1921 in the United Kingdom
|1921 in the United Kingdom|
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January to June
- 1 January – car tax discs introduced.
- 3 January – The airships R.36 and R.37 are completed.
- 8 January – Chequers becomes an official residence of the Prime Minister.
- 14 January – unemployment stands at 927,000.
- 20 January – the Royal Navy K-class submarine HMS K5 sinks in the English Channel with the loss of all 56 crew on board.
- 26 January – Abermule train collision: seventeen people are killed when two passenger trains collide head-on in Montgomeryshire.
- January – Lord Rothermere's Sunday Pictorial announces formation of the Anti-Waste League as a political party opposing excessive government expenditure.
- 12 February – Winston Churchill is appointed as Colonial Secretary.
- 16 February – unemployment now stands at over 1,000,000. The Government announces an increase in unemployment benefit.
- 5 March – Irish War of Independence: Clonbanin Ambush – Irish Republican Army kills Brigadier General Cumming.
- 11 March – Queen Mary becomes the first woman to be awarded an honorary degree by Oxford University.
- 16 March – The United Kingdom signs a trade agreement with the Russian SFSR.
- 17 March
- 19 March – Irish War of Independence: Crossbarry Ambush – British troops fail to encircle an outnumbered column of Irish Republican Army volunteers in County Cork, with at least ten British and three IRA deaths.
- 21 March
- 26 March – Shaun Spadah wins the Grand National.
- 31 March – A state of emergency is declared after another coal miners' strike is called.
- 3 April – Coal rationing begins.
- 13 April – Lloyds Bank takes over Fox, Fowler and Company of Wellington, Somerset, the last provincial English bank to issue its own banknotes.
- 15 April – "Black Friday": Transport union members of the 'Triple Alliance' refuse to support national strike action by coal miners.
- 23 April – Tottenham Hotspur beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 in the FA Cup Final.
- 26 April – Police patrol London on motorcycles for the first time.
- 3 May – The province of Northern Ireland is created within the United Kingdom under terms of the Government of Ireland Act 1920.
- 4 May – The IRA kill a former Royal Irish Constabulary inspector in Glasgow.
- 5 May – Only thirteen paying spectators attend the football match between Leicester City and Stockport County played at Old Trafford, the lowest attendance in The Football League's history.
- 7 May – Crown Prince Hirohito of Japan arrives on an official visit.
- 10 May – Ivy Williams becomes the first woman member of the English Bar.
- 15 May – The British Legion is founded as a voice for ex-servicemen by merger of the Comrades of the Great War, the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers, the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers and the Officers' Association, under the Presidency of Earl Haig.
- 22 May – The United States beats the United Kingdom 9 rounds to 3 in the first golf international between the two countries.
- 24 May – Irish elections, under terms of the Government of Ireland Act 1920: In the Northern Ireland general election for the new Parliament of Northern Ireland (held by single transferable vote), Ulster Unionists win 40 out of 52 seats. The dominant-party system in Northern Ireland will last for fifty years.
- 25 May – Irish War of Independence: the Irish Republican Army occupies and burns The Custom House in Dublin, the centre of local government in Ireland. Five IRA men are killed, and over eighty are captured by the British Army which surrounds the building.
- 1 June – Humorist wins The Derby. For the first time the result is broadcast live by wireless.
- 6 June – King George V opens Southwark Bridge in London.
- 7 June
- 10 June – unemployment reaches 2,200,000.
- 12 June – Sunday postal collection and delivery is suspended.
- 14 June – First London performance of Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending under conductor Adrian Boult with Marie Hall as violin soloist.
- 15 June – 2,000,000 workers are currently involved in pay disputes.
- 19 June – census in the United Kingdom.
- 22 June – New Parliament of Northern Ireland, assembled at Belfast City Hall, is formally opened by King George V, making a speech (drafted by Jan Smuts) calling for reconciliation in Ireland.
- 24 June – The world's largest airship, the R.38, makes its maiden flight at Bedford.
- 25 June – Rainfall ends a drought, which has lasted for one hundred days.
- 28 June – The coal strike ends.
July to December
- 2 July – Bill Tilden and Suzanne Lenglen retain their Wimbledon titles.
- 7 July – General Jan Smuts meets King George V to discuss the Irish situation.
- 9 July – The Irish War of Independence comes officially to an end when a truce, coming into effect on 11 July, is agreed between British and Irish forces.
- 10 July – Bloody Sunday: clashes between Catholics and Protestants in Belfast result in sixteen deaths (23 over the surrounding four-day period) and the destruction of over two hundred (mostly Catholic) homes.
- 12 July – Sinn Féin representatives arrive in London for talks.
- 18 July – Ulster Unionist negotiators walk out of the truce talks in London.
- 3 August – "Geddes Axe": announcement that the Prime Minister is appointing an advisory Committee on National Expenditure, made up of businessmen chaired by Sir Eric Geddes, to recommend reductions in government spending.
- 19 August – unemployment falls to 1,640,600.
- 24 August – R38 class airship ZR-2 explodes on her fourth test flight near Kingston upon Hull, killing 44 of the 49 Anglo-American crew on board.
- 27 August – The first games in the new Football League Third Division North are played, a year after the southern section was formed. Among the new division's members are Stockport County, Walsall, Rochdale, Chesterfield and Tranmere Rovers.
- 30 August – England defeat Australia, for the first time this year, in the final Test Match.
- 1 September – Poplar Rates Rebellion: led by George Lansbury, the Borough council in Poplar, London withholds collection of part of its rates, leading to six weeks’ imprisonment for thirty councillors (including six women) and hasty passage of The London Authorities (Financial Provision) Act through Parliament to equalise tax burdens between rich and poor boroughs.
- 7 September – David Lloyd George summons a meeting of the Cabinet at Inverness to discuss an independent Ireland's relationship with the British Empire.
- 9 September – Charlie Chaplin visits London and is met by thousands.
- 17 September – Shackleton-Rowett Expedition: Ernest Shackleton sets sail on his last expedition to Antarctica.
- 23 September – The second female MP enters Parliament (Margaret Wintringham, at the Louth by-election).
- October – The first women are admitted to study for full academic degrees at the University of Cambridge, but have no associated privileges.
- 8 October – The steamer SS Rowan sinks off the coast of Scotland. Thirty-six people lose their lives.
- 11 October – The Irish Treaty Conference opens in London.
- 11 November – The British Legion holds the first official Poppy Day.
- 21 November – Troops are sent to restore order after rioting breaks out in East Belfast.
- 22 November – At least ten people are killed in widespread shootings in Belfast.
- 30 November – Sir Basil Thomson retires after forty years as the head of the Metropolitan Police Special Branch.
- 6 December – British and Irish negotiators sign the Anglo-Irish Treaty in London giving independence to the Irish Free State.
- 10 December – Frederick Soddy wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his contributions to our knowledge of the chemistry of radioactive substances, and his investigations into the origin and nature of isotopes".
- 16 December – Parliament ratifies the Anglo-Irish Treaty.
- National Unemployed Workers' Committee Movement set up by members of the Communist Party.
- Dentists Act requires the registration of anyone practicing dentistry, making it a fully regulated profession.
- The Scottish county of Haddingtonshire is renamed East Lothian.
- Wicksteed Park in Kettering opens as the first inland amusement park in England.
- An exceptionally dry year over England and Wales with only 629.0 millimetres (24.8 in) making it the driest year on record since 1788, and not approached since – the nearest being 1854 with 672.9 millimetres (26.5 in), 1864 with 703.3 millimetres (27.7 in), 1887 with 669.3 millimetres (26.4 in) and subsequently 1933 with 717.7 millimetres (28.3 in), 1964 with 725.5 millimetres (28.6 in) and 1973 with 739.9 millimetres (29.1 in). In South East England the average was only 396.4 millimetres (15.6 in) with some stations recording less than 300 millimetres (11.8 in).
- Dorita Fairlie Bruce's children's novel The Senior Prefect, first of The Dimsie books.
- Agatha Christie's first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, introducing Hercule Poirot (21 January; issued in the United States October 1920).
- Walter de la Mare's novel Memoirs of a Midget.
- Eleanor Farjeon's children's stories Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard.
- John Galsworthy's novel To Let, last of The Forsyte Saga.
- A. S. M. Hutchinson's novel If Winter Comes.
- Aldous Huxley's novel Crome Yellow.
- Sheila Kaye-Smith's novel Joanna Godden.
- D. H. Lawrence's novel Women in Love (10 June; issued in a limited edition in the United States November 1920).
- 15 January – Frank Thornton, actor (died 2013)
- 1 February – Peter Sallis, actor (died 2017)
- 5 February – Marion Eames, novelist (died 2007)
- 13 March – Cyril Poole, cricketer (died 1996)
- 19 March – Tommy Cooper, Welsh-born comedian and magician (died 1984)
- 25 March – Mary Douglas, social anthropologist (died 2007)
- 28 March – Dirk Bogarde, actor and author (died 1999)
- 29 March – Johnny Lawrenson, English rugby league winger (died 2010)
- 10 April – Robert Wade, New Zealand-born chess player (died 2008)
- 16 April – Peter Ustinov, actor, writer, dramatist and raconteur (died 2004)
- 20 April – Peter Baker, English soldier, author, publisher and politician (died 1966)
- 4 May – John Goodwin, theatre publicist and writer (died 2018)
- 7 May – Asa Briggs, historian (died 2016)
- 18 May – Joan Eardley, painter (died 1963)
- 23 May – Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician and broadcaster (died 2008)
- 4 July – Frederick Sydney Waller, shipbuilder (died 2016)
- 14 July – Leon Garfield, children's historical novelist (died 1996)
- 31 July – Peter Benenson, lawyer and human rights campaigner (died 2005)
- 1 September – Daphne Park, diplomat and spy (died 2010)
- 8 September – Harry Secombe, entertainer (died 2001)
- 15 September – Richard Gordon, author (died 2017)
- 21 September – Jimmy Young, singer and radio broadcaster (died 2016)
- 30 September – Deborah Kerr, actress (died 2007)
- 2 October
- 11 November – Ron Greenwood, footballer and manager (died 2006)
- 8 December – Terence Morgan, actor (died 2005)
- 11 December – Liz Smith, character actress (died 2016)
- 22 December – John Aiken, air marshal (died 2005)
- 1 January – Mary Macarthur, trade unionist (born 1880)
- 18 January – Elizabeth Anne Finn, writer (born 1825)
- 27 February – Schofield Haigh, cricketer (born 1871)
- 22 March – E. W. Hornung, author (born 1866)
- 27 April – Arthur Mold, cricketer (born 1863)
- 19 May- Michael Llewelyn-Davies, Inspired Peter Pan. (born 1900)
- 2 September – Henry Austin Dobson, poet (born 1840)
- 7 September – Alfred William Rich, watercolour painter (born 1856)
- 23 October – John Boyd Dunlop, inventor (born 1840)
- 10 December – George Ashlin, architect (born 1837)
- 11 December – Hardinge Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury, lawyer, Lord Chancellor (born 1823)
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