On this DAY
323BC: Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia, died after a prolonged period of feasting.
1381: Wat Tyler led the first popular rebellion – against unpopular taxes – in English history. It has become known as the Peasants’ Revolt.
1842: Queen Victoria travelled by train for the first time, from Slough to Paddington, accompanied by Prince Albert. She was the first British monarch to use the train.
1900: The Boxer Rebellion began in China to end the domination and exploitation of the country by foreigners. The Boxers were a secret society, originally formed to practice martial arts.
1944: The first V1 flying bomb, or ‘doodlebug’, landed in England. It hit a house in Southampton, killing three people.
1981: Blanks were fired at the Queen during the Trooping the Colour ceremony.
1990: The official demolition of the Berlin Wall began.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A retired art teacher celebrated winning £1 million on a scratchcard – after first thinking his prize was just a pint of milk.