On This Day

29th October 1986 – The M25 motorway was officially opened by Margaret Thatcher.

On This Day

30th June 1860 – The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History took place. 1908 – The Tunguska event occured in Siberia. 1936 – Gone with the Wind was published. 1934 – The Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler’s violent purge of his political rivals in Germany, took place. […]

On This Day

10th June 1184 BC – The city of Troy was sacked and burned. 1509 – Henry VIII of England married Catherine of Aragon. 1692 – Salem Village. Bridget Bishop, the first colonist tried in the Salem witch trials, was hanged after being found guilty of the practice of witchcraft. (In 1956 the Massachusetts General Court […]

On This Day

31st May 1578 – King Henry III* laid the first stone of the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), in Paris. It is now the oldest bridge there. 1669 – Citing poor eyesight, Samuel Pepys recorded the last event in his diary. 1946 – Heathrow International airport opened for civilian use. 1985 – The Football Association, supported […]