Workers at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London remove scaffolding from the Victoria Tower. The image appeared in The Illustrated London News on the 20th of March, 1954.
From The Londonist, via the British Newspaper Archive.
Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice was first published on the 28th of January, 1813.
The last sighting of a Japanese wolf – a subspecies of the grey wolf – was recorded in Nara Prefecture on the 23rd of January, 1905.
In the century before, during the Meiji Restoration, killing the wolves had become a national policy.
A memorial statue now stands in the village of Higashiyoshino, where the last wolf was seen.
The animal is now considered extinct.
27th December 1941: Wounded soldiers are transferred onto a landing craft in Vaagso (the island of Vågsøy), Norway. The country was under Nazi occupation at the time.
The photograph was taken during the one-day Operation Archery, a combined British and Norwegian raid against German forces that resulted in an Allied victory over the Nazis.
The Norwegian commander of the raid, Martin Linge, was killed in action during the operation.
15th December 1939: Australian women wave farewell to troop ship RMS Strathallan. World War Two.
Australia had joined the conflict over three months before the image was taken.
1st December 1940: The Blitz, the German air raid campaign against the United Kingdom, was in full force in December of 1940.
Britain’s Home Guard, made up of 1.5 million volunteers ineligible for regular military service (due to circumstances such as age), operated from 1940 to 1944, guarding their homeland during the Second World War.
The caption of this photograph reads:
A veteran sergeant in the Dorking Home Guard cleans his Tommy gun at the dining room table, before going on parade, 1 December 1940.