[Because Britain was the first to introduce the postage stamp, British stamps are the only ones in the world today not to bear the name of their country of origin on the face, but rather a profile of the ruling sovereign.]
1707 - The Act of Union joined the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1840 - The Penny Black, the world's first official adhesive postage stamp, was issued by the United Kingdom. Part of Rowland Hill's 1837 proposal to reform the British postal system, the Penny Black represented a fundamental shift in the way people paid for their mail; prior to its introduction postage was always due upon delivery, its payment the responsibility of the receiver.
1851 - London's Great Exhibition was opened by Queen Victoria.
1875 - Alexandra Palace - named for Alexandra of Denmark, Princess of Wales - reopened after a fire in June 1873 burnt it down.
1973 - A one-day strike involving 1.6 million members of the Trades' Union Congress was called by its president, Vic Feather.
1982 - RAF bombers mounted Operation Black Buck began with an attack on the Argentine Air Force during the Falklands War.
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