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First Evidence for Caesar’s Invasion of Britain Discovered

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have discovered the first evidence for Julius Caesar’s invasion of Britain in 54BC. Continue reading “First Evidence for Caesar’s Invasion of Britain Discovered”

1644 – John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship

On This Day – 23 November 1644

Areopagitica; A speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England is a 1644 prose polemical* tract by the English poet, scholar, and polemical author John Milton opposing licensing and censorship. Continue reading “1644 – John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship”

1941 – Sinking of the HMS Ark Royal

On This Day – 14 November 1941

The HMS Ark Royal was sunk

Commissioned in November 1938, the HMS Ark Royal was sunk less than three years later  on 14 November 1941 by the German U-81. The HMS Ark Royal was an innovative Royal Navy aircraft carrier serving during WWII, the first on which the flight deck and hangers were an integral part of the hull.

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1948 – Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali massacre

12 December

The Batang Kali massacre was the killing of 24 unarmed villagers by British troops on this day in 1948 during the Malayan Emergency. The incident occurred during counter-insurgency operations against Malay and Chinese communists in Malaya – then a colony of the British Crown. It was described as “Britain’s My Lai” in Christopher Hale’s Massacre in Malaya: exposing Britain’s My Lai. Despite several investigations by the British government since the 1950s, and a re-examination of the evidence by the Royal Malaysia Police between 1993 and 1997, no charges were brought against any of the alleged perpetrators.

1960 – The first episode of Coronation Street is broadcast in the United Kingdom

9 December

Coronation Street is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 1960. The programme centres on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on Salford, its terraced houses, café, corner shop, newsagents, textile factory and The Rovers Return pub. The fictional street was built in the early 1900s and named in honour of the coronation of King Edward VII. Continue reading “1960 – The first episode of Coronation Street is broadcast in the United Kingdom”

1952 – The Great Smog of ’52

5 December

The Great Smog of ’52 was a severe air-pollution event that affected London during December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants mostly from the use of coal to form a thick layer of smog over the city. It lasted from Friday 5 December to Tuesday 9 December 1952, and then dispersed quickly after a change of weather. Continue reading “1952 – The Great Smog of ’52”

1919 – Lady Astor is elected as a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom

28 November

Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor, (19 May 1879 – 2 May 1964) was the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat. Continue reading “1919 – Lady Astor is elected as a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom”

Mummification more common and widespread than previously believed.

Archaeologists at the University of Sheffield working with colleagues from the University of Manchester and University College London have discovered that some ancient Briton burials are consistent with a prehistoric mummy from northern Yemen. Continue reading “Mummification more common and widespread than previously believed.”

WWII The 75th Anniversary

2 September – Shifting US Policy

Following the agreement made in July and later detailed negotiations, a deal is now ratified between Britain and the USA. Continue reading “WWII The 75th Anniversary”

WWII The 75th Anniversary

September 1940 – Battle of the Atlantic

British problems in coastal waters increase when German E-Boats (see below) now begin major operations off the east coast of the British Isles. Continue reading “WWII The 75th Anniversary”

WWII The 75th Anniversary

31 August – The Battle of Britain

This is the RAF’s most difficult period of the battle. The Luftwaffe were now in measurable distance of achieving their objective of air superiority over south-east England. Continue reading “WWII The 75th Anniversary”

WWII The 75th Anniversary

30 August – The Battle of Britain

German attacks intensify, many airfields are hit … Continue reading “WWII The 75th Anniversary”

WWII The 75th Anniversary

29 August – Battle of Britain

Luftwaffe attacks continue today … Continue reading “WWII The 75th Anniversary”

Catherine of Aragon

Did you know?

Modern depictions of Catherine of Aragon seem obsessed with one aspect of her … she was ‘Spanish’. This means that she must have looked stereotypically ‘Spanish’,  dark hair and eyes and olive complexion. It could not be further from the truth …. Continue reading “Catherine of Aragon”

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