On This Day – Aldaniti’s Champion and Lenny the Lion’s Heart

04 Apr

My Lord Francis


1581 Queen Elizabeth I knighted Francis Drake aboard his ship the Golden Hind at Deptford after his circumnavigation of the world.


Battle of Naseby.jpg

1660 The ‘Declaration of Breda ‘ was proclaimed by King Charles II in which he promised a general pardon for crimes committed during the English Civil War.

All About Dogs

1873 The Kennel Club was founded. It is the oldest, recognized kennel club in the world and was the first official registry of purebred dogs in the world. Its role is to act as governing body for various canine activities including dog shows, dog agility and working trials.

Cat’s Eyes

Percy Shaw supervising the cat's eye production process

1934 Yorkshireman Percy Shaw laid the first “cats’ eyes” along the centre of the road at an accident black spot near Bradford

The North Atlantic Affair

1949 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established by 12 Western states including Great Britain. The military alliance provided for a collective self-defence against Soviet aggression and greatly increased American influence in Europe.

Put Down That Nuke 

Bertrand Russell

1958 The first Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) protest march left Hyde Park in London towards Aldermaston in Berkshire.

 Aldaniti’s Champion

Glory day: Bob Champion brings home Aldaniti to a famous triumph in 1981

1981 An emotional Aintree saw Bob Champion win the Grand National on Aldaniti. Champion, suffering from cancer, had been given eight months to live, while Aldaniti, who had led all the way, had been plagued with tendon problems and a broken back.

The Eviction

1984 The women from the main peace camp at Greenham Common in Berkshire were evicted, but said it would not end their protest against nuclear weapons being sited at the RAF base.

Good Bye, Hong Kong

A panorama overlooking the skyscrapers of Hong Kong at night, with Victoria Harbour in the background

1985 Royal Assent was given for the Bill to hand Hong Kong to China in 1997



1988 The British TV soap opera ‘Crossroads’ came to an end after 24 years with the transmission of the last of its 4,510 episodes.

The Story of a Small Island

1997 The residents of Eigg, a small island off the west coast of Scotland, bought their island with help from an anonymous English millionairess, after an eight-month ownership battle.

Lenny the Lion’s Heart


2007 The death of ventriloquist Terry Hall. He appeared regularly on television with his puppet, Lenny the Lion and is credited as being one of the first ventriloquists to use a non-human puppet.

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