On this DAY
1645: The Battle of Naseby took place in Northamptonshire during the Civil War. Cromwell’s Parliamentarians (Roundheads) defeated the Royalists (Cavaliers) under Prince Rupert, defending King Charles I.
1789: Whiskey distilled from maize was first produced – by a clergyman, the Rev Elijah Craig. He called the liquor bourbon because he lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
1839: The first Henley Regatta on the Thames took place.
1873: King Priam’s treasure of 8,700 priceless pieces was discovered in Turkey by German/ American Heinrich Schliemann. In disinterring it, he destroyed what was left of Troy.
1940: German troops entered Paris and the Swastika flew from the Eiffel Tower. Eight days later the armistice was signed and the Vichy government was set up.
1964: Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment and sent to Robben Island, sparking international protests.
1970: Bobby Charlton played his 106th and last football match for England in the World Cup in Mexico. His first was on April 19, 1958, against Scotland.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Two formerly homeless dogs starred as page boy and flower girl in their animal-loving owner’s wedding day, even walking her down the aisle.