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13th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1860 Annie Oakley (sharp – shooter)

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Died:

1910 Florence Nightingale (pioneering nurse)

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On This Day:

1814 Dutch formally cede Cape of Good Hope to the British

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Charge Of The Light Brigade

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Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns! ‘ he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

‘Forward, the Light Brigade! ‘
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Some one had blunder’d:
Their’s not to make reply,
Their’s not to reason why,
Their’s but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder’d:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel’d from the sabre-stroke
Shatter’d and sunder’d.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder’d.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

 

– Alfred Lord Tennyson

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26th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1956 Chris Isaak (singer & songwriter)

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Died:

2003 Denis Thatcher, MBE (husband of Margaret) 

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On This Day:

1857 First recipients of the Victoria Cross are awarded by Queen Victoria (Crimean War)

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12th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1820 Florence Nightingale (British nurse during the Crimean War – Lady of the Lamp)

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Died:

1992 Robert Reed (actor – The Brady Bunch)

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On This Day:

1870 Manitoba becomes a Canadian province

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28th March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1868 Maxim Gorky (Russian author and play-write)

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Died:

1941 Virginia Woolfe (British author)

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On This Day:

1854 Britain & France declare war on Russia – the start of the Crimean War

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13th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1860 Annie Oakley (Wild West heroine and sharp shooter)

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Died:

1910 Florence Nightingale (pioneering nurse)

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On This Day:

1960 Chad proclaims independence (from France)

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12th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1820 Florence Nightingale (pioneering nurse during the Crimean War)

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Died:

1925 Alfred Milner (British Governor of the Cape Colony)

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On This Day:

1215 The English barons serve an ultimatum on King John which leads to the drafting and signing of the Magna Carta

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Have a good Thursday, 12th May

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