Wizard books, Algerian pirates and Queen Victoria: 3 things that happened On This Day 20 June

What happened on this day in history? We round up three famous events, births, battles and deaths...


20 June

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