1912: Birth in London of children’s author Anthony Malcolm Buckeridge. He is best known for his Jennings novels, a wizard series of books set in Linbury Court, a prep school in Sussex.
1631: The village of Baltimore in West Cork, Ireland, was sacked by Algerian pirates. Most of its inhabitants, the majority of whom were English settlers, were carried off to be sold as slaves.
1837: Queen Victoria acceded to the throne on the death of her uncle William IV.
Compiled by Julian Humphrys – You can follow Julian on Twitter @GeneralJules