Archive for November, 2012

The BNA Passes the 6 Million Page Mark – and Page Number 6 Million Is Available for Free!

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

It was a long day and night watching the old odometer (drink in hand), but we’re thrilled to announce that the homepage counter on the website has just passed the 6 million page mark. And we’re thrilled to have reached another big milestone in the project. The 6th millionth page to arrive on the BNA […]

C.S. Lewis – Born in Belfast on 29 November 1898

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

We love writers with two initials (a sure sign of literary excellence)! So we were delighted to learn that C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast on 29 November 1898. At the moment, the Archive does not yet contain stories about The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – as they […]

Sir John Ambrose Fleming – Born in Lancaster on 29 November 1849

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

Another famous person born on the 29th of November was the physicist, inventor and electrical engineer, Sir John Ambrose Fleming. Born in Lancaster in 1849, Ambrose Fleming was famous for inventing the first thermionic valve (aka diode) in 1904. Hmm, ever curious, we looked up thermionic valve, and discovered that it is a gadget that controls […]

The Death of Giacomo Puccini – Brussels, 29 November 1924

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

The Italian composer, Giacomo Puccini, died in Brussels on 29 November 1924. When news of Puccini’s death reached Rome, a performance of ‘La boheme’ was stopped, as the orchestra abruptly shifted key to play Chopin’s ‘Funeral March’ to a shocked audience. So to commemorate his sublime music and his life, we’ve posted two stories that […]

Online Newspaper Archive Celebrates Its First Birthday

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

- Later today, the British Newspaper Archive will reach the 6 million page mark on its first birthday The British Newspaper Archive celebrates its first birthday today, as it nears the 6 million page milestone. With a target of 40 million fully-searchable pages by 2021, this 10-year project is the biggest digitisation of newspapers to […]

Photos of the BNA Scanning Team at Colindale Library – 29 November 2012

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

The BNA Scanning team at The library at Colindale (North London) are Stakhanovite in their efforts to scan the newspapers for the BNA website. In many respects, they are the unsung heroes and heroines of the BNA project. So as a sign of respect for their hard work and ingenuity when it comes to problem-solving, […]

‘Barbarous Massacre of Indians’ – Sand Creek, 29 November 1864

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 29 November 1864, between 70 to 165 Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians (most of whom were women and children) were killed, when a 700-man force of the Colorado Militia attacked their village at Sand Creek. The attack on the Indians was led by Colonel John Milton Chivington, which is why Sand Creek is also known […]

Louisa May Alcott (aka ‘Jo’), Author of ‘Little Women’ – Born on 29 November 1832

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

Louisa May Alcott (aka A.M. Barnard), author of ‘Little Women’, was born in Germantown, Philadelphia, on 29 November 1832. Her famous novel, ‘Little Women’, was based on the family life of the Alcott family when they lived in Concord, Massachusetts, and the character of ‘Jo’ is the author herself. So we’ve posted two stories below which […]

Thomas Edison and His Phonograph – New Jersey, 29 November 1877

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

 ‘A Wonderful Telephonic Invention – Preserving Speeches’ On 29 November 1877, Thomas Edison gave the world a demo of his phonograph invention – thereby paving the way for generations of teenagers to lock themselves away in their bedrooms and madden their parents by playing their records way too loud. To celebrate this wonderful achievement by […]

The First Birthday of the British Newspaper Archive – 29 November 2012

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

It’s our first birthday today! For it was on this day last year that a gallimaufry of Victorian news girls and boys (see the photo and video below) officially launched the website at King’s Cross Station, London. To celebrate the day, we’re going to post some stories on the blog about famous events and birthdays […]