On This Day – Seven Islands of Bombay and Two Singles to Moscow

23 Jun

Seven Islands of Bombay

1661 A marriage contract was signed between Charles II of England and Portuguese Catherine of Braganza. Catherine’s dowry secured to England Tangier, the Seven islands of Bombay, trading privileges and two million Portuguese crowns (about £300,000).

What William Penn Penned

1683 William Penn, the English Quaker, signed a treaty with the Indian chiefs of the Lenni Lenade Tribe in an attempt to ensure peace in his new American colony, Pennsylvania.

Foundations of the Raj

1757 British troops, commanded by Robert Clive, won the Battle of Plassey in Bengal – laying the foundations of the British Empire in India.

Happy Birthday, Duke of Windsor

Edward wearing a top hat and bow tie

1894 Birth of Edward, Duke of Windsor who was King Edward VIII from 20th January to 10th December 1936 before abdicating to marry twice-divorced Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson.


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1939 The Government of Eire declared membership of the IRA (Irish Republican Army) to be illegal.

Musical Bullets

Music While You Work

1940 The BBC’s Music While You Work programme was first broadcast on radio to brighten up the lives of munitions workers doing boring factory jobs.

Of All I Survey

Battle of France collage

1940 World War II: German leader Adolf Hitler surveyed newly defeated Paris in German occupied France.

The Accident

1942 Germany’s latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf Fw 190, was captured intact when it mistakenly landed at RAF Pembrey in Wales.

Two Singles to Moscow

1951 Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, missing diplomats, fled to the USSR as Russian spies before the British authorities had the opportunity to arrest them for spying. They ‘surfaced’ in Moscow in 1956.

The Return of Great Britain

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1970 The world’s first all-metal liner, Brunel’s ‘Great Britain’ returned to Bristol from the Falkland Islands where it had lain rusting since 1886.

Flight 182

1985 A terrorist bomb aboard Air India flight 182 brought down a Boeing 747 off the coast of Ireland killing all 329 people aboard.

The Brighton Bomb

Brighton bomber Patrick Magee defiant at Commons reception

1986 Brighton bomber Patrick Magee, found guilty of planting the bomb at the Grand Hotel, Brighton during the Conservative Party Conference in 1983, was jailed for a minimum of 35 years.

For Sale or Scrap

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1994 It was announced that the Royal Yacht Britannia would be sold or scrapped.

Under Age 

Princes William and Harry

1997 Diana, Princess of Wales apologized for taking her two sons, Princes William and Harry, to see the 15 certificated film The Devil’s Own, about an IRA assassin.


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