House of Commons Speaker to stand down

This is completely off topic but the Speaker of the House of Commons is expected to resign today (19/05/09); something which hasn’t happened since Sir John Trevor in 1695!

Sir John Trevor-the last Commons speaker to stand down.
Sir John Trevor-the last Commons speaker to stand down.

In honour of that-here are some choice events from 1695-enjoy!

July 17 – Bank of Scotland is founded

December 31st – “Window Tax” is imposed in UK-shopkeepers brick them up to avoid paying.

Britain introduces a £2 fine for swearing.

England decides not to renew the Licensing Act-leading to a free press further down the line.

November 10th – John Bevis, discoverer of Crab Nebula, is born.

The Treason Act brought in to effect in England.

I’m sure there are plenty I’ve left out but feel free to add them in the comments 🙂

Credit to Wikipedia for helping me out too!

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