1093 The new Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire was dedicated. The Grade 1 listed cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in England, with the longest nave and overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe.
Great Western’s Maiden Voyage
1838 The day before his 32nd birthday, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s 236 ft steamship Great Western sailed from Bristol on her maiden voyage to New York. The journey took 15 days, half the time of the fastest sailing ship. She became the first steamship to make regular Atlantic crossings.
The Marquess of Lansdowne
1904 Britain and France settled their foreign affairs differences with a newly negotiated ‘Entente Cordiale’. Britain recognised the Suez Canal Convention and surrendered its claim to Madagascar.
Come Hither Loans
1925 The Australian Government and the British Colonial Office offered low interest loans to encourage Britons to borrow the money to emigrate to Australia.
Demise of the League of Nations
1946 The League of Nations held its last meeting in Geneva before dissolution. It was replaced by the United Nations (UN).
Barbara’s George Cross
1968 BOAC Flight 712 bound for Sydney caught fire shortly after take off from London Heathrow Airport. As a result of her heroic actions in the accident which claimed her life, Barbara Jane Harrison, a British air stewardess, was awarded a posthumous George Cross, the only GC awarded to a woman in peacetime.
1997 The results of the first ultrasonic scan of the front of the Titanic revealed a series of six short slits as the principal damage to the ship after it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic in 1912.