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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...
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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...
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  • 20th Century
  • Art & Culture
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  • 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...
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  • 19th Century
  • Kings & Queens
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  • 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...
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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...
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  • 19th Century
  • Biography
  • This week in history
  • Victorians