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 Rutherford, Ernest
  - Cavendish Laboratory
 Rutherford, Margaret
 Ruthwell (Dumfries)
 Rütli meadow - Everlasting League
 Ruyter, Michiel de - Dutch admiral
 Rwabugiri - king of Rwanda
 Rwagasore, Prince - in Urundi
 Rwandan Patriotic Front - formed in 1987
 Rydal Mount - Wordsworth
 Ryder Cup (golf)
 Ryle, Martin
  - Cavendish Laboratory
 Rysbrack, John Michael - British sculpture
 SA - and Hitler
 SAA - in the Ivory Coast
 Saar - plebiscite in 1935
 Saardam - and Peter the Great
 Saba - ancient kingdom in Arabia
 Sabin, Albert - develops polio vaccine
 Sabine farm - of Horace
 Sacagawea - Lewis and Clark expedition
 Sacasa, Juan Bautista - in Nicaragua
 sachems - and the Iroquois
 Sachs, Hans - Meistersinger of Nuremberg
 Sackville-West, Vita
 sacraments - and the Reformation
 sacrifice - in primitive religion
  - in Temple at Jerusalem
 sacrifice, human - in China
  - and the Celts
  - and the Aztecs
 Sadat, Anwar el-
  - and the Free Officers
 saddle - on wooden frame
 Sadducees - in charge of the Temple
 Sa'di - and Persian poetry
 Sadler's Wells
 Sadowa - battle in 1866
 safari parks (in Britain)
 Safavid dynasty - in Persia
 safety valve - invented by Papin
 al-Saffar - and Saffarid dynasty
 Saffarid dynasty - in Persia
 Safi al-Din - and the Safavid dynasty
 saga - origin of word
 Sagas - Icelandic literature
 Sagres - and Henry the Navigator
 Sagunto - and Hannibal
 Sahara - Africa's first settled community
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