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date: 12 Oct
The Brighton Bombing     -  12th October 1984  -     The early 1980s were a fascinating, concerning and divisive time in British politics. Margaret Thatcher had been in power since 1979 and had enjoyed popular success in the Falkland’s Conflict in 1982. After calling an election in 1983 she defeated Labour’s Michael Foot to win the most decisive...
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date: 12 Sep
The Discovery of the Lascaux Cave   -  12th September 1940  -     Marcel Ravidat was walking his dog in the Dordogne region of South-West France on Lascaux Hill, near the village of Montignac. The dog suddenly disappeared into a cavity that was hidden by bushes. Marcel went to find the dog and called him out. The following day, 12th September, he...
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date: 28 Jul
The Discovery of the Sutton Hoo Helmet  - 28th July 1939 -    "I think it’s fair to say that the Sutton Hoo helmet is the face of the Anglo-Saxons, perhaps even all of the early middle ages in Europe. It is shown on numerous book covers, got its own commemorative stamp for the 250th anniversary of the British Museum and features in countless...
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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...
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  • American History
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date: 15 May 2017
The Antikythera Mechanism revealed as a computer   - 17th May 1902 -    A definition of a computer is often held to be a machine that is capable of performing a set of operations automatically to produce a result in the form of information. Charles Babbage is considered the father of the computer when he invented the first mechanical computer in...
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