A children’s Christmas party in New South Wales, Australia on the 15th of December, 1934.
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The Blackwall Tunnel, which runs under the River Thames in London, was opened by the Prince of Wales on the 22
nd of May, 1897.
Under construction in 1895.
Work began on the tunnel in 1892 and construction cost £1.4 M. 800 men were employed and seven deaths were recorded.
The tunnel in 1899.
A second tunnel was opened in 1967.
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King George V presents a trophy to the captain of the New Zealand Services Rugby Team in London on the 16th of April, 1919.
Rugby saw a revival in 1919, as during the First World War few international rugby matches were played. However, from 1914-18 the sport was continued by men in military service.
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Canada’s first subway line opened in Toronto on the 30th of March, 1954. Called the Yonge subway when it opened, it ran from Union Station.
Front Street outside Union Station being excavated to create the tracks. 1950.
A 1950 image of houses demolished to make way for the line.
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The first issue of
The New Yorker was published on the 21st of February, 1925.
The original cover illustration was created by Rea Irvin.
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Daisy B. McCumber jumps from the hotel. She sustained serious lifelong injuries, but survived.
On the 7th of December, 1946, a fire broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Killing 119 people, including the owners, it is the deadliest hotel fire in US history.
Hotel guests found themselves unable to escape, and some tied bed sheets together to try and get to the bottom of the fifteen-floor building. However, the sheets broke. Fire fighters were hampered by falling bodies, causing them injuries.
Of the dead, thirty-two died by falling, including those who misjudged the distance to the next roof and tried to jump across.
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Today, the 21 of September, is the 78 st anniversary of the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s th The Hobbit.
Here is the cover of the 1937 first edition. Tolkien wrote, illustrated and created the cover of this version.
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Julia Ward Howe in the
History of Woman Suffrage, published in 1887.
Prominent American activist Julia Ward Howe was born in New York City on the 27
th of May, 1819.
She went onto achieve a dazzling array of things over her life, coming to prominence as a social activist, poet and abolitionist, as well as being before her time in the struggle for women’s rights.
Her most famous achievement is probably the penning of
. The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Marrying a man eighteen years her senior, she had six children. However, her husband took issue with her feminist writing and the couple eventually separated.
Ward Howe died of pneumonia at home on the 17
th of October, 1910. She was ninety-one. After her death her children collaborated on her biography, and the book went on to win a Pulitzer Prize.
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The Australian Olympic Team at the Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles in 1932.
Australia sent twelve athletes to the Los Angeles Games, and came home with five medals. Three of those medals were gold, and were won by teenage swimmer Clare Dennis, cyclist Edgar “Dunc” Gray and rower Henry “Bobby” Pearce. Swimmer Philomena “Bonnie” Mealing won silver, while freestyle wrestler Eddie Scarf won bronze.
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The caption for this photograph reads: Elise Craven (née Elise Barbara Alleyne-Barrett) and B. Clerc. 6th August 1910.
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