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Postby chenrezig » 26 May 2016, 06:22

604 St. Augustine, the first archbishop of Canterbury died.

1670 Charles II and Louis XIV signed a secret treaty in Dover, ending hostilities between England and France.

1733 John Kay, assistant to Richard Arkwright, patented the 'Flying Shuttle' to operate on Arkwright's cotton spinning frame.

1798 Income Tax was introduced into Britain - a 10% tax on all incomes over £200 a year.

1868 In the last public execution in England, Irish terrorist Michael Barrett was hanged outside Newgate Prison for causing an explosion in London which left 13 dead.

1897 Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker was published. The town of Whitby has associations with Bram Stoker, as he based much of his Dracula novel here whilst staying in Whitby in 1890.

1904 The birth, in Wigan, of George Formby, English singer and comedian. He was famous for his comic songs, full of double entendre, to his own accompaniment on the banjo ukulele.

1913 Emily Duncan became Britain's first woman magistrate.

1913 The birth of Peter Cushing, known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the distinguished-looking but sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing.

1936 In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, Tommy Henderson began speaking on the Appropriation Bill, a government measure which applied spending to each department and service. By the time he sat down in the early hours of the following morning, he had spoken for an incredible 10 hours. At that point it was the longest speech in any British legislature.

1940 At 18:57 the signal was received to start 'Operation Dynamo', the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and French troops from Dunkirk's beaches. Besides the efforts of the Royal Navy, 700 small ships were assembled in Sheerness dockyard before making the hazardous crossing to Dunkirk. In total, 338,226 troops were safely returned to England between 27th May and 4th June

1950 Long queues appeared at garages and motorists tore their ration books into confetti after the end to petrol rationing.

1969 Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono staged a public 'bed in' for world peace - staying in bed for a week in a hotel in Montreal.

1972 State-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son was sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.

1989 The BBC broadcast the 10,000th episode of the daily radio serial The Archers.

1998 Emperor Akihito of Japan spoke of his "deep sorrow and pain" over the suffering inflicted by his country during World War II, but war veterans felt he did not go far enough and turned their backs on him.

1999 Manchester United became the first British club to win the European Cup for 15 years, beating Bayern Munich 2-1 in the final in Barcelona. This gave them the coveted 'treble' - the Premier League, the FA Cup and the European Cup.

2012 The seemingly never-ending task of painting the Forth Bridge was finally completed, following a 10-year

programme of work and 240,000 litres of 'epoxy glass plate paint' that should last for 20 years. More than 1,500 people worked on the bridge during its restoration, with as many as 400 workers on the bridge in a single day at the peak of activity.

2014 Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg rejected calls for him to stand down, after the party's worst European election result for 25 years. The Liberal Democrats lost all but one of their 12 MEPs.
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