1661 – Marriage contract between Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza. When Catherine arrived in England to marry the Stuart king, after an exhausting journey from Portugal, she asked for “a cup of tea.” Voila! Tea became a court favorite, and the British became a nation of tea drinkers.
1812 – Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon I of France invades Russia. This proved to be the beginning of the end for Napoleon. His defeat and exile would eventually lead to Captain Frederick Wentworth (Persuasion) being put ashore on half pay from the Navy and putting him, once again, in the presence of his true love, Anne Elliot., which story would result in another novel, Anne Elliot, A New Beginning begin published in 2010.
1942 – World War II: Germany's latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales. I’m sure the British thanked the pilot for such a nice gift before sending him to a POW camp.
1894 – King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom (d. 1972) – He would abdicate the throne in 1938 so that he might marry American, Wallis Simpson, “the woman he loved.” Because of his pro-Nazi statements, it was probably a good thing for Britain.