Happy St. Patrick’s Day
17th March is St Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick was born Circa AD 387 and is the Patron Saint of Ireland.
The First Duchy
1337 Edward, the Black Prince was made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England; a duchy being a territory or domain ruled by a duke or duchess.
Commonwealth is Born
1649 Oliver Cromwell abolished the position of King of England and the House of Lords and declared England a Commonwealth.
The First Among the Equals
1873 The birth of Margaret Grace Bondfield, Labour politician who became chairman of the TUC in 1923 and Minister of Labour in 1929. She was the first woman Cabinet minister in the United Kingdom and one of the first three female Labour MPs.
1899 The first-ever radio distress call was sent, summoning assistance to a merchant ship aground on the Goodwin Sands, Kent.
I May Be Some Time
1912 The death of Lawrence Oates, a member of Scott’s ill-fated South Pole expedition who was suffering serious frostbite and hampering the progress of his companions. He had left his tent the previous night saying ‘I am just going outside and may be some time.’ ‘A very gallant gentleman,’ Scott recorded. His body was never found. Date of birth March 17th 1880 Died March 17th 1912.
Around the World in Many Days
1939 The birth of Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail single handed, non stop around the world.
Give Peace a Chance
1968 More than 200 people were arrested after demonstrators clashed in an anti Vietnam war protest outside the US embassy in London.
1978 The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz ran aground on the coast of Brittany. Over 220,000 tons of crude oil seeped out of the crippled ship, causing serious pollution in Britain and France..
Death of a Kray
1995 Gangster Ronnie Kray died in Broadmoor hospital. He was serving a life sentence for heinous crimes after being arrested by Superintendent Leonard “Nipper” Read.