1924 in the United Kingdom
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Events from the year 1924 in the United Kingdom. This is a General Election year.
- Monarch - King George V
- Prime Minister - Stanley Baldwin, Conservative (until 16 January), Ramsay MacDonald, Labour (until 4 November), Stanley Baldwin, Conservative
- 1 January - Meteorological Office issues its first broadcast Shipping Forecast, at this time called Weather Shipping.
- 10 January - British submarine L-34 sinks in the English Channel - 43 dead.
- 22 January - Ramsay MacDonald becomes the first Labour Prime Minister, leading a minority government. This follows Stanley Baldwin's resignation after his government lost a vote of no confidence.
- 23 January - Margaret Bondfield becomes the first woman to be appointed a government minister.
- 25 January–4 February - Great Britain and Ireland compete at the Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France and win 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.
- 1 February - The United Kingdom recognises the Soviet Union.
- 5 February - GMT: Hourly time signals from Royal Greenwich Observatory are broadcast for the first time.
- 18 February - Commissioning of HMS Hermes (95), the Royal Navy's first purpose-designed aircraft carrier.
- 28 March - First BBC broadcast from Plymouth (station 5PY).
- 23 April - First broadcast by King George V, opening the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium.
- 26 April - Harry Grindell Matthews demonstrates his "death ray" in London but fails to convince the War Office.
- 4 May–27 July - Great Britain and Ireland compete at the Olympics in Paris and win 9 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze medals.
- 3 June - Gleneagles Hotel opens in Scotland.
- 8 June - George Mallory and Andrew Irvine are last seen "going strong for the top" of Mount Everest by teammate Noel Odell at 12:50 PM. The two mountaineers are never seen alive again.
- 7 July - Harold Abrahams wins 100m gold at the Paris Olympics in a time of 10.6 seconds.
- 11 July - Eric Liddell wins 400m gold at the Paris Olympics in a new world record time of 47.6 seconds.
- 13 August - Campbell Case: The government forces the charges against John Ross Campbell to be dropped leading to a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons.
- 30 August - Britain accepts the Dawes Plan for receiving German war reparations.
- 14 September - First BBC broadcast from Belfast (station 2BE).
- 24 October - The Foreign Office publishes the Zinoviev Letter.
- 25 October - British authorities in India arrest Subhas Chandra Bose and jail him for the next two and half years.
- 29 October - The general election is won by the Conservative Party under Stanley Baldwin. Among the new members of parliament is 30-year-old Harold Macmillan, the new Conservative MP for Stockton-on-Tees (born in Chelsea to a British father and American mother).
- 2 November - The Sunday Express becomes the first newspaper to publish a crossword.
- 24 December - Air crash at Croydon air field - 8 dead.
- Housing Act provides government subsidy for the building of houses to rent, principally by local authorities.
- Air Raid Precautions committee set up.
- Edward Victor Appleton investigates the Heaviside layer.
- Frigidaire becomes the first make of refrigerator marketed in the U.K.
- First nudist camp established, at Wickford, Essex.
- Michael Arlen's novel The Green Hat.
- Agatha Christie's novel The Man in the Brown Suit.
- E. M. Forster's novel A Passage to India.
- Margaret Kennedy's novel The Constant Nymph.
- A. A. Milne's poem collection When We Were Very Young.
- Mary Webb's novel Precious Bane.
- P. C. Wren's novel Beau Geste.
- 8 January - Ron Moody, actor
- 21 January - Benny Hill, comedian and actor (died 1992)
- 7 February - Hattie Jacques, star of the Carry On film series (died 1980)
- 3 March - John Woodnutt, actor (died 2006)
- 8 March - Anthony Caro, sculptor (died 2013)
- 28 March - Freddie Bartholomew, actor (died 1992)
- 30 March - Alan Davidson, author (died 2003)
- 15 April - Neville Marriner, conductor and violinist
- 24 April - Clement Freud, writer, radio personality and politician (died 2009)
- 11 May
- 12 May - Tony Hancock, comedian (died 1968)
- 19 May - Sandy Wilson, composer
- 24 May - Vincent Cronin, historical writer and biographer (died 2011)
- 2 June - Peter Halliday, actor (died 2012)
- 27 June - Bob Appleyard, cricketer
- 11 July - Charlie Tully, footballer (died 1971)
- 14 July - James W. Black, pharmacologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (died 2010)
- 7 August - Kenneth Kendall, newsreader and presenter (died 2012)
- 12 August - Derek Shackleton, cricketer (died 2007)
- 15 August - Robert Bolt, writer (died 1995)
- 4 September - Joan Aiken, writer (died 2004)
- 22 September - Charles Keeping, illustrator (died 1988)
- 22 September - Rosamunde Pilcher (née Scott), novelist
- 19 November - William Russell, actor
- 21 November - Christopher Tolkien, son and editor of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien
- 2 January - Sabine Baring-Gould, composer and novelist (born 1834)
- 21 April - Marie Corelli, novelist (born 1855)
- 4 May - E. Nesbit, author (born 1858)
- 8/9 June - Andrew Irvine, mountaineer (lost on Everest) (born 1902)
- 10 June - George Mallory, mountaineer (lost on Everest) (born 1886)
- 3 August - Joseph Conrad, novelist (born 1857, Poland)
- 27 August - William Bayliss, physiologist (born 1860)
- 29 October - Frances Hodgson Burnett, author (born 1849)
- 31 December - Samuel Knaggs, colonial administrator (born 1856)
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