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date: 16 Oct
The Fire that Destroyed The Palace of Westminster     -  16th October 1834  -     There are concerns that the current Palace of Westminster is not only unfit for purpose but also falling down. There are talks about vast sums of money having to be spent to repair it and for Parliament to move to a new purpose built headquarters.   The current...
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  • 19th Century
  • Politics
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date: 08 Oct
Robert Stephenson’s Locomotive, The Rocket, wins the Rainhill Trials     -  8th October 1829  -     The Stephenson family will be forever remembered as one of the key railway families in our Island’s history. George Stephenson is even known as the father of the railways and built the first intercity train line between Liverpool and Manchester. He...
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  • 19th Century
  • Inventors
  • Scientists
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date: 18 Jul
The Ballot Act  - July 18th 1872 -    The foundations of electoral reform in the UK lay in the French Revolution in the last years of the 18th Century. This event led to an explosion of ideas and demands of democracy. The ruling classes in the UK were all too aware of what had occurred the other side of the English Channel and had no wish to see...
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  • 19th Century
  • Politics
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date: 09 Jul
The First Wimbledon Championships     -  July 9th 1877  -     The very first championships held by the All England Club, Wimbledon, were about as far removed from today’s version as one could possibly imagine. The only similarity was the rain delay that moved the final from Monday 16th July to Thursday 19th.   With the new retractable roof...
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  • 19th Century
  • Sport
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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...
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  • 19th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
  • Victorians
  • World War 1
  • WW2