1497 A rising broke out in Cornwall, provoked by taxation. James Tutchet led an army of 15,000 from Taunton through the southern counties to attack London.
1788 The first daily evening newspaper, the Star and Evening Advertiser, was published in London.
Crab and Winkle Line
1830 The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway (Kent) was opened. Sometimes referred to colloquially as the Crab and Winkle Line, it was the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets. It used cable haulage by stationary steam engines over much of its length, with steam locomotives restricted to the level stretch.
1841 New Zealand was declared a British colony.
1926 Britain’s first General Strike, in support of the miners started. It ended on 12th May.
Clairvoyant Mr. Wells
1934 Science fiction writer H.G.Wells predicted there would be a world war before 1940.
A Knight of the Ring
1934 The birth of boxer Henry Cooper, boxer. He was known for the effectiveness of his left hook, “Enry’s ‘Ammer”, and his knockdown of the young Muhammad Ali. Cooper, who died on 1st May 2011, held the British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight titles several times throughout his career and is the only boxer to have been awarded a knighthood.
1952 Newcastle United became the first team since 1891 to win two FA Cups in succession by beating Arsenal 1-0.
1956 Granada TV broadcast for the first time at 7.30 p.m. With the ending of the BBC’s monopoly on broadcasting, viewers saw their first television advertising and four days later Granada did the first sports outside broadcast.
1968 The first heart transplant in Britain was carried out at the National Heart Hospital in Marylebone, London. It was undertaken on an unnamed 45-year-old man.
2000 The London Stock Exchange and Germany’s Deutsche Boerse merged, creating the world’s second largest stock market.
2007 Three year old Madeleine McCann went missing from her family’s holiday apartment at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz.. To date, she has not been found.