1893 – He was born on the 3rd day of April this year in Forest Hill, London and educated at Dulwich College, London. He worked as a bank clerk before enlisting at the outbreak of World War I. He suffered severe shell shock, which led to his return to England.
1916 – He was married to Ruth Martin this year, and they had two children. His son Ronald also became an actor, and wrote one of the few biographies written about Leslie Howard.
1933 – He often played stiff-upper-lipped Englishmen in films such as Berkeley Square, for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award.
1936 – He appeared in The Petrified Forest. Howard reportedly insisted that Humphrey Bogart appeared as gangster Duke Mantee in the film.
1937 – He also appeared with Betty Davis in the romantic comedy “It’s Love I’m after.”
1939 – He was best remembered for his role as Ashley Wilkes in the epic Gone with the Wind , but he was uncomfortable with Hollywood and returned to Britain to help with the World War II war effort.
1943 – He died this year, when returning from Lisbon, he was traveling on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines/BOAC Flight 777 and the aircraft was shot down by a German Junkers Ju 88 over the Bay of Biscay.