Hammer of the Scots
1296 Edward I captured Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England. As many as 10,000 men, women and children were killed. Even a woman giving birth was hacked to pieces during her labour. When the garrison commander Lord of Douglas surrendered, his life and those of his garrison were spared.
The Man of War
1936 Britain announced the construction of 38 warships, the largest construction programme for 15 years.
Not Everyone Came Back
1944 saw the allied bombing raid on Nuremberg. 795 aircraft were despatched from along England’s east coast , including 572 Lancasters, 214 Halifaxes and 9 Mosquitos. The bombers met German fighter resistance at the coasts of Belgium and the Netherlands. In total, 95 bombers were lost, making it the largest Bomber Command loss of World War II.
Three Times Hall of Fame
1945 The birth of Eric Patrick Clapton, English guitarist and singer-songwriter. He has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time.
The Price of Sunflowers
1987 The picture ‘Sunflowers’, painted by Vincent van Gogh was sold at auction by Christie’s for £24,750,000.
Death of a Queen
2002 Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, (born August 4th 1900), died peacefully in her sleep, aged 101.