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15th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1606 Rembrandt van Rijn (painter – Night Watch)

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Died:

1997 Gianni Versace (fashion designer)

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On This Day:

1799 The Rosetta Stone is discovered, allowing for translation of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics

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Have a good Sunday, 15th July

 

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10th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1509 John Calvin (protestant religious reformer and founder of Calvinism) 

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Died:

2015 Omar Sharif (actor – Doctor Zhivago) 

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On This Day:

1890 Wyoming becomes the 44th State of the USA

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Have a good Tuesday, 10th July

18th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1942 Paul McCartney (musician and member of The Beatles)

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Died:

1928 Roald Amundsen (led first polar expedition to the South Pole)

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On This Day:

1953 Egypt proclaimed as a republic

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Have a good Monday, 18th June

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25th April – On This Day In History

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Born:

1599 Oliver Cromwell (Lord Protector of England)

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Died:

1878 Anne Sewell (author – Black Beauty)

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On This Day:

1859 Ground is broken for the construction of the Suez Canal

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Have a good Wednesday, 25th April

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16th March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1954 Jimmy Nail (singer & actor – Evita) 

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Died:

2005 Anthony George (actor – The Untouchables)

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On This Day:

1922 Egypt obtains independence (from Britain) 

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Have a good Friday, 16th March

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23rd December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1971 Corey Haim (actor – Silver Bullet) 

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Died:

1972 Charles Atlas (body builder)

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On This Day:

1912 Aswan Dam, on the Nile, begins operations

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Have a good Saturday, 23rd December

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To The Nile

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Son of the old Moon-mountains African!
Chief of the Pyramid and Crocodile!
We call thee fruitful, and that very while
A desert fills our seeing’s inward span:
Nurse of swart nations since the world began,
Art thou so fruitful? or dost thou beguile
Such men to honour thee, who, worn with toil,
Rest for a space ‘twixt Cairo and Decan?
O may dark fancies err! They surely do;
‘Tis ignorance that makes a barren waste
Of all beyond itself. Thou dost bedew
Green rushes like our rivers, and dost taste
The pleasant sunrise. Green isles hast thou too,
And to the sea as happily dost haste.

 

– John Keats

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