On This Day – 1912, A Bad Year for Sailing

31 Mar

Carry on, Constable

1837 The death of John Constable, English painter, best known for his paintings of the English countryside such as Dedham Vale and The Hay Wain. Although his paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art, he was never financially successful and did not become a member of the establishment until he was elected to the Royal Academy at the age of 52.

Double Tragedy

1855 Charlotte Bronte, Yorkshire novelist and author of Jane Eyre, died during her pregnancy, aged 38.

1912 A Bad Year for Sailing

Boat Race Black Buoy.jpg

1912 Both the Oxford and the Cambridge boats sank in the annual university boat race.

Fasten Your Seatbelts

1924 The first British national airline, Imperial Airways, was founded at Croydon Airport.

TV at No. 10

1930 Scottish engineer John Logie Baird installed a TV set at 10 Downing Street. Above is one of the first images seen on the TV screen.

Hands Off Poland

1939 Britain and France agreed to support Poland if Germany threatened to invade.

 March to Aldermaston

CND campaigners gather outside Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston

1972 More than 500 people attended a rally in London ahead of a four-day demonstration against nuclear arms.

Red Rum

1973 Racehorse Red Rum won the Grand National Steeplechase in a record time of 9 min 1.9 sec., a record that remained unbroken for 16 years. He is the only horse to have won the Grand National three times.

Black Smoke Over Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

1990 An anti-poll tax rally in London erupted into the worst riots in the city for a 100 years when 200,000 protestors took to the streets.

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