On This Day – From the Battle for Tudor Rose to James Hanratty’s DNA

29 Mar

War of the Roses

Armoured men on horses and on foot attack each other with swords and polearms in a river. The ones on the right are seeking to flee the battle while pursued by the mass of men who are charging in from the left.

1461 Over 28,000 people were killed in the battle of Towton, North Yorkshire, during the War of the Roses (Lancaster against York). The Lancastrians, under Henry VI, were crushed and the throne was claimed by Edward IV.

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

1788 The death of Charles Wesley, English evangelist and hymn-writer. In the course of his career, he published the words of over six thousand hymns, many of which are still popular today.

The Royal Albert Hall

The exterior of a round building with large banners promoting the BBC Proms on a sunny day

1871 Queen Victoria opened the Royal Albert Hall in London. The hall was originally supposed to have been called The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but the name was changed by Queen Victoria to Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences when laying the foundation stone, as a dedication to her deceased husband and consort Prince Albert.

Captain Scott’s Last Entry

Man with receding hairline, looking left, wearing naval uniform with medals, polished buttons and heavy shoulder decorations

1912 The last entry in British explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s diary. He died in Antarctica, along with the rest of his party, whilst returning from the South Pole.

Heavy Metal

Design icon: English banknotes

1940 The Bank of England introduced thin metal strips into banknotes as an anti-forgery device.

London Marathon

1981 The first London marathon took place, with around 7,000 entrants.

The World Champion

1988 Lloyd Honeyghan became the first British boxer to regain a world title since Ted ‘Kid’ Lewis, 71 years previously. Honeyghan knocked out Jorgé Vaca of Mexico in the third round at the Wembley Arena, London.

James Hanratty Was Innocent

1999 The case of James Hanratty was sent back to the Court of Appeal, 37 years after he was hanged for murder. New DNA evidence emerged and a police inquiry highlighted flaws in the original investigation.

No Smoke Without Fire

2004 The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.


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