1799 Income tax was introduced into Britain by William Pitt the Younger, to raise funds for the Napoleonic War. The rate was two shillings in the pound.

1888 The London Financial Guide was launched. It became The Financial Times on 13th February.

1972 British miners began their first strike since 1926, campaigning for improved pay and conditions. A season of power cuts followed.

Famous Birthdays

1944 Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin

1973 Sean Paul, singer

1980 - Sergio García, golfer

1982 Kate Middleton