Events for Sunday 1st January 2017


On This Day in History

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Samuel Pepys begins his diary

1st January 1690

Samuel Pepys was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, who is now most famous for the diary he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man. Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work and his talent for administration, to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and subsequently King James II.

Further Reading

Samuel Pepys: Memoires of the Royal Navy 1690
(Hardback - 160 pages)
by Samuel Pepys

Although the diary is now Pepys's most famous work, it was unknown until long after his death. In fact, he only published one book in his lifetime - this account of the administration of the Navy from 1679 until his dismissal from office with the regime change in 1688.
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Para Ian McKay is killed in the Battle for Mount Longdon

1st January 1982

At the height of the bitter battle for Mount Longdon during the Falklands War, 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment’s assault has stalled in the face of determined resistance. With his platoon held up by an Argentine machine gun, it falls to Sergeant Ian McKay to act. It earned him a posthumous Victoria Cross, the last of the 20th Century.

Further Reading

Falklands Hero
(Hardback - 256 pages)
by Jon Cooksey

At the height of the bitter battle for Mount Longdon during the Falklands War , 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment’s assault has stalled in the face of determined resistance. With his platoon held up by an Argentine machine gun, it falls to Sergeant Ian McKay to act. The machine gun has… Read more...

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