On This Day – Four and Twenty Blackbirds and the Spy Who Loved Me

11 Feb

The Queen is in the Parlour

1466 The birth of Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII and mother of King Henry VIII. She died, on her birthday in 1503 aged 37. In the children’s nursery rhyme, ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ Elizabeth is reportedly the queen in the parlour, while her husband, with a reputation for thrift, is the king counting his money.

Is the History Repeating Itself?

File:Fields Braemar.jpg

1895 The lowest ever UK temperature of -27.2°C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire. This record was equalled, also at Braemar on 10th January 1982. Minus 27°C was also recorded at Altnaharra (Highland) on 30th December 1995.

An Englishman Abroad

1956 Two British spies, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, who vanished in mysterious circumstances five years ago re-appeared in the Soviet Union.

The Champion

John Curry

1976 John Curry became the first Briton to win a gold medal for men’s figure skating.

Not So Civil Servant

1983 Police launched a mass murder investigation in London after discovering human remains in drains. Civil servant Dennis Andrew Nilsen, 37, was later charged with 12 murders and sentenced to six life sentences.

Taxing Times

1993 Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales both volunteered to pay income tax and capital gains tax on their private income. The Queen also took over civil list payments to junior members of the royal family.

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