On This Day

In this section, we remember significant achievements and moments from Black and Asian history

Bhaskar The Philosopher Dies

19 November 2014 - Ram Roy Bhaskar  a British philosopher best known as the initiator of the philosophical movement of critical realism (CR) dies.


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Benn & Eubank Clash

18 November 1990 -  Nigel Benn vs. Chris Eubank I  professional boxing match takes place.Both Benn and Eubank fought at middleweight and super middleweight around the same time in 1985–97, and became rivals on both the domestic and world boxing scene.Eubank's constant pressure and surprisingly hard punching, combined with his unusual style, slowly but surely wears Benn down, as Michael Watson had done 18 months earlier. The fight ends by TKO at 2:56 in round 9 of 12.

Lewis Regains Belts

17 November 2001- Lennox Lewis regains his undisputed World Heavyweight Title by winning the rematch vs Hasim Rahman

Great Film Comes Out In The Wash

16 November 1985 -My Beautiful Laundrette is released. This was a  British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was also one of the first films released by Working Title Films.

The story is set in London during the Thatcher years, as reflected in the complex—and often comical—relationships between members of the Pakistani and English communities. The story focuses on Omar, played by Gordon Warnecke, a young Pakistani man living in London, and his reunion and eventual romance with his old friend, a street punk named Johnny, played by Daniel Day-Lewis. The two become the caretakers and business managers of a launderette originally owned by Omar's uncle Nasser.

The British Film Institute ranked My Beautiful Laundrette the 50th greatest British film of the 20th century.

Dub Rocks The Clubs

15 November 1974 - "Pick a Dub" album by Jamaican producer and musician Keith Hudson is released. Critically well received, it is widely regarded as an important work in the dub music genre which evolved out of reggae. Featuring remixes of earlier material, it focuses on heavy drums and bass guitar, with echoing vocals to underscore the intense percussive rhythm. Carlton and Aston Barrett and Augustus Pablo contributed music, while vocal fragments include Hudson, Horace Andy and Big Youth. The album was originally released under the labels of Klik and Atra, with a 1994 reissue by Blood and Fire.

Social Justice Campaigner Blue Plaque Unveiling

14 November 2015 -  The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi unveils the Memorial and Blue Plaeque for Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar at a North London Townhouse , 10 King Henry's Road. 

B. R. Ambedkar was the Indian polymath  and the architect of the Constitution of India, and he lived there during his post-graduate student days in 1921-22. 

India PM Visits Wembley Stadium on London Visit

13 November 2015 -The Prime Minister of India  , Shri Narendra Modi, states that India's immense diversity is its speciality, pride and strength. 

Addressing a massive gathering of the British-Indian Community at the Wembley Stadium in London, in the presence of UK Prime Minister David Cameron, the Prime Minister spoke of the great contributions of the Sikh community and of India's Sufi tradition. He recalled his meeting with the Sikh community in London the day before, and said he shared their pain, understood their problems and was working to resolve them.

'Jihadi John' Killed In Drone Strike

  • 12 November 2015 -'Jihadi John' real name, real name is Mohammed Emwazi. an ISIS fighter, believed to be from Britain,is killed in a US Drone strike in Raqqa , Syria. Emwazi  appeared in a number of Islamic State videos. He was first seen in the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley, and was heard speaking with a London accent.

Black Cultural Archives Host Memorial Event

11 November 2014 - The Black Cultural Archives host a 100th Anniversary Memorial Event of the beginning of the 1st World War to honour the nearing 2 million Soldiers of African & Caribbean descent and nations that fought across the two great wars.

Haye Crusies To Title

10 November 2007 - David Haye travels to his opponent's backyard to win the WBC, WBA & Ring Cruiserweight titles from Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck .

The Birth Of A Poet

9 November 1961 sees the birth of a girl, Jackie Kay,  who would grow up to become the national poet laureate of Scotland

Royal Visit To Khan Memorial

8 November 2012 -The Noor Inayat Khan Memorial installs a memorial of Noor in Gordon Square. HRH The Princess Royal unveiled the memorial at a moving ceremony attended by over 450 people, including Noor's family, veterans, M.Ps, peers, Ambassadors, High Commissioners and guests from India, USA, Germany, Netherlands, France and Russia. Noor was a secret agent in the Second World War. She was infiltrated into France by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) .See Hall of Fame for biography

Birmingham First In Europe To A Degree

7 November 2016 -  Birmingham City University become 'first in Europe' to offer degree in Black Studies. From September 2017, the course at Birmingham City University will examine black history, politics and culture in Britain.


Chopra's Historic Debut.

6 November 2002 -Michael Chopra becomes the first British Asian to appear for a Premier League Club. Chopra replaced Lomana LuaLua in the 67th minute of Newcastle's League Cup clash with Everton .

Blue Plaque For Amy Garvey

5 November 2009 - The Octavia Foundation in partnership with the Nubian Jak Community Trust  unveila Blue Plaque to commemorate and celebrate the life and achievements of Amy Ashwood Garvey.

The unveiling took place at 1 Bassett Road, London W10 , conducted by Jamaican High Commissioner, Burchell Whiteman and the Mayor of RBKC, Timothy Coleridge.

Amy Ashwood Garvey was the first wife of Marcus Garvey and lived at 1 Bassett Road from 1934 until 1960. She was a highly influential figure in west London during her lifetime, both as a campaigner for human rights and a pan-Africanist.- See Hall of Fame for a Biography of Amy Garvey.

MC Takes Mobos By Storm

4 November 2015 -This year’s Mobo awards are  a triumph for UK rap and grime artists, with south London MC Stormzy picking up best male act and best grime act and rap duo Krept and Konan also taking home two awards.Section Boyz are awareded Best Newcomers Act.Actor Sir Lenny Henry is presented with a Paving the Way Award. 

Sandé Makes Her Mark At The Mobos

3 November 2012 - Over the moon!': Emeli Sandé is the star of the evening as she picks up THREE gongs at the MOBO Awards 2012. She wowed the country with her performances during both the opening and the closing ceremonies of the Olympics this summer, and Emeli Sandé is continuing her reign as music's hottest new thing. The Heaven singer picked up three gong at the MOBO Awards on Saturday evening, making her the biggest winner of the night. The 25-year-old pop star was awarded Best R&B/Soul, Best Album and Best Female Act at the awards gala that was held in the Echo Arena in Liverpool.


Hamilton Wins First of Many

2 November 2008 - Lewis Hamilton passes Toyota's Timo Glock in the final corners of the race to finish fifth, securing him the points needed to take the Drivers' World Championship for the first time. Hamilton becomes the youngest world champion in Formula One history by the skin of his teeth after a thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix. The 23-year-old Englishman's title Hamilton received praise from many in the Formula One community, including former Champions Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher. The McLaren driver also received official congratulations from Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown


Katial Makes History

1 November 1938 - Chuni Lal Katial  a South Asian doctor and politician, becomes the first UK's South Asian mayor, after being elected mayor of Finsbury.

Empire Road Begins

31 October 1978 -Empire Road a soap-style drama created by Michael Abbensetts and set in Birmingham's West Indian and Asian communities, begins a two-series run on BBC2.

The series was the first British television series to be written, acted and directed predominantly by black artists. A soap opera, similar in format to Coronation StreetEmpire Road depicted life for the African-Caribbean, East Indian and South Asian residents of a racially diverse street in the city of Birmingham.

Cast members included Norman Beaton, Corinne Skinner-Carter, Wayne Laryea, Joseph Marcell, Rudolph Walker and Rosa Roberts. The programme also provided early TV exposure for Julie Walters who appeared in a few episodes. 

The eponymously named theme song was recorded by Matumbi and also released as a single in 1978.

The general premise of the series concerns the day-to-day life of a residential property landlord who also owns a minimarket - where his brother-in-law is a junior partner - and sometimes deals with social concerns of the time, namely race issues, family issues and mixed relationships. Problems that arise are usually solved or at least calmed by the protagonist family's patriarch using reasoning based on his life experience, wisdom and common sense. Some of the younger characters affectionately regard him as a benign 'godfather' figure. The patriarch's son runs a dry-cleaning business.

Scotland The First

30 October 1997 -Patricia Janet Scotland becomes First BME female government Minister –as Baroness Scotland of Asthal

Hamilton The Fourth

29 October 2017 - Lewis Hamilton finishes 9th in the Formula One Mexican GP 2017 but wins his fourth Formula One championship to become the most successful British driver in Formula One history!

Hamilton The Fifth

28 October 2018 -Lewis Hamilton wins  his fifth F1 world championship, making him the joint second most successful driver of all time. 

The 33-year-old becomes only the third man in history to win five world titles. He matches the haul of the Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio and is two behind all-time record holder Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton needed only to finish seventh at Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix to become champion, even if Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel had won - but the German could manage only second place behind the dominant Max Verstappen, despite a valiant and strong race.

With thanks to the BBC for the above information.

Eastender's Brother Murdered

27 October 2016 - Brother of EastEnders Actress, Belinda Owosu , Ziggy Worrell-Owusu, 19, is  knifed repeatedly while out with friends amid a crowd of up to 60 people in Goodmayes, east London.Police described him as a  “humble” teenager is believed to have been stabbed to death while trying to stop a fight from escalating.

Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested over the incident and bailed until mid-December, Scotland Yard said.

Bob Marley Blue Plaque First

26 October 2006 -Mayor of London. Ken Livingstone team unveil Blue Plaque at  Ridgmount Gardens. This  was Bob Marley's first UK address and the birthplace of a worldwide phenomenon. It was the place he lived when visited the UK looking for the record deal that might help a struggling career lift off, 

Ken Livingstone's officials unveiled the capital's first cultural heritage plaque on the flats, a recognition of the role London played in helping Marley become the first reggae superstar.

The ceremony also formed part of a renewed bid by political activists and musicians to claim for reggae the recognition they say it has long been denied. On Wednesday, the mayor's office helped stage the capital's first reggae summit to promote a scholarly debate about the extent to which Bob Marley, other reggae stars and the "sound system" enthusiasts who played ear-splittingly loud at live events in cities around Britain, altered the social fabric.

The above ceremony was the result of a campaign by The Nubian Jak Community Trust.

Thanks mainly to The Guardian for the above information.