Happy Valentine Day.
1318
Queen Margaret of France consort of England's King Edward I, dies in Marlborough Castle, Wiltshire.
1400
Richard II dies most likely from starvation in Pontefract Castle, West Yorkshire on the orders of Henry Bolingbroke.
1477
England's oldest Valentine's Day message "Be my olde Valentine" was from Margery Brews to John Paston in Norfolk
1565
Scotland’s Mary Queen of Scots first met her future husband Lord Darnley, but he was not the man she had hoped for.
1629
Irish physician Valentine Greatrakes or Greatorex known as the 'touch doctor' was born in Co. Waterford.
1744
English mathematician John Hadley inventor of the octant a precursor to the sextant dies in Hertfordshire.
1761
British Red Coat's and their Hessen allied forces were unopposed when they took Fort Michilimackinac, Michigan.
1779
British Loyalist militia on their way to Augusta are ambushed by colonial rebels at Battle of Kettle Creek, Georgia.
1779
English explorer Capt. James Cook is killed by a spear thrown by a Native near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii.
1792
Irish pianist, composer and teacher John Field gives his first public performance at the Rotunda in Dublin
1797
British Fleet under Admiral John Jervis and Captain Horatio Nelson defeat The Spanish fleet off Cape St. Vincent.
1852
London’s children’s hospital in Great Ormond Street opens, funded by the rights to J. M. Barrie's Stories of Pete Pan.
1858
Scottish geologist-explorer Joseph Thomson, an important player in the "Scramble for Africa", was born near Thornhill
1876
Scottish inventor, scientist, and teacher of the deaf Alexander Graham Bell patented (174461) the telephone.
1878
Irish cultural enthusiast Daniel Corkery, writer and critic was born in Cork.
1890
Welsh artist Nina Hamnett, known as the Queen of Bohemia an expert on sailors' chanteys was born in Tenby.
1900
Britain sends 20,000 troops to invade the Orange Free State during the Second Boer War in South Africa.
1918
Canadian Orphanage of the Gray Nuns in Montreal catches fire and kills 64 children trapped inside.
1929
Scottish Doctor Alexander Fleming discovers Penicillin after leaving a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered.
1946
Britain's Prime Minister Clement Atlee nationalizer’s The Bank of England.
1949
Canada's asbestos miners Labour dispute begins, marking the beginning of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec.

 

1966
Australia introduces its first decimal currency postage stamps.
1975
English novelist P.G Wodehouse, creator of the incompetent Bertie Wooster and butler Jeeves, dies in Southampton.
1981
Dublin’s Stardust Ballroom in Artane goes up in flames; 48 young people are killed and more than 100 are injured
1984
English singer Sir Elton John marries Renate Blauel in Sydney Australia.
2000
Irish soldiers are killed in a tragic road accident in South Lebanon, while on a peace keeping mission for the UN.
2002
Irish Departments of Agriculture, advised pregnant women to avoid contact with sheep at lambing time.
2003
Britain's first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep was put down after being diagnosed as not being very well.
2003
Irish striking National Bus and Rail Workers in Cork, cause disruption for hundreds of train and coach passengers.
2006
British M.P's vote to ban smoking from all pubs and clubs in England, it will take effect in summer 2007.
2006
Britains banking system introduces Chip and PIN numbers to its credit debit cards.
2014
English help clean Devon beach of 1000's of cigarettes from a container lost overboard in Bay of Biscay storm.
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