On this day in history

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Queen Anne, the last of the Stuart monarchs, was born on 6 February 1665, at St James's Palace in London.

06/02/2019

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Scottish writer and historian Thomas Carlyle died on 5 February 1881, in London. ...

05/02/2019

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Sir Walter Scott led a party entrusted to rediscover the Crown Jewels of Scotland on 4 February 1818.

04/02/2019

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The forces of General George Monck entered London on 3 February 1660, to keep order during the Restoration of King ...

03/02/2019

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

02/02/2019

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

01/02/2019

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

31/01/2019

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

30/01/2019

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

29/01/2019

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Murderer William Burke, one half of the notorious criminal duo 'Burke and Hare' was executed on 28 January 1829. ...

28/01/2019

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

27/01/2019

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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 ...

26/01/2019

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