|1845. 1 Nov
||The Times of London carries an item on the arrest and torture of Quddús, Mullá Sádiq-i-Khurásání, Mullá `Alí-Akbar-i-Ardistání and Mullá Abú-Tálib in Shíráz in June. This is the first known printed reference to the Revelation. A similar article is reprinted on 19 November. [B76–7; BBR4, 69]
||Shiraz; Iran; London; England
||arrest; torture; Quddus; Ismullahul-Asdaq (Mulla Sadiq Khurasani); Mulla Ali-Akbar-i-Ardistani; Mulla Abu-Talib
||First newspaper story of the events of the Bábí Faith|
|1855 5 Mar
||Birth of John Henry Hyde Dunn, Hand of the Cause, in London.
||John Henry Hyde Dunn; birth; Hand of the Cause of God
|1872 31 May
||Birth of Thomas Breakwell, considered the first English Bahá'í, in Woking, Surrey, England.
||Woking; Surrey; England
|1888 29 Mar
||The first lecture in the West on the Bahá'í Faith (`Bábism') is given by E. G. Browne at the Essay Society, Newcastle, England. [SCU12]
||E. G. Browne
|1900 26 Nov
||Agnes Alexander accepts the Faith in Rome after hearing the message from Mrs Dixon. She stays in Rome for three months studying prophecies then travels to Paris for further study with May Bolles for another three and one half months. She leaves Paris in the Spring of 1901 for London, New England, Oakland, Ca and finally Honolulu. [BFA1p159]
||Rome; Italy; Paris; France; Oakland; California; London; England; Honolulu
||Agnes Alexander; Mrs Dixon
|1902 13 Jun
||Thomas Breakwell dies from tuberculosis in Paris. (b. 31 May, 1872 in Woking) [AB77; BBD46; SEBW70]
- `Abdu'l-Bahá appears to know this without being told. [AB78-9; SEBW70]
- Shoghi Effendi designates him one of three `luminaries shedding brilliant lustre on annals of Irish, English and Scottish Bahá'í communities'. [MBW174]
- See AB79, SEBW71–2 and SWAB187–9 for `Abdu'l-Bahá's eulogy.
- See wikipedia for an account of his life.
- See Cimetière de Pantin for the location of his resting place c/w photos.
|Woking; England; Paris; France
||Thomas Breakwell; In Memoriam
|1914 9 Jan
||John Ferraby, Hand of the Cause of God, is born in Southsea, England.
||John Ferraby; Hand of the Cause of God
|1922 Late May
||The communities of London, Manchester and Bournemouth elect a Bahá'í Spiritual Assembly for England. [ER213; SBR28, 67]
- This is also known as the Spiritual Assembly for London and the All-England Bahá'í Council. [ER2 13; SBR67]
- See ER213 and SBR28 for membership.
|London; Manchester; Bournemouth; England
||Spiritual Assembly for London; All-England Baha'i Council
|1922 6 Jun
||The All-England Bahá'í Council meets for the first time. [SBR28; UD9, 468]
- ER2 13 says it first met 17 June.
- The meeting is held in the home of Mrs Thornburgh-Cropper. [SBR28, 67]
||All-England Baha'i Council
|1923 13 Oct
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Britain meets for the first time, at the home of Ethel Rosenberg. [ER228; UD13, 163]
- It becomes the National Spiritual Assembly of the British Isles in 1930 and the National Spiritual Assembly of the United Kingdom in 1972.
||National Spiritual Assembly; Ethel Rosenberg; National Spiritual Assembly of Britain; National Spiritual Assembly of the British Isles; National Spiritual Assembly of the United Kingdom
||Shoghi Effendi sails from England to Cape Town and proceeds overland to Cairo. [PP180–1, SETPE1p163]
He travelled through East Africa passing through Rhodesia where he visited the grave of Cecil Rhodes and further north in Rhodesia to see the Victoria Falls.
- He rode as a passenger through part of East Africa with an English hunter and travelled on a train for some five hundred miles.
- He crossed the Nile River through a papyrus swamp on a ferry.
- He was back in Haifa by October. [SETPE1p163]
|England; Cape Town; Cairo
|1930 7 Oct
||Ruth White writes to the High Commissioner of Palestine stating that she has sent a photograph of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's Will and Testament to Dr Ainsworth Mitchell in England who had declared it a forgery. The High Commissioner requests she sends that same evidence to him and he forwards it to the Governor of Haifa who requests to meet with Shoghi Effendi and allow an expert to examine the original. The expert declares the Will authentic. [SETPET1p157]
||Covenant-breakers; Ruth White; Dr Ainsworth Mitchell
|1940 28 Jul
||Shoghi Effendi, Rúhíyyih Khánum and Sutherland Maxwell leave England for South Africa. [PP180]
- This is the only route open back to Palestine, as Italy’s entrance into the war has closed the Mediterranean to Allied ships. [PP180]
- The trip across Africa takes them to Stanleyville, Congo; Juba in the Sudan; down the Nile to Khartoum and back to Palestine through Cairo. [PP180–1, TG159]
||Life of Shoghi Effendi; Amatul-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum; Sutherland Maxwell
|1973 5 Sep
||John Ferraby, Hand of the Cause of God, passes away in Cambridge, England. (b. 9 January,1914) [BW16:511, VV8]
- Shoghi Effendi had appointed him among the third contingent on the 2nd of October, 1957. [MoCxxiii]
- For his obituary see BW16:511–12.
||John Ferraby; Hand of the Cause; In Memoriam; Appointment Hand - Third Contingent
|1977 16 – 17 Apr
||The first annual Bahá’í Studies Seminar supported by the Departments of Religious Studies and of Sociology at the University of Lancaster, England, takes place. [BW18:204]
|1992 3 – 6 Feb
||The Association of Bahá'í Publishers and Distributors is established at a Bahá'í Publishers' Conference in Oakham, England, with its headquarters in the Netherlands. [BINS273:4-5; VV71]
||Publishing Trust; Baha'i Publishers' Conference
|1992 18 Jun
||The passing of Counsellor Isobel Sabri, member of the International Teaching Centre in England. She was born in California in 1924. Letter from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada to all Local Spiritual Assemblies date the 16th of October 1992. [VV124]
||Counsellor; Isobel Sabri; International Teaching Centre; In Memoriam
|2001 16 Dec
||The passing of Philip Hainsworth at the age of 82 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England. Shoghi Effendi had described him as "the spiritual Stanley of Africa". [BW01-02p304-305]
||Sevenoaks; Kent; England
||Philip Hainsworth; the spiritual Stanley of Africa
|2003 9 May
||The passing of David Hofman in England.
- He was one of the nine elected members of the Universal House of Justice when that institution came into being in 1963.
- He presented the first statement from the supreme Baha'i administrative body in April that year to the World Congress in London. Twenty-nine years later, in 1992, he delivered the opening address to the second Baha'i World Congress in New York, an event attended by some 30,000 people.
- He served as a member of the Universal House of Justice for 25 years, until he left in 1988 at the age of 80. [BWNS209, BW'03-‘04pg234, UK Bahá'í Journal]
||David Hofman; UHJ; World Congress; In Memoriam; UHJ