Britain's King George IV dies of Gluttony.

1488 Scotland's James IV at 15yrs is crowned king at Scone, he died with Scotland's nobility at the Battle of Flodden Field.

1622 Britain’s deputy governor of Virginia Samuel Argall, who kidnapped Pocahontas, was knighted by King James I.

1629 English explorer Charles Daniel’s ships are driven ashore by a storm in Cape Breton so he builds Fort Saint-Anne.

1657 English Parliament passes an Act for convicting Roman Catholics who refused to attend Church of England services.

1695 Scotland's Darien Company for overseas trading created by an act of the Parliament, sets up a colony in Panama.

1740 British garrison at Fort Mose St. Augustine, Florida, was surprised by the Spanish and virtually annihilated.

1759 Britain's Gen Wolfe guided by Capt. James Cook anchors below Quebec with the largest force ever to cross the Atlantic.

1816 London's Milbank Prison opens as a holding facility for British and Irish prisoners being transported to Australia.

1817 English painter Branwell Brontë, brother of the writer's Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, was born in West Yorkshire.

1824 Irish mathematical engineer William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, whom the Kelvin scale is named, was born in Belfast.

1830 Britain's fattest King, George IV, breakfast 2 pigeons, 3 steaks, a bottle white wine, glass of champagne, and port, died.

1843 Britain declares the Island of Hong Kong which lies at the mouth of the Pearl River a British Crown Colony.

1846 British Parliament’s wish to repeal the Corn Laws and raise wheat prices, caused violent riots and demonstrations

1857 Scottish immigrants die as paddle steamer "Montreal” catches fire and sinks in the St. Lawrence River.

1857 Queen Victoria makes the first investiture of the Victoria Cross on 62 Crimean War veterans in Hyde Park, London.

1876 Irish soldier of fortune in 7th U.S Cavalry Capt. Myles Keogh was killed with Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

1909 London's Victoria and Albert Museum and The Science Museum are opened to the public.

1937 Britain's Ex-King Edward VIII the Duke of Windsor married American divorcee Wallis Simpson in France.

1959 Queen Elizabeth II and Pres. Eisenhower officially opens the St. Lawrence Seaway, from the Atlantic to the Great lakes.

1960 British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains its independence from Britain

1963 Dublin is visited by American President John F. Kennedy as he begins his state visit to Ireland.

1970 Scotland’s Kingston Bridge, carrying the M8 motorway over the River Clyde in Glasgow, is opened by the Queen Mother.

1974 Welsh actor Richard Burton divorced his wife Elizabeth Taylor, then remarries her and divorces her again in 1976

1977 English Yorkshire Ripper kills 16-year-old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald, the first victim who is not a prostitute.

1978 Canada Air Flight 189 to Toronto overruns the runway and crashes into Etobicoke Creek ravine killing 2 passengers.

1986 Ireland's referendum to legalize divorce is defeated, 63.1 percent to 36.3 percent

1989 Canada updates coins with a new portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

1990 Canadian Justice Minister Kim Campbell introduces gun control legislation banning automatic assault weapons.

1991 English Court of Appeal clears the 'Maguire Seven' of running an IRA bomb factory after 15 years in prison.

1996 Irish crime reporter, Veronica Guerin, is shot in her car while in traffic outside Dublin by drug lords.

1997 Princess Diana of Wales dresses were auctioned for more than £2 million in New York.

2000 Irish Republican Army has opened up its arsenal of guns and bombs to outside inspection.

2021 Britain to delay total freedom of movement till July, as the new Indian covid 19 strain is out of control, in the north.

2022 British Train workers go on national strike for more wages due to the rising cost of living.

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