Happy St. George’s Day
The National Day of England.
Not Just Another Piece of Underwear
1348 The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III. It is the highest order of chivalry, or knighthood, existing in England. The order is dedicated to the image and arms of St. George as England’s patron saint. Membership to the order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than twenty-four ‘members, or companions.’
Birth and Death of the Bard
1564 The birth of poet & playwright William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He died on his 52nd birthday in 1616
Return of the King
1661 Charles II was crowned King of England, completing the restoration of the monarchy. His father, Charles I, had been beheaded by Oliver Cromwell following the Civil War.
1775 J M W Turner, English painter was born. He was one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting.
No More Daffodils
1850 William Wordsworth, English poet, died. For almost 9 years he lived and wrote at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria.
A Birthday Present
1879 The first Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford-upon-Avon, and in 1932 the New Shakespeare Memorial Theatre was opened by the Prince of Wales.
1968 The first decimal coins appeared in Britain – the 5p and 10p pieces which replaced the 1 shilling and 2 shilling coins
Our Man in Riyadh
1980 The British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia was expelled from the country following the broadcast on British TV of the documentary ‘Death of a Princess’. It depicted the life and execution of a Saudi Arabian Princess found guilty of committing adultery.
Only Fools and Horses
2011 The death of John Sullivan, the television scriptwriter responsible for several popular British sitcoms, including Only Fools and Horses, Citizen Smith and Just Good Friends.