ON THIS DAY
1653: Oliver Cromwell made himself Lord Protector, becoming an uncrowned king for the next four years.
1773: The Boston Tea Party, in which Samuel Adams and 150 ‘Sons of Liberty’ protested against British taxes on tea and other goods, took place.
1775: Novelist Jane Austen, whose works include Emma and Pride And Prejudice, was born in Steventon, Hampshire.
1850: The first immigrant ship, the Charlotte Jane, arrived at Lyttelton, New Zealand.
1899: Noel Coward, above, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, producer and director, was born in Middlesex.
1929: The first all-talking feature film was made in Britain. Called The Clue Of The New Pin, it featured a young John Gielgud as the villain.
1937: The first performance took place in London of Noel Gay’s Me And My Girl, which introduced The Lambeth Walk.
2010: Rare first editions of Ian Fleming’s James Bond spy book sold for almost £30,000 when they went under the hammer. The book that introduced 007, Casino Royale, sold for £19,000.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Robbie Williams was unveiled as a new global ambassador for WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers.