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14th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1849 Ivan Pavlov (psychology pioneer)

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Died:

1982 Grace Kelly (actress and Princes of Monaco) 

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On This Day:

2003 Referendum in Estonia approves joining the European Union

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11th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1885 DH Lawrence (poet and writer)

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Died:

Nikita Khrushchev (Premier of the USSR)

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On This Day:

1961 World Wildlife Fund is founded

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21st August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1938 Kenny Rogers (singer)

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Died:

1940 Leon Trotsky (Marxist revolutionary and writer)

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On This Day:

1959 Hawaii becomes the 50th State of the USA

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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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6th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1781 Stamford Raffles (founder of Singapore)

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Died:

1962 William Faulkner (author)

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On This Day:

1947 The “AK-47” goes into production

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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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9th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1672 Peter The Great, Tsar of Russia

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Died:

1870 Charles Dickens (classic author)

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On This Day:

1898 China leases Hong Kong to Britain for a period of 99 years

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