On This Day – Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and the Ladies of Fishguard

22 Feb

The Ladies of Fishguard

Jemima Nicholas

1797 Over 1,000 French troops attempted to invade Britain and landed at Fishguard, but were soon captured by the brave ladies of the town. No other foreign force has managed to invade mainland Britain since.

Birth of the Boy Scout

Robert Baden-Powell

1857 The birth of Sir Robert (Stephenson Smyth) Baden-Powell, English hero of the siege of Mafeking during the Boer War. His innovative approach to the situation kept morale high and his experiences led to the founding of the Boy Scouts.

… and his Lady Wife

1889 The birth of Lady Olave Baden-Powell, wife of Robert Baden-Powell. She was Chief Guide for Britain in 1918 and World Chief Guide in 1930. As well as making a major contribution to the development of the Guide movement, she visited 111 countries during her lifetime, attending Jamborees and national Guide and Scout associations.

All at Sea

RMS Etruria.jpg

1903 The Cunard Liner Etruria arrived in New York with a copy of the first newspaper ever published in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It featured news reports transmitted from Britain by wireless while the ship was at sea. Marconi, the inventor of wireless telegraphy, was one of the ship’s passengers.

Not Such a Village Idiot, After All

1908 John Mills, English film and television actor, was born. He made more than 120 films in a career spanning seven decades. He often played traditionally British heroes and he was particularly associated with war dramas, such as The Colditz Story and Ice Cold in Alex . He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as the village idiot in Ryan’s Daughter.

Sounds Familiar?

Gezicht op de brandende stad na het bombardement van februari 1944, collectie Regionaal Archief Nijmegen nr. F1778

1944 World War II: Allied American aircraft mistakenly bombed the Dutch towns of Nijmegen, Arnhem, Enschede and Deventer, resulting in 800 dead in Nijmegen alone.

The Magnificent Four

Hey Jude LP cover artwork

1969 The last time all four Beatles were together for a recording session.

Pure Gold

PHOTO: Robin Cousins

1980 British ice skater Robin Cousins won a gold medal for figure skating in the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.

Hello Dolly

1997 A sheep named Dolly was cloned by scientists in Edinburgh. It was hailed as one of the most significant breakthroughs of the decade

That Was a Lot of Money Back Then

180 kent heist hysenaj bucpapa split pic

2006 At least six men staged Britain’s biggest ever robbery, stealing £53m from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.


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2 responses to “On This Day – Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and the Ladies of Fishguard

  1. Viv

    22/02/2012 at 08:23

    I attended Lady Baden Powel’s memorial service as a guide. Makes me feel ancient now!

    • Mira Kolar-Brown

      22/02/2012 at 08:37

      Must have been quite an occasion.
      My elder daughter was a guide. She loved it.


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