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In 1643, the May Day celebration in Little Hodcombe turned especially bloody as the village's Queen of the May was burned at the stake, an event instigated by the Malus and recounted by Will Chandler to the Fifth Doctor in 1984. (TV: The Awakening)
In 1707, the Act of Union formally united Scotland and England as the United Kingdom of Great Britain.[source needed] This was one of the events leading towards the Highlander Uprising in which Jamie McCrimmon participated. (TV: The Highlanders)
In 1873, Professor Cornelius Perkins and Dr Hugo Somesby, reaching the thirty-sixth day of their expedition to the Amazon rainforest, disappeared while searching for the legendary Lost City of Gold. In Perkins' final diary entry that day, he described "a frog the size of a rhinoceros" with the leg of one of the natives in its mouth. (AUDIO: The Valley of Death)
In 1957, the first Sputnik satellite was launched by the Soviet Union, but was destroyed before it completed its first orbit. Neither the launch nor the satellite's destruction was ever made public. (PROSE: First Frontier)