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On this day: York Minster was Damaged by Fire

On May 20, 1840, an accidental fire damaged a large part of York Minster. Just one of a number of fires which have blighted the building over the centuries, this one in particular led the Church into serious debt and…

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Tuesday, 20th May 2014

On this day: Talyllyn Railway

On May 14, 1951, the Talyllyn Railway became the first line in the world to be preserved as a heritage railway by volunteers. Trains doubtless run closer to schedule than any other railway in the UK.

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Wednesday, 14th May 2014

On this day: Florence Nightingale was Born

On May 12, 1820, Florence Nightingale was born in the Italian city which she was named after. Known as ‘the lady with the lamp’ for her night-time nursing rounds during the Crimean War, there are several statues in her honour,…

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Monday, 12th May 2014

On this day: Lincoln Cathedral was Consecrated

On or around May 9, 1092, Lincoln Cathedral was consecrated (dates from almost a millennium ago are a bit vague). After spending 4 years overseeing its construction, Bishop Remigius died two days before the consecration. It suffered through fires and…

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Friday, 9th May 2014

On this day: Napoleon Died In Exile on Saint Helena

On May 5, 1821, Napoleon died on Saint Helena. Following his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo six years earlier, the British had imprisoned Napoleon on this South Atlantic island. As he still believed he was an emperor he complained…

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Monday, 5th May 2014

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated island for close to a year, and having been forced to abdicate the throne, Mary escaped but promptly lost a…

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Friday, 2nd May 2014
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