On April 19, 1822:
Edward Oxford is born in Birmingham, into an extended family of publicans and victuallers. Oxford would himself take up a number of jobs in London pubs as a potboy and barman, until in May 1840 he bought two pistols and on 10 June was the first to assault young Queen Victoria.
And exactly sixty years later, on April 19, 1882:
Roderick Maclean is tried in Reading for shooting Victoria—then a great-grandmother—at Windsor railway station seven weeks before. He is aquitted on the grounds of insanity and sent to spend the rest of his life at Broadmoor Asylum. The verdict satisfied everyone—everyone, that is, except for Queen Victoria herself. The Queen raged that evening in her journal, her anger embracing both Maclean and her government: “It really is too bad…The bullet found—and yet he is only to be shut up. It is Oxford’s case over again and Oxford himself said—when the other attempts followed—that if they had hung him these others would not have taken place…And this always happens when a Liberal Government is in!” Her anger would eventually provoke her Liberal government to alter the insanity verdict: from “not guilty on the ground of insanity” to “guilty but insane.”