On This Day – Carry on Henry, Over the Limit, and Other Stories

28 Jan


1457 The birth of Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty in England. Henry won the throne when he defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of England to win his throne on the field of battle and he restored order after the Wars of the Roses.

1547 The death of Henry VIII, exactly 100 years after the birth of his father Henry VII. His nine year old son, Edward VI becomes King, and the first Protestant ruler of England.



The Duryea Motor Wagon

1896 Walter Arnold of Kent was the first British motorist to receive a speeding fine, for exceeding 2 mph in a built-up area. He was doing 8 mph as he passed the house of the local policeman. The constable gave chase on his bicycle and after a 5 mile chase Mr. Arnold was arrested. He was fined one shilling for his offence.


1918 The birth of Harry Corbett, the English puppeteer who created Sooty. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Sooty is the longest-running children’s programme in the UK. The puppet was 60 years old on 19th July 2008 and, as this was close to Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday, Sooty sent him a birthday message!


Diane Berry

1994 The first women only boxing tournament was held at the Marine Halls, Fleetwood. Diane Berry became the first British super-flyweight women’s champion.

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