Facts you probably didn't know about the English Channel

Bayeux Tapestry: The 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England by William.

World's busiest shipping lanes: The English Channel has traffic on both the UK–Europe and North Sea–Atlantic routes.

Channel coastline resorts: Pictured is Osborne House, the summer retreat of Queen Victoria on the Isle of Wight.

First person to swim the English Channel: Captain Matthew Webb (1848–1883), from Dawley in Shropshire.

Tunnel vision: In 1856, French engineer Aimé Thomé de Gamond presented a proposal to Napoleon III.

Channel Tunnel: Obviously not! Opened in 1994, the Channel Tunnel is the only fixed link.

Channel landmark: Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy is one of the most visited.

First flight across the English Channel: On July 25, 1909, French aviator Louis Blériot (1872–1936) became world-famous for making the first airplane flight.

Omaha Beach: The code word "Omaha" refers to an 8-km (5-mi) section of the coast of Normandy.

Dunkirk evacuation: A fleet of over 800 vessels crisscrossed the Channel between May 26 and June 4.

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