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Archive for June, 2010

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Tower Bridge opened

Posted in Anniversary, Architecture, History on Sunday, 20 June 2010

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Tower Bridge. Illustration by Fred White

30 June marks the anniversary of the opening of Tower Bridge, which spans the Thames River. The bridge (not to be mistaken for nearby London Bridge) combines both a suspension bridge and a double leaf bascule bridge, the two towers housing hydraulic engines which can raise the two halves of the centre section to allow shipping to pass under the bridge.

The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII) and his wife.

More pictures of Tower Bridge can be found at the following link. Many more illustrations featuring bridges throughout the ages can be found here.

Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity

Posted in Anniversary, Science on Sunday, 20 June 2010

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A portrait of Albert Einstein

30 June is the anniversary of the publication of an article entitled “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies”, written by Albert Einstein. The article, published in 1905 in German (“Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper”), introduced one of Einstein’s key theories, known subsequently as the Special Theory of Relativity, which introduced the notion that the laws of mechanics and physics altered dramatically when something was moving at a speed close to the speed of light.

More pictures of Albert Einstein can be found here. Many more illustrations relating to science throughout the ages can be found by following this link.

Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre

Posted in Anniversary, Architecture, Theatre on Saturday, 19 June 2010

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Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre. Illustration by Peter Jackson

29 June is the anniversary of the destruction of the Globe Theatre during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII in 1613. The Globe was built by William Shakespeare’s touring company in 1599 and was famous for staging the playwright’s stage shows until a cannon used during the performance misfired and set light to the roof. A new Globe Theatre, built on the site of the first, was opened in 1614.

picture The Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre

Further pictures of the Globe Theatre can be found here. Many more illustrations relating to William Shakespeare and the theatre can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

Death of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Posted in Anniversary, Literature on Saturday, 19 June 2010

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning. Illustration by James E. McConnell

29 June marks the anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in 1861. Born in 1806, Elizabeth Moulton-Barrett began writing poetry as a young girl and had her first book published at the age of 14. In 1846 she married poet and playwright Robert Browning. The couple moved to Italy where Elizabeth continued to write, her poetry inspiring writers as diverse as Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson.

For more pictures of Elizabeth Battett Browning, follow this link. Many more illustrations relating to poets and poetry can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The assassination of Franz Ferdinand

Posted in Anniversary, History, World War 1 on Friday, 18 June 2010

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The assassination of Franz Ferdinand. Illustrated by Clive Uptton

28 June is the anniversary of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. He was an Austro-Hungarian Archduke, heir presumptive to the throne. In 1914, he was assassinated in Sarajevo, capital of the province of Bosnia and Herzegovina, by a student named Gavrilo Princip, who rushed up to their car, shooting both Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie.

Austria-Hungary and Germany declared war against Serbia leading to a declaration of war in support of Serbia by Britain, France and Russia. Thus Ferdinand’s death precipitated World War I.

More pictures relating to the assassination of Franz Ferdinand can be found here. A wide variety of images relating to World War I can be found at the following link.

The capture of Ned Kelly

Posted in Anniversary, History, Law on Friday, 18 June 2010

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Ned Kelly, bushranger and bank robber. Illustration by Neville Dear

28 June is the anniversary of the capture of the infamous cattle rustler and bank robber Ned Kelly. Always in trouble with the law, Kelly formed a gang for robbing banks. In 1880, the gang was cornered at the Glenrowan Inn, Glenrowan, Victoria, by police. Dressed in armour, Kelly advanced on the police, but the armour did not fully protect them. Three of the gang perished and Kelly was wounded and captured. He was executed on 11 November 1880.

More pictures of Ned Kelly can be found here. Many more pictures relating to criminals can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The Siege of Quebec

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles, History on Thursday, 17 June 2010

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Scaling the Heights of Abraham during the Siege of Quebec. Illustration by R. Caton Woodville

27 June is the anniversary of the beginning of the lengthy siege of Quebec in 1759 by Major General James Wolfe. Wolfe had already had a remarkable military career when he was appointed commander of a force sent to capture Quebec. The siege of the city lasted three months, culminating in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in which Wolfe was killed just as victory was assured.

More pictures of General Wolfe and the Siege of Quebec can be found here. Many more illustrations relating to the history and wildlife of Canada can be found at the following link.

Joshua Slocum sails around the world

Posted in Anniversary, Exploration, History, Travel on Thursday, 17 June 2010

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Joshua Slocum circumnavigates the world. Illustration by Wilf Hardy

27 June marks the anniversary of the first solo circumnavigation of the globe. Canadian sailor Joshua Slocum began his remarkable voyage in his boat, named Spray, in Boston, Massachusetts, on 24 April 1895. He landed at Newport, Rhode Island, on 27 June 1898, to remarkably little fanfare as most of the headlines of the day were taken up with the Spanish-American War.

Slocum published an account of his voyage, Sailing Alone Around the World, in 1899. He disappeared in 1909 whilst on another voyage.

Many more pictures of Joshua Slocum and of circumnavigations of the world can be found at the Look and Learn picture library, as can images of sailing throughout the ages.

Death of Francisco Pizarro

Posted in Anniversary, Exploration, History on Wednesday, 16 June 2010

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Francisco Pizarro meets Inca chief Atahualpa. Illustration by James E. McConnell

26 June is the anniversary of the death Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador who conquered the Incan Empire. In 1524 he led an expedition into South America from Panama in search of gold rumoured to be found in what is now Peru. It was during his third expedition in 1532 that Pizarro went to war with the Incan chief Athahualpa and eventually to conquer Peru.

Pizarro was assassinated in 1541 by Diego de Almagro, the son of his former partner.

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The assassination of Francisco Pizarro, illustrated by Alberto Salinas

More pictures relating to Francisco Pizarro can be found here. For more pictures relating to the Incas, follow this link.

The foundation of the United Nations

Posted in Anniversary, History, Law on Wednesday, 16 June 2010

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The history of the United Nations. Illustration by Neville Dear

26 June is the anniversary of the United Nations. In 1945, 50 countries signed the charter, ratified in October, that lay the foundations for the United Nations, set up to promote peace and cooperation between countries. The UN has its headquarters in New York City, whilst the International Court of Justice, one of its five main sections, is in The Hague.

The UN has been involved in resolving economic and humanitarian disasters since its foundation and 192 countries are now members.

More pictures relating to the United Nations can be found here. A wider selection of illustrations by artist Neville Dear can be found at the following link.