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22 January 1901 – The Queen is Dead

The Queen is Dead

Queen Victoria spent the Christmas period in 1900 at one of her favourite retreats, Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight as had been her custom since the death of her beloved Albert. She must have known that her long life and her record-breaking reign were coming to an end as she told her doctor that she would like to ...

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The Blantyre Mining Disaster

The Blantyre Mining Disaster

During the Industrial Revolution and in the subsequent years before worker protection laws were put into place, it was a matter of course that profits were placed before people.  When coupled with the dangerous occupation of mining, one is left with a recipe for disaster. In Blantyre, Scotland in the wee hours of the morning of 22 October 1877, over ...

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The Corn Laws

The Corn Laws

Profits, government protection, and international trade – who would have thought that all of this would be generated by one small grain?  In the United Kingdom in the early to mid-1800s it was necessary to protect the price of corn to defend all of the above.  The Corn Laws were an effort by the Tory government to protect the crop, ...

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