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date: 10 Jan
The First Underground Service in London is Opened     -  10th January 1863  -    Due to the massive population explosion in London became difficult to navigate and congested – no change there. Central London was a no-go area for trains which all stopped at the West End or the City due to earlier government decisions. Something was needed to link...
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  • This week in history
  • Victorians
date: 30 Nov
The Death of Oscar Wilde   -  30th November 1900  -     “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go.”   These were reportedly the last words of Oscar Wilder before he died of meningitis in a seedy Paris bedsit, penniless, on 30th November 1900. One of the most quoted writers of all time Oscar Wilde is...
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  • 20th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • This week in history
  • Victorians
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: 06 Jun
The Founding of the YMCA    - 6th June 1844 -    For many people the letters YMCA conjure up images of the Village People singing a song of that name back in 1978. However, the history of the YMCA goes back exactly 100 years from my last blog on 6th June – D-Day. In many respects it was a different sort of D-day – a rescue not of a country, France...
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  • 19th Century
  • This week in history
  • Victorians
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...
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  • 19th Century
  • Biography
  • This week in history
  • Victorians