On This Day – Mrs. Fry, No Relation, and the Mad Cow

21 May

Royal Capers

1471 Henry VI, King of England, was murdered in the Tower of London where he had been imprisoned by Edward IV, who then resumed the throne.

Derby Grammar School

1554 A royal Charter was granted to Derby School as a grammar school for boys, by Queen Mary I, in return for a payment of £260 13s 4d, ‘for the instruction and education of boys and youths in the said town of Derby for ever to be maintained by the Bailiffs and Burgesses of the same town.’

Wasn’t She the One Who Brought Tea With Her?

1662 England’s Charles II married Catherine de Braganza, daughter of John IV of Portugal.

Happy Birthday, Your Grace

1736 Francis Egerton, Duke of Bridgwater, and builder of Britain’s first canal was born.

Happy Birthday, Mrs Fry

1780 The birth of Elizabeth Fry, English Quaker and prison reformer who visited Newgate Prison, London in 1813 where over 300 women and their children were living in filthy, overcrowded conditions. From this time, she devoted herself to improving conditions, providing hostels for the homeless and establishing various charitable organizations to help the poor.

The Manchester Ship Canal

1894 The official opening, by Queen Victoria, of the Manchester Ship Canal. At its opening it was the largest river navigation canal in the world. Its designer, Sir Edward Leader Williams, was later knighted

Solo Flight

1932 American Amelia Earhart landed in Derry, Ireland, after taking off from Newfoundland the previous day. It was the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot.

Global Wheat Shortage

1946 A world wheat shortage led to bread rationing in Britain.

Automated Phone Calls

DACs Equipment

1958 Announcement was made that automated telephone connection, making calls easier and cheaper, would be introduced in December.

Cassius Clay

1966 American boxer Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) ended the hopes of British heavyweight champion Henry Cooper winning the world heavyweight titles when the bout was stopped in Round 6 because of a severe cut above Cooper’s eye.

John Major and the Mad Cow 

1996 After the failure of EU representatives to take steps to ease the ban on British beef, John Major announced that the British government would adopt a policy of non co-operation with the EU.


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4 responses to “On This Day – Mrs. Fry, No Relation, and the Mad Cow

  1. texasdruids

    21/05/2012 at 05:38

    Hi Mira. I love your today in history theme! Wish I’d thought of it. Very interesting tidbits!

    • Mira Kolar-Brown

      21/05/2012 at 08:01

      Hi Lynda,
      I love doing it. Some amazing stuff. Did you see the item about High Wycombe yesterday where they traditionally weigh the Lord Mayor to see if he’s getting fat on people’s taxes?

      There’s no reason why you couldn’t do the same. I’m covering only the UK, only occasionally the Commonwealth or any other countries if the event is closely related to the UK. You can choose your own area, smaller if you want to do it weekly or monthly, larger if you want to do it daily.

      Off to have a look at your website.

      • texasdruids

        21/05/2012 at 17:46

        Mira, yes i did see that item. Quite entertaining!

        I’m giving serious thought to your suggestion. Maybe I could do something with Texas history, or womens timeline stuff. I think I have a book on the latter.

        See you. Lyn

      • Mira Kolar-Brown

        23/05/2012 at 05:29

        If you decide to start a new column, please let me know.


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