On this day in 1885, Janet Pickersgill became the first person to be officially cremated in Britain, at Woking Crematorium in Surrey.
Articles written by Ben Judge
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.
The FTSE 100 made some good gains yesterday as retail stocks buoyed the market. The index rose 0.9% to close at 6,804.
On this day in 1872 Wanderers FC beat the Royal Engineers 1-0 at the Kennington Oval to win the first ever contesting of the Football Association Challenge Cup.
After much debate and an awful lot of controversy, the Church of England finally ordained its first women priests on this day in 1994.
On this day in 1702 Elizabeth Mallet of Fleet Street published the first edition of the Daily Courant, the world’s first daily newspaper.
On this day in March 1984, the miners’ strike, one of Britain’s most acrimonious industrial disputes, began when workers at Yorkshire’s Cortonwood Colliery downed tools.
On this day in 1938, the ‘Dammam no. 7’ well in Saudi Arabia struck oil, kicking off the exploitation of the world’s biggest oil reserves.
Mass opposition to Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos ended his 21-year reign on this day in 1986, and brought Corazon Aquino to power.