[In March 1978 the seminal Mod revival band The Jam released their fourth single, News of the World, which - despite only attaining the #27 position on the UK charts - persists in Britain's popular culture to this day largely for having been chosen as the theme tune of the satirical current events panel show, Mock the Week, hosted by Dara Ó Briain; the song's video - among the world's first - was shot on the roof of the Battersea Power Station.]
959 CE - Edgar the Peaceable became the first King to rule a united England; his reign represents the pinnacle of the Anglo-Saxon era.
1843 - John Browne Bell began publishing News of the World in London under the motto 'All human life is there'; then, as now, the paper's version of 'all human life' tended toward the seamier end of the spectrum and appealed to those people who, for whatever reason, enjoy reading about it.
1946 - Mensa International was founded by Roland Berrill and Dr. Lancelot Ware.
1985 - Rioting erupted in both the Liverpool neighbourhood of Toxteth and Peckham in the London Borough of Southwark.
2004 - British Prime Minister Tony Blair underwent heart surgery.
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