Duelling as an Olympic sport

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Duelling at the 1908 Games

The 1908 Olympic Games were held in London, beginning on the 27th of April. While medals were awarded for many sports, some were labelled “associate sports” and were for display only.

Duelling was one of these. Historically, duels were fought between two people (usually men) to defend their honour, and frequently resulted in grave injury or death.

At the Olympics the bullets were made of wax, and the contestants wore protective outfits.

The Games were supposed to have been held in Rome, but were moved after a devastating Mount Vesuvius eruption.

Unlike today, the event ran for months, from April to their conclusion on the 31st of October.

On this day: the destruction of Duckett’s Grove

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Duckett’s Grove, a great house in County Carlow, Ireland, was destroyed by fire on the 20th of April, 1933.

Built around 1830 for the Duckett family, they lived at the house until 1916, when a family dispute between the only remaining family members – none of them male (males would usually inherit) – led to the house’s management being taken over by locals.

By 1930 the house was being used by the Irish Republican Army, and when they left the property it was still in good condition.

In 1933, a week after local farmers – who had been managing the estate – reported a minor fire at the house, Duckett’s Grove burnt in earnest over the course of a night.

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Today, the frame of the house still stands.

New York’s Easter Parade

Between 1910 and 1915

New York City has hosted an Easter parade on Fifth Avenue since the 19th century. Taking place on Easter Sunday, for decades it was one of the most significant cultural events of the year.

Here are some images of the parade from the late 19th and early 20th centuries:

1898

Fifth_Avenue_Easter_Parade,_1898 Fifth Avenue and the Easter Parade, New York 1898.

1899

Easter_parade_Fifth_Avenue_1899. Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, New York 1899.

1900

EasterParade1900 Fifth Avenue in New York City on Easter Sunday in 1900

1905

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1912

Easter_Parade_1912 Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, New York 1912.

1914

Easter_parade_1914 Easter Parade, New York 1914.

Victorian Hot Cross Buns

This image and the recipes for hot cross buns for Easter are from a book published in 1900, at the end of the Victorian era.

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Copyright, 1900, by M. A. & K. M. Heinzer. TEA RUSK. 178 Tea Rusk. I pint of milk (lukewarm). 1 teaspoonful of salt. 2 tablespoonfiils of butter.2 table spoonfuls of lard. 4 tablespoonfuls of sugar.^ teaspoonful of cinnamon,^ ounce of compressed yeast.2 eggs.7 cups of flour. HOW TO MIX. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm milk and pour it into a wooden bowl, then add in the salt, lard, butter, eggs, sugar and cinnamon and mix lightly, then add in the flour and mix thoroughly. This dough will rise in 3 hours. When done, lap the dough over and let it stand one-half hourlonger, then place the dough on a table and break off small pieces the size of a walnut and roll them round and place them close together in a high bread pan, then let them rise45 minutes, and bake them in a moderate oven. Whenbaked, wash them over the top with molasses. These will bake in one-half hour. This will make 18 or 24 rusk. Copyright, 1900, by M. A. & K. M. Heinzer. i 1/9

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Copyright, 1900, by M. A. & K. M. Heinzer. HOT CROSS BUNS. 180 ^ teaspoonful of lemon extract. Hot Cross Buns. I quart of milk (lukewarm). I- ounce of compressed yeast. I teaspoonful of salt. I teaspoonful of cinnamon. •J teaspoonful of mace. i ■J pound of currants^ cup of butter.•J cup of lard.i6 cups of flour,f cup of sugar.6 eggs. HOW TO MIX. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm milk and pour it into a wooden bowl, then add in the salt, butter, eggs, sugar, lard, spices and extract and mix lightly, then add in the flour and mix thoroughly, add in the currants and mix i minute. This will rise in 4 hours. When done, lap the dough over and let it stand 45 minutes longer, then place it on a table and break off pieces the size of a small Qgg, then roll them round and place them on a greased pan and let them stand20 minutes, then cut them with a hot cross bun cutter, or a pair of scissors, and let them stand 10 or 15 minutes longer. Bake in the same heat as for baking bread.

On this day: a war death at Easter

Rifleman Harry Edward Burnham, who worked on Fleet Street in London before the outbreak of the First World War. He was killed in action on the 8th of April, 1917, which was Easter Sunday. Married with two children, he was thirty-five at the time of his death.

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Rifleman_Harry_Edward_Burnham_Rifleman Harry Edward Burnham. Killed in action on Easter Sunday, 1917.