The cover of The Illustrated London News from the 26th of November, 1864.
The main story is about the reelection of US President Abraham Lincoln. Less than half a year later the President was assassinated.
Born in Moscow in 1796, Muravyov worked hard in what is now Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus to suppress nationalism by targeting religion and language. Catholic churches were torn down, and schools teaching in Polish and Lithuanian languages were closed. Russian teachers were brought in from elsewhere to take over the education system.
A Catholic church in Vilnius being torn down in 1877.
Additionally, the Roman alphabet was banned, and replaced with Cyrillic.
Similar policies were put in place by Russian officials in other regions – particularly Ukraine – and continued to be used by the Soviets.
Muravyov was recorded as saying: ‘What the Russian rifle did not succeed in doing, will be finished off by Russian schools.’
The team photographed in December of 1866.
The first Australian sporting team to ever tour internationally was a cricket team from the colony of Victoria.
Tom Wills in 1857
The team toured England between May and October in 1868. This newspaper article is from the 16th of May edition of The Sporting Life.
The funeral procession of US President Abraham Lincoln arrives in Albany, New York on the 25th of April, 1865.
Lincoln had been assassinated ten days earlier, and his body was taken by train to a number of locations in the United States to lay in state.
The train actually arrived in Albany at 10:55pm, and left the next day, following a public viewing. His final resting place was Springfield, Illinois.
As depicted by English-born artist William Strutt in 1864.
One of the worst bushfire disasters in recorded Australian history, the Black Thursday fires took place on the 6th of February, 1851, in the colony of Victoria.
Severe drought in 1850 helped to create the conditions ideal for bushfires. An estimated maximum temperature of 47 °C and strong winds on the day of the disaster magnified the situation.
It is believed the fire started when two bullock drivers left burning logs unattended.
The disaster claimed the lives of twelve people and many animals, and caused significant damage to the countryside.
Today marks ninety years since the death of Thomas Hardy, famed English novelist of the Victorian era.
However, when Dorset-born Hardy first came to London, he was not making money as a writer.
One of his jobs was to clear graves to make way for the massive new St Pancras railway station, which opened in 1868.
Headstones were moved for the build, and stacked together. Today, there is a famous spot called the “Hardy Tree“, where – for the past 1.5 centuries – a tree has grown around them.
Mormon man Ira Eldredge is seen here with his three wives: Nancy Black Eldredge, Hannah Mariah Savage Eldredge, and Helvig Marie Andersen Eldredge. The photograph is dated the 2nd of January, 1864.