There’s Nothing New About Banking
1659 The first British cheque (for £10) was written by Nicholas Vanacker and is now in the archives of the National Westminster Bank.
The Boy King
1923 Howard Carter, having discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun 12 months previously, lifted the lid off the sarcophagus to reveal a golden effigy of the young king.
The Dot is Born
1927 The birth of actress June Muriel Brown, MBE. She is best known for her role as the busy-body, chain-smoking gossip Dot Cotton in the long-running British soap opera EastEnders.
You Stupid Boy
1946 The birth of actor Ian Lavender. His best remembered role was as Private Frank Pike, the youngest member and ‘stupid boy’ of the platoon in the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army.
The Threat of the WRENS
1990 Wives of Royal Navy seamen protested over a decision to allow WRENs (women sailors) to go to sea.
It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum
2005 The Kyoto Protocol that aimed to slow down global warming took effect, but the US and Australia refused to support it.