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Post by AAAlphaThunder » Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:18 pm

A tough job is a Merchant Seaman and even more so with the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Post by Richard Frost » Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:10 am

13th July

NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY
NATIONAL DELAWARE DAY
NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY

On This Day in history

1174 William I of Scotland, a key rebel in the Revolt of 1173–1174, was captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to Henry II of England.
1643 English Civil War: At the Battle of Roundway Down, (near Devizes, Wiltshire) Henry Wilmot, 1st Earl of Rochester, and commander of the Royalist forces, heavily defeated the Parliamentarian forces led by Sir William Waller. It was the greatest cavalry victory of the English Civil War.
1713 A treaty signed between Great Britain and Spain at Utrecht ceded Gibraltar to Britain in perpetuity.
1811 The birth, in Glasgow, of James Young a chemist best known for his method of distilling paraffin from coal. His works, at Bathgate in West Lothian became the first truly commercail oil works in the world.
1837 Queen Victoria became the first sovereign to move into Buckingham Palace.
1911 The night of the 1911 census. A suffragette hid in a broom cupboard in the House of Commons so that she could record The House of Commons as her address, ‘thus making my claim to the same right as men’.
1919 The British airship R34 landed in Norfolk, completing the first airship return journey across the Atlantic in a time of 182 hours.
1943 The Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history, involving some 6,000 tanks, 2,000,000 troops, and 4,000 aircraft, ended in defeat for Germany.
1955 Nightclub hostess Ruth Ellis became the last woman to be hanged in Britain - executed at Holloway Prison for the murder of her lover David Blakely.
1967 In the heat of the mountain stage of the Tour de France, British cyclist Tony Simpson, 29, collapsed and died.
1983 The House of Commons voted 361-245 against the restoration of the death penalty.
1985 Two simultaneous 'Live Aid' concerts, one in London (Wembley Stadium) and one in Philadelphia, raised over £50 million for famine victims in Africa. Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially opened Live Aid. The 16-hour 'super concert' was globally linked by satellite to more than a billion viewers in 110 nations.
1991 Bryan Adams went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with Everything I Do I Do It For You from the film Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves. It stayed at No.1 for a record breaking 16 weeks, and was also a No.1 in the US and 16 other countries.
1993 Officials in Manchester bidding to hold the 2000 Olympic Games were told that their chances were 'very, very high'. Their bid was not successful.
1995 The first man in Britain to be prosecuted under the War Crimes Act appeared at Epsom Magistrates, when Szymon Serafimowicz, aged 84, was charged with murdering 4 million Jews in 1941 and 1942.
2002 One man died and at least 100 people were injured in Brighton after more than 200,000 people attended a free concert on the beach, overwhelming emergency services.
2016 Theresa May, the former Home Secretary, became Prime Minister after David Cameron resigned (24th June) following a referendum that voted in favour of leaving the European Union.

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Post by AAAlphaThunder » Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:09 pm

[1911] The night of the 1911 census. A suffragette hid in a broom cupboard in the House of Commons so that she could record The House of Commons as her address, ‘thus making my claim to the same right as men’.

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Post by Richard Frost » Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:06 am

14th July
NATIONAL GRAND MARNIER DAY
NATIONAL MAC AND CHEESE DAY
NATIONAL NUDE DAY
NATIONAL TAPE MEASURE DAY

On This Day in history - 14th July

1766 The official opening of the 137 mile long Grand Union Canal (Britain's longest canal) that links London to Birmingham
1789 The Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie finally completed his journey to the mouth of the great river he hoped would take him to the Pacific, but which turns out to flow into the Arctic Ocean. Later named after him, the Mackenzie is the second-longest river system in North America.
1791 The Priestley Riots (also known as the Birmingham Riots of 1791) took place from 14th to 17th July. The rioters' main targets were English Dissenters, i.e. those Christians who had separated from the Church of England, most notably the controversial clergyman and chemist Joseph Priestley, who is credited with the discovery of oxygen.
1858 The birth, in Moss Side Manchester, of Emmeline Pankhurst, the English suffragette who led the fight for women's suffrage in Britain, often by violent means.
1865British climber Edward Whymper led the first team of climbers to reach the summit of the Matterhorn in the Alps. As they made their way down, Douglas Hadow, aged 19, slipped and dragged two English climbers and a guide after him. The rope snapped and they plunged to their deaths down a 4,000 ft precipice, but the three others in the party were saved.
1867 Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel demonstrated dynamite for the first time, at a quarry in Redhill, Surrey.
1903 It became known that the government would reject proposals to introduce driving tests, vehicle inspections and penalties for drunken drivers.
1939 The government announced that all infants and nursing mothers would get fresh milk free or at no more than two pence a pint.
1940 World War II: Britain tackled the threat of a German invasion by forming the Home Guard - a part-time volunteer army, generally comprising men too old for national service.
1958 Iraq became a republic after the assassination of King Faisal.
1962 The Beatles played their first gig in Wales when they appeared at The Regent Dansette Theatre in Rhyl.
1967 Abortion was legalized in Britain.
1991 British troops protecting the Kurdish population in Iraq began to pull out of the region.
1996 A bomb exploded in a hotel at Enniskillen in Northern Ireland in which 40 people were injured. It was the first bomb in the province for two years.
1997 Convicted murderer and former London gangster Reggie Kray married Roberta Jones at Maidstone Prison in Kent.
2005 The death of Dame Cicely Saunders, English nurse, physician and writer. She helped the dying and terminally ill to end their lives in the most comfortable way possible and is best known for her role in the birth of the hospice movement.
2014 The Church of England General Synod approved women bishops. The announcement was followed by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, leading the General Synod in a rendition of 'We are Marching in the Light of God'. The Rt. Rev. Libby Lane became the first female Church of England bishop, when she was consecrated Bishop of Stockport in a ceremony at York Minster.

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Post by kevinchess1 » Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:34 am

Indiana Jones birthday, he's older than me :thumbup:
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Post by AAAlphaThunder » Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:00 pm

[1939] The government announced that all infants and nursing mothers would get fresh milk free or at no more than two pence a pint.

A policy that should never have been abolished.
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Post by Richard Frost » Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:17 am

15th July

NATIONAL I LOVE HORSES DAY
NATIONAL GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY
NATIONAL PET FIRE SAFETY DAY
NATIONAL TAPIOCA PUDDING DAY
World Youth Skills Day (A/RES/69/145)

On This Day in history - 15th July

971 According to the legend of St. Swithin, if it rains today, it will be the start of forty days of rain. St Swithin was bishop of Winchester Cathedral and asked to be buried outside it so that he would be exposed to ‘the feet of passers-by and the drops falling from above’.
1207 England's King John expelled Canterbury monks for supporting the Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton. Langton was a central figure in the dispute between King John and Pope Innocent III, which was a contributing factor to the crisis which led to the issuing of Magna Carta in 1215.
1381 John Ball, a leader in the Peasants' Revolt, was hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II. The revolt later came to be seen as a mark of the beginning of the end of serfdom in medieval England.
1573 The birth of the architect Inigo Jones, He left his mark on London by designing the Banqueting House, Whitehall and Covent Garden square which became a model for future developments in the West End.
1685 Charles II's illegitimate son (the Duke of Monmouth) was executed for rebelling against James II. His head was then put back on his shoulders so that his portrait could be painted.
1815 French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered to Captain Maitland aboard the English ship Bellerophon, at Rochefort, before being sent into exile on the island of St Helena.
1857 200 British men, women and children were chopped up by local butchers and thrown down a well at Cawnpore, as the Indian Mutiny continued.
1858 The birth of the British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst. Emmeline and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia lived for 10 years at 62 Nelson Street, Manchester. It was the birthplace of the Suffragette movement and is now the Pankhurst Centre
1865 The birth of Alfred (Charles William) Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe. Northcliffe introduced the first tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mail, followed later by the Daily Mirror. He also took over The Times in 1908, and improved its declining sales.
1912 National Insurance payments began in Britain.
1948 Alcoholics Anonymous, in existence in the USA since 1935, was founded in London.
195 Murderer John Christie, responsible for the deaths of at least six women in his home at 10, Rillington Place, London, was hanged.
1966 A West Indian, refused a job at Euston Station was later employed there after managers overturned a ban on black workers.
1977 The government announced a 10% pay restriction on wages to help curb inflation.
1996 Prince Charles and Princess Diana were granted a decree nisi. Princess Diana could no longer be addressed as Her Royal Highness but was to be known as Diana, Princess of Wales.
2000 Two men caught on camera for dangerous driving escaped prosecution in a landmark case, as it had violated their human rights.
2014 Former Tory leader William Hague resigned, thus ending his political career which started at the aged of 16 when he took the 1977 Conservative Party conference by storm.
2015 The planned 'free vote' by MPs on weakening the hunting ban was dropped after the SNP decided to vote against the changes, even though they only affect England and Wales. Under the proposals, hunters in England and Wales would have been able to use a pack of dogs to flush out foxes before shooting them. There is currently a limit of two dogs.

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Post by AAAlphaThunder » Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:30 pm

[1912] National Insurance payments began in Britain.

A commendable safety net for everyone.
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Post by Richard Frost » Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:01 am

16th July

GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY
NATIONAL CORN FRITTERS DAY
NATIONAL PERSONAL CHEF DAY - https://nationaldaycalendar.com/nationa ... y-july-16/

On this day in history

1377 The Coronation of Richard II, aged 10. He was king of England until he was deposed in 1399.
1439 Kissing was banned in England because of the Plague.
1557 The death, aged 41, of Anne of Cleves, Queen of England and 4th wife of Henry VIII.
1723 The birth of Sir Joshua Reynolds, an influential English painter, specialising in portraits. He was one of the founders and first President of the Royal Academy. King George III appreciated his merits and knighted him in 1769.
1902 Eight bills for the building of London underground lines received their second reading in the House of Commons.
1915 The American born writer Henry James became a British citizen, to highlight his commitment to England during the first World War.
1945 The leaders of the three Allied nations (Winston Churchill, Harry S Truman and Josef Stalin) gathered in the German city of Potsdam to decide the future of a defeated Germany.
1955 Stirling Moss won the British Grand Prix at the Aintree track near Liverpool - the first time an Englishman had triumphed in the race. His success in a variety of categories placed him among the world's elite and he is often called 'the greatest driver never to win the World Championship'.
1964 The Rolling Stones had their first UK No.1 single with It's All Over Now, although their American tour, just a month earlier had been, in Bill Wyman's words, 'a disaster',
1970 Prime Minister Edward Heath declared a state of emergency following the start of a national dock strike - the first state of emergency issued in Britain since 1926.
1987 The two biggest airlines in the UK (One time rivals British Caledonian and British Airways) merged in order to compete with America's giant air corporations.
1988 Lord Harewood, the Queen’s cousin, brought in police to investigate the theft of the world’s smallest horse, Pernod, a 27-inch-high Shetland stallion.
1993Britain's internal security service, MI5, held the first photocall in its 84-year history when Stella Rimington (Director General) posed openly for cameras at the launch of a brochure outlining the organisation's activities.
1996 Diana, Princess of Wales, announced that she was severing links with more than 100 charities.
2000 Footballer George Best's doctor begged every barman in Britain to refuse to serve alcohol to the footballing legend to help him beat his addiction. Best was controversially granted an NHS liver transplant in 2002 and died in 2005, aged 59, due to complications from a drug used to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs.
2001 Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged that public services could not be transformed totally within the coming Parliament.
2001 The Labour Government was defeated in the House of Commons for the first time since it came to power in 1997.

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Post by AAAlphaThunder » Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:38 am

[1439] Kissing was banned in England because of the Plague.

Crickey no kissing. What would Romeo have done?
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