The Apostle of Germany
755 English missionary Boniface, ‘the Apostle of Germany’, was murdered in Germany by unbelievers, along with 53 of his companions.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Adams
1819 Birth of John Couch Adams, English mathematician and astronomer who discovered the planet Neptune on 3rd July 1841.
1829 HMS Pickle, a schooner of 5 guns , was involved in the suppression of the slave trade, and achieved fame for capturing the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba.
1900 Boer War: British troops captured and occupied Pretoria, the capital of the Transvaal.
RIP, Lord Kitchener
1916 World War I: British General Lord Kitchener drowned when HMS Hampshire hit a mine off the Orkney Islands during a storm and sank en route to Russia. There were no survivors.
Free Coffee and Croissants
1944 World War II: A cafe in the French town of Benouville was the first place to be liberated from German occupation when British paratroopers seized control of a vital canal bridge in advance of the main Allied D-Day landings in Normandy the following morning on 6th June.
The Profumo Affair
1963 Secretary of State for War, John Profumo resigned, admitting he lied to Parliament about his relationship with a call girl, Christine Keeler, the reputed mistress of an alleged Soviet spy. His resignation damaged the reputation of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s government and Macmillan himself resigned a few months later due to ill health.
1964 Blue Streak became Britain’s first rocket, taking her into the space age. The 69 ft rocket was launched at Woomera, Australia and was a simplified civilian version that had been designed for research and satellite launching purposes. Blue Streak had originally been planned as Britain’s first nuclear weapon carrier but was scrapped due to costs.
RIP, the Duke of Windsor
1972 World leaders attended the funeral in Windsor of the former King Edward VIII who abdicated in 1936.
1993 The Holbeck Hall Hotel in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, fell into the sea following a landslide, making news around the world.
2007 The new Olympics 2012 logo received a ‘mauling’ when it was unveiled to the public. The logo, which took a year to design was designed to ‘engage with young people and excite sponsors’ said the London 2012 chairman, Sebastian Coe.
The Second Diamond Jubilee
2012 The day was declared a Bank Holiday to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. It was the final day of 4 days of celebration to honour 60 years of the Queen as our monarch. It has been 115 years since the United Kingdom last celebrated a royal Diamond Jubilee (that was Queen Victoria’s) and it may be another century or more before there is another.