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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
date: 24 Mar
The Escape from Stalag Luft III   - 24th March 1944 -   Depicted in the film The Great Escape, the attempt by 200 men to free themselves from a German prison, for Air Officers, in the middle of a forest in Upper Silesia, has gone down in legend. This vast POW camp in Poland, then East Germany, 100miles south east of Berlin, was the scene one of...
tags:
  • 20th Century
  • This week in history
  • WW2
date: 05 Mar
The Death of Josef Stalin   March 5th 1953   Mid-February Stalin left for his ‘dacha’, holiday home, just outside Moscow. He was growing old and weary. He was 74 and had been leader of the Soviet Union from the mid 1920s. Already he had voiced the possibility of retiring from the leadership of his party. The other membersof the Central Committee...
tags:
  • 20th Century
  • Politics
  • WW2
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...
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  • 20th Century
  • Biography
  • Politics
  • WW2
date: 22 Dec
The West German Chancellor walks through the Brandenburg Gate to shake hands with the East German Prime Minister - December 22nd 1989 -   two great post World War 2 peace conferences at Yalta and Potsdam created a situation that was to symbolise the Cold War – and the idea of an iron curtain. The defeated country, Germany, was to be divided up...
tags:
  • 20th Century
  • Politics
  • This week in history
  • WW2