On this day in history

27 July 1919

The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 was ignited after a young black man was stoned and drowned in Lake Michigan for swimming in an area reserved for white people

28 July 1540

Thomas Cromwell executed

28 July 1919

Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, one month after the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, sparking the First World War

29 July 1565

Mary Queen of Scots marries Lord Darnley

29 July 1981

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer marry

29 July 1890

Van Gogh dies

29 July 1588

The Spanish Armada was first sighted by the English off Lizard Point, Cornwall

30 July 1966

England won football's World Cup

1 August 1714

Queen Anne dies