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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
date: 30 Jan
The Death of Mohandas K. Gandhi - 30th January 1948 -    At 5.10pm on 30th January Gandhi entered the garden of Birla House, New Delhi, to attend an evening prayer meeting. He ascended the four steps to the prayer mandap, a platform put up for the purpose. A man approached him and bent low. “You are late for prayer today,” he said. Gandhi replied...
tags:
  • 20th Century
  • Assassination
  • Biography
  • Politics
  • Religion
date: 24 Jan
The Death of Sir Winston Churchill  - 24th January 1965 -    Having suffered a stroke on 15th January, Winston Churchill lay dying in a downstairs bedroom in his house in Hyde Park Gate, Kensington. His doctor, Lord Moran, gave daily bulletins on his health. Just after 8am the BBC announced the news that he had died that morning with his family by...
tags:
  • 20th Century
  • Biography
  • Politics
  • WW2
date: 25 Jan
First Transcontinental Telephone Call - January 25th 1915 -   Alexander Graham Bell in New York and Thomas Watson in San Francisco make a record telephone transmission. The New York Times said the following:   “On October 9th 1876 Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson talked by telephone to each other over a two-mile wire stretched between...
tags:
  • 20th Century
  • American History
  • Biography
  • Inventors
  • Scientists
  • This week in history
date: 15 Nov
The Capture of Winston Churchill in South Africa - Wednesday 15th November 1899 -    The 2nd Boer War, 11th October 1899 – 31st May 1902 – was fought between the armies of Britain, the Cape and the Natal Colonies with Afrikaner support and backed by help from Australia, New Zealand, British India and Canada and the Boer Republic, the Republic of...
tags:
  • 19th Century
  • Biography
  • Politics
  • This week in history