The English writer Daniel Defoe was put in the pillory for seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet.

The Battle of Gravelines, the decisive battle of the Spanish Armada, took place off the coast of Flanders.

On the 22nd July 1706, the foundation for the establishment of the Kingdom of Great Britain was laid when commissioners from England and Scotland agreed the Acts of Union.

At 12 noon on the 13th July 1985, an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion people tuned in to watch Live Aid, the “global jukebox” broadcast live from Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia.

July 12th 927 is the closest we have to a foundation date for England, when all the kings of Britain met at Eamont Bridge, near Penrith in Cumbria, to swear an oath of peace under the overlordship of Æthelstan.

On the 10th July 1553, Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed queen of England after her first cousin once removed, the 15-year-old King Edward VI, died of an unknown respiratory problem.