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24th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1819 Queen Victoria

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Died:

1974 Duke Ellington (musician)

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On This Day:

1862 Westminster Bridge, crossing the Thames River opens

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Have a good Wednesday, 24th May

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22nd May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1813 Richard Wagner (composer)

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Died:

1885 Victor Hugo (writer – Les Miserables)

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On This Day:

1906 The Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane

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Have a good Monday, 22nd May

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20th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1944 Joe Cocker (rocker, musician)

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Died:

1506 Christopher Columbus (explorer)

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On This Day:

1310 Shoes were made specifically for both left and right feet, instead of being one shape for both

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Have a good Saturday, 20th May

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19th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1925 Malcolm X (Human Rights Activist)

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Died:

1536 Anne Boleyn (Queen of England, wife of Henry VII, executed)

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On This Day:

1848 Texas is handed over to the USA by Mexico

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Have a good Friday, 19th May

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18th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1868 Nicholas II, last Tsar of Russia

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Died:

1980 Ian Curtis (guitarist – Joy Division)

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On This Day:

1934 TWA (airline) begins its commercial flights

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Have a good Thursday, 18th May

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Summer Shower

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A drop fell on the apple tree,
Another on the roof;
A half a dozen kissed the eaves,
And made the gables laugh.

A few went out to help the brook,
That went to help the sea.
Myself conjectured, Were they pearls,
What necklaces could be!

The dust replaced in hoisted roads,
The birds jocoser sung;
The sunshine threw his hat away,
The orchards spangles hung.

The breezes brought dejected lutes,
And bathed them in the glee;
The East put out a single flag,
And signed the fete away.

 

– Emily Dickinson

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By The Sea

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I started early, took my dog,
And visited the sea;
The mermaids in the basement
Came out to look at me.

And frigates in the upper floor
Extended hempen hands,
Presuming me to be a mouse
Aground, upon the sands.

But no man moved me till the tide
Went past my simple shoe,
And past my apron and my belt,
And past my bodice too,

And made as he would eat me up
As wholly as a dew
Upon a dandelion’s sleeve –
And then I started too.

And he – he followed close behind;
I felt his silver heel
Upon my ankle, – then my shoes
Would overflow with pearl.

Until we met the solid town,
No man he seemed to know;
And bowing with a mighty look
At me, the sea withdrew.

 

– Emily Dickinson

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