Wars of the Roses
1471 The Battle of Tewkesbury, the last battle in the Wars of the Roses, took place. Edward IV defeated a Lancastrian Army and killed Edward, Prince of Wales.
Royal Greenwich Observatory
1675 King Charles II ordered the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. It played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation and is best known as the location of 0 degrees longitude, which has determined mapping co-ordinates since that time.
1780 The first Derby was run at Epsom. The winner was Diomed. The idea of the race was first discussed in 1778 at a house party given by the 12th Earl of Derby and a toss of a coin settled the name. The other founder was Sir Charles Bunbury.
Royal Albert Bridge
1859 The Cornwall Railway opened across the Royal Albert Bridge and linked the counties of Devon and Cornwall. The bridge spans the River Tamar between Plymouth, on the Devon bank, and Saltash on the Cornish bank.
Daily Mail -
… burning liberals since 1896
1896 The first British halfpenny newspaper, the Daily Mail, was published. It was the first paper to sell more than one million copies and was heralded as the birth date of modern journalism.
Ghost of an Agreement
1904 A provisional agreement was signed in Manchester’s Midland Hotel by the Hon. Charles Rolls, seller and repairer of motor cars, and Henry Royce, electrical engineer and builder of a single motor car. In 1907 the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost was the first of their many luxury models.
I’ve arrived and to prove it I’m here!
1923 The birth of Eric Sykes, radio, television and film writer, actor and director whose performing career spanned more than 50 years. He frequently wrote for and / or performed with Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers.
1945 World War II: The North Germany Army surrendered to British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
Long Journey Into the Night
1979 The Conservative Party won the general election, making Margaret Thatcher Britain’s first woman prime minister.
1984 The death of Diana Dors, the English equivalent of the blonde bombshells of Hollywood. She described herself as, ‘The only sex symbol Britain has produced since Lady Godiva.’