King Henry VIII fired the Pope and takes a new wife.
1530
Henry VIII's declared himself (not the Pope) head of the English church after the Pope denied his divorce request.
 
1671
Scottish folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor, (Rob Roy) was born at Glengyle, at the head of Loch Katrine in Stirling.
 
1744
Scotland founds the world's first club in Leith, by the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.
 
1774
Britain closes the Colonial port of Boston to all commerce, due to local unrest and their refusal to pay taxes.
 
1778
English explorer Captain James Cook reports the sighting of Yaquina Bay off the coast of Oregon.
 
1802
English sculptor, Edwin Henry Landseer, known for the lions in London’s Trafalgar Square, was born in London.
 
1804
Britain's Royal Horticultural Society is founded by John Wedgwood, son of pottery manufacturer Josiah Wedgwood.
 
1864
Irish Archbishop Paul Cullen issues a pastoral for St. Patrick's Day denouncing Fenianism.
 
1866
Canadian military goes on high alert after Fenians hold a meeting in New York and threaten invasion on St. Patrick's Day.
 
1876
Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the telephone.
 
1900
Canadians engage Boers in an artillery fight at Poplar Grove, SA, but the British cavalry failed to follow up, so the Boers fled.
 
1902
British forces receive their biggest defeat in the 2nd Boer War, at the Battle of Tweebosch from the Boer commandos.
 
1920
Irish novelist and children's writer Éilis Dillon, whose works have been translated into 14 languages, was born in Galway.
 
1921
Irish Mayor of Limerick, George Clancy is shot and killed in his home by disguised members of the Black and tan.
 
1926
London sends the first transatlantic telephone call to New York.
 
1930
English Photographer, Lord Snowdon, Anthony Armstrong Jones, Princess Margaret's Ex-husband, is born in London.
 
1942
English actor Michael York, Logan's Run, Cabaret, The Heat of the Day, was born in Gerrard’s Cross, Buckinghamshire
 
1946
English musician Matthew Fisher, organ player for Procol Harumon's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" was born in Croydon.
 
1949
Welsh portrait and landscape artist Francis Dodd, a trustee of the Tate Gallery, dies in Blackheath, London.
 
1965
Canadian Roman Catholic churches are allowed to celebrate Mass in English or French for the first time.
 
1968
Britains BBC TV broadcasts its first news program in Colour.
 
1969
Canadian FLQ terrorist Pierre-Paul Geoffroy pleads guilty to 129 charges of placing bombs, and having dynamite;
 
1969
London’s new Victoria Underground line is opened by Queen Elizabeth II.
 
1975
English heiress Lesley Whittle, who was missing for 52 days was strangled by Donald Nielson and left in a drain shaft.
 
1984
British Foreign Officer and Russian secret agent, Donald Maclean who escaped to the Soviet Union died in Moscow.
 
1988
Irish Republican army confirms that the 3 people shot dead on Gibraltar, were members of an active service unit.
 
1989
Britain and Iran break diplomatic relations, over Salman Rushdie and his controversial novel, "The Satanic Verses".
 
1990
London’s House of Fraser Stores (including Harrods) is bought by the Egyptian Fayed brothers for £615m.
 
2005
Canadian border with the USA is reopened after being closed due to mad cow disease.
 
2007
British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected.
 
2021
Britain has 124,654 deaths to-date but has 1st time inoculated over 23,335,514 people, and 1,122,402 second shots.
 
2021
Britain still bans American travelers, who now have 524,668 dead, and a national vaccine shortage!
 
2021
Britains Duke and Duchess of Sussex upset the Royal Household with their USA TV interview with Oprah Winfrey
 
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