2nd August New Message from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

1100
William the Conqueror's son, William II (Rufus the Red) is mistaken for a deer, and killed by an arrow in the New Forest!
 
1511
Scotland’s High Admiral and privateer, Andrew Barton, was captured by the English in a sea-battle and beheaded.
 
1520
English mercenary Thomas Stukley, who fought for France, Ireland and Morocco, was born in Affeton Castle, in Devon.
 
1610
English explorer Henry Hudson thinking he was past the Northwest Passage to Pacific Ocean called it Hudson Bay.
 
1696
Scotland’s 5th Laird of Glenlyon Robert Campbell, one of the Glencoe Massacre leaders, dies in poverty in Bruges.
 
1784
London’s first specially-built Royal Mail coach began its scheduled service to and from Bristol.
 
1786
Scottish fur trader James Strange, collects furs from Nootka Indians along Canada's BC coast and sells them in China.
 
1788
English portrait painter Thomas Gainsborough (Blue boy), dies in London and is interred at St. Anne's Church, Kew.
 
1820
Irish physicist John Tyndall, who discovered why the sky is blue, is born in Leighlin Bridge, Co. Carlow.
 
1858
Britains government declares British Columbia and the Queen Charlotte Islands a separate Crown Colony.
 
1865
English writer Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is published, 21 first editions still survive.
 
1875
London’s first roller-skating rink was opened to the public, in Belgravia.
 
1894
Britain Parliament to raise more money, introduces Death duties, for the first time, now known as inheritance tax.
 
1895
Scottish explorer of Kenya, Joseph Thomson, (Thomson's Gazelle and Thomson's Falls) dies in Dumfriesshire.
 
1897
British besieged garrison in Malakand, Afghanistan, is relieved by 2nd Lt Winston Churchill, and soldiers from India.
 
1918
Canada's first general strike in the country’s history takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia.
 
1922
Scottish inventor Alexander Bell, who is credited with inventing the telephone, dies at home on Cape Breton Island.
 
1925
Anglo/Egyptian broadcaster Alan Whicker, Best known for his TV show Whicker’s World, was born in Cairo, Egypt.
 
1932
Irish Actor Peter Seamus Lorcan O'Toole, of Lawrence of Arabia fame, was born in Connemara, County Galway.
 
1947
British South American Airways airliner crashes into the Andes Mountains, the wreckage is found 50 years later.
 
1958
Canada's new Ottawa City Hall on Green Island at the mouth of the Rideau River, is opened by Princess Margaret.
 
1970
British army used rubber bullets for the first time to quell a riot in Northern Ireland.
 
1970
Canada's BC passenger ferry and Soviet freighter collide in the Active Pass separating Mayne and Galiano Island's.
 
1973
British amusement center at Douglas, Isle of Man, catches fire caused by small boys smoking, killing 51, injured 80.
 
1988
Irish air lines, Aer Lingus first all-female flight crew departs Dublin for Shannon, piloted by Capt. Grainne Cronin.
 
1989
Britain and Argentina lift Trade restrictions for the first time since the 1982 Falklands war.
 
1991
Canada greets the Viking replica ship 'Gaia', at Leif Eriksson's 1000-year-old Norse settlement site, Newfoundland.
 
2001
Britain polled drivers over Speed cameras, 50% of them caught would back having more cameras in place.
 
2005
Canada's Toronto Airport disaster, an Air France Flight on landing ran off the runway, and burst into flames.
 
2013
English judge at Coventry court gives 30 years, to couple who starved and beat their 4yr old son to death.
 
2020
Britain lockdowns select cities, 46,201 dead, America no lockdown, 158,051 dead.
 
2020
England imposes 2 weeks isolation on returning tourists from Spain, due to new corona virus 19 outbreaks.
 
2020
Britain and Europe still ban American travelers visiting, till the country controls the coronavirus 19 outbreak.
 
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(Unless otherwise indicated, all illustrations are courtesy of Wikipedia).
 

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