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What can we celebrate today?

Post by Richard Frost » Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:33 am

8th August

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On This Day in history - 8th August

1296 The Stone of Scone, on which Scottish kings had been crowned for centuries, was seized by King Edward I of England.

1503 King James IV of Scotland married Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England at Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh.

1585 John Davis, one of the chief English navigators and explorers under Elizabeth I, entered Cumberland Sound, Canada, in search of the Northwest Passage. Davis explorations included the Arctic, the Far East and the discovery of the Falkland Islands in 1592.

1588 In a nine-hour battle off Gravelines, the English fleet engaged with the Spaniards in their last naval confrontation. The defeat of the Armada saved England from invasion and the action has enduring historical significance as the first major naval gun battle under sail.

1647 At the Battle of Dungans Hill in County Meath, English Parliamentary forces defeated Irish forces. The battle was very bloody, with over 3000 deaths, and had important political repercussions. It contributed to the collapse of the Confederate cause and the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in 1649.

1834 The Poor Law Amendment Act was passed in Britain. The Act dropped the system whereby parishes cared for their poor by a rate of poor relief and replaced it with the workhouse.

1918 World War I -The start of the Battle of Amiens - Allied troops advanced against 20 German divisions and took 16,000 prisoners within 2 hours.

1940 The German Luftwaffe began a series of daylight air raids on Britain and so began The Battle of Britain which would continue into the following October.

1953 Nigel Mansell, English racing driver was born. He won both the Formula One World Championship in 1992 and the American CART Indy Car World Series in 1993 making him the only person to hold both titles simultaneously. Until October 2014 Mansell remained the most successful British Formula One driver of all time in terms of race wins, with 31 victories. On 12th October 2014 his victories were equalled by (and have now been surpassed by) Lewis Hamilton.

1958 n Britain, Columbia Records signed a 17 year old singer called Cliff Richard.

1963 The Great Train Robbery, in which over £2.5 million was stolen, took place near Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. The day of the train robbery also happened to be the 34th birthday of Ronnie Biggs, one of the robbers.

1991 John McCarthy, Britain's longest-held hostage in Lebanon, was freed after more than five years in captivity. He had been held hostage since April 17, 1986 - a total of 1,943 days.

1996 The death in Columbia - Maryland, of Sir Frank Whittle, aviation engineer and pilot who invented the jet engine. He was born at Earlsdon, a suburb of Coventry. A statue of Sir Frank Whittle is outside Coventry's Transport Museum.

1997 British newspapers romantically linked Diana, Princess of Wales with Dodi Al Fayed - the son of Mohammed Al Fayed, the owner of the London store Harrods.

2002 The UK's biggest undertakers Co-op funeral services, reported that bereaved families preferred pop songs to hymns at funerals. Unusual choices requested included 'Another One Bites The Dust' by Queen and 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go' by Wham!
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by AAAlphaThunder » Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:57 pm

[2002] The UK's biggest undertakers Co-op funeral services, reported that bereaved families preferred pop songs to hymns at funerals. Unusual choices requested included 'Another One Bites The Dust' by Queen and 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go' by Wham!

Things certainly have changed. The new trend is to celebrate the life of the deceased.
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by Richard Frost » Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:44 am

9th August

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (A/RES/49/214) - https://www.un.org/en/observances/indigenous-day
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On This Day in history - 9th August

1721 Prisoners at Newgate Jail were used as 'guinea pigs' to test vaccines used against disease.

1757 Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer was born. He built the Menai suspension bridge in Wales plus a further 1200 bridges and more than 1000 miles of roads in Britain. The new town of Telford in Shropshire is named after him and there is a statue of him in the town.

1796 Horatio Nelson captured from the French, the island of Elba, to which Napoleon Bonaparte was later exiled.

1870 The Elementary Education Act was passed. It gave compulsory, free education to every child in England and Wales between the age of five and 13.

1902 Following a six-week delay due to an emergency appendectomy, Edward VII was crowned in Westminster Abbey following the death of his mother Queen Victoria. Edward was the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, which was renamed the House of Windsor by his son, George V.

1907 Robert Baden-Powell's first Boy Scout encampment concluded at Brownsea Island in Dorset. The experimental camp developed into the worldwide Scouts and Guides organizations.

1914 World War I: HMS Birmingham sank a German submarine, the first to be sunk by the Royal Navy.

1958 Cliff Richard performed at Butlin's Holiday Camp in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, as Cliff Richard and The Drifters.

1963 ITV transmitted the first edition of the pop music programme Ready Steady Go to rival the BBC's Top of the Pops. The presenter was Cathy McGowan.

1971 During 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland, British security forces launched Operation Demetrius. Hundreds were arrested and interned, thousands were displaced and twenty were killed in the violence that followed.

1979 Brighton established the first nudist beach in Britain, despite protests from those fearing depravity.

1981 Six English lifeguards set a relay swim record of the English Channel of 7 hours 17 minutes.

1984 Daley Thompson won the Olympic decathlon at the Summer Games in Los Angeles.

1996 A West Midlands woman Mandy Allwood announced that she was expecting octuplets.

1999 Charles Kennedy won the race to succeed Paddy Ashdown as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

2006 At least 24 suspected terrorists were arrested in an overnight operation. The arrests were in relation to a plot to detonate liquid explosives carried on board at least 10 airliners travelling from Britain to the United States and Canada. In July 2010 three men were found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court and sentenced to life imprisonment for conspiracy to murder.
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by AAAlphaThunder » Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:46 pm

[1996] A West Midlands woman Mandy Allwood announced that she was expecting octuplets.

Would make a enthralling story of how they grew up.
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by Richard Frost » Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:38 pm

AAAlphaThunder wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:46 pm
[1996] A West Midlands woman Mandy Allwood announced that she was expecting octuplets.

Would make a enthralling story of how they grew up.
I do not think so as none survived. You should find out more about the articles before you write your selective soundbites.
A set of octuplets were born between 30 September – 2 October 1996, in a hospital in South London, United Kingdom to Mandy Allwood of Solihull. Allwood was only 19 weeks pregnant when she went into pre-term labor with her six boys (Adam, Cassius, Donald, Kypros, Martyn, and Nelson) and two girls (Layne and Kitali). None of her octuplets survived.[121] She had refused selective reduction and her case provoked a media storm in the UK.
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by AAAlphaThunder » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:56 pm

Richard Frost wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:38 pm
AAAlphaThunder wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:46 pm
[1996] A West Midlands woman Mandy Allwood announced that she was expecting octuplets.

Would make a enthralling story of how they grew up.
I do not think so as none survived. You should find out more about the articles before you write your selective soundbites.
A set of octuplets were born between 30 September – 2 October 1996, in a hospital in South London, United Kingdom to Mandy Allwood of Solihull. Allwood was only 19 weeks pregnant when she went into pre-term labor with her six boys (Adam, Cassius, Donald, Kypros, Martyn, and Nelson) and two girls (Layne and Kitali). None of her octuplets survived.[121] She had refused selective reduction and her case provoked a media storm in the UK.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multiple_births
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by Richard Frost » Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:44 am

I enjoyed doing this thread. But because of the continuous spamming by AAAlphaThunder I will not be continuing with either this thread or the Word of the day thread.
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by kevinchess1 » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:21 am

Will you be handing back your shares in protest?
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

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kevinchess1 wrote:
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Will you be handing back your shares in protest?
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by blythburgh » Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:57 am

Richard Frost wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:44 am
I enjoyed doing this thread. But because of the continuous spamming by AAAlphaThunder I will not be continuing with either this thread or the Word of the day thread.
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