ON THIS DAY
FEAST OF SAINT PETER AND PAUL 1613: The Globe Theatre in London burned down after a cannon was fired during a Shakespeare play and set fire to the straw roof. 1620: King James I banned the growing of tobacco in Britain. 1801: The first census in Britain was carried out showing a population totalling 8,872,000. 1868: The Press Association, the UK’s national news agency, was founded in London. 1905: The inaugural meeting of the Automobile Association (AA) took place at the Trocadero Restaurant in London. 1960: BBC Television Centre opened in London. 1966: Barclays Bank introduced Barclaycard, the first British credit card. 1986: Richard Branson’s boat Virgin Atlantic Challenger II completed the fastest Atlantic crossing in three days, eight hours and 31 minutes. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Ed Miliband called on successor Jeremy Corbyn to quit as Labour leader, saying his position was “untenable”.