Penny for a Guy
1606 Sir Everard Digby, Thomas Winter, John Grant and Thomas Bates who, along with others, had tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in November 1605 were hanged, drawn and quartered for their part in the ‘Gunpowder Plot’.
“Let not poor Nelly starve”
1649 The executioner Richard Brandon beheaded King Charles I at Whitehall. The courts deemed him a ‘tyrant, traitor, murderer and enemy of the people’.
Warts and All
1661 Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland, was exhumed and formally executed, after having been dead for two years! Ironically, it took place on the anniversary of the execution of King Charles I, the monarch that Cromwell himself had deposed 12 years previously.
Never So Many
1965 The state funeral, in London, of Sir Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of Britain. It was the biggest state funeral of its kind since the burial of the Duke of Wellington in 1852.
As if it were Yesterday
1969 The Beatles’ played their last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert was broken up by the police.
1972 ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. British paratroopers, believing they were under fire from Catholic protesters on a banned march which had become a violent riot, opened fire, killing 13 people.