1933 in the United Kingdom
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Events from the year 1933 in the United Kingdom.
- January - The London Underground diagram designed by Harry Beck is introduced to the public.
- 9 February - The King and Country debate: The Oxford Union student debating society passes a resolution stating, "That this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and country."
- 28 March - 1933 Imperial Airways Dixmude crash: The Imperial Airways Armstrong Whitworth Argosy biplane airliner City of Liverpool catches fire in the air over Belgium and crashes, killing the crew of three and all 12 passengers, the deadliest accident in the history of British civil aviation up to this date. The fire onboard may have been started deliberately.
- 2 April - In a cricket test match against New Zealand, batsman Wally Hammond scores a record 336 runs.
- 3 April - The Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale leads an expedition to be the first to fly an aircraft over Mount Everest.
- 27 April - The Jessop & Son department store in Nottingham is acquired by the John Lewis Partnership, its first store outside London.
- 30 April - First air service internal to Scotland, Renfrew–Campbeltown, operated by Midland and Scottish Air Ferries Ltd. Winifred Drinkwater, "the world's first female commercial pilot", is hired to fly the route.
- 2 May - First modern 'sighting' of the Loch Ness Monster.
- 3 May
- 1 July - London Passenger Transport Board begins operations, unifying multiple earlier services.
- 15 July - Signing of the Four-Power Pact by Britain, France, Germany and Italy.
- 26 July - Battersea Power Station, London, first generates electricity.
- 28 July - Grand jury abolished in English law.
- 12 August - Winston Churchill makes his first public speech warning of the dangers of German rearmament.
- 17 August - Release of the film The Private Life of Henry VIII. Charles Laughton receives an Academy Award for the title rôle (16 March 1934), making this the first British film to win an Oscar.
- 6 October - Milk Marketing Board established.
- 13 October - British Interplanetary Society founded in Liverpool.
- 15 October - The Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine is run for the first time.
- 21 December - Newfoundland returns to Crown Colony status following financial collapse.
- Norman Angell wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Ronald Lockley establishes the first British bird observatory on the Welsh island of Skokholm.
- English cricket team in Australia in 1932–33: The England cricket team wins The Ashes using the controversial bodyline tactic.
- Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novel Lord Edgware Dies.
- Robert Hichens' novel The Paradine Case.
- James Hilton's utopian novel Lost Horizon.
- A. G. Macdonell's comic novel England, Their England.
- George Orwell's book Down and Out in Paris and London.
- Angela Thirkell's novel High Rising.
- H.G. Wells' novel The Shape of Things to Come.
- Dennis Wheatley's first published novel The Forbidden Territory.
- 5 January - Derek Johnson, athlete (died 2004)
- 18 January - David Bellamy, botanist, author, broadcaster and environmental campaigner
- 18 January - John Boorman, film director
- 6 February - Leslie Crowther, television comedian and game show host (died 1996)
- 7 February - John Anderton, footballer
- 8 February - Donald Burgess, track cyclist
- 18 February - Mary Ure, actress (died 1975)
- 22 February - Katharine, Duchess of Kent, née Worsley
- 14 March - Michael Caine, actor
- 17 March - Penelope Lively, novelist
- 4 April - Brian Hewson, track and field athlete
- 6 April - Roy Goode, legal academic
- 16 April - Joan Bakewell, broadcaster
- 24 April - Claire Davenport, actress (died 2002)
- 10 May - Barbara Taylor Bradford, English-born novelist
- 23 May - Joan Collins, actress
- 25 May - Ray Spencer, footballer
- 8 June - Robert Stevens, English lawyer and academic
- 22 June - Tony Booth, poster artist (died 2017)
- 6 July - Frank Austin, footballer (died 2004)
- 9 July - Oliver Sacks, English-born neurologist (died 2015)
- 15 July - Julian Bream, guitarist and lutenist
- 2 August - Tom Bell, actor (died 2006)
- 10 August - Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, judge
- 21 August - Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano
- 21 August - Barry Norman, film critic
- 8 September - Michael Frayn, playwright and novelist
- 9 October - Peter Mansfield, physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
- 13 October - Thomas Bingham, judge (died 2010)
- 24 October - Kray twins, gangsters (died 1995 & 2000)
- 3 November - John Barry, film score composer (died 2011)
- 2 December - Peter Robin Harding, air marshal and pilot
- January - Bowman Malcolm, railway engineer, Belfast and Northern Counties Railway (born 1854)
- 7 January - Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, artist and designer (born 1864)
- 14 January - Sir Robert Jones, orthopaedic surgeon (born 1857)
- 31 January - John Galsworthy, novelist, Nobel Prize laureate (born 1867)
- 2 February - Sir James Cory, 1st Baronet, politician (born 1857)
- 22 April - Sir Henry Royce, car manufacturer (born 1863)
- 14 June - Sir Ernest William Moir, civil engineer (born 1862)
- 16 July - Sir Tudor Walters, politician (born 1868)
- 25 July - John May, Scottish international footballer (born 1878)
- 31 July - Robert Fleming, financier (born 1845)
- 10 August - Alf Morgans, Welsh-born Prime Minister of Western Australia (born 1850)
- 18 October - Ivor Herbert, 1st Baron Treowen, soldier and politician (born 1851)
- 20 November - Augustine Birrell, author and politician (born 1850)
- 19 December - George Jackson Churchward, locomotive engineer, Great Western Railway (born 1857)
- 26 December - Henry Watson Fowler, lexicographer (born 1858)
- 30 December - Dugald Cowan, educationalist and Liberal politician (born 1865)
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- Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 510–512. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
- "Air Service History - 2". Kintyre on Record. 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
- Dalton, Alastair (2013-07-25). "New Hall of Fame for Scotland's aviation heroes". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 376–377. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- "The Nobel Peace Prize 1933". Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- Lockley, R. M. (1934). Island Days.
- Leavis, Q.D. (1965). Fiction and the Reading Public (rev. ed.). London: Chatto & Windus.