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date: 05 Aug
The Mayflower Sets Sail for the New World  -  August 5th 1620  -     The religious turmoil of sixteenth century Britain, the split from Rome under Henry VIII’s Act of Supremacy in 1535, the establishment of the Church of England under Henry, then completed under Elizabeth I and the leanings of the first Stuart King, James I, led to a group of...
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  • 17th Century
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date: 10 Mar
Charles I dissolves Parliament to start his ‘Personal Rule’    - 10th March 1629 -    During the reign of James I Parliament had grown increasingly powerful and was using finance as a way of exerting more and more power over the monarch. However, Charles I was having none of this and, with his steadfast belief in the divine right of kings, that it...
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  • 17th Century
  • English Civil War
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date: 13 Feb
The Collapse of the Central Tower of Ely Cathedral    - 13th February 1322 -    The monks had just finished the service of matins, around 4.30am, in the monastery at Ely. There was a noise so loud that they believed they were suffering an earthquake. What had happened was that the central tower of the cathedral, where the nave joins the chancel...
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  • 14th Century
  • Medieval
  • Religion
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...
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  • Assassination
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date: 06 Jan
January:  New Beginnings  -  January is a time of new beginnings and starts. It is perhaps worth remembering why the month is so called. All the months of our calendar come from Roman times before Christ.  January itself is named after Janus the God of beginnings and transitions. He is a two-headed God looking back to the past and ahead to the...
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