This Day in History - 5th June

 

755www.beautifulbritain.co.ukEnglish missionary Boniface, 'the Apostle of Germany', was murdered in Germany by unbelievers, along with 53 of his companions.

 

1718www.beautifulbritain.co.ukThe birth in Otley, North Yorkshire, of Thomas Chippendale, cabinet-maker and furniture designer. 

 

1819www.beautifulbritain.co.ukBirth of John Couch Adams, English mathematician and astronomer who discovered the planet Neptune on 3rd July 1841.

 

1829www.beautifulbritain.co.ukHMS Pickle, a schooner of 5 guns, was involved in the suppression of the slave trade, and achieved fame for capturing the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba.

 

1900www.beautifulbritain.co.ukBoer War: British troops captured and occupied Pretoria, the capital of the Transvaal.

 

1916www.beautifulbritain.co.ukWorld War I: British General Lord Kitchener drowned when HMS Hampshire hit a mine off the Orkney Islands during a storm and sank en route to Russia. There were no survivors.

 

1944www.beautifulbritain.co.ukWorld War II: A cafe in the French town of Benouville was the first place to be liberated from German occupation when British paratroopers seized control of a vital canal bridge in advance of the main Allied D-Day landings in Normandy the following morning on 6th June.

 

1944www.beautifulbritain.co.ukWorld War II: The people of liberated Rome crowded onto the streets to welcome the victorious Allied troops.

 

1963www.beautifulbritain.co.ukSecretary of State for War, John Profumo resigned, admitting he lied to Parliament about his relationship with a call girl, Christine Keeler, the reputed mistress of an alleged Soviet spy. His resignation damaged the reputation of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's government and Macmillan himself resigned a few months later due to ill health.

 

1964www.beautifulbritain.co.ukBlue Streak became Britain's first rocket, taking her into the space age. The 69 ft rocket was launched at Woomera, Australia and was a simplified civilian version that had been designed for research and satellite launching purposes. Blue Streak had originally been planned as Britain’s first nuclear weapon carrier but was scrapped due to costs.

 

1972www.beautifulbritain.co.ukWorld leaders attended the funeral in Windsor of the former King Edward VIII who abdicated in 1936.

 

1993www.beautifulbritain.co.ukThe Holbeck Hall Hotel in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, fell into the sea following a landslide, making news around the world.

 

2002www.beautifulbritain.co.ukThe Queen was said to be basking in 'absolute delight' at celebrations to mark her Golden Jubilee.

 

2007www.beautifulbritain.co.ukThe new Olympics 2012 logo received a 'mauling' when it was unveiled to the public. The logo, which took a year to design was designed to 'engage with young people and excite sponsors' said the London 2012 chairman, Sebastian Coe.

 

2012www.beautifulbritain.co.ukThe day was declared a Bank Holiday to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. It was the final day of 4 days of celebration to honour 60 years of the Queen as our monarch. It has been 115 years since the United Kingdom last celebrated a royal Diamond Jubilee (that was Queen Victoria's) and it may be another century or more before there is another.

 

2014www.beautifulbritain.co.ukProperty experts estimated there could be up to 1,000 JCBs buried underground in London, because it is cheaper to bury them than to lift them to street level following basement extensions. The total value of the JCBs buried underground is thought to be around £5 million.


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