gall, Malaysian-born British journalist and newscaster
1927-10-21 - Nadine Judd, [Nadia Moore/Nerina], South African/British ballerina
1927-11-15 - Gregor Mackenzie, British politician (d. 1992)
1927-12-07 - Helen Watts, British contralto
1927-12-27 - Antony Gardner, British politician
1928-02-20 - Donald Longmore, British cardiac surgeon
1928-02-25 - Keith Williamson, British RAF marshal
1928-02-29 - Alan Loveday, British(?) violinist
1928-03-12 - Roland Moyle, British deputy chairman (Police Complaints Authority)
1928-03-20 - Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book)
1928-03-22 - DC Ingman, CEO (British Waterways Board
1928-03-23 - Alfred Morris, British MP
1928-04-04 - Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death)
1928-04-09 - Brian Cubbon, British senior civil servant
1928-04-15 - Richard Evans, British diplomat
1928-04-19 - John Horlock, British vice-chancellor (Open College)
1928-04-26 - Gordon Downey, British Comptroller General/Reader Rep (Independent)
1928-05-18 - P G Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral
1928-05-24 - Stanley Baxter, British comedian (Joey Boy, Fast Lady)
1928-05-28 - Albert Booth, British government minister
1928-06-07 - Reg Park, British bodybuilder
1928-06-18 - Michael Blakemore, British theater director (Country Life)
1928-06-19 - Raymond Powell, British MP
1928-06-20 - David Mitchell, British MP
1928-07-26 - Don Beauman, British racing driver (d. 1955)
1928-09-14 - Sir Angus Ogilvy, London, United Kingdom, husband of English princess Alexandra
1928-09-17 - Brian Matthew, British disc jockey
1928-09-22 - Eric Broadley, MBE, British automotive engineer (Lola Cars)
1928-09-27 - G H Martin, British keeper of Public Records
1928-10-02 - Anthony Tippett, British chief of Fleet Support
1928-10-08 - Bill Maynard, British actor
1928-11-02 - Paul Johnson, British historian
1928-11-10 - William Staveley, British admiral
1928-11-15 - John Orchard, British actor (d. 1995)
1929-02-16 - Peter NF Porter, Australian/British author/poet (Chair of Babel)
1929-03-06 - Hal Miller, British MP
1929-04-06 - Willis Hall, British writer
1929-04-15 - Jocelyn Barrow, deputy chair person (British Broadcast Standards)
1929-04-18 - Peter Hordern, British CEO (Fina)
1929-04-29 - [John] Jeremy Thorpe, British MP (Liberal)
1929-05-06 - Rosemary Camp, president (Council for British Archaeology)
1929-05-09 - Kay Dotrice, British actress (d. 2007)
1929-05-11 - Edward Anson, British vice-admiral
1929-05-14 - Henry McGee, British actor (d. 2006)
1929-05-29 - Anthony Grant, British MP
1929-05-29 - Katie Boyle, [Lady Sander Saunders], British broadcaster
1929-05-31 - Neil Shaw, British CEO (Tate & Lyle)
1929-06-08 - Earl Ferrers, British minister of state (Dept of Environment)
1929-06-21 - John Morgan, British ambassador (to Mexico)
1929-07-22 - John Barber, British racing driver
1929-07-31 - Lynne Reid Banks, British author
1929-08-22 - Baroness Ewart-Biggs, British (Lab) spokesperson on Home Affairs
1929-09-25 - Ronnie Barker, British comedian (the Two Ronnies)
1929-09-28 - Nigel Althaus, British government broker
1929-09-29 - Murray McLaggan, British Lord-Lieutenant (Mid Glamorgan)
1929-10-02 - John Zochonis, British multi-millionaire soap magnate
1929-10-07 - Robert Westall, British author (d. 1993)
1929-12-25 - Stuart Hall, British radio and television presenter
1929-12-30 - Rosalind Hurley, British physician, barrister, ethicist and writer (d. 2004)
1930-01-04 - Iain Cuthbertson, British actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB)
1930-01-27 - Roger Sims, British MP
1930-01-28 - David Morris, British MEP
1930-02-01 - Peter Tapsell, British MP
1930-02-15 - C F Payne, Cleveland, British chief constable
1930-02-20 - Bill Walker, British MP
1930-03-12 - Antony Acland, provost of Eton/British ambassador (to US)
1930-03-18 - Pat Halcox, British musician, (d. 2013)
1930-03-30 - Rolf Harris, Australian/British cartoonist
1930-04-11 - James Alan Ferman, secretary (British Board of Film Classification)
1930-04-16 - Frank Page, British broadcaster/actor (Hudson Hawk, Dark Dancer)
1930-04-16 - John Robson, British ambassador (Norway)
1930-05-10 - June Knox-Mawer, British radio host/novelist (World of Islands)

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 901 - 1,000 of 1,074

2005-09-18 - Michael Park, British Rally co-driver (b. 1966)
2005-09-26 - Helen Cresswell, British author
2005-10-18 - John Hollis, British actor (b. 1931)
2005-11-11 - Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, British photographer (b. 1939)
2005-11-23 - Constance Cummings, American-born British actress (b. 1910)
2005-12-07 - Lucy d'Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892)
2005-12-31 - Phillip Whitehead, British politician (b. 1937)
2006-01-05 - Lord Merlyn-Rees, British politician (b. 1920)
2006-01-08 - Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)
2006-02-09 - Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
2006-02-13 - Peter Frederick Strawson, British philosopher (b. 1919)
2006-02-14 - Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)
2006-02-27 - Linda Smith, British comedian (b. 1958)
2006-03-02 - Jack Wild, British actor (b. 1952)
2006-03-07 - John Junkin, British performer (b. 1930)
2006-03-09 - John Profumo, British cabinet minister (b. 1915)
2006-03-18 - Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
2006-03-26 - Nikki Sudden, British singer/songwriter (b. 1956)
2006-03-27 - Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
2006-05-10 - Val Guest, British film director (b. 1911)
2006-05-17 - Eric Forth, British Member of Parliament (b. 1944)
2006-06-14 - Monty Berman, British film and television producer (b. 1905)
2006-06-28 - George Unwin, British WWII fighter ace (b. 1913)
2006-07-08 - Peter Hawkins, British actor/voice actor (b. 1924)
2006-07-20 - Ted Grant, British Trotskyist (b. 1913)
2006-07-28 - David Gemmell, British writer (b. 1948)
2006-08-20 - Cpl Bryan Budd VC, British soldier (Afghanistan) (b. 1977)
2006-08-30 - Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
2006-08-31 - Tom Delaney, British racing driver (b. 1911)
2006-09-15 - Raymond Baxter, British television presenter (b. 1922)
2006-10-03 - John Crank, British mathematician (b. 1913)
2006-10-14 - Maurice Grosse, British paranormal investigator (b. 1919)
2006-10-16 - Ross Davidson, British actor (b. 1949)
2006-11-10 - Diana Coupland, British comedy actress (b. 1932)
2006-11-27 - Alan Freeman, British disc jockey known by his nickname 'Fluff' (b. 1927)
2006-12-18 - Mike Dickin, British radio broadcaster (b. 1943)
2007-01-04 - Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
2007-01-08 - Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
2007-02-14 - Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)
2007-02-23 - John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
2007-03-04 - Richard Joseph, British games soundtrack composer (b. 1954)
2007-03-04 - Ian Wooldridge, British sports journalist (b. 1932)
2007-03-21 - Kevin Whitrick, first British man to commit suicide on a live chatroom (b. 1964)
2007-06-18 - Bernard Manning, British comedian (b. 1930)
2007-07-05 - George Melly, British jazz & blues musician (b. 1926)
2007-08-03 - John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)
2007-08-10 - Tony Wilson, British music personality and broadcaster (b. 1950)
2007-08-15 - Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)
2007-08-17 - Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
2007-08-21 - Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
2007-08-30 - Michael Jackson, British beer and whiskey author/expert. (b. 1942)
2007-09-03 - Jane Tomlinson, British charity fund raiser (b. 1964)
2007-09-10 - Anita Roddick, British businesswoman (b.1942)
2007-10-02 - Christopher Derrick, British writer (b. 1921)
2007-10-20 - Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry) (b. 1961)
2007-11-22 - Verity Lambert, first producer of British SF series Doctor Who (b. 1935)
2007-12-01 - Anton Rodgers, British actor (b. 1933)
2007-12-24 - Nicholas Pumfrey, British judge (b. 1951)
2007-12-29 - Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
2007-12-31 - Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
2008-01-02 - George MacDonald Fraser, British author (b. 1925)
2008-01-03 - Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
2008-01-30 - Jeremy Beadle, British television host, (b. 1948)
2008-02-07 - Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (b. 1913)
2008-02-18 - Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
2008-02-21 - Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
2008-03-16 - John Hewer, Actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials. (b. 1922)
2008-03-24 - Neil Aspinall, British record producer (b. 1941)
2008-04-12 - Cecilia Colledge, British ice skater and Olympian (b. 1920)
2008-05-23 - David Mitton, British television director (b. 1939)
2008-06-22 - Jane McGrath, British-born Australian cancer support campaigner (b. 1966)
2008-07-04 - Charles Wheeler, British journalist (b. 1923)
2008-07-30 - Anne Armstrong U.S. ambassador to Britain (b. 1927)
2008-08-12 - Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
2008-08-23 - John Russell, British-born American art critic and author
2008-08-29 - Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer (b. 1953)
2008-10-08 - Bob Friend (newscaster), British newscaster (b. 1938)
2008-10-23 - Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
2008-11-16 - Reg Varney, British actor (On The Buses) (b. 1916)
2008-12-24 - Harold Pinter, British playwright (b. 1930)
2009-01-10 - William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
2009-01-11 - David Vine, British sports broadcaster (b. 1936)
2009-01-14 - Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin (b. 1937)
2009-01-16 - John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
2009-01-18 - Tony Hart, British artist and TV presenter (b. 1925)
2009-01-24 - Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
2009-03-02 - Chris Finnegan, British Olympic Boxing Gold Medallist (b. 1944)
2009-04-15 - Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP (b.1924)
2009-04-19 - J.G. Ballard, British novelist. (b. 1930)
2009-04-24 - John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
2009-05-20 - Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)
2009-05-31 - Danny La Rue, British entertainer (b. 1927)
2009-06-07 - Hugh Hopper, British musician (b. 1945)
2009-07-06 - Johnny Collins, British folk and maritime music singer (b. 1938)
2009-07-18 - Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran (b. 1896)
2009-07-19 - Henry Surtees, British racing driver. (b. 1991)
2009-09-14 - Keith Floyd, British TV chef (b. 1943)
2009-11-16 - Edward Woodward, British actor (The Equalizer) (b. 1930)
2009-11-20 - Max Robertson, British sports commentator, radio and television presenter and author (b. 1915)
2009-12-03 - Richard Todd, Irish-born British actor (b. 1919)


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