1588 The death of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a favourite and possible lover of Queen Elizabeth I. When his wife Amy died after falling down the stairs, it was widely rumoured that Dudley had murdered her in order to marry Elizabeth. The Queen rejected him, even proposing that he wed Mary, Queen of Scots.
Boris Johnson says Britain’s Parliament is “on the brink of wrecking any deal” his government might be able to make with the EU on Brexit terms.
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President Donald Trump defended his decision to golf on the Labor Day weekend, after the Mayor of increasingly crime-stricken Brit capital London Sadiq Khan criticized the president.
1189 Following the death of his father Henry II, Richard the Lionheart was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
Former Prime Minister and Iraq War architect Tony Blair has said Labour should reject a potential snap general election.
Jeremy Corbyn has endorsed a plot by left-wing supporters to occupy the Palace of Westminster and “shut down the streets” to protest Boris Johnson’s decision to temporarily suspend Parliament ahead of the Brexit deadline.
1666 The Great Fire of London began in a baker's shop in Pudding Lane, and rapidly spread throughout the city, destroying most of London's buildings and houses. Although 13,000 buildings were destroyed in the four-day blaze only six people died.
According to reports, Tory remainers in Parliament will lose the party whip and will be deselected if they back efforts by the opposition to force yet another Brexit delay.