1564 The birth of Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist and poet of the Elizabethan era. He was the foremost Elizabethan writer next to William Shakespeare.
The Very First £1 Note
1797 The Bank of England issued the first ever one pound note. Printed on watermark paper with a vignette of Britannia on the top left hand corner, the hand-signed white £1 notes were withdrawn in the 1820s
The Lucky Number.
1839 The first Grand National Steeplechase was run at Aintree near Liverpool. The winner was ‘Lottery’ ridden by Jem Mason.
Under the Radar
1935 Robert Watson-Watt first demonstrated RADAR (radio detection and ranging) at Daventry, Northamptonshire.
Magic Mushroom for Australia
1952 Churchill told the House of Commons that Britain now had an atomic bomb which it intended to test in Australia.
James Bond Said No
1962 The start of filming of Dr. No, the first film involving English agent 007 – James Bond.
1979 Accused of forging old masters, painter Tom Keating’s trial at the Old Bailey was halted due to Keating’s ill health. Keating, a brilliant technician, went on to present a television series on painters and became a celebrity in his remaining years.
1987 The Church of England’s General Synod voted by a huge majority in favour of the ordination of women priests.
Who’s the Clever Boy, Then?
1995 Barings, the country’s oldest merchant bank, declared bankruptcy after discovering that Nicholas Leeson, the firm’s chief trader in Singapore, had lost approximately £625 million of the bank’s assets on unauthorized futures and options transactions.
Our’s Not to Wonder Why
1997 Armed Forces Minister, Nicholas Soames, fought off Labour demands for his resignation over the Ministry of Defence’s suppression of information about the still unexplained ‘Gulf War syndrome’.
Streets Paved With Gold
2002 London Mayor Ken Livingstone confirmed that motorists would be charged £5 per day to drive into London on weekdays.