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Mar 3rd, 2007 by m_levesque last post
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Comfort women weren't coerced, Japanese PM suggests
The Associated Press Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday there is no evidence Japan coerced Asian women into working as sex slaves during the Second World War, backtracking from a landmark 1993 government statement acknowledging that... (by m_levesque)
Mar 2nd, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Forget sat-nav, this stunning map is about to fetch £1m
Forget sat-nav, this stunning map is about to fetch 1m by ROBERT HARDMAN 1st March 2007 Even from a distance, the shape is instantly recognisable. Closer up, the county lines are spot on. This would be a pretty accurate map of England... (by Blackleaf)
Mar 1st, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Pretty, witty Nell
Pretty, witty Nell Nell Gwyn (b 1650 - d 1687) was an actress and also a mistress of King Charles II. Samuel Pepys called... (by Blackleaf)
Mar 1st, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Elizabethan world map to go on sale at Sotheby's
How the Elizabethans viewed their world Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent Elizabethan: Sir Francis Drake's South America (by Blackleaf)
Feb 28th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Queen Anne, the last of the Stuarts
Queen Anne (b 1665 - d 1714) Reigned 1702 to 1714. She was the first Monarch of Great Britain - England and Scotland unified together as one nation in 1707 during her reign. She had to be... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 28th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The Iron Duke
The Iron Duke (1769 - 1852) Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS, more commonly... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 27th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Empress Maud Matilda: the "forgotten" 12th Century English Civil War
THE "ANARCHY" - the English Civil War of the 12th Century The Anarchy is the preferred name in English history that pertains to the period of civil war and unsettled government, often known as The Nineteen Year Winter, that occurred during the reign... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 27th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The Mystery of the Princes in the Tower
The Mystery of the Princes in the Tower. In 1933 the skeletons of two young boys, one aged about 10 and the other 13 were disinterred from Westminster Abbey and examined by L.E. Tannery... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 25th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Breaking the chains
Slavery Breaking the chains Feb 22nd 2007 | CAPE COAST, GHANA From The Economist print edition Britain abolished the slave trade 200 years ago this week. Its landmarks are an abiding legacy of cruelty (by Blackleaf)
Feb 25th, 2007 by temperance last post
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Port Arthur Massacre
Just wanted a tribute thread to the people who lost their lives in the Port Arthur Massacre, 10 years ago today. It was one of Australia's worst ever tragedies as 35 people, including children and tourists, lost their lives to crazy gunman Martin Bryant.... (by glossprincess)
Feb 24th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Offa, his Dyke and his legendary hospitality!
Offa, his Dyke and his legendary hospitality! Offa, his Dyke and his legendary hospitality! Offa was King of the Mercians, an Anglo-Saxon warrior tribe from central England,... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 24th, 2007 by missile last post
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Surely you jest!
Surely You Jest! Will Sommers, King Henry VIII's court fool/jester is said to have been brought to the king at Greenwich... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 24th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Murder in the Cathedral
Murder in the Cathedral Canterbury Cathedral Thomas Becket, a London merchants son, was a complex person in his youth he was a normal ebullient young man, stormy and proud, selfish... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 23rd, 2007 by El Barto last post
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Poor Fred!
Poor Fred! English history records several members of its Royal family dying in peculiar circumstances. For example King Henry I died from eating a 'surfeit of lampreys' in 1135, and another, William Rufus, was shot with an arrow whilst... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 22nd, 2007 by #juan last post
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New footage of JFK in Dallas released
By Ed Stoddard DALLAS (Reuters) - Previously unreleased footage of John F. Kennedy's fateful motorcade in Dallas moments before he was gunned down was released on Monday, a surprising new detail in a saga that has gripped the United States for four... (by marygaspe)
Feb 22nd, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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For sale, diary of a soldier's hell at the Somme
For sale, diary of a soldier's hell at the Somme By OLINKA KOSTER 21st February 2007 Private Walter Hutchinson kept a detailed diary of his experiences at the... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 21st, 2007 by snfu73 last post
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Immerse youtself in Hogarthian London
British painter William Hogarth travelled around the streets and amongst the crowds of 18th Century London and painted what he saw. London at this time - what we now call Hogarthian London - was a highly dangerous place - police forces hadn't yet been... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 21st, 2007 by karra last post
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The ancient girl with the golden eye: 5,000 year old priestess found
The ancient girl with the golden eye: 5,000 year old priestess found 21st February 2007 The body of a strikingly tall 5,000-year-old woman with an artificial golden eye has been discovered in Iran. Archaeologists said the woman was a female... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 21st, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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How to survive post-war Britain
How to survive post-war Britain 21st February 2007 At a time when rationing was an inescapable part of everyday life, it was surely essential reading. Offering advice on how to survive in postwar Britain, Take A Tip was written by the... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 19th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Queen caroline, the friendly Queen
Queen Caroline - the only British Queen to be tried for adultery King George IV Why the Prince of Wales, the son of King George III agreed to marry the fat, ugly and tactless... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 18th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Years of work uncover Roman circus in Colchester
Britain's lost Roman circus: a Time Team Special THE ROMAN CIRCUS VICTRICENSIS IN COLCHESTER (by Blackleaf)
Feb 18th, 2007 by marygaspe last post
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How Times Have Changed!
The Good Wife's Guide From Housekeeping Monthly, 13 May, 1955. Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of... (by sanctus)
Feb 17th, 2007 by temperance last post
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French Fries
Nobody bothers to ask if you'd like fries with that anymore, because these days it's assumed you do. In the mid 1990s, the world's most ubiquitous upsell line was quietly... (by m_levesque)
Feb 17th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Maximus and Co DID fight to the death in Britain
Maximus and Co DID fight to the death in Britain 17th February 2007 Russell Crowe in 2000 movie "Gladiator" (by Blackleaf)
Feb 17th, 2007 by Fingertrouble last post
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Isaac Brock: Fallen Hero
In the very early morning of October 13, 1812, Major General Isaac Brock was fast asleep in his bunk at Fort George, on the Niagara Frontier. About 4:00 am he was awakened by the distant thud of cannon fire. He rose in a flash, dressed, mounted his... (by sanctus)
Feb 16th, 2007 by hermanntrude last post
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Ancient scientific tool for sale
Ancient scientific tool for sale The device has two sight vanes on one edge. The back has calendar information and an eagle, which... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 16th, 2007 by marygaspe last post
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World War I posctard delivered 90 years too late
Postcard delivered 90 years too late By Nick Britten 16/02/2007 Daughter shocked to receive the postcard Private Walter Butler sent to his sweetheart from the trenches in the... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 15th, 2007 by jimmoyer last post
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How a severed ear led to war between two nations
The War of Jenkins' Ear 1739 - 1741 All wars have names, and England has taken part in many. The Wars of the Roses, The War of Spanish Succession, The Boer War and of course World War I and World War II, but the War of Jenkins' Ear, now that is... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 14th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Titus Oates and the Popish Plot
In 2006, Titus Oates was selected by the BBC History Magazine as the 17th century's worst Briton. He ranked the third-equal worst Briton over the last 1000... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 14th, 2007 by #juan last post
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Coins show that Cleopatra is the (not so) beautiful seductress
Coins, discovered in a Newcastle bank volt and dating from 32BC, show that Cleopatra and Marc Antony weren't quite as beautiful as some people - especially Hollywood - made them out to be..... Cleopatra, the (not so) beautiful seductress By PAUL... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 14th, 2007 by tamarin last post
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Laurier: The First Canadian
Wilfrid Laurier took leadership of the Liberal party of Canada on 18th of June 1887. Frail and intellectual, preferring the privacy of his library to the battlefield of politics, he was uncertain. I know I have not the aptitude for it, he admitted, and... (by sanctus)
Feb 14th, 2007 by sanctus last post
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The Deerfield Raid
On the morning of February 29, 1704, a French and First Nations army fell upon the sleeping frontier village of Deerfield, Massachusetts. The raiders had spent a fireless winter night camped across the Deerfield River cold, hungry and tired. Before dawn... (by sanctus)
Feb 14th, 2007 by sanctus last post
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Shawnadithit: Last of the Beothuk
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland. The little band of Beothuk was starving and Longnon had set out with his daughter in... (by sanctus)
Feb 14th, 2007 by sanctus last post
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Bernier and Arctic Sovereignty
Joseph-Elzéar Bernier was Canada's greatest seaman, a man of strong will and extraordinary ingenuity. It is largely due to him that the Canadian flag now flies over the Arctic Archipelago. Bernier was born into a seafaring family at L'Islet, Quebec, in... (by sanctus)
Feb 13th, 2007 by jimmoyer last post
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The South Sea Bubble
The South Sea Bubble All through history, one subject appears again and again. How to make a lot of money quickly! The first recorded case in England was that of a State Lottery in 1569. The tickets were on sale at the west door of St. Paul's... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 13th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The Field of the Cloth of Gold
Field of the Cloth of Gold King Henry VIII of England ... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 13th, 2007 by sanctus last post
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Ex-gi Becomes Blonde Beauty: Operations Transform Bronx Youth
Was this another Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale out of Denmark? Or was this the opening shot in the coming sexual revolution? Suddenly, America became obsessed with the words sex change, and the privates of a former World War II Private,... (by sanctus)
Feb 12th, 2007 by hermanntrude last post
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Invention of Standard Time
"To choose time is to save time." Francis Bacon Knowing the time in different places is not an issue today, but long ago it was a complicated matter. Communities used their own solar time, which differed by one minute per 18 km of east-west separation... (by sanctus)
Feb 12th, 2007 by mapleleafgirl last post
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Grey Owl's Great Deception
We expect our heroes to be flawed, but Archie Belaney, aka Grey Owl, was more flawed than most. The guise under which he did his considerable good works was a lie. Yet, in his heyday he was the most famous Canadian alive. Archie created his fantasy... (by sanctus)
Feb 11th, 2007 by mapleleafgirl last post
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The Living Weapon
More about the film The Living Weapon. In early 1942, shortly after the United States entered World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt... (by selfactivated)
Feb 10th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Is it a train...Is it a plane...or is it C.B. Fry?
Is it a train...Is it a plane...or is it C.B. Fry? This amazing Englishman played rugby for the Barbarians, football for England, captained the English cricket team, equalled the world long jump record - and was offered the throne of Albania! ... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 10th, 2007 by tamarin last post
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Wilberforce 2007: events to mark 200th anniversary of slave trade abolition
In 1807, Britain became the first country in the world to ban slavery, thanks to the efforts of Member of Parliament William Wilberforce. This year, Britain will hold a series of events to mark the 200th anniversary.... (by Blackleaf)
Feb 9th, 2007 by sanctus last post
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Tecumseh: The Saviour of Upper Canada
On October 4, 1813, the eve of the Battle of Moraviantown, the great Shawnee chief Tecumseh had a foreboding. Our lives are in the hands of the Great Spirit, he said, We are determined to defend our lands, and if it is His will, we wish to leave our... (by sanctus)
Feb 9th, 2007 by L Gilbert last post
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The Canadian Peacekeeping Impulse
In 1956, in the crucible of the Suez Crisis, L.B. Pearson invented United Nations peacekeeping. The Canadian foreign minister did not do so alone, and peacekeeping as it evolved was not exactly what he had in mind. Yet the United Nations Emergency Force... (by sanctus)
Feb 9th, 2007 by sanctus last post
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The Halifax Explosion
In Richmond Prison, at the end of Gottingen Street, Halifax, the warden's young son was drawn to a window by a spectacular display of fireworks. Too sick to go to school that day he had gone to work with his dad. Suddenly he was blinded by a brilliant... (by sanctus)