Thomas à Becket
1162 Thomas à Becket was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury.
1657 The death of William Harvey, the English physician who described the circulation of the blood.
The Lowestoft. Victory
1665 James Stuart, Duke of York (later to become King James II of England) defeated the Dutch fleet off the coast of Lowestoft.
The First Methodist Chapel
1739 The opening of the first Methodist Chapel in Britain – in Bristol.
The Opium Wars
1839 In Humen, (China) 1.2 million kg of opium were confiscated from British merchants, providing Britain with a justification to open hostilities, resulting in the First Opium War.
The Queen’s Grandfather
1865 The birth of George V, King of England from 1910 to 1936 who married Princess May of Teck (Queen Mary) in 1893. He ruled during the First World War and changed the family name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor in 1917.
1931 The Baird Company televised the Epsom Derby, which was transmitted by the BBC.
1937 The Duke of Windsor, (the abdicated King Edward VIII), married American divorcee Mrs Wallis Simpson, privately in a château near Tours, France.
1940 World War II: The Battle of Dunkirk ended with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat.
Farewell, Mr. Ransome
1967 The death of Arthur Ransome, author best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children’s books.
No Sex Please, We’re British
1971 The London opening of “No Sex Please, We’re British” starring Michael Crawford. It became the longest-running comedy in theatre history before closing on 5th September, 1987.
Record of Records
1978 The Guinness Book of Records entered the record books as the most-stolen book from British libraries.
Farewell, Mr. Morley
1992 The death of Robert Morley, (CBE) the English actor who was usually cast as a pompous English gentleman representing the Establishment.