This day 1606 marks the initiation in the creation of the flag of Great Britain (Wales was not represented, as it was regarded as being united to England)
1606 When King James VI of Scotland became King James I of England, it was decided that the union should be represented by a new flag. The design incorporated the flags of St George of England (red cross on a white background) and St Andrew of Scotland (white diagonal cross on a blue background).
1801 With the union of Ireland and Great Britain (The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland), the cross of St. Patrick was added.
1921 When Southern Ireland gained its independence no alteration was made to the flag, but the territory it represented was known as The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Born this day 1884 in Tenby.
Tenby Davies (Frederick Charles Davies) was one of the greatest ever Welsh runners, becoming the half-mile world professional champion in 1909.
Admiral Sir Thomas Foley (1757 – 9 January 1833) from Narberth was a "Hero of the Battle of the Nile" and one of Nelson's "Band of Brothers".
On 12th April 1782 in the Battle of the Saintes, during the American War of Independence, the British fleet defeated the French after a campaign in which Foley played a major part, forcing the French and Spanish to abandon a planned invasion of Jamaica.
Foley is also noted for his participation in the incident when Nelson disobeyed an order to withdraw during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801 by holding the telescope to his blind eye. Nelson then turned to Foley, his chief-of-staff and said.
"You know, Foley, I only have one eye - I have the right to be blind sometimes" and then holding his telescope to his blind eye Nelson said, "I really do not see the signal!"
On 12th April 1842, a Chartist Convention met in London to arrange to submit a petition to parliament. Delegates included Morgan Williams, who brought with him a petition signed by 36,000 people from south Wales.
In the early 1800's, there began to be calls to reform to the elitist electoral system, which resulted in "The Reform Act of 1832". However, this act in the eyes of many working class people did not go far enough.
Born on this day 1871 in Gerlan, Bethesda, Gwynedd,
Ellis William Davies a Welsh Liberal Party politician who was one of a number of Welsh MPs who disagreed with Prime Minister David Lloyd George over the management of WWl. Davies felt that Lloyd George's stance conflicted with his own strongly held views.