Category Archives: Anniversaries

20th December 1699: A new ‘New Year’

by Dr Andy Willimott Peter the Great’s reign was marked by an overriding desire to enforce reform on Russia, dragging it kicking and screaming in to line with many European practices. On 20 December 1699 (according to the Julian Calendar), … Continue reading

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19th December 1154: Henry II and the Hand of St James

by Dr Ruth Salter 836 years ago, on a day much like this (possibly), Henry II was crowned at Westminster Abbey.  His predecessor (and uncle), Stephen, had died just under two months earlier, much of his reign having been taken … Continue reading

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13th December 1914: Bad apples and a mishap in the kitchen

by Dr Ruth Salter [1] The second entry taken from my great-grandfather, Arthur John Pidgeon’s W/T Signal Log (see the first entry).

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13th December 1977: In mourning and in rage – Supporting victims of rape, murder, and vulnerable women in Los Angeles

by Donna Yamani

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7th December 1941: a date which will live in infamy

by Dafydd Townley It is not an overstatement to say that the events of December 7th, 1941, changed not just the world of the time, but also shaped the world in which we live today. The attack by Imperial Japanese … Continue reading

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