In the 1330s a number of English knights went to war with France with eye patches covering an eye, having made a chivalrous pledge to their ladies that they wouldn't open one of their eyes until victory was achieved. Most of them died as a result.
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1135 Henry I died, quite possibly of lamprey (horrible, often parasitic, jawless fish) poisoning
1851 Edmund Campion, Jesuit priest, was hanged, drawn and quartered
1887 Sherlock Holmes was introduced to the world when Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet was published in the Beeton's Christmas annual.
1942 The Beveridge Report was published. This landmark document became the blueprint for the modern British welfare system.
1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat so white people could sit down in Montgomery, Alabama. Although her actions sparked protests and eventually the integration of the bus system, she was also jailed for that initial refusal.
1990 The last rock separating Britain and France was removed in the Channel Tunnel, connecting the two countries for the first time since waters had rushed over the connecting land-bridge thousands of years previously.