Third Time Unlucky
1809 The third Theatre Royal Drury Lane was destroyed by fire. It was uninsured and still not paid for, so it was a financial disaster for the owners, who included Sheridan.
1909 Suffragettes attempted to break into the Houses of Parliament. The police made 29 arrests.
1920 Lady Nancy Astor, (the first woman to ever hold a seat in the House of Commons), became the first woman to speak in Parliament.
The Flying Scotsman
1923 The Flying Scotsman began hauling scheduled services between London & Scotland. She has undergone a major restoration at York’s National Railway Museum and is due to return to mainline working in 2012.
The Star is Born
1926 The birth of Jean Alexander, BAFTA Nominated English television actress. She is best known for her role as Hilda Ogden in the soap opera Coronation Street, a role she played for 23 years and also as Auntie Wainwright on the longest running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine from 1988 to 2010.
See Birkenhead and Die
1962 The Beatles played a concert at the Birkenhead YMCA for a fee of £30. The audience didn’t enjoy the show and the Beatles were booed off stage. They left early for a second gig at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, and the rest, as they say, is history.
A Wedding is Announced
1981 The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer ended months of speculation by announcing that they would marry in the summer.
Frozen to Life
1988 The first baby born from an embryo frozen after the fertilization of a donated egg was delivered at Dulwich Hospital, south London, to Mrs. Ann Forrester, 37, by Caesarean section.
No More Bobby Moore
1993 The famed English footballer Bobby Moore, died. He captained West Ham United for more than ten years and was captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. He is widely regarded as one of the all-time greats of world football.
Murder Most Foul
1999 Home Secretary Jack Straw published the McPherson Report into the police handling of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence. The Metropolitan Police were criticised for what the report called ‘institutionalised racism’.