Defender of the Faith
1530 When King Henry VIII’s divorce request was denied by the Pope, Henry declared himself (not the Pope) as the supreme head of the English church.
Our Kind of Rascal
1671 The birth of Robert Roy MacGregor, usually known simply as Rob Roy, the famous Scottish folk hero and outlaw of the early 18th century.
The Lions of Trafalgar Square
1802 Edwin Henry Landseer, English painter, well known for his paintings of animals, particularly horses, dogs and stags, was born. The best known of Landseer’s works, however, are the sculptures of the lions in Trafalgar Square.
1926 The first transatlantic telephone call was made, from London to New York.
Black Panther and the Heiress
1975 The body of Lesley Whittle, a 17-year-old heiress who had been kidnapped from her Shropshire home 52 days earlier, was found at the bottom of a drain shaft. She had been held for 52 days then strangled by Donald Nielson, known as The Black Panther.
The Fayeds are Here to Stay
1990 The Egyptian Fayed brothers were allowed to keep Harrods despite an official report that branded them liars during their £615m takeover bid of the House of Fraser Stores.