1909 in the United Kingdom

1909 in the United Kingdom

Events from the year 1909 in the United Kingdom.


*Monarch - Edward VII of the United Kingdom
*Prime Minister - H. H. Asquith, Liberal


* 1 January - National old age pension scheme comes into force.cite book |last=Palmer |first=Alan & Veronica |year=1992 |title= The Chronology of British History|publisher= Century Ltd|location=London|pages= 342-343|isbn= 0-7126-5616-2]
* 9 January - Ernest Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole forced to turn back eleven miles from the pole.cite book|title=Penguin Pocket On This Day|publisher=Penguin Reference Library|isbn=0-141-02715-0|year=2006]
* 26 February - First film shown in colour using "Kinemacolor" at the Palace Theatre, London.
* 10 March - Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909 signed in Bangkok.
* 15 March - Selfridges department store opens in London.
* 16 March - Port of London Authority established.
* 15 June - Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.
* 26 June - King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra open the Victoria and Albert Museum, designed by Aston Webb.
* 23 August - The Secret Service Bureau counter-espionage unit (later known as MI5) is secretly established.
* 3 September - the first Boy Scout rally held at The Crystal Palace in London.
* 26 September - Force-feeding of hunger striking sufragettes begins.
* 2 October - The first rugby football match played in Twickenham.
* 5 November - The first Woolworth's store in Britain opens in Liverpool.
* 30 November - House of Lords rejects the Budget, forcing a general election.
* 4 December - The University of Bristol was founded and received its Royal Charter.
* 7 December - South Africa granted dominion status.


* H. G. Wells' novel "Tono-Bungay".


* 24 January - Martin Lings, Islamic scholar (died 2005)
* 1 March - David Niven, actor (died 1983)
* 30 April - F. E. McWilliam, sculptor (died 1992)
* 15 May - James Mason, actor (died 1984)
* 18 May - Fred Perry, tennis player (died 1995)
* 19 May - Nicholas Winton, humanitarian
* 20 May - Matt Busby, football manager (Manchester United) (died 1994)
* 7 June - Jessica Tandy, actress (died 1994)
* 28 June - Eric Ambler, novelist and playwright (died 1998)
* 28 July - Malcolm Lowry, novelist (died 1957)
* 30 July - C. Northcote Parkinson, historian and author (died 1993)
* 25 August - Michael Rennie, actor (died 1971)
* 14 September - Peter Scott, ornithologist and painter (died 1989)
* 28 October - Francis Bacon, painter (died 1992)
* 23 November - Nigel Tranter, historian and writer (died 2000)
* 23 December - Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury (died 2000)


* 14 January - Arthur William a Beckett, journalist (born 1844)
* 10 April - Algernon Charles Swinburne, poet (born 1837)
* 31 May - Thomas Price, Welsh-born Prime Minister of South Australia (born 1852)
* June - Edward John Gregory, painter (born 1850)
* 1 August - Hugh Rowlands, first Welshman to win a VC (born 1828)
* 10 November - George Essex Evans, Welsh-Australian poet (born 1863)
* 11 December - Ludwig Mond, industrialist (born 1839)
* 13 December - Sir Alfred Lewis Jones, shipping magnate (born 1845)


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