• Dec022013

    The death of Hernán Cortés – 2 December 1547

    “He came dancing across the water with his galleons and guns, Looking for the new world in that palace in…

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  • Jul112013
    To Kill A Mockingbird

    Harper Lee publishes To Kill A Mockingbird – 11 July 1960

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    “…Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”…

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  • Jul052012
    Joseph Nicéphore Niépce

    Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and the first photograph

     Look at the camera and say ‘cheese’ and ‘thank you’ to Joseph Nicéphore Niépce who died on this day in…

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  • Jun142012

    Dr John Alexander Tomlinson: obituary

    Plant pathologist, virologist, saviour of the British watercress industry, BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc My father, who died on Tuesday 12…

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  • Mar292012

    The death of Captain Robert Falcon Scott – 29 March 1912

    In the 1960s space was the final frontier. But just 50 years earlier, the final frontier was the South Pole.…

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  • Oct022011

    The death of Marie Stopes – 2 October 1958

    “I have some things to say about sex, which, so far as I am aware, have not yet been said…

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  • Jun142011
    Emmeline Pankhurst

    The death of Emmeline Pankhurst – 14 June 1928

    Today, we remember one of the most important British women of the 20th century who died on this day, 1928.…

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  • May302011
    Joan of Arc

    The burning of Joan of Arc – 30 May 1431

    “Whatever thing men call great, look for it in Joan of Arc, and there you will find it.” – Mark…

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  • May192011

    The beheading of Anne Boleyn – 19 May 1536

    Four-hundred and seventy-five years ago today, Anne Boleyn knelt upright on a scaffold in the Tower of London on the…

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  • Feb042011
    Meena Keshwar Kamal

    Remembering Meena Keshwar Kamal

    In 1989, as a 26-year-old, I first truly understood what it was like to be disrespected because I am a…

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