On This Day – Murder in High Places

10 Feb

Murder in High Places

1306 In front of the high altar of Greyfriars Church in Dumfries, Robert the Bruce murdered John Comyn, his leading political rival, sparking revolution in the Scottish Wars of Independence

Small Beer

1355 The St. Scholastica’s Day Riots began in Oxford when University students clashed with townspeople in a three-day street battle, following a dispute about beer in The Swindlestock Tavern. 64 students were killed and 30 locals. The dispute was settled in favour of the university with a special charter. Annually thereafter, on 10th February, the town mayor and councillors had to march bareheaded through the streets and pay to the university a fine of one penny for every scholar killed. The penance ended in 1825 when the mayor refused to take part.

The Plimsoll Line

1824 The birth of Samuel Plimsoll, British politician and social reformer. He devised the Plimsoll Line, to thwart unscrupulous ship owners who regularly overloaded their ‘coffin ships’. His safe loading line painted on the ships acted as a regulation for the weight that ships could safely carry. Rope sandals for sailors were also named after him.

The Royal Wedding

Painting of a lavish wedding attended by richly dressed people in a magnificent room

1840 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, both aged 20, were married in St James’ Palace, London.

A Briton in Space

1995 The first Briton to walk in space was Cambridge educated Dr. Michael Foale.

… and a Royal Engagement

Britain's heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall walking outside the Millennium Centre, in Cardiff, Wales 29 June 2010 attend the ceremonies marking Armed Forces Day

2005 Clarence House announced the engagement of the Prince of Wales and his long-term partner Camilla Parker Bowles.


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