Reader Joe at RMN -> Source
In 1014, Archbishop Wulfstan of York gave a sermon that provides us with vital clues about when the English started thinking of themselves as a nation.
The birth of England
When did England become England? Some believe the English identity was formed long after the Norman Conquest, others are not so sure.
I think the idea of England and the allegiance to the English crown and English law was created by the Anglo-Saxon successors of Alfred the Great - long before 1066.
1973: Britain joins the EEC
The United Kingdom has become a fully-fledged member of the European Economic Community.
Ireland and Denmark also joined Britain in becoming the newest members of the community, bringing the total number of member states to nine.
At midnight last night a Union Jack flag was raised at the EEC's headquarters in Brussels to mark the occasion.