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date: 19 Jun
The Establishment of the London Metropolitan Police   -  June 19th1829  -       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...
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date: 21 May
The Official Opening of the Manchester Ship Canal     -  May 21st1894  -       Raw cotton, imported from America, was arriving in huge quantities in North West England. The conditions in that area were perfect. The damp, moist environment prevented...
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date: 10 Jan
The First Underground Service in London is Opened     -  10th January 1863  -    Due to the massive population explosion in London became difficult to navigate and congested – no change there. Central London was a no-go area for trains which all...
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date: 30 Nov
The Death of Oscar Wilde   -  30th November 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: 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...
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