On This Day – The Knight of the Apple and the Kidnap That Never Was

16 Apr

The Knight of the Apple

Head and shoulders portrait of man in black with shoulder-length grey hair, a large sharp nose, and an abstracted gaze

1705 Queen Anne of England knighted the scientist Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Bonnie Prince Charlie

1746 Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) was defeated at the Battle of Culloden Moor by an English Army under the the command of William, Duke of Cumberland. The bloody battle earned the Duke the name ‘Butcher Cumberland’. The Young Pretender Charles Stuart escaped and.was later helped by Flora Macdonald to flee the country.

And Another Charlie

1889 Charlie Chaplin, English-born film actor and director was born.


1918 Spike Milligan, English comedian and writer was born. One of his famous sayings: ‘All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy’..

Rule Britannia

HMY Britannia.jpg

1953 Queen Elizabeth II launched the Royal Yacht Britannia at Clydeside. It was used by the British Royal Family for state visits and diplomatic missions for the next 45 years.

The Great Train Robbery

Ronnie Biggs in Brazil in 1981

1964 Twelve members of the Great Train Robbery gang were sentenced, to a total of 307 years.

Sing Little Birdie

Oystercatcher nest. ©Rob Ballinger/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

1997 A DNA data base for birds was launched, to deter thieves from stealing valuable eggs.

The Kidnap That Never Was

Freed: Karen Matthews has been released from jail after serving just half her eight year sentence

2008 It was announced that Karen Matthews (aged 32, from Dewsbury) was to stand trial alongside Michael Donovan, charged with the kidnapping and false imprisonment of her 9 year old daughter Shannon who disappeared on 19 February.

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