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date: 26 Jun
Queen Victoria awards the First Victoria Crosses       -  26th June 1857  -     There are occasions when the written press makes valuable contributions to British life. William Howard Russell, of The Times, was one such member. The Crimean War was one of the first conflicts to have war correspondents. Russell, in his job, saw many acts of bravery...
tags:
  • 19th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
  • Victorians
  • World War 1
  • WW2
date: 19 Jun
The Establishment of the London Metropolitan Police -  June 19th 1829  -     Glasgow had one from 1800. Ireland had the newly established Royal Irish Constabulary. Local authorities had always been in charge of law and order in England but it was felt this was not working. The English public had long been suspicious of a force set up to control...
tags:
  • 19th Century
date: 17 Jun
5 Arrested for Breaking into Watergate Hotel and Office Complex, Washington DC     -  17th June 1972  -           In May 1972 burglars broke in to headquarters of the Democratic Party. They stole top secret documents, photographed others and bugged the telephones. The wiretaps failed to work as well as they had hoped so another illegal entry was...
tags:
  • 20th Century
  • American History
  • Politics
  • This week in history
date: 06 Jun
The Founding of the YMCA    - 6th June 1844 -    For many people the letters YMCA conjure up images of the Village People singing a song of that name back in 1978. However, the history of the YMCA goes back exactly 100 years from my last blog on 6th June – D-Day. In many respects it was a different sort of D-day – a rescue not of a country, France...
tags:
  • 19th Century
  • This week in history
  • Victorians
date: 03 Jun
The Death of Samuel Plimsoll  -  3rd June 1898  -     A common question/name in pub quizzes and a type of trainer, the name Plimsoll is relatively well known. Most would associate the name with ships but probably not a lot more than that. Samuel Plimsoll was to play a vital role in the rights and lives of sailors and was to devote much of his life...
tags:
  • 19th Century
  • Biography
  • This week in history
  • Victorians