June 21 in history

On June 21:

1644 The Scottish parliament first imposed an exise duty on alcoholic beverages: a duty of 2s 8d “on everie pynt of aquavytie or strong watteris sold within the country.” 


Obverse of the cross.

1854 Charles Davis Lucas hurled a shell from the deck of  HMS Hecla, saving the lives of all on board, for which act of bravery he was awarded the first Victoria Cross.

1957 Canada’s first female cabinet minister, Ellen Fairclough was sworn in.

1964 The Beatles landed in New Zealand

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