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date: 07 Nov
The Mary Celeste Leaves New York Harbour     -  7th November 1872  -     So much has been written about this boat that was found abandoned between the Azores and the Portuguese coast. So much speculation. It is probably what Donald Trump would now call ‘Fake News’. Why? All because a hard up author, under the name of Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle, wrote...
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  • 19th Century
  • American History
  • News
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date: 30 Oct
The Forming of the Yeomen of the Guard     -  October 30th 1485  -     The Battle of Bosworth on 22nd June 1485 was a watershed moment in English history in many ways. A new royal house – the Tudors – had taken over, the Wars of the Roses were effectively over with the houses of York and Lancaster united, and a period that was to last from 1485-...
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  • 15th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
  • Tudor
date: 29 Oct
Spain Announce the Return of the Monarchy     -  29th October 1975  -       The Franco regime, it is claimed, led to the deaths of over 400,000 dissenters and opponents of his reign. This was mostly through forced labour and the concentration camps that he ran. His 36-year reign ended just before his death, when he was severely ill, when it was...
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  • 20th Century
  • This week in history
  • WW2
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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