On this day...
1154: Henry II became King of England. 1848: Emily Bronte, English novelist who wrote Wuthering Heights, died aged 30 from tuberculosis. 1851: Painter Joseph Turner died in his Chelsea house under the assumed name of Admiral Booth, where his demand for privacy was strictly enforced by his housekeeper.
1905: London County Council set up the first motorised ambulance service for traffic accident victims.
1915: Legendary singer Edith Piaf, "the little sparrow who began singing in the streets when she was a teenager and lived a life of lovers, alcohol and drugs", was born in Paris. Her song Je Ne Regrette Rien summed up her outlook on life. 1984: Britain and China signed an agreement for the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997.