Today in 1967, Athens woke to the rumbling of tanks, as Greece came under military rule when a junta of colonels seized power.
Articles written by Ben Judge
On this day in 1797, sailors on 16 ships anchored at Spithead refused to put to sea and staged a mutiny in pursuit of better pay and conditions.
On this day in 1931, the Rt Hon Herbert Morrison MP, Minister of Transport, launched the first edition of the Highway Code
On this day in 1960, Nasa sent the Transit 1B satellite into orbit to provide positioning for the US Navy’s fleet of Polaris ballistic missile submarines.
On this day in 1838, William Wilkins’ new National Gallery building in Trafalgar Square opened to the public.
On this day in 1982 Argentinian forces landed on the Falkland Islands, sparking a bitter, ten week war with Britain.
On this day in 1990 a mass demonstration against Mrs Thatcher’s controversial Poll Tax turned ugly when thousands went on the rampage in central London.
On this day in 1885, Janet Pickersgill became the first person to be officially cremated in Britain, at Woking Crematorium in Surrey.
On the death of Queen Elizabeth I on this day in 1603, the crowns of Scotland and England were united when James VI of Scotland became James I of England.
On this day in 1834 six farm workers from Dorset were sentenced to seven years transportation for organising a ‘friendly society’ of agricultural labourers.