John Milton dictates to his 3 daughters.

1165 Scotland's Malcolm IV, called Malcolm the Maiden, died unmarried at the age of 24 at Jedburgh Castle, Roxburghshire.

1165 Scotland’s William the Lion (William mac Eanric) also known as Garbh, "the Rough" became King upon Malcolm IV death

1561 London's Virginia Co member Sir Edwin Sandy, who sent women to the colonies to keep the men working, dies in Kent.

1608 English poet, John Milton, (Paradise Lost) a civil servant under Oliver Cromwell, was born in Cheapside, London.

1688 Scottish mob rose up, determined to cleanse Edinburgh of the roman catholic Jesuit 'threat', it spreads across Scotland. 

1755 Canada's first post office opens in Halifax, with the Cunard Line carrying its subsidized mail to and from Great Britain.

1775 British redcoats are defeated at the battle of Great Bridge by colonial rebels, thus ending the Crown's control of Virginia.

1783 London's new Newgate Prison carries out its first criminal execution, instead of at the old sight at Tyburn gallows.

1791 Irish politician and diplomat, Sir Thomas Wyse, who married Princess Letizia Bonaparte was born in County, Waterford.

1793 British colonial Noah Webster established New York City's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva.

1814 English locksmith Joseph Bramah, who invented the hydraulic press and the beer-pump handle, dies in London.

1851 Canada’s YMCA the first in North America, was founded by Captain Thomas Valentine Sullivan in Montreal.

1856 British forces take position of the Iranian commercial port and city of Bushehr after accepting its surrender.

1854 English poet Lord Alfred Tennyson publishes, the Charge of the Light Brigade “. Theirs not to reason why, theirs is etc. 

1861 Irish language scholar John O'Donovan, from Attateemore in the parish of Kilcolumb, County Kilkenny, dies in Dublin.

1917 British and commonwealth allied forces led by Field Marshal Allenby captures Jerusalem, Palestine.

1934 English film and TV actress Dame Judi Dench, (Sky fall, The Best Exotic Marigold, Calendar Girls) was born in York.

1941 British Special Operations Executive (SOE) opens a Camp for spies and special operatives in Whitby Ontario.

1944 English singer and songwriter Neil Innes, (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles) was born in Danbury, Essex.

1945 Irish writer John Banville, a man with dark humour, adapter of dramas and screenwriter, was born in Wexford.

1956 Canada Air North Star Flight 810 crashes on Mt. Selesse, near Hope, British Columbia, killing all 62 people on board.

1959 English spree killer John Scripps, the first Briton to be given the death penalty in Singapore, was born in Hertfordshire.

1960 Britain’s BBC airs the first episode of the world's longest-running television soap opera Coronation Street.

1961 Britain gives the former German East Africa African colony of Tanganyika its independence.

1969 Canadian actor Sebastian Spence, (Rick Ryder in Canadian TV series Sophie), was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

1973 Irish and British authorities sign the Sunningdale Agreement, to establish a power-sharing Northern Ireland.

1992 Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales announced that they are separating.

1994 Irelands Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army's political wing, held its first formal talks with Britain in over 70 years.

2000 Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern arrives for the third day of the European Summit in Nice.

2005 Queen Elizabeth II met Irelands President Mary McAleese, in Belfast first British monarch and Irish leader to do so.

2010 Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are attacked by students in London while driving in their Rolls-Royce Phantom VI.

2012 English amateur astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, BBC monocle wearing broadcaster "The Sky at night", dies in Sussex. 

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