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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.

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