Beaten by St George
1043 Edward the Confessor was crowned King of England in Winchester Cathedral. He was regarded as one of the national saints of England until King Edward III adopted Saint George as patron saint in about 1350.
The First King of Lancaster
1367 The birth of Henry IV, (son of John of Gaunt). He became the first Lancastrian king of England in 1399 and his reign was marked by many uprisings, both at home and abroad.
Jack the Ripper
1888 The first of 11 brutal murders of women occurred in or near the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End of London. The crimes remain unsolved to this day. At various points some or all of the killings were ascribed to the notorious, unidentified serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.
The Wilde Affair
1895 The trial of the libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde began, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality.
Trials and Tribulations of Mrs. Pankhurst
1913 English suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was sentenced to 3 years in prison for inciting supporters to place explosives at the London home of British politician David Lloyd George. The Home Secretary banned all future public meetings of suffragettes
And All Who Sail in Her
1929 RMS Queen Mary was ordered from John Brown & Company Shipbuilding and Engineering by Cunard Line. She was the flagship of the Cunard Line from May 1936 until October 1946 when she was replaced by Queen Elizabeth. She also held the ‘Blue Riband’ fastest Atlantic crossing award from 1936 to 1937 and then from 1938 to 1952 when she was beaten by the new SS United States.
Looking Down on Everest
1933 Everest was conquered for the first time by plane when 2 specially built British planes made aviation history by flying over the summit. The pilots were the Marquis of Clydesdale and Lieutenant David McIntyre.
1981 Mobs of youths went on the rampage in Brixton, South London, throwing petrol bombs and looting shops. Police harassment over a long period was given as the cause.
The Race that Never Was
1993 The Grand National was declared void after a series of events at the start reduced the world-famous horse race to a shambles. 30 of the 39 riders failed to realise a false start had been called and set off around the racetrack, completing both laps of the course and passing the finish line before they realised their mistake.