1788 The birth, in Bury, Lancashire, of Sir Robert Peel, the first commoner to become British Prime Minister, although he was hardly from humble beginnings, as his father was a cotton millionaire. Peel was the founder of the Metropolitan Police, first nicknamed ‘Peelers’, then ‘Bobbies’, after his name.
On the Third Stroke
1924 The BBC time signals, (‘pips’ from Greenwich Observatory) broadcast on the hour, were heard for the first time.
1954 Britain opened its first atomic power station, at Harwell.
Invasion of the Traffic Wardens
1958 Parking meters first appeared on the streets, in London’s exclusive Mayfair district. The meters were first used in America in 1935.
The Rolling Stones Ban
1967 A ban by the Musicians’ Union, ‘in the cause of decency’, stopped The Rolling Stones’ latest record Let’s Spend the Night Together, from being performed on television.
Death of the Cockle Pickers
2004 Twenty-three Chinese drowned when a group of 35 cockle-pickers were trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, Lancashire.