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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: 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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  • 20th Century
  • Art & Culture
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date: 06 Jun
D-Day -  6th June 1944 -     Two stories. One known the world over, one less so. The first story is well known 71 years on. At 6.30am 156,000 Allied troops landed on 5 beaches along a 50 mile stretch of Normandy beach, codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold,...
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  • 20th Century
  • Battles
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  • WW2
date: 01 May
The Discovery of the Body of George Mallory   -  1st May 1999  –     “If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself...
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  • Explorers
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date: 06 Feb
The Munich Air Disaster    - 6th February 1958 -    Currently lying second, behind Wolves, in the First Division of the Football League Manchester United were going for their third successive league title. Their side’s average age was just 24 and...
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  • 20th Century
  • Football
  • Sport
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