1757 - Execution of Admiral Byng
4th March. Execution of Admiral Byng on board HMS Monarque by firing squad at Spithead for failing to press home an attack on the French at Minorca in 1756. On the day fixed for the execution a gale was blowing at Portsmouth and the Ramillies, the vessel which Bying had commanded in the Mediterranean, broke from her mooring chains about half-an-hour before the execution. The incident was viewed by superstitious sailors as an evil omen.