British Redcoats are defeated by Washington's colonial rebel's.

1349 Wales last native-born Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales, Owain Glyndwr, was born in the Welsh Marches.

1386 Henry V was born in Monmouth Castle, hero of the Battle of Agincourt against the French on St Crispin’s Day.

1485 Henry VII established a royal bodyguard called "The Yeoman of the Guard", but popularly known as 'Beefeaters'.

1620 British converted wine ship Mayflower departs with its passengers to begin their new settlement at Plymouth Colony.

1638 Canada (New France) became the personal property of Prince Louis, who at 5yrs becomes French King Louis XIV.

1701 James II, England's last Roman Catholic monarch, died in exile at Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France.

1745 Scottish Jacobite’s in support of James Francis Edward Stuart take Edinburgh without a fight.

1776 British Redcoats are defeated by colonial rebel forces led by George Washington, at the Battle of Harlem Heights.

1779 British expeditionary corps in the city of Savannah comes under siege from French and colonial rebel forces.

1785 English Times editor Thomas Barnes, who did much to improve the newspaper was born in Southwark, London.

1795 British fleet supported by marines at the Battle of Muizenberg, capture the Dutch Cape Colony, South Africa.

1791 King George III demands that all the French coats of arms be removed from the city of Québec’s shield.

1812 Scottish botanist Robert Fortune who smuggled large numbers of tea plants from China to India, is born near Duns 

1839 Scottish explorer Thomas Simpson, after the Arctic Ocean's longest boat voyage, arrives at Coppermine River.

1858 Canadian, Andrew Bonar Law, Britain’s only Prime Minister from the Empire, was born in Kingston, New Brunswick.

1859 Scottish missionary Dr. David Livingstone discovered Lake Nyasa (now Lake Malawi in central Africa).

1865 Irelands Fenian newspaper "The People" ceases publication.

1888 English engineer, Walter Bentley, designer of aero engines and founder of Bentley Motors, was born in Hampstead.

1911 English mountaineer Edward Whymper, who was the first man to climb the Matterhorn, dies in Chamonix France.

1914 Canadian Sir Sam Hughes founds the Aviation Corps; which was to be the forerunner of the RCAF.

1916 Canadian liquor stores and saloons sell out all their stocks, the night before prohibition goes into effect in Ontario.

1931 Scotland's Royal navy base mutiny of 1000.00 sailors over poor pay at Invergordon, comes to an end.  

1932 Welsh actress Millicent “Peg" Entwistle from Port Talbot, jumped of the "H" on the Hollywoodland sign.

1932 British government separate's India's electoral system by caste, causes SA lawyer Gandhi to go on hunger strike

1934 Irish musician Ronnie Drew, folksinger, guitarist and founder of the Dubliners, was born in Dublin.

1939 Canada's 1st escorted ship convoy leaves Halifax for Britain, in formation to protect against German U-Boat attacks.

1941 Britain and Soviet Union invade Iran, and force the Shah to abdicate in favor of his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

1941 Ireland mourns for 16 soldiers who were killed while testing land mines in the Glen of Imaal, Co. Wicklow.

1945 Britain's Admiral Sir Cecil Harcour accepted the surrendered of Hong Kong from the occupying Japans forces.

1953 Irelands Fianna Fáil’s leader Éamon de Valera, met with Britain's P M Churchill for the first time at 10 Downing St.

1960 Scottish speed fanatic Donald Campbell destroyed Bluebird in a crash at 350mph. He was only slightly hurt.

1974 Canada's first female RCMP recruits are sworn into the force as constables in Regina, Saskatchewan.

1978 Britain’s Monty Python's flying circus Film “The Life of Brian", receive an R rating in USA, and is banned in Norway.

1992 Britain’s Black Wednesday, Pound was forced to devalue against the German mark, by currency speculators.

0000 (Unless otherwise indicated, all illustrations are courtesy of Wikipedia)


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