Happy Birthday, Your Majesty
1926 Queen Elizabeth II was born.
Lock Up Your Daughters Henry
1509 Henry VIII became King of England following the death of his father, Henry VII.
1689 William III and Mary II were crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Ah, Mr. Rochester!
1816 Charlotte Bronte, eldest of the three literary sisters, was born. Her publisher rejected her first novel, ‘The Professor,’ but she went on to write her masterpiece, ‘Jane Eyre’.
1907 Political clubs in Ireland merged to form the Sinn Fein League.
I’m Ready for My Close-Up
1934 The “Surgeon’s Photograph”, the most famous photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, was published in the Daily Mail. (In 1999, it was revealed to be a hoax.)
1916 Roger Casement, the Irish-born British consular official, landed in Ireland from a German submarine prepared to lead the Sinn Fein rebellion, but was arrested as the ‘Easter Uprising’ took place. The rebellion against the British in Dublin reached its worst level as Irish republicans took over sections of the city, while a Royal Navy gunboat bombarded them from the River Liffey.
The Red Barron
1918 Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the legendary German ace pilot who had destroyed 80 Allied aircraft, was shot down by an RAF fighter and died from the crash behind British lines. He was known as the ‘Red Baron’ because of his distinctive red Fokker tri-plane.
The Trouble in Panama
1959 English ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn was jailed for a day in Panama while the police looked for her Panamanian husband, accused of plotting a coup.
Through the Round Window
1964 BBC television launched Playschool as the opening programme of their second channel. BBC2 actually opened a day late due to a major power failure the previous day.
1983 One pound coins replaced notes in England and Wales.