Start of the Battle of Bannockburn.
1314 Scotland’s Robert the Bruce’s battle for Independence from England, starts at Bannockburn and rages for two days.

1650 Scottish port of Garmouth, receives Charles II from Holland where he signed the Covenant and the Solemn League.

1661 Charles II signs a wedding contract with Portuguese Catherine of Braganza, getting £300,000 and 7 Indian islands.

1683 English Quaker William Penn signed a treaty with the Indian chiefs, to ensure peace in his new colony of Pennsylvania.

1704 Irish Catholic priests are required by British law to register in court and furnish two £50 bonds for good behavior.

1713 Britain gives French residents of Acadia one year to declare allegiance to the crown or leave Nova Scotia forever.

1725 Scotland's city of Glasgow riots over the English parliament’s-imposed taxes on Scottish malt.

1757 British troops, led by Robert Clive, defeat the Nawab of Bengal at the Battle of Plessey, starting Britain’s hold on India.

1776 Britain's Royal Navy, of the coast of South Carolina, prepares to attack Charleston, on the next day's flood tide.

1777 Irish founding father of the Argentine navy, William Brown, was born in Foxford, Co. Mayo.

1798 Irish southern rebel column captures Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny and camps at Bunreagh. 

1802 Irish political leader Daniel O'Connell secretly marries his cousin, Mary O'Connell.

1812 Britain revokes the restrictions on American commerce, thus eliminating one of the chief reasons for going to war.

1823 English engineers George and Robert Stephenson open their locomotive foundry on Forth Banks, Newcastle upon Tyne.

1825 Ireland's successful novelist Annie French Hector, who wrote under the pseudonym Mrs. Alexander, was born in Dublin.

1832 Scottish geologist Sir James Hall from Dunglass, founder of geochemistry dies at 132 George Street Edinburgh.

1838 Irish philanthropist Sir James Gildea, co-founder of St. John Ambulance Association, was born in Kilmaine, Co. Mayo.

1839 English leader of the 1st archaeological expedition to the Holy Land, Lady Hester Stanhope, dies in poverty in Lebanon.

1840 British Parliament passes the Act of Union, for the union of Upper and Lower Canada under a single government.

1876 Scottish marine engineer Robert Napier, often remembered as "The Father of Clyde Shipbuilding." dies in Argyll.

1894 Edward VIII, who abdicated to marry American divorcée Mrs. Simpson, was born at White Lodge, Richmond, Surrey.

1925 British Royal Navy fires on Hong Kong striking dock workers and their Soviet advisors protesting British imperialism.

1939 Irelands Government declared that membership of the IRA (Irish Republican Army) to be illegal.

1942 Canada armed forces start conscription for Second World War home land defense service.

1951 British Spy’s Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean fled to Moscow, just before police could arrest them for spying.

1965 Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Canada with the Queen Mother for a five-day visit.

1975 Canadian tour of rocker Alice Cooper comes to a screaming halt when he falls off stage in Vancouver, breaking 6 ribs.

1986 Britain’s Brighton bomber Patrick Magee, was found guilty, and was jailed for a minimum of 35 years.

1994 Queen Elizabeth’s former Royal Yacht Britannia, the 83rd such vessel since of King Charles II was sold for scrap metal.

1997 Dianna Princess of Wales made a public apology for taking her two sons, to see a 15 and above certificated film. 

1998 Irish Actress Maureen O'Sullivan who played Jane in Tarzan opposite Johnny Weissmuller’s died in Scottsdale, Arizona

1998 Ireland’s President Mary McAleese meets President Bill Clinton for the first time in the Oval Office. 

2014 Queen Elizabeth II, opened west London Heathrow Airports new £2.5bn Terminal 2 building.

2016 Britain voted to leave the European Union of 28 member countries.

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

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