1887 in the United Kingdom
|1887 in the United Kingdom|
|1885 | 1886 | 1887 | 1888 | 1889|
|Individual countries of the United Kingdom|
|England | Ireland | Scotland | Wales|
- Monarch – Victoria
- Prime Minister – Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (Conservative)
- Parliament – 24th
- 18 February – National Colliery disaster at Cwtch in the Rhondda: an underground explosion kills thirty.
- 7 March–18 April – The Times publishes a series of articles on "Parnellism and Crime" quoting letters, subsequently confessed to be forgeries, intended to discredit Charles Stewart Parnell by appearing to show him as implicated in illegal activities, in particular, support for the 1882 Phoenix Park Murders.
- 28 March – Irish Crimes Act suspends trial by jury in Ireland.
- 31 March – St. John Ambulance Brigade.
- 3 May – Royal Jubilee Exhibition, Manchester, is opened by Princess Alexandra.
- 9 May – Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show opens in London.
- 28 May – Udston mining disaster in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland: 73 coal miners die in a firedamp explosion at Udston Colliery.
- 17 June – Hammersmith Bridge opens in London.
- 20–21 June – Queen Victoria and the country celebrate a Golden Jubilee, the 50th year of her reign.
- 22 June – Zululand becomes a British colony.
- 5 September – Theatre Royal, Exeter burns down, and 186 people die.
- 1 October – British Empire takes over Balochistan.
- 6 October – the Hōvis process for manufacture of breadmaking flour is patented.
- 6 November – the Association football club Celtic F.C. is formed in Glasgow by Irish Marist Brother Walfrid to help alleviate poverty in the city's East End by raising money for his charity, the Poor Children's Dinner Table.
- 11 November – construction of the Manchester Ship Canal begins.
- 13 November – Bloody Sunday: Police in London clash with radical and Irish nationalist protesters.
- 17 December – English adventurer Thomas Stevens concludes the first circumnavigation by bicycle in Yokohama, having set out on his penny-farthing from San Francisco in 1884.
- 25 December – Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky first distilled.
- The Hospitals Association establishes the first (non-statutory and voluntary) register of nurses in the UK.
- Sir John Everett Millais' painting Bubbles is acquired for advertising purposes by Pears soap.
- Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes novel A Study in Scarlet (in Beeton's Christmas Annual, November).
- H. Rider Haggard's novels She and Allan Quatermain.
- Thomas Hardy's novel The Woodlanders.
- 10 February – E. V. Rieu, poet (died 1972)
- 9 March – Phil Mead, cricketer (died 1958)
- 5 May – Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (died 1972)
- 4 June – Ray Strachey, born Rachel Costelloe, feminist campaigner (died 1940)
- 21 June – Hastings Ismay, army officer (died 1965)
- 22 June – Julian Huxley, biologist (died 1975)
- 3 August – Rupert Brooke, war poet (died 1915)
- 22 August – Walter Citrine, trade unionist (died 1983)
- 7 September – Edith Sitwell, poet (died 1964)
- 26 September – Edwin Keppel Bennett, writer (died 1958)
- 26 September – Barnes Wallis, scientist, engineer and inventor (died 1979)
- 11 October – Henry Montgomery Campbell, Bishop of London (died 1970)
- 1 November – L. S. Lowry, painter (died 1976)
- 17 November – Bernard Montgomery, World War II commander (died 1976)
- 23 November – Boris Karloff, actor (died 1969)
- Isabel Emslie Hutton, Scottish nurse in Serbia during World War I and psychiatrist (died 1960)
- 13 February – Philip Bourke Marston, poet (born 1850)
- 10 June – Richard Lindon, inventor (born 1816)
- 25 July – Henry Mayhew, writer (born 1812)
- "Wattstown". Rhondda Cynon Taff Library Services Heritage Trail. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- The Times: Past, Present, Future. 1985. pp. 44–5.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 313–314. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- "The Flag in the Wind – Features – Notable Dates in History". The Scots Independent. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715--0.
- "History of Jubilees – Queen Victoria". The British Monarchy. The Royal Household. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
- Coogan, Tim Pat (2002). Wherever Green Is Worn: The Story of the Irish Diaspora. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 250. ISBN 978-1-4039-6014-6.
- Wagg, Stephen (2002). British Football and Social Exclusion. Routledge. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-7146-5217-7.