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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: 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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  • 20th Century
  • Politics
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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: 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: 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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  • 20th Century
  • American History
  • Politics
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