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date: 18 Jul
The Ballot Act  - July 18th 1872 -    The foundations of electoral reform in the UK lay in the French Revolution in the last years of the 18th Century. This event led to an explosion of ideas and demands of democracy. The ruling classes in the UK were all too aware of what had occurred the other side of the English Channel and had no wish to see...
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  • 19th Century
  • Politics
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date: 09 Jul
The First Wimbledon Championships     -  July 9th 1877  -     The very first championships held by the All England Club, Wimbledon, were about as far removed from today’s version as one could possibly imagine. The only similarity was the rain delay that moved the final from Monday 16th July to Thursday 19th.   With the new retractable roof...
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  • 19th Century
  • Sport
  • This week in history
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 one of the first conflicts to have war correspondents. Russell, in his job, saw many acts of bravery...
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  • 19th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
  • Victorians
  • World War 1
  • WW2
date: 19 Jun
The Establishment of the London Metropolitan Police -  June 19th 1829  -     Glasgow had one from 1800. Ireland had the newly established Royal Irish Constabulary. Local authorities had always been in charge of law and order in England but it was felt this was not working. The English public had long been suspicious of a force set up to control...
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  • 19th Century
date: 17 Jun
5 Arrested for Breaking into Watergate Hotel and Office Complex, Washington DC     -  17th June 1972  -           In May 1972 burglars broke in to headquarters of the Democratic Party. They stole top secret documents, photographed others and bugged the telephones. The wiretaps failed to work as well as they had hoped so another illegal entry was...
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  • 20th Century
  • American History
  • Politics
  • This week in history