On This Day

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

UK Female Teenager Found Guilty At Trial

4 June 2018 -  A teenager has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack on the British Museum in London with Britain's first all-woman cell.

Safaa Boular, 18, of Vauxhall, London, has become Britain's youngest convicted female Islamic State terrorist.

A jury at the Old Bailey found her guilty of two offences of preparation of terrorism acts.

She was also found guilty over an earlier attempt to travel to Syria for terrorism.

Boular was accused of planning to travel to Syria to join IS militants and later preparing to carry out a terrorist attack in London after her fiancé, an Islamic State fighter, died.

Safaa Boular was  jailed for life with a 13-year minimum term in August  2018.

With thanks to the BBC for the above information.


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George Floyd death: Thousands join London protest

3 June 2020 - Thousands of people join  a protest in London over the death of African-American George Floyd in US police custody nine days ago.

It comes as UK chief constables said they stand alongside all those "appalled and horrified" by his death. In a joint statement, they said the right to lawful protest was a "key part of any democracy".

But they stressed coronavirus restrictions, including not gathering in groups of more than six, remained.

Protests began in the US after a video showed Mr Floyd, 46, being arrested on 25 May in Minneapolis and a white police officer continuing to kneel on his neck even after he pleaded that he could not breathe.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree murder, according to court documents.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that Mr Floyd's death had been "appalling" and "inexcusable", but was criticised for failing to comment on the killing before now.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said the UK government had "shuttered itself in the hope no-one would notice". 

Meanwhile, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called on the PM to convey to US President Donald Trump the UK's "abhorrence about his response to the events".

Speaking later when asked about it at Wednesday's coronavirus briefing, Mr Johnson said: "My message to President Trump, to everybody in the United States from the UK is that… racism, racist violence has no place in our society."

He said people had the right to protest but "I would urge people to protest peacefully, and in accordance with the rules on social distancing".

With thanks to The BBC for the above information. See also 6 June 2020.

Black Players Set England Record

30 May 2010 - A record of BME players featuring for England national soccer team is set . 10 of the 17 players who appear in the 2-1 win at the UPC Arena in Graz vs Japan are BME Players. They were  James, Johnson, A.Cole, Huddlestone,  Ferdinand (Captain), Walcott, Bent and Lennon start. Wright-Phillips and Heskey were subs.See Hall of Fame for Biographies.

Bellew Bounces Back

 29 May 2016 - Tony Bellew challenges  for the WBC cruiserweight title, vs  Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs), who had not lost since his debut back in 2008, at Goodison Park in Liverpool. Bellew overcame a first-round knock-down to deliver a thunderous knockout of Makabu and become WBC cruiserweight champion, winning his first world title. 

Indian Soliders Entertain Whilst They Work

28 May 1940 -  Indian soldiers evacuated from Dunkirk entertain onlookers while helping clear bomb damage in London.

Sajid The First

27 May 2019 -Home Secretary Sajid Javid becomes the latest MP but first BAME Tory MP to join the race for the Conservative Party leadership.

Announcing his candidacy on Twitter, Mr Javid said that "first and foremost, we must deliver Brexit".

He is the ninth member of the Tory Party to confirm he is running, and whoever wins will become the next UK prime minister. However he is the first ever MP of BAME heritage to run for the leadership of one of the main Political Parties.   

It follows the announcement by Theresa May on Friday 24 May that she would stand down as leader on 7 June.

Thanks also to The BBC for the above information.

Frank Bowling Away History At The Royal Academy

26 May 2005 -Frank Bowling is  elected a member of England's Royal Academy of Arts.He was among about a dozen artists proposed to fill one of two vacancies in the 80-member academy, and is the first Black artist to be elected a Royal Academician in the history of the institution.

West Indian Standing Committee Formed

24 May 1958 -Start date of the West Indian Standing Conference (WISC) founded with aims to fight or equality in education, housing and employment. The group unites the Caribbean diaspora in opposition to racism. The group founded by J A Hunte( seen here protesting some years later against Enoch Powell) that is loosely associated with this founding group, is still active today. 

See Hall of Fame for Biography

Wiley Wins Novello Award

23 May 2019 - Wiley is among the winners of the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards for 2019. 

At a ceremony taking place at London’s Grosvenor House, Wiley, known as the “Godfather of Grime”, was awarded with The Ivors Inspiration Award. 

The Ivors were created to celebrate British and Irish songwriting and composing across all music genres, including film, TV, and video game scores. They also recognise music creators for their wider contribution to UK music. 

With thanks to The Independent for the above information.

Pathway To Success Programme Launched Again

22 May 2020 -Operation Black Vote, in partnership with the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and Magdalen College, the House of Commons and Lloyds Bank is delighted to announce their Pathway to Success 5-day residential Leadership Programme at the University of Oxford to nurture the country’s future Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) leaders.  The participants will engage with some of the greatest minds and expertise in political and civic governance in the UK. 

The programme partners are looking for 30 dynamic BAME individuals with a keen interest in making a real and positive difference to society.  You will have a minimum of five years work or voluntary experience and an ambition to enter Parliament or other UK institutions within 12 months. 


Commonwealth Graves Commissioned

21 May 1917 -The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)  is commisioned by Royal Charter to honour the  hundreds of thousands of men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First World Wars to ensure they will never be forgotten. At the end of the Second World War in 1945, it was honouring 1.7 million Men and Women. 

Charles The First

20 May 1962 - John Charles of West Ham becomes the first black player to represent England football team at any level. It was not Viv Anderson or latterly discovered England Schoolboy Benjamin Odeje in 1971 (or indeed the unrecognised Cliff Marshall who debuted in the same Schoolboys Match vs Northen Ireland at Wembley). And even going further back Paul Reaney of Leeds who made his full debut for England in 1968 but was never recognised as Black. John Charles played in back to back England Youth Team Friendly Matches vs Israel in Tel Aviv on 20 May and 22 May 1962. See Hall of Fame for biography

Photograph: Media Storehouse.

World Record For Daley

18 May 1980 - Decathlete, Daley Thompson opens the 1980 Olympic season with a world decathlon record of 8,648 points at Götzis, Austria. He followed this with a comfortable win at the Moscow Olympics. See Hall of Fame for biography.

Court Upholds CRE Enforcement Action Against Westminster Council

17 May 1985 - Court of Appeal rules that Commission for Racial Equality was right to serve enforcement notice on Westminster Council who withdrew and offer of employment from a Black man because they deemed he was more likely to go on strike than his white colleagues.    

Kelsco Cochrane Gets A Blue Plaque

17 May  2009 -The 50th anniversary of the tragic murder of Kelso Cochrane on Southam Street, just off Golborne Road, is  marked by the unveiling of a commemorative Blue Plaque .

Magid Makes Muslim History

16 May 2018 - Magid Magid is elected as Sheffield's new Lord Mayor and marks many firsts for the 28-year-old black, Muslim and former refugee.. He is the first Somali-born mayor, first Green Party mayor, and at 28, he's the youngest mayor ever elected to the city. See Hall of Fame for more information.

Samuel Dies In Tragic Car Crash

15 May 2018 - Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel dies in a car crash in Cheshire. The 37-year-old, was most recently player-manager of non-league side Egerton.

Samuel made 199 appearances for Villa after signing with the club in 1998, and played 83 times for Bolton between 2007 and 2011.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association said he had "collided with an oncoming vehicle".

With thanks to the BBC for the above information. 

100th Anniversary of Mary Seacole Death

14 May 1981 -the 100 anniversary of the death of Mary Seacole.

Feisty, fearless and funny, Mary Seacole was such a celebrity in Victorian England that, in July 1857, she drew a paying public of no less than 80,000 people to concerts staged in her honour. The charismatic 'doctress' from Jamaica -- a staunch British patriot and a fiercely proud Creole -- had won the hearts of the nation for her work treating the sick and dying, sometimes under fire, in the Crimean War of 1854-6. 

What makes her achievements all the more remarkable is that she had been rejected by the British authorities and Florence Nightingale's recruitment team when she first volunteered her services - because of the colour of her skin. Undaunted, she decided to go it alone.

Though forgotten for much of the Twentieth Century, in 2005, the bicentenary of her birth, Mary Seacole was voted the greatest black Briton in history in a national BBC television poll.


Kal Still King

13 May 2017 - WBA World super flyweight champion Kal Yafai (22-0, 14 KOs) wins  a tougher than predicted 12 round unanimous decision victory over #10 WBA Suguru Muranaka (25-3-1, 8 KOs)  at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England. The judges scored the fight 118-108, 119-107, and 119-107. 

With thanks to Boxing News 24  for the above information.

Amos In Historic First

12 May 2003 - Valerie Amos wins a place in history when she became the first black woman to be appointed to the cabinet. She will serve as Minister for Overseas Development in the Government led by Tony Blair and the Labour Party. 

Awais Akram AttaCker Convicted

11 May 2010 - Conviction in the case of Awais Akram ( pictured before attack ) who was left severely disfigured after being attacked because of a liaison with a married businesswoman whom he had met on Facebook. The 25-year-old was beaten and stabbed before concentrated sulphuric acid was poured over his head, leaving him with 47% burns, in May or June  2009. The woman's brother Mohammed Vakas, 26, was jailed for 30 years in May 2010 for conspiracy to murder.

Awais Akram AttaCker Convicted

11 May 2010 - Conviction in the case of Awais Akram ( pictured before attack ) who was left severely disfigured after being attacked because of a liaison with a married businesswoman whom he had met on Facebook. The 25-year-old was beaten and stabbed before concentrated sulphuric acid was poured over his head, leaving him with 47% burns, in May or June  2009. The woman's brother Mohammed Vakas, 26, was jailed for 30 years in May 2010 for conspiracy to murder.

Hamza Holds Up Hand Of Apology

10 May 2019 - Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury is fined £5,000 and ordered to attend an education course for historical comments made on social media.

The 21-year-old has admitted an "aggravated breach" of Football Association rules after comments posted between 20 June 2013 and 10 May 2014.

In one post he included a racial reference, and in another he said he did not "feel sorry" for anyone who took their own life.

He apologised for the posts last month.

In a statement on Friday, the FA said that "the posts, which included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or sexual orientation, were found to be abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute".

The England Under-21 international has also been warned about his future conduct.

With thanks to The BBC for the above information

Stormzy Storms The Rich List

9 May 2019 - Chart-topping grime artist Stormzy debuts on Sunday Times Rich List as the  17th richest musician in the UK and Ireland  with £16m.


Hamilton Reaches Century In Pole Position.

8 May 2021 -  Lewis Hamilton took a 100th career pole position by edging out Red Bull's Max Verstappen in qualifying at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton's Mercedes was just 0.036 seconds faster than Verstappen, who was in turn 0.096secs ahead of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

"I can't believe we are at 100. It's down to the men and women back at the factory who are just continuing to raise the bar and never giving up. It has been a dream to work these guys. Who would have thought when I made the move at the end of 2012 that we would get to 100? I am ecstatic, like it's my first. "

With thanks to The BBC for the above information