ON THIS DAY.
| 1653: Oliver Cromwell made himself Lord Protector, becoming an uncrowned king for the next four years.
| 1773: The Boston Tea Party, in which Samuel Adams and 150 "Sons of Liberty" protested against British taxes on tea and other goods, took place. | 1775: Novelist Jane Austen, whose works include Emma and Pride And Prejudice, was born in Steventon, Hampshire.
| 1850: The first immigrant ship, the Charlotte Jane, arrived at Lyttelton, New Zealand. | 1899: Noel Coward, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, producer and director, was born in Teddington, Middlesex.
| 1929: The first all-talking feature film was made in Britain. Called The Clue Of The New Pin, it featured a young actor, John Gielgud, as the villain. | 1937: The first performance took place in London of Noel Gay's Me And My Girl, which introduced The Lambeth Walk.
| 2010: Rare first editions of Ian Fleming's James Bond books sold for almost PS30,000 when they went under the hammer at Dominic Winter auctioneers in Gloucestershire. Casino Royale sold for PS19,000.