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date: 17 Jan
Start of Prohibition in the United States of America     -  January 17th 1920  -       The history of America flirting with ‘banning the bottle’ actually started in 1851 when Maine passed a stateside law prohibiting the making and sale of alcohol. Twelve other states followed suit. Such was its unpopularity that it led to riots and civil unrest....
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  • 20th Century
  • American History
  • This week in history
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: 06 Jan
The Crowning of the Last Anglo-Saxon King of England Harold II (Godwinson)     -  January 6th 1066  -     The military invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, and the subsequent war of succession of the same year, was triggered by the coronation of Harold II, Godwinson, on January 6th. When William, back in Normandy, heard that...
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  • 11th Century
  • Anglo Saxon
  • Kings & Queens
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date: 06 Dec
The Death of Anthony Trollope     -  6th December 1882  -     From a childhood that was unhappy, uncertain, in terms of a stable home, and socially awkward to a career in the Civil Service that was, in many ways, unimpressive by his own admission, sprung a writing career that is among the best known in English literature with a memorial in Poets’...
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  • 19th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Biography
  • This week in history
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