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Alistair MacLean, author of The Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare, died on 2 February 1987.

02/02/2018

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Scottish author Dame Muriel Spark, author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was born on 1 February 1918.

01/02/2018

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The so-called Battle of May Island occured on the night between 31 January and 1 February, 1918.

31/01/2018

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King Charles I was executed for high treason against the kingdom on 30 January 1649.

30/01/2018

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Field Marshal Douglas Haig, commander at the Battle of the Somme, died on 29 January 1928 in London.

29/01/2018

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Bodysnatcher and murderer William Burke, one half of the notorious criminal duo 'Burke and Hare' was executed on ...

28/01/2018

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The Glasgow Herald newspaper was published for the first time on 27 January 1783.

27/01/2018

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Edinburgh's One O'Clock Gun, which helped ships in the Firth of Forth tell the time, was fired for the first time ...

26/01/2018

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Folk singer and songwriter Ewan MacColl was born on 25 January 1915.

25/01/2018

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Conductor and composer James Muir Mathieson was born on 24 January 1911.

24/01/2018

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James Stewart, Earl of Moray, regent for James VI, was assassinated by a firearm on 23 January 1570. ...

23/01/2018

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Scottish MP Joseph Hume, who founded the memorial to the Scottish Political Martyrs in Edinburgh, was born on 22 ...

22/01/2018

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