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Postby chenrezig » 06 Aug 2016, 06:47

1504 Matthew Parker, archbishop of Canterbury was born. He had an extremely long nose and was extremely inquisitive, hence the expression 'Nosy Parker'.

1623 Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare died.

1809 Alfred Tennyson, English poet was born. He is the second most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, (after Shakespeare). Tennyson wrote a number of phrases that have become commonplaces of the English language, including "Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all", and "Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die".

1844 The first UK press telegram was sent, to The Times, announcing the birth of Prince Alfred to Queen Victoria.

1880 In a remarkable race at the Astley Stakes in Lewes, East Sussex, 5 of the 9 horses passed the winning post virtually simultaneously. The judge declared a triple dead heat for first place, with a double dead heat for fourth.

1881 Sir Alexander Fleming, scientist, Scottish bacteriologist was born.

1889 The Savoy Hotel in London was opened.

1914 World War I: The first Battle of the Atlantic took place On This Day. Two days after war had been declared war on Germany over their invasion of Belgium, ten German U-boats left their base in Helgoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North Sea.

1922 The birth of Sir Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur, best known for founding Laker Airways in 1966. He was one of the first airline owners to adopt the 'no-frills' airline business model.

1934 Chris Bonington, British mountaineer was born. His career included nineteen expeditions to the Himalayas, including four to Mount Everest and the first ascent of the south face of Annapurna, in Nepal.

1949 The 'acid bath murderer' John Haigh was executed. He was convicted of the murders of six people, although he claimed to have killed a total of nine, dissolving their bodies in concentrated sulphuric acid before forging papers in order to sell their possessions and collect substantial sums of money.

1962 Jamaica became independent, after being a British colony for 300 years.

1971 Chay Blyth became the first to sail the world solo, non-stop, in the "wrong" direction i.e. east to west - against the prevailing winds and currents. His journey took 292 days.

1976 The government passed the Drought Act to combat the continued UK drought.

1987 SDP leader Dr David Owen resigned after members of his party voted to merge with the Liberals.

1990 Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council ordered a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

2009 The funeral service took place at Wells Cathedral for Britain's last World War I veteran Harry Patch, aged 111.
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