This Day in History - 10th June

 

1688www.beautifulbritain.co.ukThe birth of James Francis Edward Stuart, the Old Pretender to the British throne and son of the deposed James II of England (James VII of Scotland).

 

1719www.beautifulbritain.co.ukThe Battle of Glen Shiel, in the West Highlands of Scotland took place 'On This Day' between British government troops and an alliance of Jacobites and Spaniards, resulting in a victory for the government forces. It was the last close engagement of British and foreign troops on mainland Great Britain.

 

1829www.beautifulbritain.co.ukThe Oxford team won the first-ever Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

 

1864www.beautifulbritain.co.ukCricket authorities in England legalised over-arm bowling.

 

1921www.beautifulbritain.co.ukPrince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth was born; as Philippos Schleswig- Holstein Soenderburg-Glücksburg on the Greek island of Corfu.

 

1923www.beautifulbritain.co.ukThe birth of Robert Maxwell, Czechoslovakian-born British media proprietor and former Member of Parliament. His unexplained death (at sea, around the Canary Islands) revealed huge discrepancies in his companies' finances, including the Mirror Group pension fund, which Maxwell had fraudulently misappropriated.

 

1940www.beautifulbritain.co.ukWorld War II: Italy officially declared war on Britain and France.

 

1965www.beautifulbritain.co.ukA de Havilland jet airliner made the first automatic landing, relying entirely on instruments, at Heathrow Airport.

 

1989www.beautifulbritain.co.ukAfter an era of 157 years, Britain's last lightship was towed away from its position north-west of the Channel Island of Guernsey.

 

1990www.beautifulbritain.co.ukA British Airways pilot survived after being partly sucked out of the cockpit at 23,000 feet above London.

 

1993www.beautifulbritain.co.ukThe death of Manchester born comedian Les Dawson. He is remembered for his deadpan style, grumpy on stage personality, and jokes about his mother-in-law and wife. 

 

2000www.beautifulbritain.co.ukLondon's new Millennium Bridge was closed for safety checks after large crowds caused it to sway violently.

 

2012www.beautifulbritain.co.ukHundreds of tourists were left to survey the wreckage of their holiday homes after floodwater devastated campsites and villages around Aberystwyth. The heavy rain continued throughout the summer, making 2012 the second wettest year in the UK since records began in 1910 and the wettest ever in England. Scotland fared much better as it was only their 17th wettest.

 

2013www.beautifulbritain.co.ukA Dornier 17 German World War II bomber was raised from the bottom of the English Channel. The aircraft was shot down off the Kent coast during the Battle of Britain and is believed to be the only intact example of its kind in the world.


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