On This Day

Today in British History UK Flag

Events in History

Historic Event

1746 "Bonnie Prince Charlie", Prince Charles Edward Stuart's troops occupy Stirling, Scotland [OS=Jan 8]

  • 1806 United Kingdom re-occupies the Cape of Good Hope following victory in the Battle of Blaauwberg over French vassal, the Batavian Republic. Establishes British rule in South Africa.

Historic Siege

1812 Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo

  • 1839 Aden conquered by British East India Company
  • 1885 Battle of Abu Kru (Battle of Gubat), Sudan: British Desert Column defeat Mahdist forces: 121 British and untold Mahdists killed
  • 1903 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England

First Air Raid on Britain

1915 World War I: 4 people in Norfolk are killed in the 1st German Zeppelin air raid attack on the United Kingdom

Agreement of Interest

1923 UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Stanley Baldwin and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon agree to reschedule repayment of Britain's $4.5 billion war debt over 62 years

  • 1927 British government decides to send troops to China
  • 1941 British offensive in Eritrea
  • 1941 British troops occupies Kassalaf, Sudan

Historic Event

1968 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill calls for "a new endeavour by organisations in Northern Ireland to cross denominational barriers and advance the cause of better community relations"

  • 2013 Four climbers are killed by an avalanche in Glen Coe, Scotland
More British History

Birthdays in History

  • 1544 Francis II, King of France (1559-60) and husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, born in Ch√Ęteau de Fontainebleau, France (d. 1560)

James Watt

1736 James Watt, Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer and chemist (steam engine), born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1819)

  • 1922 Ken Hughes, director (Casino Royale), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1924 Henry Herbert, 7th earl of Carnarvon, English peer and racing manager to the Queen, born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1925 Nina [Mary] Bawden, English author (Afternoon of a Good Woman), (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Colin Gunton, British theologian (d. 2003)
  • 1946 Julian Barnes, English writer (Before She Met Me, The Sense of an Ending), born in Leicester, England
  • 1984 Euan Blair, eldest son of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, born in London, United Kingdom

Deaths in History

  • 1729 William Congreve, English dramatist (Love for Love), dies at 58
  • 1757 Thomas Ruddiman, Scottish classical scholar (b. 1674)
  • 1785 Jonathan Toup, English classical scholar and critic (b. 1713)
  • 1885 Fred Burnaby, English colonel/balloon pioneer, dies in battle
  • 1987 Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92

Famous British People