On This Day

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

Charge After Murder

21 January 2019 -A teenager  appears in court charged with the murder of 14-year-old Jaden Moodie. Jaden was stabbed in Leyton, east London, on 8 January after he was knocked off a moped by a Mercedes.

Ayoub Majdouline, 18, of Lily Gardens in Wembley, north-west London, appeared at Thames Magistrates' Court .

With thanks to The BBC for the above information.   


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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari 'floors' Anthony Joshua

20 January 2020 - British boxer Anthony Joshua is pictured prostrating before Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in London.

Joshua, who is of Nigerian descent, also told the gathering he would "stand up for Nigeria" whenever it was needed.

The pictures have had a mixed response on social media, with critics of Mr Buhari angry that Joshua didn't raise the challenges faced by Nigerian youth.

Joshua said in an Instagram story: "It's not about politics. It's about culture and respect for our elders."

Others, however, have praised Joshua for embracing his Nigerian roots, and for prostrating before Mr Buhari - a traditional show of respect to one's elders.

With thanks to The BBC for the above information

Tyson Visits London

19 January 2000 Former Heavyweight Champion and one of the all time Boxing greats, Mike Tyson visits London much to the acclaim of the adoring fans of the deeply troubled Boxer.

13 Teenagers Die In New Cross Fire

18 January 1981 - The New Cross house fire occurs during a party at a house in New Cross, south-east London, in the early hours of Sunday, 18 January 1981. 

The blaze killed 13 young black people; one survivor committed suicide two years later. Nobody has ever been charged in connection to the fire, which forensic science subsequently established was started from inside the house, either by accident or deliberately. The party was a joint birthday celebration for Yvonne Ruddock (one of the victims of the fire) and Angela Jackson (who survived) and was held at No. 439, New Cross Road. 

It began on the evening of Saturday, 17 January 1981 and continued throughout the night and into the early hours of Sunday. At the time, there was a fairly high degree of racial tension in the area and far-right groups including the National Front were active in the local area. There had also been some early complaints from neighbours about excessive noise from the party .

The initial police suspicion was that the party had been fire-bombed, either as a revenge attack or in an attempt to stop the noise; there was also an alternative theory that a fight had broken out, from which the blaze emanated. Subsequent forensic investigation found that the fire had started by an armchair inside the front-room of the property at 5:40am on Sunday morning and police ruled out the theory that a fight had taken place. See Timeline 13 May 1981. 

Shocking BAME Discrimination In Labour Market

17 January 2019 -New Research shows that  Black Britons and those of south Asian origin face “shocking” discrimination in the labour market at levels unchanged since the late 1960s.

A study by experts based at the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, found applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds had to send 80% more applications to get a positive response from an employer than a white person of British origin.

A linked study by the same researchers, comparing their results with similar field experiments dating back to 1969, found discrimination against black Britons and those of south Asian origin – particularly Pakistanis – unchanged over almost 50 years.

The research, part of a larger cross-national project funded by the European Union and shared exclusively with the Guardian before its official launch, prompted concerns that race relations legislation had failed.

It echoes findings published as part of the Guardian’s Bias in Britain  that  people from minority ethnic backgrounds face discrimination when seeking a room to rent. In a snapshot survey of online flatshare ads the Guardian found that an applicant called Muhammad was significantly less likely to receive a positive response than an applicant called David.

With thanks to The Guardian for the above information

Afro-Asian and Caribbean Lawyers Association Formed

 16 January 1969 - Rahasya Rudra (Rudy) Narayan co- founds with Sibghat Kadri  the Afro-Asian and Caribbean Lawyers Association . Later renamed the Society of Black Lawyers in 1973. It remains a fierce friend for the progression of minority legal professionals.   

Officer Cleared of Groce Killing

15 January 1987 – A policeman is cleared of criminal charges in relation to the shooting of Cherry Groce. The decision sparks a mini riot in Brixton. The shooting happened when Inspector Douglas Lovelock led a police raid on a house in Brixton in September 1985 looking for Michael Groce, a man they had been told could be armed. He was not at home, but in the confusion, his mother, Cherry Groce, was shot in the chest. She is now paralysed from the waist down. Inspector Lovelock told the court it was a "terrible, terrible accident", which he would regret for the rest of his life.

Death of Cyrille Regis

14 January 2018 - 14 January 2018 - Former Coventry,Aston Villa,West Brom,Wolves, Wycombe, Chester and England International , Cyrille Regis MBE dies suddenly from a heart attack aged 59. See Hall of Fame for full biography.

Jazz Gutarist Jordan Dies

13 January 2014 - Jazz Guitarist, Ronny Jordan dies at the age of 61. See Hall of Fame  section for full biography

UK's First Rapper Has The Knowledge

12 January 1980 - The DJ "Knowledge" is documented in Black Echoes Magazine as the UK's First Hip Hop Artist.

With thanks to F***in Liberty.com for the above information.

Sarah Reed Found Dead In Police Cell

11 January 2016 - Sarah Reed, 32, is found dead in her cell at Holloway Prison, north London. She had been on remand for a wounding with intent charge.

Met Police officer James Kiddie was found guilty of common assault in 2014 following an attack on Ms Reed during a 2012 shop-lifting allegation. He was later dismissed. 

New Black Weekly Music Paper Starts An Echo

10 January 1976 - New Black Music Weekly Newspaper starts in the UK.

"Black Echoes" , was a weekly newspaper covering mostly soul, funk and reggae. It  became a monthly mag back in 2000 and, along the way, broadened it's outlook to cover hip-hop [from its birth], jazz and R&B/pop. It now has  added a dynamic website to it's portfolio.

Black Echoes wasn’t the first UK publication to feature black music as two magazines got there first: The monthly Black Music from 1973 and the fortnightly Blues & Soul (originally Home Of The Blues) from 1967. 

With thanks also to Black Echoes Magazine and Retrospectro for the above information.

Eastenders Actress Murder Suspect Arrested

9 January 2016 - Arthur Simpson-Kent, the partner of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake who was murdered alongside her two sons in December, is arrested in Ghana on suspicion of her murder

Duggan Lawfully Killed Says Inquest

8 January 2014 – an inquest jury decides that Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the 2011 England riots was lawfully killed by police.

First Ever Black Sitcom Broadcast

7 January 1983- Channel 4 Broadcast first ever Black Comedy Sitcom 'no Problem which was to run' between 1983 and 1985. As well as being Channel Four's first UK black sitcom it was also their first British-made sitcom. Its cast were members of the Black Theatre Co-operative which staged plays and included Judith Jacob and Victor Romero Evans.Set in Willesden Green, it was about the grown up Powell children after their parents had returned to Jamaica. The comedy dealt with their lives and ambitions from modelling to running a pirate radio station.

Gary Mason Killed In Cycling Tragedy

 6 January 2011 - Former British Heavyweight Champion, Gary Mason dies after being hit by a van in Sandy Lane South,Wallington, South London whilst cycling. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

And Here Is The News For TV First

5th January 1973 Trevor McDonald Joins ITN from BBC World Service as part of News at Ten and thus becomes Britain’s first Black News broadcaster. See Hall of Fame for Biography.


Lawrence Murderers Sentenced

4 January 2012 – Gary Dobson and David Norris are jailed for life for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, with minimum term of just over 15 and 14 years respectively.

FIFA Launch Brewster Racial Abuse Investigation

3 January 2018 -  Fifa  launch an investigation into England striker Rhian Brewster's complaint that a team-mate was racially abused during the Under-17s World Cup.

Brewster says was  racially abused five times during his career and that in the 5-2 final win over Spain a team-mate was targeted by an opponent.

Navid Sadiq In Racist Attack

2 January 1992 - Navid Sadiq (15) , Southwark, South London is shot during robbery on off-licence where he worked. On hearing that he had caused injury, attacker said 'Good. I hope they die. My name is Conroy, good English name that. What am I going to get for doing a couple of Pakis? I am Anglo Saxon'. Joseph Conroy given two life sentences for murder and attempted murder in October 1992.

Honourary Protection By Order of The King

1 January 1903 - King Edward VII issues order for a annual honourary body guards of Indian Soliders who were to serve as the Kings Orderley Officers. In 1903, they four months in England accompanying him at State Balls and other Court functions. Thereafter the number was reducted to four. 

This photograph depicts: Rissaldar Major Ali Muhammad Khan, 2nd Bengal Lancers; Rissaldar Major Umdah Singh, 2nd Punjab Cavalry; Rissaldar Ahmed Khan, 2nd Lancers, Hyderabad Contingent; Subadar Major Jiwand Singh, 45th Sikhs; Subadar Major Mir Abba, 4th Madras Pioneers and Subadar Ram Chandar Rao Mohitay, 3rd Bombay Light Infantry.


National Army Museum Copyright


Sheldon Bobb Dies After Attack

31 December 1999 - Sheldon Anton Bobb (21) , Lewisham, south-east London, found suffering from head injuries outside his home; dies in Lewisham hospital of shock and haemorrhaging. Racist attack not ruled out by police.

Blue Plaque For Coleridge-Taylor

30 December 2012 - A year-long festival to commemorate Samuel Coleridge-Taylor ended with the unveiling of a blue plaque at 6 St Leonards Road, the house where he died on September 1 1912. See Hall of Fame Section section for full biography 

Murder of A Refugee

29 December 2001 - Panchadcharam Sahitharan, a Tamil refugee  (28) in Newham, east London attacked by gang with baseball bats and dies.

 Andrew Noble and Gary Hoskin charged with murder and affray in April 2002. Charges later dropped against Noble, Hoskin acquitted with the jury ruling accidental death.  

Connie Mark Two - Blue Plaque Restored

28 December 2018 - Connie Mark's  blue plaque is  reinstalled outside the Mary Seacole Housing Association in Hammersmith.

The replacement blue plaque was erected to coincide with Mark’s 95th birthday last week Friday (December 21) after the original was vandalised in 2012.

Mark, who was born in Jamaica, worked in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War Two. After she left the military, she went on to dedicate herself to charitable causes, championing equality and promoting black history and culture.

Jak Buela, Nubian Jak Community Trust, the organisation which was partly responsible for organising the replacement, told The Voice: “The Nubian Jak Community Trust felt that with this year being the 70th the anniversary of both the Windrush and NHS, this was a timely moment for the plaque to be reproduced. The fact that Connie Mark was also a WWII veteran as well a Windrush and NHS pioneer, inspired our organisation to seek about restoring her plaque in time for her 95th birthday.”

In addition to the unveiling of the blue plaque, Mark was also honoured with a Google Doodle on what would have been her milestone birthday. The doodle, a temporary reimagining of the search engine’s homepage logo, depicted Mark typing and speaking out about equality.

The global tech giant also had a hand in other tributes made to her on the special day.

With thanks to the Voice Online for the above information and Nubian Jak for the image.