Charles Dickens was born in February 1812 and, in his lifetime as a journalist and author he visited East Anglia on many occasions – he reported an election in Ipswich and (apocryphally) a hanging at Norwich Castle.
On January 30, 1649, King Charles I was taken to a scaffold specially erected outside the banqueting hall at Whitehall and executed. His death sentence for treason was passed by an angry parliament after a bloody civil war that set friends against friends, brothers against brothers and crown against state.
Courgettes or, if you are of an Italian or transatlantic persuasion, zucchini. At some point in the history of the world, the well-known vegetable came to the attention of three travelling French plant hunters, riding by.