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date: 30 Sep
The First Performance of the Magic Flute      - Vienna, September 30th 1791 -    The music critic Neville Cardus wrote that The Magic Flute is, “the only one in existence that might conceivably have been composed by God.” Beethoven considered the...
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  • 18th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Music
  • This week in history
date: 02 Sep
2nd September 1973   - The Death of JRR Tolkien -    The Hobbit, the unexpected bestseller and cult novel, written by JRR Tolkien was never intended for publication. It stemmed from the mundane beginnings of marking exam scripts. A student had left...
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  • 20th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Biography
  • This week in history
date: 29 Jun
The Original Globe Theatre Burns Down   -   29th June 1613   In 1597 a certain Mr Allen failed to renew the lease on the land on which the theatre owned by Richard Burbage, the leading actor in a company named ‘The Lord Chamberlain’s Men’, was built...
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  • 17th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • This week in history
  • Tudor
date: 15 Jun
The Founding of the Women’s Institute in the UK     -  June 16th 1915  -   For many the WI is the epitome of Britishness - cake, Jam and Jerusalem. What some may not know is that this very British institution was originally started in Stoney Creek,...
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  • 20th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • This week in history
  • World War 1
date: 30 May
The Death of Christopher Marlowe  -  30th May 1593   Much has been written about the life and career of Christopher Marlowe. For a man who has a stained glass window in honour of him in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, there is as much written...
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  • 16th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • This week in history
  • Tudor