The Knight of the Apple
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’..
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
1964 Twelve members of the Great Train Robbery gang were sentenced, to a total of 307 years.
Sing Little Birdie
1997 A DNA data base for birds was launched, to deter thieves from stealing valuable eggs.
The Kidnap That Never Was
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.