Q1) Very appropriate, this one: 31st January, 1747, saw the London Lock Hospital open: what did it specialise in treating?
Q2) 31st January, 1983, saw a law introduced in the UK, that made compulsory to wear … ?
Q3) 17 years later, 31st January, 2000, saw who sentenced to life imprisonment?
Q4) 31st January, 1983, saw the birth of actor, James Sutton: in which British soap did he first come to prominence?
Q5) 377 years earlier, 31st January, 1606, saw the execution of which plotter?
Q6) And finally … 31st January, 1929, saw the Soviet Union exile which politician?
Q1) 30th January, 1649, saw the execution of which English king?
A1) Charles 1st. (Who — as Charles the Martyr — is the only saint canonised by the Church of England after it split from Rome. This day in 1661, also saw, as Andy pointed out, the execution — by beheading — of Oliver Cromwell. Andy’s right, the Scots, as a whole, generally really don’t hold a grudge … )
Q2) 299 years later, 30th January, 1948, saw the assassination — by a Hindu extremist — of which Indian leader?
A2) Mohandas K. ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi. (‘Mahatma’ — महात्मा — is a Sanskit word, meaning ‘Great Soul’.)
Q3) 30th January, 1972, saw 13 people killed in a civil rights protest in Londonderry: how is this incident more notoriously known?
A3) Bloody Sunday.
Q4) 30th January, 1913, saw the House of Lords reject a bill on … what?
A4) Irish Home Rule.
Q5) 123 year’s earlier, 30th January, 1790, saw the first official testing of a lifeboat: on which English river?
A5) The River Tyne.
Q6) 57 years after that, the Californian town of Yerba Buena renamed … what?
A6) San Francisco.
Q7) And finally … today in 1969 saw the last public performance by which band … ?
A7) The Beatles.