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16 October 1939: The first Luftwaffe air raid on Britain targetted...

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16 October 1939

The first Luftwaffe air raid on Britain targetted ships in the Firth of Forth in Scotland.

By June 1953: The thirteenth-century Revelations of Mechthild...

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By June 1953

The thirteenth-century Revelations of Mechthild of Magdeburg appeared for the first time in English, translated and introduced by Lucy Menzies .

1296: Edward I signalled the presumed success of...

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1296

Edward I signalled the presumed success of his invasion and subjugation of Scotland (of which he claimed feudal overlordship) by removing to Westminster Abbey the Stone of Scone, which was linked to the crowning...

After 1 September 1915: The report of the Shops Committee and the...

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After 1 September 1915

The report of the Shops Committee and the Commercial Employments Committee recommended that more men be freed for military service and be replaced with women.

September 1892: The monthly British Women's Temperance Journal...

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September 1892

The monthly British Women's Temperance Journal ceased publication in London. It was the first British feminist temperance paper, having begun in January 1886.

1946: John Lehmann founded his own publishing house...

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1946

John Lehmann founded his own publishing house at 6 Henrietta Street, London.

1910: Bram Stoker published Famous Impostors, a...

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1910

Bram Stoker published Famous Impostors, a set of sensational biographies which includes a chapter on cross-dressing women (particularly female soldiers like Hannah Snell ), and wild speculation that Queen Elizabeth the First was actually...

15 June 1866: The Austro-Prussian or Seven Weeks' War broke...

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15 June 1866

The Austro-Prussian or Seven Weeks' War broke out (deliberately provoked by Bismarck ) between Prussia and Italy on one side and Austria and a number of minor German states on the other.

: John Bateman published The Acre-Ocracy of...

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1877

John Bateman published The Acre-Ocracy of England, which was revised and reprinted between 1878 and 1883 as The Great Landowners of Great Britain and Ireland, and was popularly known as The New Doomsday Book.

11 January-4 July 1879: Thousands were killed in the British war...

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11 January-4 July 1879

Thousands were killed in the British war against the Zulu under chief Cetewayo or Cetshwayo in Zululand (now KwaZulu-Natal), South Africa.

25 March 1586: Margaret Clitherow, a Catholic woman of York,...

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25 March 1586

Margaret Clitherow , a Catholic woman of York, was punished with the death penalty for harbouring priests; she was pressed to death.

9 September 1976: Mao Zedong (also known in the west as Mao...

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9 September 1976

Mao Zedong (also known in the west as Mao Tse-Tung) died in Beijing, in his eighties. His death was followed by a series of cataclysmic changes in the Chinese political system.

1967: A bicycle race at Otley in Yorkshire, including...

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1967

A bicycle race at Otley in Yorkshire, including male and female competitors, was won by Beryl Burton (who as a child had suffered from paralysis following a bout of rheumatic fever).

11 June 1987: In the general election the Conservative...

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11 June 1987

In the general election the Conservative Party under Margaret Thatcher retained power, though with a somewhat reduced majority.

1863: Frederick Walton patented linoleum, the first...

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1863

Frederick Walton patented linoleum, the first mass-produced floor covering.

9 June 1705 : John Vanbrugh was officially appointed architect,...

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9 June 1705

John Vanbrugh was officially appointed architect, with the assistance of Nicholas Hawksmoor , to build Blenheim Palace at Woodstock in Oxfordshire as a national thank-offering to the Duke of Marlborough .

1787: Ottobah Cugoano published Thoughts and Sentiments...

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1787

Ottobah Cugoano published Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species.

1917: Britain appointed its first official war...

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1917

Britain appointed its first official war artists: Eric Kennington , William Orpen , and William Rothenstein .

1883: Asylum reformer and feminist Louisa Lowe...

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1883

Asylum reformer and feminist Louisa Lowe published The Bastilles of England; or, The Lunacy Laws at Work.

February 1673: The Third Dutch War broke out; it lasted...

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February 1673

The Third Dutch War broke out; it lasted until the following year, to be ended partly by the unwillingness of the parliament to provide Charles II with further funds.

27 May 1878: The Factory and Workshop Act passed....

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27 May 1878

The Factory and Workshop Act passed.

10 December 1953: Former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill...

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10 December 1953

Former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill of Great Britain was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.
The Nobel Foundation,. Nobel E-Museum.

1417: Elizabeth de la Pole had a friar to instruct...

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1417

Elizabeth de la Pole had a friar to instruct her during her stay at Bruisyard Abbey near Framlingham in Suffolk.

1873: Bismarck persuaded Russia and Austria to...

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1873

Bismarck persuaded Russia and Austria to join with Germany in forming the League of the Three Emperors a plan announced the previous year.

29 March 1972: A major exhibition of ancient Egyptian treasures...

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29 March 1972

A major exhibition of ancient Egyptian treasures associated with the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun opened at the British Museum , to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the treasures on 16 February 1923.