On this day in 1986, the American space shuttle, Challenger, exploded just over a minute into its flight. Its crew included teacher Christa McAuliffe.
Thick fog – the worst for seven years – brought road, rail and air transport in many parts of England and Wales to a standstill.
On this day in 1649, King Charles I was beheaded in Whitehall, in front of the Banqueting House.
On this day in 1983, all drivers and front seat passengers were, by law, required to wear seat belts. Later, in 1991, it became compulsory for back seat passengers to also wear seat belts.
On this day in 1884, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, was first published.
American civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, born in Tuskegee, Alabama 1913.
In 1924 The Royal Greenwich Observatory began broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the “BBC pips”.
On this day in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne.
The famous author of many works including ‘Oliver Twist’ was born on this day in 1812.
In 1828 Jules Verne, the writer of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, was born in Nantes, France.
Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after 27 years.
Charles Darwin – the naturalist who first described the process of evolution was born on this day in 1809. ‘On the Origin of Species’ was published in 1859.
In 1633 Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was put on trial for professing his belief that Earth revolves around the Sun.
A day to celebrate love and friendship.
On this day in 1971, decimal currency was introduced to Britain.
On this day in 2009, English fantasy author Terry Pratchett receives a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Thomas Edison patented the phonograph on this day in 1878. It was the first device for recording and playing back sounds.
On this day, in 1547, Edward VI was crowned the King of England at the age of nine in Westminster Abbey.
The first self-propelling steam locomotive had its premier outing at the Pen-y-Darren ironworks in Wales.
Today is Thinking Day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. World Thinking Day has taken place on every 22 February since 1926.
Sir Christopher Wren, British architect, astronomer, and geometrician died this day in 1723.
In 1916 The Mutual Film Company signed Chaplin for a film contract – making him the highest-paid entertainer in the world at this time.
In 1992 Tiger Woods, aged 16, became the youngest PGA golfer in 35 years.
In 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the chemical structure of DNA – the instructions that control the cells that make up all living things.
Today is St David’s Day. The Patron Saint of Wales’ symbols include daffodils and leeks.
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