The Longshanks Law
1284 The Statute of Rhuddlan (also known as the Statutes of Wales ). It introduced the English common law system to Wales, allowing the King to appoint royal officials such as sheriffs, coroners, and baliffs to collect taxes and administer justice.
Saved by the Bell
1847 The birth, in Edinburgh, of Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell. He was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.
Opium War – the Sequel
1857 The Second Opium War: Britain and France declared war on China, using the killing of a missionary as the pretext.
The Big Smoke
1955 A statement was made that London would become a smokeless zone at the beginning of October.
1966 The BBC announced that it would begin broadcasting television programmes in colour in 1967.
Stanley Matthews, RIP
2000 Tens of thousands of football fans paid their last respects to Sir Stanley Matthews, regarded as one of the greatest players of the English game, who died on 23rd February.