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5th December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1901 Walt Disney (co-founder of Walt Disney Company)

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Died:

1784 Phillis Wheatley (poet and first African – American woman to be published)

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On This Day:

1974 The final episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus is aired

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29th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1898 CS Lewis (author – Narnia)

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Died:

1986 Cary Grant (actor)

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On This Day:

1870 Compulsory education proclaimed in England

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The Little Vagabond

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Dear mother, dear mother, the church is cold,
But the ale-house is healthy and pleasant and warm;
Besides I can tell where I am used well,
Such usage in Heaven will never do well.

But if at the church they would give us some ale,
And a pleasant fire our souls to regale,
We’d sing and we’d pray all the live-long day,
Nor ever once wish from the church to stray.

Then the parson might preach, and drink, and sing,
And we’d be as happy as birds in the spring;
And modest Dame Lurch, who is always at church,
Would not have bandy children, nor fasting, nor birch.

And God, like a father rejoicing to see
His children as pleasant and happy as he,
Would have no more quarrel with the Devil or the barrel,
But kiss him, and give him both drink and apparel.

 

– William Blake

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22nd November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1958 Jamie Lee Curtis (actress)

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Died:

1963 CS Lewis (author – Narnia books)

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On This Day:

1976 Constitution of Algeria goes into effect

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Have a good Wednesday, 22nd November

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A Child’s Garden of Verses

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For the long nights you lay awake
And watched for my unworthy sake:
For your most comfortable hand
That led me through the uneven land:
For all the story-books you read:
For all the pains you comforted:

For all you pitied, all you bore,
In sad and happy days of yore:-
My second Mother, my first Wife,
The angel of my infant life-
From the sick child, now well and old,
Take, nurse, the little book you hold!

And grant it, Heaven, that all who read
May find as dear a nurse at need,
And every child who lists my rhyme,
In the bright, fireside, nursery clime,
May hear it in as kind a voice
As made my childish days rejoice!

 

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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18th October – On This Day In History

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Born:

1926 Chuck Berry (rock musician)

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Died:

1931 Thomas Edison (inventor of the light bulb)

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On This Day:

1952 Mad Magazine first published

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16th October – On This Day In History

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Born:

1854 Oscar Wilde (author)

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Died:

1793 Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (“let them eat cake”)

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On This Day:

1950 “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” (CS Lewis) is released

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