The Black Hole of Calcutta.
1711
Irish surgeon John Holwell, for the John Company, and survivor of the 'Black Hole of Calcutta', was born in Dublin.
1745
Scottish City of Edinburgh is occupied by Jacobites, Bonnie Prince Charlie moved into the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
1759
British forces capture Québec, during the battle both sides’ leaders, James Wolfe and Louis Montcalmar are killed.
1771
Scottish author Tobias Smollett, considered to be Scotland’s first novelist, died in Italy.
1775
Canadian Militia and British Redcoats in St. John's, Newfoundland, come under siege from colonial rebel militia.
1778
British Loyalist's with Mohawk allies, attack colonial rebels at German Flats, NY, burning every house, barn and mill.
1792
Canada's Governor John Graves Simcoe convenes the first meeting of the legislature of Upper Canada.
1798
Ireland's failed catholic revolt, sends 3000 French support troops packing back to the port of Brest, France.
1854
Scottish founder of the Buick Manufacturing Company, David Dunbar Buick was born at 26 Green Street, Arbroath.
1868
Canada's gold mining town of Barkerville is burnt down, when a miner knocks over a stove trying to kiss a bar girl!
1869
Scottish marine engineer and shipbuilder John Elder, who invented the compound steam engine died in London
1877
English photograph pioneer William Fox Talbot, inventor of salted paper and calotype processes, dies in Lacock.
1899
Britain starts to sends troops from Bombay India to Durban, South Africa, to help quell the Boar uprising.
1901
British yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester, who made a solo circumnavigation of the world, was born in Barnstable.
1903
Irish poet and novelist Frank O'Connor, best known for his short stories and memoirs, was born in the City of Cork
1920
Irish former president of Israel, Chaim Herzog who was educated in Dublin, was born in Belfast.
1928
English actor Roddy McDowall, film director, "Planet of the Apes film series", was born in Herne Hill, London.
1929
English racing driver Stirling Moss, “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship" was born in London.
1939
Britains aircraft carrier HMS Courageous, sank in 20 minutes losing 519 of her crew when hit by a U-boats torpedo.
1944
Britain allow lights on buses, trains and at railway stations for the first time since the beginning of WWII in 1939.
1949
Canada's Great Lakes largest luxury steamer, the SS Noronic, burns at the dock in Toronto, killing 130 people.
1956
English solicitor Norman Buckley, breaks world water speed record, in his motorboat, Miss Windermere
1961
London’s Metropolitan Police arrest 1,314 CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) protesters in Trafalgar Sq.
1964
English Pop band the Beatles are paid $150,000 for a concert (Kansas USA)
1976
Irish founders of the Peace Movement, Máiréad Corrigan and Betty Williams, recieve the Nobel Prize for Peace.
1985
Welsh fashion designer characterized by Romantic English designs, Laura Ashley, died in Coventry, West Midlands.
1987
Canadian actor William Shatner from Montreal stars in last episode of TV crime drama T.J. Hooker on CBS.
1993
British National Party’s 1st seat in a by-election in East London, which causes fear in the local Asian community.
1995
Canadian RMP allows medicine man to enter the ranch at Gustafsen Lake, to end armed standoff with native Indians.
2000
Welsh TV personality Paula Yates, former wife of Bob Geldof was found dead from a suspected overdose in London.
2010
Scotland is visited by the Pope Benedict XVI, who celebrated a public Mass at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow.
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