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date: 22 Sep
Sir Robert Walpole Moves in to 10 Downing Street     -  22nd September 1735  -     When you think of grand palaces and homes of the leaders of nations you think about the impressive White House in Washington, the Elysee Palace in Paris, the Kremlin in Russia or the Quirinal Palace in Rome. You don’t tend to think of a terraced house in a London...
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  • 18th Century
  • Politics
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date: 15 Apr
The Publication of the ‘Dictionary of the English Language’ by Dr. Samuel Johnson    - 15th April 1755 -    There are several seminal works in the English language – The Venerable Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People, The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer, The Diary of Anne Frank, War and Peace by Tolstoy – and the Dictionary written by...
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  • 18th Century
  • Education
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date: 07 Dec
The Great Storm  - 7th December 1703 -  (26th November in the old calendar)   John Evelyn described the storm in his diary as ‘not to be paralleled with anything happening in our age or in any history almost ... every moment like Job’s messengers brings the sad tidings of this universal judgement.’ In an age when news was not even monthly, let...
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date: 30 Sep
The First Performance of the Magic Flute      - Vienna, September 30th 1791 -    The music critic Neville Cardus wrote that The Magic Flute is, “the only one in existence that might conceivably have been composed by God.” Beethoven considered the opera to be Mozart’s greatest work. On one level the opera, Mozart’s last completed work, is like a...
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  • 18th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Music
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date: 14 Jul
Storming of the Bastille – 14th July 1789     This historical period is one of strong emphasis on freedom: the freedom of expression; freedom of belief; freedom of press; freedom of scholarly thought; and the freedom of the individual in society. Revolutions took place across the world in this era of liberty. The American Revolutionary War...
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  • 18th Century
  • French Revolution
  • Kings & Queens
  • Politics
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