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16th December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1770 Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)

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Died:

1980 Colonel Sanders (founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken)

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On This Day:

1838 Battle of Blood River (Zulu armies defeated by the Voortrekkers in Natal, South Africa)

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Have a good Sunday, 16th December

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Scarlet coats, and crash o’ the band,
The grey of a pauper’s gown,
A soldier’s grave in Zululand,
And a woman in Brecon Town.

My little lad for a soldier boy,
(Mothers o’ Brecon Town!)
My eyes for tears and his for joy
When he went from Brecon Town,
His for the flags and the gallant sights
His for the medals and his for the fights,
And mine for the dreary, rainy nights
At home in Brecon Town.

They say he’s laid beneath a tree,
(Come back to Brecon Town!)
Shouldn’t I know? — I was there to see:
(It’s far to Brecon Town!)
It’s me that keeps it trim and drest
With a briar there and a rose by his breast —
The English flowers he likes the best
That I bring from Brecon Town.

And I sit beside him — him and me,
(We’re back to Brecon Town.)
To talk of the things that used to be
(Grey ghosts of Brecon Town);
I know the look o’ the land and sky,
And the bird that builds in the tree near by,
And times I hear the jackals cry,
And me in Brecon Town.

Golden grey on miles of sand
The dawn comes creeping down;
It’s day in far off Zululand
And night in Brecon Town.

 

– John McCrae

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12th January – On This Day In History

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Born:

1932 Des O’Connor (British TV presenter)

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Died:

1976 Agatha Christie (novelist)

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On This Day:

1879 British Zulu Wars begin

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Have a good Thursday, 12th January

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22nd September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1982  Billie Piper (actress & singer)

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Died:

1828 Shaka (King of the Zulus)

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On This Day:

1960 Mali declares independence (from France)

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Have a good Thursday, 22nd September

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11th January – On This Day In History

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Born:

1903 Alan Paton (South African writer – Cry The Beloved Country)

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Died:

1928 Thomas Hardy (novelist)

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On This Day:

1879 War in South Africa – Zulus fight against British colonial rule

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Have a good Monday, 11th January

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30th April – On This Day

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Born:

1933 Willie Nelson (country singer)

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Died:

1828 King Shaka (great King of the Zulus)

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On This Day:

1789 George Washington inaugurated (first President of the USA)

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Have a good Thursday, 30th April – especially Alain who turns 61 today!

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