On This Day – Pocahontas and the Pig Race

26 Apr

Watch Out, Pocahontas

1607 Captain John Smith landed at Cape Henry, in Virginia with the first group of colonists who established a permanent English settlement in America.

Love That Doesn’t Dare Speak Its Name

Two men sit on a bench with their legs crossed. Both are well dressed in suits.

1895 The start of the trial of playwright Oscar Wilde who was charged with homosexuality.

Victoria Cross

William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse.jpg

1915 2nd Lt. Rhodes-Moorhouse of the Special Reserve Flying Corps became the first airman to win the Victoria Cross

No Publicity

1923 The marriage of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later ‘the Queen Mother’) to the Duke of York (later King George VI) at Westminster Abbey in London. It was the first royal wedding at the abbey since 1383. The newly formed British Broadcasting Company wanted to record and broadcast the event on radio, but the Abbey Chapter vetoed the idea.

 If We Don’t Succeed We Run The Risk of Failure

David Coleman commentating in the 1970s and more recently (right)

1926 The birth, in Alderley Edge, Cheshire of David Coleman, former sports commentator and TV presenter who worked for the BBC for almost fifty years. In 2000, he was awarded the Olympic Order, the highest honour of the Olympic movement.

Sky at Night


1957 English astronomer Patrick Moore presented the first broadcast of The Sky at Night, on BBC television.

The Turn of the Tide

Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1974

1975 Labour Party members voted by almost 2-1 to leave the EEC, underlining the deep divisions over the issue of Europe. But on 6th June in the same year British voters backed the UK’s continued membership by a large majority in the country’s first nationwide referendum.

Carry On, Sid

1976 The death of Sid James, British based South African actor and comedian. He made his name as Tony Hancock’s co-star in Hancock’s Half Hour and also starred in the popular Carry On films.

The Pig Race

1989 Naas, County Kildare, in Ireland held their first annual pig race watched by over 7,000 people. One punter won £200 on the favourite, Porky’s Revenge, and the bookies handed the remainder of their money to the charity People in Need.

The Last Straw

2000 The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, witnessed nine people being caught attempting to illegally enter the UK as he inspected immigration procedures in Dover.

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