0899 King Alfred the Great, Saxon King of Wessex is believed to have died on this date. A soldier and scholar, he fought against the invading Danes and formed England's first navy. His son, Edward the Elder became King. Winchester was Alfred's capital, and he developed the town and to keep it safe from attack.
Another day, another grooming gang targeting young English children convicted. This time in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
1400 The death of Geoffrey Chaucer, the English poet famous for the Canterbury Tales. Chaucer is known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to have been buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey.
Diane Abbott has slammed The Government and called for a “safe and legal routes” for refugees to enter the UK after 39 people were found dead in a lorry in Essex.
Turkey's autocratic President Erdogan are ordering the EU to “kneel” or watch as their countries “open the gates” for millions of illegal migrants.
1537 Henry VIII's 3rd wife, Jane Seymour, died following the birth of future king, Edward VI.
1642 The first major battle of the English Civil War took place at Edgehill in South Warwickshire. Charles I and Prince Rupert led the Royalists and the Earl of Essex led the Parliamentarians. It was an inconclusive result that prevented either faction gaining a quick victory in the war, which eventually lasted four years.
Plans to hold a "meaningful vote" on Boris’ Brexit deal have been scuppered twice in just three days by our renegade Parliament.
1707 Four British Royal Navy ships ran aground near the Isles of Scilly. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and more than 1,400 sailors drowned in one of the worst maritime disasters in the history of Britain. It was later determined that the main cause of the disaster was the navigators' inability to accurately calculate their positions.