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date: 10 Dec
The Abdication of Edward VIII     -  10/11thDecember 1936  -     On 10th December 1936 Edward VIII executed an “Instrument of Abdication”. This was given legal effect the following day when he gave Royal assent to “His Majesty’s Declaration of...
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  • 20th Century
  • Kings & Queens
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date: 07 Dec
The Great Storm     -  7thDecember 1703  -   (26thNovember in the old calendar)     John Evelyn described the storm in his diary as ‘not to be paralleled with anything happening in our age or in any history almost ... every moment like Job’s...
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  • 18th Century
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date: 30 Nov
The Death of Oscar Wilde     -  30thNovember 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...
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date: 24 Nov
Abel Tasman Sights a New Island South of Australia     -  24thNovember 1642  -     Born in Lutjegast, Netherlands, around 1603, Tasman worked for the Dutch East India Company on anti-smuggling raids and other marine exercises before receiving his...
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  • 17th Century
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date: 07 Nov
Dr. David Livingstone meets Henry Morton Stanley     -  10th November 1871 – Modern day Tanzania  -       I did not know how he would receive me; so I did what cowardice and false pride suggested was the best thing, - walked deliberately to him,...
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  • 19th Century
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