1940 HMS WHITLEY, lost between Nieuport and Ostend, Belgium - damaged by German bombers and beached.
1849 Irishman William Hamilton arrested after shooting blank shots at Queen Victoria
1999 25 year old Martin Jones from Swindon became the first British man to be charged with being drunk in charge of a motorized skateboard.
2017 Sweden announced that the investigation of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been discontinued. Assange won his battle against extradition to Sweden, which wanted to question him about a rape allegation. He has spent nearly five years inside the Embassy of Ecuador in London to avoid being sent to Sweden.
1756 The island of Minorca, one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea and a British possession since 1708, fell to the French as the British garrison at Fort Philip capitulated.
2010 Nick Clegg, Britain's new deputy leader, says he'll scrap an unpopular national identity card program, limit the retention of DNA samples and tightly regulate the use of closed circuit TV cameras in a sweeping civil liberties drive.
1931 The Rev Vincent Howard (65), Curate of St Mary's Church Reculver, was found hanging at his lodgings at Sidney Villa. A verdict of suicide whilst in an unsound state of mind was returned *
1898 Post Office authorizes use of postcards