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1st Jan1936Closing ceremony by Alderman C. Payne to clear Butcher Row and surrounding medieval streets.
2nd Jan1569Mary, Queen of Scots, leaves Coventry after 38 days of captivity here.1967The Queens Hotel, Hertford Street, which was badly damaged in the blitz but remained open, finally closes.
3rd Jan2009The last of the Woolworth's stores closed in Coventry. The city centre branch had opened in 1954, one of the first to open in the newly rebuilt town centre.
4th Jan1909George Singer (cycle manufacturer) died in Coventry - also famous for his company's football team becoming Coventry City FC.191721 year old Doris Johnson sadly killed by an explosion while carrying out her job of filling shells with TNT in a Coventry munition works aiding the war effort.
5th Jan
6th Jan1329King Edward III granted Coventry the charter to build the City Wall on this day - although it was about 17 years later before the first stone was actually laid.
7th Jan1836After the 1835 the Municipal Corporations Act had been passed, this day in 1836 saw the Insignia of Office and Civic Regalia transferred by George Eld, Esq., the last Mayor under the old system, to Henry Cadwallader Adams, Esq., the first Mayor under the new system in Coventry.
8th Jan1850A most strange suicide occurred on this day. 50 year old James Bowen, of Spon Street, lay on his bed with his face placed into a bucket of water, and used a brick on the end of a piece of string over his back to hold his head down until drowned!
9th Jan
10th Jan1876Stoke Board School opened in Briton Road with 96 pupils. It later became known as Stoke Council School, then Stoke Primary.
11th Jan1966The 13th Coventry Scout Band become the first scout musicians to perform in Westminster Abbey.1856The Corn Exchange opened (later became the Empire Cinema, then the ABC cinema) in Hertford Street.
12th Jan1918Arthur Hutt returned from the First World War to a hero's welcome at Coventry Station, saying: 'All I did was my duty to my King and country.' He was demobbed in 1919 and returned home to his wife, daughter and his job at Courtaulds.1859The first edition of the 'Coventry Examiner' newspaper appeared, for one penny - an Ultra-Liberal paper.
13th Jan1859On this night at the Plough Hotel in Spon Street 22 year old Foleshill man, James Knight, took his own life by shooting himself 'through the body' - probably attempting to perforate his heart. A failed love affair was suspected.
14th Jan
15th Jan1539Coventry's huge Benedictine Abbey, St Mary's Priory, officially taken by the Crown (Henry VIII) as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries.1947Music producer Pete Waterman born in Coventry.
16th Jan1865The opening of the Freemen's Charity Girls' School, funded by city benefactor Sir Thomas White. The school stood on the corner of Swanswell Terrace and Stoney Stanton Road.
17th Jan2002Royal Navy frigate HMS Coventry decommissioned. It was launched in 1987 but was considered out of date after only 15 years. It was the 6th HMS Coventry - a line stretching back to 1658. The previous HMS Coventry was sunk in the Falkland Islands (see 25th May 1982).
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19th Jan1732Laurence Wright ordered 'to make a weathercock and globe of copper, not exceeding 20lbs weight' for the top of St. Michael's church steeple.
20th Jan1345Coventry given the Charter of Incorporation by King Edward III - we are a City!1919Stoke Park School founded in 'Harefield house' in Brays Lane.
21st Jan1539The Cistercian abbey of Coombe was surrendered to the monarchy of Henry VIII as part of the ongoing Dissolution of the Monasteries.
22nd Jan1642Mayor Christopher Davenport decreed that every householder and person of ability in Coventry should find and arm himself with muskets and ammunition, so that the city be in a state of readiness for war. (The Civil War did indeed happen in August of that year.)
23rd Jan1628Doctor Philemon Holland elected new master of King Henry VIII Free School.700From around this time, 23rd January was St Osburg's Day, named after the founder of the Nunnery in Coventry.
24th Jan1665The spire of Holy Trinity Church falls during a storm, killing a small boy who was passing by.1642Due to the Civil War a watch at the four main gates was set of 17 'able men both of estate and persons'. The bar gates (Spon, New, Bishop and Gosford) were to be chained up till 4am and guarded by those men. The other seven gates were shut up every night. All other postern gates were walled up.
25th Jan1345From this year, the first year that Coventry became a city, until 1556, a body of 24 leading citizens elected the mayor, coroner, and chamberlains, and most other civic positions, on this date. They took up office on 2nd February (the day on which the lammas lands were opened to the citizens).
26th Jan1857Spon End Viaduct - 23 of the 28 sandstone arches collapsed overnight, but fortunately nobody was hurt. The railway line was not reopened until 1860 when the replacement arches were reconstructed with blue bricks.
27th Jan2001C&A in the lower precinct closed. Eventually all C&A stores in the UK will close due to falling profits.
28th Jan1322King Edward II said to be in Coventry with a levy for raising troops.2014Nissan announce that they will use Coventry company, ADV Manufacturing, for the final assembly of their new London Taxi.
29th Jan1935ARP Sub-Committee set up by the Council in readiness for the possible coming war.2014The end of production for Cash's, the ribbon manufacturer, which started out in 1846.
30th Jan
31st Jan1917A German Zeppelin airship skirted the city on its route to Staffordshire.1868The old library in Hertford Street was closed pending its replacement by a Free Library.
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1st Feb1850The first trial trip was made along the Coventry and Nuneaton Railway. The line, however, was not opened for passenger trains until about two months afterwards.1995Animal Rights campaigner Jill Phipps sadly died after being crushed by a lorry near Baginton Airport during a protest.
2nd Feb1345From 1345 until 1556, this was the day (Candlemas Day) that Coventry's new mayor traditionally took office.1850Coventry & Nuneaton Railway opened.
3rd Feb1843In the aftermath of Coventry losing its status as a county, Warwickshire was split into two divisions - the "Warwick Division" and the "Coventry Division" - for the purposes of "assize", or the administration of local laws. The Coventry Division comprised the City of Coventry, together with the Atherstone and Coleshill Divisions of the Hundred of Hemlingford; and the Kirby and Rugby Divisions of the Knightlow Hundred.
4th Feb1871Murder at the Wheatsheaf Inn - the killer escaped.
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7th Feb1267The earliest known charter relating to Leofric's foundation of the monastery, and confirmed by Henry III, is made - later found to be a forgery.1699The top of Greyfriar's spire and its globe blew down under 'a dreadful tempest of wind'. It wasn't repaired until July 1771.
8th Feb1555Lawrence Saunders burned at the stake in the sand hollow in the Little Park during the reign of 'Bloody' Mary.
9th Feb1636Philemon Holland, the 'Translator General' and headmaster of the Free School, died.2010Car production returned to Whitley in Coventry with five £170,000 Spyker supercars being built per week.
10th Feb1920Coventry built Mark IV tank, number 143, was officially presented to the city on this day, and placed on Greyfriar's Green. The tank remained on the green until its removal in 1938, when it is recorded that the Daimler engine started first time after lying idle for eighteen years!
11th Feb1457King Henry VI returns to Coventry "to his bedde" during his frequent bouts of illness - Margaret arrives the next day, quietly.1918Coventry started Tank Week. Tank number 119, powered by a Coventry Daimler engine and better known as 'Ole Willie', had been touring the country raising money in War Bonds. Amid thousands, it moved through the streets, through Broadgate heading towards Greyfriar's Green.
12th Feb1889Arthur Hutt VC, born in Earlsdon. (See 4th October for details of his heroic act.)
13th Feb2000First screening on Channel 4 of Time Team's visit to Coventry. They excavated our first cathedral, St. Mary's, and found so much that they broke their own '3 day rule' by returning for an unprecedented 4th day to finish the job.
14th Feb1790Capel Bond, considered one of the most remarkable 18th century composers, died in Coventry on this day and was buried at St. Bartholomew's church, Binley. He had been organist at both Holy Trinity and St. Michael's churches.
15th Feb1457Start of the Royal Council held in Coventry in front of King Henry VI & Queen Margaret. They are joined by the Archbishop of York, the bishops of Winchester, London, Lincoln, Norwich, Exeter, Worcester, Chester, Hereford & Salisbury. Also the Dukes of York, Exeter, Buckingham, Somerset, and the Earls of Shrewsbury, Stafford, Northumberland, Arundel and Devonshire, etc.1963The final shift is worked at Binley Colliery.
16th Feb1953Specials drummer and record producer, John Bradbury, born.
17th Feb2017The section of A444 leading to the Ricoh Arena is renamed 'Jimmy Hill Way'.
18th Feb
19th Feb1949A Dakota DC3 and an RAF trainer plane collide in the sky above Exhall.
20th Feb1460The council gathered at St. Mary's Hall to order that forty men be armed and sent to join the king to prevent Richard, the late Duke of York, from re-entering the kingdom.
21st Feb1743Coventry's first newspaper, the Coventry Mercury, was renamed to the snappy title of 'Jopson's Coventry and Northampton Mercury, or the Weekly Country Journal'!
22nd Feb1958Southampton beat Coventry City 7-1 - one of many results to consign The Bantams to the bottom half of Division 3 South. On the plus side it meant we became one of the founder members of the newly formed Fourth Division the following season!
23rd Feb
24th Feb1963The Beatles play the Coventry Theatre - but only as support act for Helen Shapiro!
25th Feb1942The King and Queen visited Coventry and saw plans for the rebuilding of the city in St. Mary's Hall. The Bishop of Coventry (Dr. Mervyn Haig) presented the Queen with a cross made from nails taken from the old belfry.
26th Feb1964The new 'Rose Inn' opens behind where the old one stood in Lockhurst Lane, and Jimmy Hill is there to pull a pint in celebration.
27th Feb1847The birth of Dame Alice Ellen Terry (at 5 Market Street), known professionally as Ellen Terry, who became the leading Shakespearean actress in Britain.1817Thomas Lawson, butcher, was killed in his bed by the collapsing of his home in Great Butcher Row.
28th Feb1932The Old Wheel Tavern public house closed.
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1st Mar1976Margaret Thatcher visits Radford and chats to a local resident. Even though it was three years before she became Prime Minister, no advance warning of her visit was give for security reasons.
2nd Mar1772Mary Clues of Gosford Street burnt to death by spontaneous combustion. Her remains were found on the floor, almost reduced to a cinder, while the furniture and bed-clothes were scarcely damaged.1848The first stone of St. Thomas' church, near the Butts, was laid by the Rev. T. Sheepshanks, Rector of St. John's.
3rd Mar2000The Queen and Prince Phillip visit Coventry for the Home Front Commemoration Service in the cathedral ruins.
4th Mar1542The Hospital of St. John (now known as The Old Grammar School) was surrendered as part of Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries.
5th Mar1471Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, left Coventry and marched south with an army of 30,000 to clash with Edward IV.1832Well Street Infant School opened.
6th Mar1963The Coventry City beat Fourth Division Lincoln City 5-1 away in a 3rd Round FA Cup tie - originally scheduled for January 5th. It was the hard winter of 1962/63 and the match had been arranged and postponed 15 times, an FA Cup record!1968Coventry City's Main Grandstand at Highfield Road is gutted by fire, and their 2nd Division Championship Trophy also destroyed.
7th Mar1820Riots & serious disturbances at the elections. This had become all too common in Coventry's political world, and our poor governance was largely responsible for eventually being stripped of our status of county.18533 day-schools opened - all St. Michael's Parish Schools - one for boys in the Rose & Crown Yard, High Street, one for Girls & Infants in Greyfriar's Lane, and one exclusively for girls in Gosford Street.
8th Mar1984The Coventry division of the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Families Association was launched in the crypt of St Mary's Guildhall, attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.
9th Mar1918Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst visited Coventry to plead for women's patriotic service. She addressed a packed Drill Hall of women and munition girls. The title of her speech was, 'War till Victory; no Shirkers.'1960Opening day for the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, paid for initially by a £100,000 donation from Sir Alfred Herbert.
10th Mar1986The New Central Library is opened by Roy Hattersley in the former Locarno dance hall building.
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12th Mar1642William Jesson, Coventry MP ordered to London to purchase four cannons for the defence of the city in the upcoming Civil War.2008An unexploded Second World War bomb was discovered in Coventry's city centre near the Belgrade Theatre.
13th Mar1946It was reported on this day that Field-Marshal Kesselring, former Chief of the German Air General Staff, told the Tribunal at Nuremberg that German photographs showed that the bombing of Coventry was, 'perfect'. Kesselring said 'I was happy that Coventry was selected as a target, as it was an important military objective and was not to be hit by a terror attack.'
14th Mar1961Norman Dewis left Browns Lane, Coventry, in E-type Jaguar '77 RW' to make the famous dash for the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, which he made with 20 minutes to spare by driving through the night.1955The New Hippodrome is renamed the Coventry Theatre.
15th Mar1573The date of the deed directing the Hospital of St. John to become Coventry's Free School - the building now known by all as the Old Grammar School.
16th Mar1830Christ Church foundation stone laid. Formerly Greyfriar's, it had been disused, the spire standing alone, since the dissolution under Henry VIII. The church was rebuilt and renamed Christ Church in 1830-31. Of course, since WW2 the spire stands alone once again.
17th Mar1936Armstrong Whitworth's Chief Test Pilot, Alan Campbell-Orde, piloted the maiden flight of the prototype Whitley bomber from Baginton Aerodrome.
18th Mar1734This day was passed 'An Act for making the Church of Bablake, in the City of Coventry, a Parish Church, and for appointing a District or Parish thereto'. (Since the Civil War 90 years earlier St. John's had been out of use as a parish church.)1765On this Friday night Thomas Edwards, a farmer, was murdered near Whoberley, on his return from Coventry, by Moses Baker, a weaver, and two Dragoons named Drury and Leslie, who had come from their quarters at Warwick.
19th Mar1959Terry Hall, singer with The Specials, born.
20th Mar1945John Bailey Shelton appointed a City Chamberlain of Coventry. 'JB' was known as the father of Coventry archaeology, and his archaeological finds formed the foundation of the current Herbert Museum collection.
21st Mar1421King Henry V came to Coventry with his French Queen, Catherine.2014Businessman Joe Elliot receives his MBE at Buckingham Palace from Prince Charles. The award was for Services to Museums.
22nd Mar1924The body of T. E. Dunville (see 29th July 1867) was found in the Thames at Caversham Lock near Reading. As his popularity waned he'd suffered from depression and committed suicide.1939Alfred Herbert carried out a successful excavation exercise - a total of 1,260 people were evacuated to trenches at the back of the offices. War was obviously becoming a real probability.
23rd Mar1956Foundation stone for the New Coventry Cathedral laid by Queen Elizabeth II.1939The IRA cause four explosions in underground telephone inspection chambers, the first in Cheylesmore, as part of their mainland campaign.
24th Mar1917Charity football match to raise money for the Mayor's Prisoner of War Fund in WW1.
25th Mar1973Elton John performed at Coventry Theatre - thousands had besieged the box office in an attempt to get tickets.
26th Mar2008Jaguar was taken over by huge Indian automotive company, Tata. At the same time Tata also acquired the Daimler, Lanchester and Rover names.
27th Mar1958The Belgrade Theatre is opened by the Duchess of Kent with the Lord Mayor and Pearl Hyde.1471Earl Warwick (The Kingmaker) came to Coventry prior to being killed in battle at Barnet Field.1959Speedway legend Nigel Boocock made his debut for the Coventry Bees at Oxford.
28th Mar1985The Queen Mother visits Coventry's Jaguar plant and meets Ted Cross, who showed her a photo from when they met previously in 1941 at Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital.
29th Mar1471Edward IV arrived at Coventry, with his army on Gosford Green, and challenged Warwick the Kingmaker to either join him or make battle.
30th Mar1696Three men were tried in Coventry and found guilty of the murder of William Bennett. William Whitaker was pardoned but Samuel Nicks and Nicholas Lambe were found guilty and hanged.1853The foundation stone laid for Trinity Parish Schools, on the corner of Ford Street and Hales Street.
31st Mar2008Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith visited Stoke Heath Community Centre, Valley Road. They met youth workers and community police officers at a the Nettica cybercafe in Longfellow Road to announce a 'Policing Pledge'.
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1st Apr2010Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, multiple gold-medal winning paralympic athlete, opens the new 'Transport for Disabled People' exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum.
2nd Apr1954Marks & Spencer open in the Upper Precinct.
3rd Apr1470Edward IV entered Coventry, his army camping outside the city walls for three days, during his pursuit of the Duke of Clarence and Earl of Warwick.1603Princess Elizabeth, eldest daughter of James I, was entertained in St. Mary's Hall, and presented with a silver cup which cost the city £29. 16s. 8d.
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5th Apr1929Sir Nigel Hawthorne, actor known for film 'The Madness of King George' and BBC comedy series 'Yes Minister', born in Coventry.1951King George VI and the Queen visit the city to see the redevelopment since the Blitz and the plans for the New Cathedral.
6th Apr2011Princess Anne visited Warwick University to attend the annual conference of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Also there for the same event was TV presenter Professor Lord Robert Winston, who delivered a talk to delegates about reproductive technologies.
7th Apr1942Birth of John Atkins, many time winner of the British National Cyclo-cross Championships in the 1960s & 70s.1563Bablake school endowed by Thomas Wheatley with money from ingots he accidentally came into possession of.1928Foleshill Greyhound Stadium opened.
8th Apr1941A very heavy air raid on Coventry - Christ Church is destroyed.
9th Apr1838London to Birmingham Railway opened, passing through Coventry on this day for the first time.
10th Apr1941Second very heavy air raid in two days.1953David Moorcroft, world record breaking athlete, born.
11th Apr1982Ian Bell, international cricketer, born.1787Mary Felkin hanged on Whitley Common after being found guilty of setting the Golden Horse pub on fire.
12th Apr1918German Zeppelin raiders dropped bombs in the grounds of Whitley Abbey and on the Baginton Sewerage Farm in WW1.1987Coventry City beat Leeds United 3-2 to reach the final of the FA Cup the following month.
13th Apr1784A group of men, pretending to be voters, marched on the voting booth with axes and saws under the coats and totally destroyed it.1995The Queen & Price Phillip came to Coventry to distribute Maundy Money at St. Michael's New Cathedral to 138 selected people.
14th Apr1956Goalkeeper Reg Matthews becomes Coventry's City's first ever player to win an England cap in this 1-1 draw with Scotland at Hampden Park in the British Home Championship.
15th Apr1941Another mass burial takes place at London Road Cemetery for 394 more victims of the April 8th/10th raids.
16th Apr2007The TV broadcast of the 2007 final of University Challenge, won by the University of Warwick, who were presented with the trophy by Ann Widdecombe.1757A soldier was shot for desertion in Coventry Park. He'd deserted on a previous occasion but reprieved - not this time!1837Two officers fought a duel at Styvechale Toll Gate.
17th Apr1765Two soldiers hanged for the murder of Thomas Edwards by clubbing him with a pistol. Alderman John Hewitt accepted their apology before the execution tool place.
18th Apr1102Coventry's first (and probably most corrupt ever) bishop, Robert de Limesey, moved his see to Coventry.1821Edward Bradshaw was executed on Whitley Common for burglary at the Punch Bowl public house, Spon-end, and cutting and wounding Mr. Lines, a neighbour.
19th Apr1918Lieutenant Sidney Angus Leith was killed when the Daimler RE8 he was testing spun out of control and nosedived 400 feet into Radford aerodrome.
20th Apr2012Coventry City's FA Cup-winning squad get together for a party at Nailcote Hall Hotel, Berkswell, to celebrate 25 years since winning the FA Cup.
21st Apr2012Coventry City's defeat to Doncaster Rovers consigns us to relegation from the Championship.
22nd Apr1962Wing Commander John Dowling pilots the helicopter that lifts the fleche onto the roof of the New Cathedral.1890After a huge renovation programme lasting over a decade, St. Michael's church (which became a cathedral in 1918), re-opened.1967A 1-1 draw for the Sky Blues at Cardiff City is enough to secure promotion to the 1st Division for the first time.
23rd Apr1914Alongside Australian and New Zealand troops, Coventry Rudge employee, Sergeant H. Eaves, with the Royal Warwickshire regiment, lands at Gallipoli for one of the most infamous battles of WW1.1800On this day, two men named Henshaw and Bissaker were hanged for forgery.
24th Apr1445Thomas Walton and other 'unknown persons' broke into St. Mary's Hall and stole many items, including a gilt silver cup, two silver bowls, two silver gilt covers, two silver spice dishes, small silver gilt table, a silver trumpet, a silver bowl cup and cover, two silver cups, four gilt silver spoons, a silver standing cup, a silver goblet, a silver salt cellar with cover, and twenty-four silver spoons - all the property of the Trinity Guild. I think he liked silver!
25th Apr1964Coventry City clinch the Division 3 title with a 1-0 win over Colchester United.1768Excavation begins at Foleshill Heath for the start of the Coventry Canal.
26th Apr1936Bill Pethers arrives in Coventry to be offered, and accept, the job by Samuel Newsome for the role of Musical Director of the Hippodrome (soon to be the new one, the following year). Bill was a favourite at the theatre until retirement in 1973.
27th Apr1979Coventry Skateboarder, Colin Oldham, breaks the World Record for speed on a skate-car - 80.25mph - breaking the American held record by 23mph.
28th Apr14743 year old Prince Edward (Son of King Edward IV) welcomed into the city with a huge pageant.1954Building licence issued for the New Cathedral.1955The Hotel Leofric opened.
29th Apr1967Coventry City get a record Highfield Road attendance of 51,455 as they beat Wolves 3-1 to become Division Two champions.
30th Apr2005The Sky Blues play their last ever game at the Highfield Road. A crowd of 22,700 watched them beat Derby County 6-2 !
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1st May1884The dedication of Queen's Road Baptist church.
2nd May1349The dedication of St. John's church.
3rd May1883The first tracks laid for steam trams.
4th May1385King Richard II gave Coventry the right to continue building the city wall on condition that it enclosed Cheylesmore Manor House.1529Ford's Hospital founded by William Pisford.
5th May2001Aston Villa's victory over Coventry City seals our fate of relegation from the Premier League.
6th May1350The dedication of St. John's Church, Fleet Street, having been built in 5 years on land assigned by Isabella, the Queen-mother of Edward III.
7th May1956Right Reverend Cuthbert Bardsley is enthroned as Bishop of Coventry in the ruins of the Old Cathedral.
8th May1344Queen Isabella granted the land for Bablake church (St. Johns) to be built upon.1945Coventry celebrates VE Day. Rationed food has been saved up to allow for a decent feast.
9th May1940A Mobile Canteen is presented to the city of Coventry in preparation for wartime hardship.
10th May1349Many of our inhabitants are killed by the Black Death, including the Lord Mayor.
11th May1471During the War of the Roses Margaret of Anjou and the Prince's new widow, Anne Neville, were brought prisoners to Coventry and delivered to Edward IV.
12th May1980The announcement is made at Highfield Road that Jimmy Hill is appointed as chairman of Coventry City Football Club.
13th May1939A National Service Review was held in the War Memorial Park with demonstrations given by different armed services with mock air-raids and First Aid displays.
14th May2008Coventry loses its head post office in Hertford Street, which had remained open since 1902, surviving the WW2 air-raids.
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16th May1987Sky Blues win the FA Cup, 3-2 against Tottenham Hotspur.1955Hazel O'Connor, singer, born.
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18th May1645Oliver Cromwell wrote a letter while in Coventry during the Civil War.
19th May1876The last ever burial made in St Michael's churchyard.
20th May1340King Edward III gave the men of Coventry the right to form their own Merchant Guild, the guild of St. Mary.1773The city flooded when the river Sherbourne overflowed - up to 7 feet deep in places.
21st May1971The final Triumph Herald, a 13/60 convertible, rolled off the assembly line at Triumph's Canley factory.
22nd May1948The new Broadgate opened by Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen), who on the same day laid the foundation stone for Broadgate House.
23rd May1957Pearl Hyde becomes the first female 'Lord' Mayor of Coventry, and the event also becomes the first ever televising of such an event in the world.1980The first local radio station, Mercia Sound, opens on 220metres Medium Wave.
24th May1940A Hampden bomber on a training flight developed engine trouble. As it neared Coventry the engine began to fail, and circling at a low height the bomber struck a barrage balloon cable based at Charterhouse Fields. The pilot brought the plane down, exploding on the Coventry & North Warwickshire Cricket Ground on the Binley Road.
25th May1962New Cathedral consecrated, attended by Her Majesty The Queen.1982HMS Coventry sunk during the Falklands war. The ship's captain, David Hart Dyke, is father of actress/comedian, Miranda Hart.
26th May1985Coventry City escape relegation by the skin of their teeth with a remarkable 4-1 victory over Everton in the final match of the season - they had to win all three remaining games to stay in the 1st Division.1962The Forum Cinema in Walsgrave Road closed after over 27 years, showing 'Lover come back' with Doris Day.
27th May1881Sir Henry Parkes, the longest non-consecutive Premier of the Colony of New South Wales, Australia, was born in Canley.
28th May1963Mick Leahy knocks out George Aldridge to become British Middleweight champion. Although born in Ireland, Mick lived in Coventry from the age of 26 in 1961.
29th May1675After the old six bells from St. Michael's steeple had been taken down and broken to pieces 3 days earlier, they were cast into eight new ones on this day, the 29th May 1675.1843The first stone was laid of the gothic structure of St. Osburg's Roman Catholic church, Hill Street.
30th May1962Premiere of the War Requiem (written by Benjamin Britten, jointly conducted with Meredith Davies) in the New Cathedral.1982Pope John Paul II visits Coventry.1988 A Gloster Meteor crashed, killing the brave pilot, who, knowing he could not prevent the crash, managed to steer the plane away from a highly populated residential area and into open ground at Ernesford Grange.
31st May1457Queen Margaret of Anjou visits Coventry 'privately' to view the Mystery Plays.1947The Freedom of the City is conferred on Royal Warwickshire Regiment.1830On this day in 1830 a Mr. Green ascended from Coventry in his balloon.
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1st Jun1485Richard III came to see the Corpus Christi 'Mystery' plays.1907Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine, born, at Newcombe Road, Earlsdon.
2nd Jun1953The people of Coventry indulge in the national celebrations for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, with parties in pubs and clubs, or out in the street in fancy dress, or simply gathering around a television set in perhaps the only household in the street able to afford one!
3rd Jun1973David Bowie caused a frenzy when he arrived at the Coventry Theatre.
4th Jun1852The Coventry Advertiser first printed - it only lasted 13 weeks.
5th Jun1690King William (William of Orange) passes through Coventry with his troops on the way to beating King James II's army at the Battle of the Boyne. His coach was met at Willenhall Bridge by the Sheriffs, and at New Gate by the Mayor and Aldermen and the city companies.1457The Bishop of Hereford led a Royal Procession for Henry VI & Queen Margaret.1983Final county game at Courtaulds Ground - Warwickshire v Derbyshire (John Player Special League). Warwickshire, captained by Bob Willis, scored 220-7 off 39 overs.
6th Jun1985A near sell-out audience watch Barbara Dickson at the final ever show at the Coventry (Apollo) Theatre.1978A Royal Navy search & rescue helicopter lands in the Precinct during carnival week.
7th Jun1459King Henry VI and Queen Margaret return to Coventry to attend a Great Council summoned in the Benedictine Priory.1970Writer, E. M. Forster, died in Coventry on this day.
8th Jun1954Work officially began on the New Cathedral.1946The Coventry Levelling Stone is unveiled at a ceremony to mark the redevelopment of the city centre and represent a celebration of peace.
9th Jun1901Samuel Newsome born - the man who planned and had built the New Hippodrome, later known as the Coventry Theatre.2011A company in Exhall was chosen to manufacture the 8,000 torches used by the torch-bearers to tour the country prior to the 2012 London Olympic games.
10th Jun1849William Wombwell, nephew of Mr. George Wombwell, proprietor of the menagerie, then attending the Fair, was attacked by an elephant in its den, and so much gored by its tusks, that he died on the Tuesday following (12th June).
11th Jun1920Council House officially opened by H.R.H. the Duke of York (later King George VI).
12th Jun1849William Wombwell dies of injuries sustained in an attack by an angry elephant at the Coventry Great Fair two days earlier. William was nephew to the proprietor of 'Mr. Wombwell's menagerie'.1434Henry VI's first visit to Coventry as a small boy.
13th Jun1964Coventry Godiva Harrier, Basil Heatley, broke the World Record when winning the Polytechnic Marathon, which qualified him to represent GB in the Tokyo Olympics where he won the Olympic Silver Medal.
14th Jun1858Queen Victoria arrives at Coventry Station on route to Stoneleigh. The Corporation presented an address and thousands, including school children, sang the national anthem.
15th Jun1964Huge fire in the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance (MPNI) building in Gosford Street (former Morris works).1987Sir Frank & Lady Whittle are at the unveiling of a bust of Frank Whittle in Church Street, Lutterworth.1968John Lennon and Yoko Ono planted two acorns outside Coventry Cathedral.
16th Jun1827Mr. H. Green, (brother of the gentleman who visited Coventry in 1824) made a balloon ascent from a field near the Gas Works, accompanied by a man named Bailey.
17th Jun1881Death of James Starley in Coventry, bicycle inventor and manufacturer.
18th Jun1953The restored Ford's Hospital (bombed on 14th October 1940) was re-opened by Sir Alfred Herbert.1830At Coventry Fair, Mr. Green again rose in his balloon from Greyfriar's Green, skimmed over the tops of the houses for a short distance, and came in contact with a chimney near Gosford-bridge, when he alighted.
19th Jun1867Coventry Market - the Market Hall and Clock Tower - opened by Lord Leigh and others. The clock mechanism was removed before WW2 (which the tower survived) and is still in use in the Lady Godiva animated clock in Broadgate.1829Godiva Procession at Coventry Great Fair - the last one for the Mayor and Corporation before the 1935 Municipal Corporation Act.
20th Jun1940Coventry's local paper, the Midland Daily Telegraph, reports that the railings of the Butts Technical College are to be removed to provide 10 tons of metal towards making guns for the war effort.
21st Jun1846St. Osburg's church consecrated and quickly became one of the best attended Catholic churches in the county, recorded as having congregation up to 1,000 in 1851.1974H.M.S. Coventry is launched.
22nd Jun1845Coventry's most famed prize-fighter, William 'Paddy' Gill fought and beat London fighter Young Reed the 'Invincible' after 59 (yes, fifty nine!) rounds.
23rd Jun1911Thousands of school children gather in Pool Meadow to celebrate the Coronation of King George V.1951The first Godiva pageant for 25 years takes place to celebrate the Festival of Britain, with actress Ann Wrigg playing the part of Lady Godiva - with no body stocking.
24th Jun1998GPT, one of Coventry's largest employers at that time, and originally a merger of GEC & Plessey Telecommunications in 1988, merged with, and took the name of, Marconi Communications.
25th Jun1940The first bombs of WW2 to be dropped in the vicinity of Coventry - 5 fell on Ansty Aerodrome.1945Winston Churchill visits Coventry shortly before losing the general election of that year.
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27th Jun1940Coventry's first civilian casualties of WW2 - 16 killed in Hillfields.1855The Coventry Times newspaper first printed.
28th Jun1469The Earl of Warwick chose Coventry as the place to publicly announce the forthcoming marriage of his daughter to the Duke of Clarence and asked for an armed guard to take him to the king.
29th Jun1929Miss Muriel Mellerup is the first 'non-actress' to play the part of Lady Godiva in the procession of 1929. The press described Muriel as the 'perfect Godiva'.
30th Jun1954The first Stock Car meeting at Coventry Stadium, with heat one being won by Percy 'Hellcat' Brine.
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1st Jul1978The "Earlsdon Village Festival" marked 125 years of the foundation of Earlsdon.1423Mayor Henry Peyto and his brethren ordained that a new Coventry Cross should be built.
2nd Jul19398 Refreshment staff had a lucky escape when the IRA bomb a cloakroom at Coventry Railway Station.1904Railway carriages derailed on Albany Road bridge run down the embankment and across Broomfield Road.
3rd Jul1839St. John's Parish Schools foundation stone laid by benefactor Richard Rotherham.2008Reverend Canon Dr Christopher John Cocksworth BA, PhD, PGCE consecrated as the 9th Bishop of Coventry.
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6th Jul1858Margaret Hennessey was found hanged in the Workhouse - previously Whitefriar's Monastery. Her husband had previously left her and taken one of their 6 children to Ireland, causing her to drink heavily to the point where a doctor described her as 'decidedly insane'!
7th Jul1982Coventry born athlete David Moorcroft smashes the 5,000 metre World Record with a time of 13:00.41 - nearly 6 seconds faster than the previous record.
8th Jul1852Public Baths opened on the south-east side of Hales street (where the Old Fire Station now stands), on which day no less than 2,000 persons availed themselves of the accommodation, between the hours of 5 o'clock in the morning and 10 o'clock at night.
9th Jul1921War Memorial Park, an area of 122 acres, officially opened.1623St. Michael's church is struck by lightning during a service, just at the moment that the preacher proclaimed: 'Be sober and watch, for the end of all things is at hand', to the astonishment of the congregation!
10th Jul1920A war memorial to the 45 employees of the Coventry Chain Co. who fell in the Great War was unveiled on Hearsall Common at Earlsdon Avenue North. The memorial was originally a horse trough and fountain, but the trough and wrought iron sides of the fountain disappeared. The wrought iron column was re-erected outside the Koco building in Spon End. The original plaque to the memorial was re-dedicated in 1999, having been found in a Lancashire market.
11th Jul1981Ghost Town is a number one hit for Coventry band, The Specials.1852A fire took place at the Coventry Luggage Station of the London and North Western Railway, consuming its entire contents and roof, and leaving nothing but the bare outer walls standing.
12th Jul1983Princess Anne visited Sidney Stringer school to officially name a canal boat, the name of which was chosen by 12 year old pupil Kalbiner Singh in a competition. The boat was to be operated by a trust providing holidays for the disabled.
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14th Jul1914Notices were served to all servicemen on leave in Coventry to return to their barracks the following morning, in readiness for the Great War.
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16th Jul1771Workmen began to repair Grey Friars Steeple, and to rebuild the top which had been blown down in 1763; a gilt ball and vane was set on it.
17th Jul1980Plans are approved to close Coventry Zoo and turn it into The Racquet Centre.1626Two Coventry Chamberlains were fined £20 each because their Lammas Feast was not as good as the one the previous year!
18th Jul2005The final Jaguar rolled off the production line at Browns Lane, sadly ending a 110 year history of car production in Coventry.
19th Jul1919Anti German riots start in Broadgate - ironically on the day of the Godiva peace procession.1821The coronation of George IV was celebrated in this City by a Public Procession, comprising the Mayor and Corporation, Companies and Clubs. An Ox was roasted in Cross Cheaping, and forty Sheep in different parts of the town. 2,045 loaves of bread, and 3,444 quarts of ale were also given away, and at night £20 was devoted to a display of fireworks. The total expenditure was £639. 12s. 6d. (Equivalent to £57,000 in 2017.)
20th Jul1936John Sillett born - Coventry City player, and later to co-manage (with George Curtis) our 1987 FA Cup winning team.1741The Coventry Mercury - Coventry's first newspaper - was first printed by Mr. Jopson.
21st Jul1928Coventry born actress, Dame Ellen Terry, dies at her home in Kent.1928First ever 'Dirt Track' (speedway) racing at Foleshill Greyhound Stadium.
22nd Jul1662Demolition began on the City Wall (by order of Charles II).1915King George V, dressed in a khaki uniform, paid a two and a half hour visit to Coventry's factories, who were churning out shells & guns, etc. for the Great War.
23rd Jul1545King Henry VIII School founded in the church of Whitefriar's 'dissolved' Monastery by John Hales.1940The Local Defence Volunteers (LDV) were renamed the Home Guard.
24th Jul1951Specials rhythm guitarist and vocalist, Lynval Golding, born in Jamaica on this day.1982Coventry band 'Fun Boy Three' appear in the Madness video 'Driving in my Car', released on this day, trying to hitch a lift on Coventry's A45.
25th Jul2003Massey Ferguson in Banner Lane, once one of the largest tractor factories in the world, closed for the last time.
26th Jul1962Coventry born Frank Ifield has his first Number One hit with 'I Remember You'.
27th Jul1977As part of her Silver Jubilee celebrations, The Queen, with Prince Philip, visits Coventry, including unveiling a plaque in Coventry Working Men's Club in Cox Street.
28th Jul1885The opening ceremony for the new King Henry VIII school building in Warwick Road.
29th Jul1867T. E. Dunville (real name Thomas Edward Wallen) born in Coventry. He was a top eccentric comedian and contortionist on the music-hall stage - the highest paid artist of his time.
30th Jul1642Coventry appointed 40 men to guard the city walls every night in readiness for the ever increasingly likely Civil War.1849Due to poor conditions in the city a Local Board of Health was established in Coventry. This was part of a nation-wide clean-up, including the plans to build the huge sewerage system in London. The sewers, ironically, although providing the answer to poor health, were built for the wrong reason, as the thinking at that time was that people got ill because of the smell, not because of bacteria.1942 The final fatalities of WW2 due to bombing in Coventry occur when three people were killed in Bulls Head Lane by a lone bomber.
31st Jul1999A testimonial match is held at Highfield Road for Sky Blue legend, Cyril Regis, at the age of 41.
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1st Aug1849An Act of Parliament was passed, placing Coventry under the operation of the Public Health Act of 1848.
2nd Aug1986On this day was held the Coventry Festival, attended by Lord Mayor Winnie Lakin.
3rd Aug1942Stoke Heath takes Coventry's very final air raid.1832Christ Church consecrated and opened for public worship.
4th Aug1966Coventry City chairman, Derrick Robins, pulls the first round at the newly renamed 'The Sky Blue' public house, formerly 'The Nugget Inn', Coundon.
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6th Aug1750The first regular stagecoach started running from Coventry to London.1938220,000 masks were issued by the ARP service in readiness for possible gas attacks in the probable coming war. Coventry was also divided into 6 ARP zones, with each of these being subdivided into between 12 and 20 sectors.
7th Aug1849St. Thomas' church opened and consecrated by the Bishop of the Diocese.1907Actress Patsy Montague, using her stage name of 'La Milo', plays the part of Lady Godiva leading a huge 2-mile long procession watched by an estimated 100,000 people.
8th Aug1940The King and Queen visited Alfred Herbert's, Coventry Gauge and Tool, and Civil Defence stations, having long talks with men and women working at benches and lathes.2008Coventry Working Men's Club in Whitefriar's Street closed due to declining membership - a general UK trend.
9th Aug1849Mary Ball became the last person to be publicly hanged in Coventry.1922Philip Larkin was born at 2 Poultney Road, Radford, Coventry.1864The foundation stone was laid for the Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital.
10th Aug1769Coventry's first canal completed by James Brindley and on this day the city celebrated when two coal barges from Bedworth entered the canal basin.1763The 'Coventry Gang' were hanged on Whitley Common after robbing the Castle Inn.
11th Aug1835Rev. Stephenson laid the foundation stone for the Methodist Hall. This day four years earlier, 1831, Mary Ann Higgins was executed on Whitley Common for murdering her uncle by means of poison.1873The legendary W. G. Grace played his first cricket match in Coventry at The Butts Ground. Grace's team, the 'United South of England Eleven' beat Coventry by just 2 runs.
12th Aug1469During the War of the Roses Queen Elizabeth's father and brother, Earl Rivers the Treasurer and Lord John Woodville, were captured and be-headed before thousands of spectators on Gosford Green.1874The last stage coach from Coventry to London left the city.
13th Aug1851On Lammas day this year a party of lammassers pulled down a wall in Drapers' Field, which had been erected by a person named Absalom Dalton, encroaching upon, and enclosing a strip of land about 20 or 30 yards in length, and 4 feet in depth.
14th Aug1861The Choir of Worcester Cathedral accompanied the opening of the new organ in Holy Trinity church. The replacement organ cost £800 (about £90,000 in today's money).
15th Aug1951The winner of the competition for the design of Coventry New Cathedral was announced - the winner being, of course, Basil Spence.1967To commemorate the 900th anniversary of the death of Lady Godiva, the Belgrade Theatre hosts the world premiere of 'Godiva Was A Lady'.1901The funeral on this day of William Drakeford was the first ever in the country to use a motor car, which was converted into a kind of gun-carriage for the occasion.
16th Aug1457King Henry VI dined at Coventry, as he and Margaret did many times during the War of the Roses.1621From this year on this date, until 1752, 3-day fairs were held, the council ordaining that the sheriffs should receive the tolls collected.
17th Aug1565Queen Elizabeth I made her one and only visit to Coventry during one of her state tours around her realm. The queen addressed the people of Coventry from the oriel window of Whitefriar's.1982Final day of last-ever County Championship at the Courtaulds Ground - Warwickshire v Middlesex. The visitors triumphed by an innings and 66 runs.
18th Aug1940The sirens sounded at 10.53 pm, and soon the first bombs of WW2 to fall within the boundary of Coventry were dropped by a single German aircraft - fourteen high explosive bombs on Canley Road and Cannon Hill Road.1854The foundation stone was laid for the Corn Exchange in Hertford Street - later the Empire Theatre.
19th Aug1943Don Fardon born - singer famous for hit single, Indian Reservation.1992Peter Ndlovu made history by being the first African footballer to play in the English Premier League.
20th Aug1642King Charles I's army refused entry into Coventry at the start of the Civil War.2005The Sky Blues beat Queen's Park Rangers 3-0 in their first game at the new Ricoh Arena, watched by 23,000.
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22nd Aug1939James McCormack, the leader of the IRA unit operating in Coventry, bought a bicycle from Halford's in Smithford Street, to be used to carry the bomb used three days later in Broadgate.1964The Sky Blues played their first game in the 2nd Division for 12 years as well as being the grand opening of the new Sky Blue Stand, with the three middle sections having been added to the two wing sections during the summer. 34,500 people turned up to witness a 2-0 home win against Plymouth.
23rd Aug1117Robert de Limesey, first Bishop of Coventry, died. From what we read about him, celebrations would've been the order of the day, as he was greedy in the extreme and treated Coventry's monks very badly.
24th Aug1485Coventry hosts the very first royal feast of the Tudor dynasty after Henry VII defeats Richard III at Bosworth field.
25th Aug1939IRA bomb explodes in Broadgate, killing five.1940Rex cinema in Corporation Street destroyed in an air raid.
26th Aug1553The newly crowned 'Bloody Mary' ordered Coventry's mayor to apprehend Rev. Hugh Symonds, vicar of St. Michael's, to deal with his 'Protestant tendencies'.1849The Gaol (jail) Chaplin was expelled for torturing a prisoner.
27th Aug1969The final concrete beam is lowered into position on stage 5 of the Ring Road.
28th Aug2006David Tennant and Freema Agyeman are filmed at Ford's Hospital for a BBC Doctor Who episode.
29th Aug2001Land speed record holder and first car ever to break the speed of sound, Thrust SSC, arrived in Coventry for permanent display at the Transport Museum.
30th Aug1935Coventry born Tom Farndon, known by many as the 'The Greatest Speedway Rider of Them All', dies after a crash suffered two days earlier.
31st Aug1942The very last bombs of WW2 to fall in Coventry were dropped on Avon Street and Alfall Road, but fortunately no casualties occurred.
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1st Sep1687James II came to Coventry and was received with great demonstrations, the city presenting him with a gold cup and cover of the value of about £170. His Majesty breakfasted at St. Mary's Hall.1854The opening of Trinity Parish Schools - see foundation stone laying, 30th March 1853.
2nd Sep1617King James I visited Coventry, dining in St. Mary's Hall - the city was specially 'beautified' for his coming1978Bees rider Ole Olsen won the World Speedway Championship at Wembley.
3rd Sep1916Coventry soldier, Private E. Powell of the 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment, sadly killed in action in France after returning to war following his recovery from being shot in the leg in Mons.1802Lord Nelson, accompanied by Sir William and Lady Hamilton, visits Coventry and stays at the King's Head Inn. The Mayor and Corporation waited on the gallant hero, who gave them a polite reception.
4th Sep1821Stephen Moore and Isaac Butcher hanged for burglary on Whitley Common.
5th Sep1989Prince Charles arrives to open a new training centre in St. Columba's Close.
6th Sep1385The foundation stone for Charterhouse Monastery laid by King Richard II and Queen Anne of Bohemia.1980Clive Allen 'scores' what should be a fantastic goal for Crystal Palace against Coventry City. The ball bounced back off the stanchion supporting the back of the net, but the referee and linesman ruled that it had hit the woodwork. Sky Blue players kept their heads down and their mouths shut!
7th Sep1946Military vehicles and the armed forces pass the Council House in front of huge crowds for the 'Burma Comes to Britain' exhibition to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund.
8th Sep1143Earl Marmion, described as a great man of war, was decapitated as he and his horse fell into one of his own mantraps. This was during the siege of Coventry Castle, part of the first Civil War in the time of King Stephen.
9th Sep1914Siegfried Bettmann, Coventry's, Nuremberg born mayor and one of the founders of the Triumph works, resigned under much pressure, saying '...it will be in the best interests of the city if I retire from the Chief Magistracy on 9 November.'
10th Sep1067Lady Godiva (countess Godgifu) died, to be later buried at Evesham.2001Thrust SSC, the record breaking Coventry-made car, was on show for the first time in the Museum of British Road Transport. The car set a world land speed record of 763 mph in October 1997 - the first ever to go supersonic.
11th Sep2004The restored "Doom painting", dated to the 1430s, was unveiled in Holy Trinity church.
12th Sep1993Coventry born actor Harold Innocent dies in London.
13th Sep1939Available air raid shelter spaces were deemed to be inadequate, with spaces only numbering in the low thousands.1985Coventry Cable launched - later taken over by NTL, now Virgin Media.
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15th Sep1459Henry VI and the royal family move to Coventry for safety before the Lancastrian and Yorkist armies meet.
16th Sep1940Not only bombs on this occasion, but the pilot of a low flying Luftwaffe aircraft opened fire on civilians in Stevenson Road with machine guns.1937Trinity Street was officially opened.
17th Sep1398Henry Bolingbroke (Duke of Hereford) and Thomas Mowbray (Duke of Norfolk) meet at Coventry on Gosford Green for the famous duel that was cancelled by Richard II. Henry Bolingbroke later became Henry IV.
18th Sep1949Marjorie 'Mo' Mowlam born - brought up in Coventry and became one of the country's most respected MPs, serving in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.1917Queen Mary and Princess Alexandra visited Coventry, cheered by hundreds of work girls and school children lining the route. The royal party visited various places, including St. Mary's Hall, St. Michael's Church (soon to become a cathedral) and White & Poppe's munition works.
19th Sep1643Spencer Compton, 2nd Earl of Northampton, Coventry's ex-recorder was killed at Hopton Heath during the Civil War.
20th Sep1459Again, the English Parliament was held at the Priory.1997Coventry Bees Speedway rider, Greg Hancock, clinches the Speedway World Championship at the Grand Prix at Vojens, Denmark.
21st Sep1451King Henry VI came to Coventry - will make us a county during this visit.1919A full-sized plaster temporary copy of a War Memorial was unveiled on this day in Lockhurst Lane. It was proposed that a permanent memorial would be placed in Foleshill, but a permanent structure was never made.
22nd Sep1400Henry IV set off from Coventry with an army to quash the rebellion of Owain Glyndwr in north Wales.1761Great festivities were held in Coventry to celebrate the Coronation of King George III and Queen Charlotte.
23rd Sep2005On this Friday night the newly built Ricoh stadium hosted its first ever concert as 7,000 fans watched Canadian rocker Bryan Adams.
24th Sep1792On this day a whole length portrait of George III, by Lawrence, was presented to the City by the Right Hon. Lord Eardley and J. Wilmot, Esq., and placed in St. Mary's Hall - where it can still be seen.
25th Sep1853A violent storm blew down chimneys and parts of many houses, although no fatalities were recorded.
26th Sep1940Coventry's first daylight raid of WW2 by a single bomber, which hit the paint-shop of the Standard Motor Works at Canley.1941Winston Churchill and his wife Clemmie visited Coventry. He waved to the cheering crowds of Home Guard and morning shoppers all the way from the station to Broadgate and gave the famous V sign.
27th Sep1978Comedian Dave Allen came to play Coventry Theatre for 3 nights, and was quoted as saying 'if God has no sense of humour, I'm in trouble'!
28th Sep1918Private Henry Tandey won the Victoria Cross for his brave action on this day: During a counter-attack his platoon was stopped by machine-gun fire. Tandey located the gun position, and with a Lewis gun team, silenced it. Reaching the canal crossing, he restored the plank bridge under heavy fire. In the evening he and eight comrades were surrounded by an overwhelming number of the enemy. Tandey led a bayonet charge, fighting so fiercely that 37 of the enemy were driven into the hands of the remainder of his company. Although twice wounded, Tandey refused to leave until the fight was won, eventually going into hospital for the third time on 4 October 1918. (From Wiki.)
29th Sep1928First ever Speedway meeting at the new Brandon Stadium (known then as 'Brandon Motordrome'), advertised as being the 'Fastest in Britain'.
30th Sep1938The first test blackout took place with nearly 1,400 air-raid wardens on duty until 1am.
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1st Oct1954Owen Owen officially opened in Broadgate.1538Whitefriar's becomes Coventry's first monastery to be surrendered to the crown as part of Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries.
2nd Oct1228The priory obtained the right to hold a yearly three day fair in Coventry.
3rd Oct1970The famous Donkey Free Kick by Ernie Hunt & Willie Carr at Highfield Road against Everton.1964Clive Owen, Hollywood actor, born.
4th Oct1917On this day, in Belgium, when all the officers and NCOs of No. 2 Platoon had become casualties, Private Arthur Hutt took command of the platoon. He ran forward alone and shot the officer and three men in the post ahead of them, and between 40 and 50 German soldiers surrendered. Later, he withdrew his party, covering them by sniping the enemy, and then carried back a wounded man to safety. After he had consolidated his position he then went out and carried in four more wounded under heavy fire. Arthur Hutt received the Victoria Cross for this - the first Coventry born person to receive one.2010Coventry Bees crowned Elite League champions.
5th Oct1538Franciscan monks of Greyfriar's Monastery surrendered to Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries.1947A second Roll of Honour, containing names of Coventry Armed Force and Civil Defence members and civilians, was placed in the War Memorial monument by Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery.
6th Oct1404Henry IV summoned a Parliament to be held within Coventry priory, later to be known as the 'Parliamentum Indoctorum'.1683An earthquake was recorded in the city on this day - part of a series of unexplained extremes in the weather in the late 1600s, where very heavy snow, rain and freezing conditions were reported, giving many problems with harvests.
7th Oct1982Coventry's David Moorcroft won the 5,000 metres gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
8th Oct1927War Memorial unveiled by Field Marshall Earl Haig, accompanied by Arthur Hutt V.C., before fifty thousand people.1945Coventry of the Future' exhibition held 'to foster public interest and possibly excite useful criticism and suggestions', opened by the mayor and the Minister of Town and Country Planning, Lewis Silkin.
9th Oct1957The Silver Sword pub in Trinity Street opens.1976After over 17 years of speedway racing for Coventry, Nigel Boocock made his final appearance for the Bees at Brandon.
10th Oct1971The legendary Deep Purple play at the Coventry Theatre for the second time as part of their 'In Rock' world tour.
11th Oct1944Official wartime statistics were released on this day giving details of Coventry's air raids. They showed that in the first concentrated attack on the night of November 14-15th 1940, the Luftwaffe, in 12 hours, dropped 1,200 high explosives, approximately 50,000 incendiaries and 50 parachute mines, this being the first known occasion that parachute mines were used against Britain. People known to have been killed in all raids on the city totalled 1,252, while 1,859 were injured.
12th Oct1940Coventry city centre's first heavy raid involving a mixture of incendiaries and high explosives.
13th Oct1982Shirley Bassey arrives at Coventry Theatre for two nights, staying in the dressing room specially prepared for her on her previous visit.
14th Oct1940Ford's Hospital struck by a single bomb which killed the warden, a nurse and six residents.1972Sky Blue legend Tommy Hutchison makes his debut against Manchester City.
15th Oct1850A huge beech tree was moved from next to Warwick Road (where the Quadrant now stands) to the London Road Cemetery.
16th Oct194026 year old Airman, Squadron Leader J. A. Davies, crashed his Hurricane in a field in Whitley after clipping his starboard wing on the cable of a barrage balloon at Cheylesmore.
17th Oct1498Coventry paid a visit from the 12 year old Arthur, Prince of Wales, son of Henry VII.
18th Oct1940The Royal Engineers' bomb disposal squad removed a 560lb bomb from Chapel Street, and loaded it onto a lorry to be taken to Whitley Common to be detonated. While unloading the bomb it exploded. Second Lieutenant Campbell and seven of his men were killed.
19th Oct1940A German plane machine-gunned workers leaving the Standard factory and dropped a number of small bombs around the Birchfield Road area, fracturing a gas main. It also machine gunned an AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) station and a local estate agent as he drove down Dulverton Avenue, whose car was damaged underneath.1959Coventry's smallest pub, the Grapes in Warwick Lane, closes.
20th Oct1899Troops leave Coventry barracks for the Boer War.
21st Oct1914On this day it was reported that, 'The police in Coventry are today apprehending all the alien enemies of military age (19 to 25 years), who are resident here. The number of Germans and Austrians arrested locally is about 40, and 25 of this number are already in the cells of the Central and Foleshill Police Stations.'1999 The SkyDome leisure centre opened, built on the site of the old Spon Street GEC factory and includes indoor arena, nightclub, restaurants and 9 screen Odeon cinema.
22nd Oct1483Godiva Statue, designed by Sir William Reid Dick, unveiled in Broadgate by Mrs. Lewis Douglas, wife of the American Ambassador.1483Richard lll in Coventry to raise forces to deal with the uprising in Kent.
23rd Oct1813John Gulson, conservationist, benefactor and twice mayor of Coventry (1867/68) born at 130 Spon Street.
24th Oct2015The Co-Op closed in Corporation Street. The Co-Op has had stores in the city since 1867 although they'd only been in that building since 1956.
25th Oct1945Amy Davis is found murdered at the 'Ring of Bells' pub in Hillfields - a mystery still unsolved.1809A general festival took place in the City in celebration of the Jubilee - the 50th anniversary of the accession of George III.
26th Oct1831Prize fight held on Whitley Common - Berry v Hodson.
27th Oct1819Prince Leopold (later King of Belgium), passed through Coventry, and was presented with the freedom of the City.
28th Oct1841St. Peter's Church, Hillfields, opened to meet the religious wants of the increasing population of the district.
29th Oct1608Shakespeare performed at the Guildhall in Coventry.1954Thriller writer Lee Child (real name Jim Grant), known for the Jack Reacher series, born in Coventry.1990Coventry first appeared on the TV in the opening episode of sitcom 'Keeping Up Appearances'.
30th Oct1057Earl Leofric, a man 'very wise in all matters, both religious and secular, that benefited all this nation', passed away.1937The closing of the Old Hippodrome on the Saturday prior to the new one opening on Monday 1st November.
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1st Nov1937The New Hippodrome opened - later the Coventry Theatre.1556From 1556 on, the mayor usually assumed office on this day.
2nd Nov1772On this night Charles Pinchbeck, keeper of the Stoke toll-gate near Binley, was robbed and murdered in his own house by two burglars named Farn and Howe.
3rd Nov1970Coventry City beat Bayern Munich 2-1 at Highfield Road in the second leg of the second round of the European Fairs Cup. Unfortunately Bayern Munich had already beaten us 6-1 in the first leg, so on aggregate we lost 7-3.
4th Nov1605Three of the Gunpowder Plotters, including Coventry man and ringleader, Robert Catesby, set off from the Black Bull Inn in Smithford Street to try and capture Princess Elizabeth from Coombe Abbey.
5th Nov1605Princess Elizabeth is brought into Palace Yard in Coventry to keep safe from the Gunpowder Plotters.
6th Nov1815Coventry's City Council visits the Prince Regent (who becomes King George IV 5 years later) at Coombe Abbey.
7th Nov1831700 weavers gathered by Mill Dam and speeches were made as to the state of the industry, reduced prices, the growing unemployment and the threat of the steam powered loom to the artisan weaver. Josiah Beck's steam looms were destroyed during the riots.1770Thomas Sharp, Coventry antiquarian, born in Smithford Street.
8th Nov1940The RAF bombed Munich using Coventry made Whitley bombers - the punishment for which was the Blitz, 6 days later.1832Draper's Hall, in Bayley Lane, was opened with a celebratory ball. The building was designed by Messrs. Rickman and Hutchinson in a Grecian style.
9th Nov1458During a council meeting in Coventry a brawl broke out during which one of the Earl of Warwick's men injured one of the Queen's men. An attempt on Warwick's life was made later when he arrived.1737A new Clock was ordered to be fitted on the steeple of Holy Trinity church.
10th Nov1863The opening of the School of Art in Ford Street.1917George Henry Smith, of Shakleton Road, won the Military Medal for bravery in battle. On the exact same day one year later he was killed in France - on the day before the Great War ended.
11th Nov1847The opening of the London Road Cemetery, designed by Joseph Paxton.1918All the factory sirens in Coventry were sounded to celebrate Armistice Day, the end of WW1. A holiday was declared and thousands gathered in the city centre to celebrate as the mayor declared the Peace.
12th Nov1859John Kington murdered his wife, Elizabeth, near Paynes Lane, in a particularly grisly manner, by attempting to sever her head with a knife.
13th Nov1002Danes in Coventry would've fallen victim to the massacre of Danes on the night of St. Brice's Day, ordered by King Aethelred the Unready and celebrated by 'Hock Tuesday'.
14th Nov1940The Blitz! 11 hours of aerial bombardment lay a square mile in the centre of Coventry to ruin.
15th Nov
16th Nov1940King George VI visits the ruins of blitzed Coventry.1641The Puritans ordered that the organ of Holy Trinity be removed into the vestry until it could be sold. The puritans had at last silenced the 'squeaky abomination'. A new organ wasn't re-instated in the church until 1684.
17th Nov1962The Beatles, not quite famous yet, make their first Coventry appearance at The Matrix Hall.1941The Midland Daily Telegraph newspaper changes name to the Coventry Evening Telegraph.
18th Nov1655Mayor Robert Beake set a man in the stocks for travelling from Allesley on the Lord's Day.1972Princes Margaret and Glenda Jackson are at Coventry Theatre for a charity concert.
19th Nov1655Entry in Mayor Robert Beake's diary: 3 Quakers for travelling on the Lord's Day were set in the cage. Memorandum: it grieved me that this poore deluded people should undergoe punishment of such a nature.1662Having been removed by Cromwell's 'Puritan Revolution', the font was set up once again in St. Michael's now that the monarchy had been restored.
20th Nov1459"Parliamentum Diabolicum" held by King Henry VI in Coventry until December 20th (also known as the 'Parliament of Devils'). Having fled London, Henry was temporarily using Coventry as the capital city. Probably the proper beginning of the War of the Roses.1940The first mass funeral at the London Road Cemetery for 172 civilians killed in the Blitz.
21st Nov1957The foundation stone for the Coventry Evening Telegraph building in Corporation Street is laid by Lord Iliffe, the son of the newspaper's founder.
22nd Nov1580Group of actors, the "Worcester's Men" play in Coventry, possibly including 16 year old apprentice William Shakespeare.
23rd Nov1940The second mass funeral at the London Road Cemetery for 250 more civilians killed in the Blitz.1963Coventry born Musician and electronic music composer, Delia Derbyshire, has her famous theme played on the first ever episode of Doctor Who.
24th Nov1773Sarah Kemble (better known as Sarah Siddons, famous actress) got married to William Siddons at Holy Trinity church.1808On this day in 1808, Louis the 18th of France and his suite passed through this City.
25th Nov1569Mary, Queen of Scots, is brought into Coventry, escorted by 400 troops. Elizabeth had asked for her to be held at Coventry castle, but it was reported to be in too ruinous a state, so Mary was first held at the Bull Inn in Smithford Street, then later in the Mayoresses Parlour in St. Mary's Hall.
26th Nov1451The charter making Coventry into a county was confirmed on this day.
27th Nov
28th Nov1687King James I ordered the sheriffs and a number of aldermen of Coventry to be removed from office and replaced with men more acceptable to him and the Dissenters.1823The Duke of Wellington breakfasted at the King's Head Inn, Coventry, on his return from a shooting excursion at Beaudesert, the seat of the Marquis of Anglesea.
29th Nov1961Jimmy Hill appointed as Coventry City manager, taking over from Billy Frith, giving the club the 'Sky Blues' name and becoming arguably the most successful CCFC manager of all time.1687James I suffered a certain amount of indignity when his table collapsed on him during the banquet in St. Mary's Hall, spilling, so it is said 'Corporation Custard' and other foodstuffs over his fine clothes.1780At the Election on this day, violent disturbances took place between rival parties in front of the voting booth in Cross Cheaping - an event that became known as "the Bludgeon Fight". Subsequently Messrs. Noxon and Butler, the two Sheriffs of this City, suffered a short imprisonment for gross partiality.
30th Nov1937Four-time number one hit singer, Frank Ifield, born in Coundon.
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1st Dec2009Coventry Rugby Club went administration with debts of over £500,000. As a temporary measure, games were played at the Ricoh Arena.
2nd Dec1867The last ever market to be held in Broadgate before moving to the then newly built Market Hall.
3rd Dec1917A huge strike by Coventry workers finally ends after discussions involving the Government, War Office and Unions. The strike was not about money, but based on a principle about the recognition of shop stewards. The strike, costing much valuable war output, won Coventry workers no friends.1947The prefabricated shops in Broadgate, replacing the ones destroyed in the blitz, were opened on this day.
4th Dec1937Coventry City's Division 2 match with Southampton was abandoned at half time because of snow - the Bantams (as we were then known) were leading 1-0 at the time. We won 2-0 when the fixture was replayed the following month.
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6th Dec1451Coventry became a County in its own right - "County of the City of Coventry"
7th Dec1456King Henry VI's jewels were removed from London and brought to Coventry for safety.
8th Dec1465Elizabeth Woodville (wife of Edward IV) returned to Coventry on her own and was presented with 100 marks.1692One of the four large pinnacles on the battlements Holy Trinity Steeple blew down and fell through the church roof.
9th Dec
10th Dec1832"The Bloody Tenth" of December this year was cause for yet more intense violence as voting took place for the city's MPs. It was scenes like this that lost Coventry its high status in the first place.
11th Dec1688Princess Anne of Denmark, with attendants, came to Coventry for security due to the "Glorious Revolution" when William of Orange invaded England in November.
12th Dec2006 The final car rolled off the production line at the Ryton Peugeot factory. The plant had been going since 1946 and produced cars by Humber, Sunbeam, Hillman, Chrysler and Talbot, before finally being taken over by Peugeot.2011People near the junction of Keresley Road and Kelmscote Road witnessed a bizarre happening as over 100 apples rained down over the road!
13th Dec1835On this day died, at the extreme age of 107 years, Isaac Cohen, a Jew. He had been an inhabitant of Coventry above 60 years, residing in an obscure little tenement situate on the north side of the passage leading from the Great Butcher Row to Priory Row. His wife, with whom he had been united 78 years, died about two years before him, aged 101.
14th Dec1825Coventry was visited by a particularly tremendous storm of thunder, lightning and rain.
15th Dec1856Charles Dickens comes to Coventry to read 'Christmas Carol' in the Corn Exchange.1998Lyng Hall girls' school officially reopened after a £3.5m rebuild on a site next to the old school.
16th Dec2007IKEA's Coventry store opens - its first city centre store in the UK.
17th Dec1792A large and very significant Roman find was made at Foleshill - an earthen pot, containing upwards of 1,800 Roman copper coins, principally of the Emperors Constantine, Constans, Constantius and Magentius.
18th Dec
19th Dec1992Coventry City beat Liverpool 5-1 in the newly formed Premier League - the first time the mighty Reds had conceded 5 goals since 1976.1847Harrit Clare, of Earl Street, became the first interment in the newly opened London Road Cemetery.1935 The Butts Technical College was officially opened.
20th Dec1977Henry Tandey, VC, DCM, MM, died in Coventry. The Leamington born Private won the Victoria Cross for extreme bravery on 28th September 1918.1879The new King's Head Hotel opened on the corner of Hertford Street and Smithford Street.
21st Dec1478Edward IV returned to Coventry to officially request the city's aid (specifically of 'men of certain high income') to raise money to fund a war against France.1994A Boeing 737 cargo plane, flying too low, clipped two rooftops then flipped over and crashed in Willenhall Woods, killing 5 people.
22nd Dec1962At the game against Colchester United, Sky Blue fans sang the new club anthem for the first ever time, devised by Jimmy Hill and to the tune of 'The Eton Boating Song': Let's all sing together, Play up Sky Blues....
23rd Dec1969Ken Dodd (with his Diddy Men) performed at the Coventry Theatre in Robinson Crusoe.1959The 1st stage of the Inner Ring Road is opened between London Road and St. Patrick's Road.
24th Dec1906Huge fire at the Humber Motor Works in Far Gosford Street - later Lloyd's Bank.2002The 3,307,996th and final tractor comes off the production line at Massey Ferguson at Banner Lane.
25th Dec1465Edward IV and his new 'commoner' wife, Elizabeth Woodville, spend Christmas at Coventry, probably during which time he granted us the right to a Royal Mint.
26th Dec1992Mickey Quinn makes a record breaking 10 goals in 6 games as the Sky Blues beat Aston Villa 3-0.
27th Dec16506 sets of royal arms are removed from the Coventry Cross as a compromise by the Puritan Colonel Purefoy, rather than having it totally destroyed.
28th Dec2015Specials drummer John Bradbury sadly died, aged 62.
29th Dec
30th Dec1847Abraham Herbert, Esq., a Magistrate and Member of the Corporation of Coventry, was the first person buried in the church portion of the London Road Cemetery.
31st Dec1900Huge flood lasting two days in centre of Coventry after the Sherbourne overflowed. The worst hit was the Spon Street area where the inside of St. John's church was 5 feet under water.1906Opening night for the Old Hippodrome, which was replaced in 1937 by the 2,000 seater New Hippodrome built adjacent to it. Lady Herbert's Garden was extended into the ground formerly taken up by the older theatre.

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