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  • 1619 England and the Netherlands sign treaty about trading in the Indies

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1627 English king Charles I establishes Guyana Company

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1774 Intolerable Acts: Amendment to original Quartering Act enacted, allows governors in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters not provided

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1875 Alexander Graham Bell makes first sound transmission

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1902 British naval officer David Beatty is appointed captain of the cruiser HMS Juno

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • 1910 1st roundtrip flight over English Channel (C S Rolls, England)

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1944 Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bernard Montgomery dine in Portsmouth, England

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, London, England

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1972 Two British soldiers die in an IRA land mine attack near Rosslea, County Fermanagh
  • 1994 Chinook helicopter crashes in North Scotland (29 killed)
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Birthdays in History

  • 1824 Samuel Wilks, British Physician and founding father of clinical science, born in London, England
  • 1904 Frank Runacres, English artist (d. 1
  • 1946 Peter Sutcliffe, English murderer "The Yorkshire Ripper"
  • 1949 Heather Couper, British astronomer and presenter (The Sky at Night). born in Wallesey, England (d. 2020)
  • 1956 Malcolm Garrett, English graphic designer
  • 1957 Mark Lawrenson, English Football Pundit

Deaths in History

  • 1581 James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, regent of Scotland
  • 1693 John Wildman, English soldier and politician
  • 1754 Ebenezer Erskine, Scottish religious dissenter (b. 1680)
  • 1908 Redvers Buller, English general and recipient of the Victoria Cross, dies at 68
  • 1962 Vita Sackville-West, English novelist, poet (The Land) and gardener (Sissinghurst), dies at 70
  • 2000 Gerald Whitrow, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Melita Norwood, British spy (b. 1912)
  • 2013 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (Labour), dies at 86

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