Archive for May, 2013

The Death of Leslie Howard – Shot Down Over the Bay of Biscay on 1 June 1943

Posted on May 31st, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 1 June 1943, the plane carrying the English actor, Leslie Howard, was shot down by the Luftwaffe over the Bay of Biscay. To commemorate the day, here is a newspaper story – published just two days after the event – that reports on this very sad loss. Historical rumour has it that the Nazis thought […]

The Bombing of Dublin by the Luftwaffe – 31 May 1941

Posted on May 30th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 31 May 1941, Nazi planes dropped bombs on Dublin, with the loss of 28 lives. As the Republic of Ireland was neutral during World War Two, this was a major diplomatic incident – interestingly, this happened on more than one occasion. Since the bombing of Eire by Nazi Germany appears to be a rather […]

The Death of Voltaire – 30 May 1778

Posted on May 29th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds’ Voltaire (aka Francois-Marie Arouet), writer, philosopher, historian and creator of the Panglossian character type, died in Paris on 30 May 1778, aged 83. The Archive contains 100s of interesting newspaper stories about Voltaire so, to mark the day, here’s an excellent newspaper article […]

What Made Suffragettes Laugh?

Posted on May 28th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

What made suffragettes laugh? It’s a question we’ve been musing on since learning that BBC4 is going to be broadcasting a sitcom about a deputation (we think that’s the proper collective noun) of suffragettes. All will be revealed on Thursday night! Being a curious bunch, we did a combination keyword search in the Archive on […]

The Sinking of the Empress of Ireland – 29 May 1914

Posted on May 28th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

In the St. Lawrence River on 29 May 1914, RMS Empress of Ireland sank with the loss of 1,024 lives, after colliding with the Norwegian collier, SS Storstad. Here is a newspaper story – published on 30 May 1914 – which reports on the disaster. Given that the loss of life in the Empress of […]

The Fall of the Paris Commune and Victor Hugo’s Expulsion from Belgium – 28 May 1871

Posted on May 26th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The Paris Commune fell on 28 May 1871 with, according to historical legend, the last barricade being removed in Rue Ramponeau in Belleville on the night of the 28th. The Archive contains 100s of fascinating stories about the Paris Commune, but we thought we’d post this story that focuses on Victor Hugo’s role in this […]

The Death of Niccolo Paganini – Nice, 27 May 1840

Posted on May 26th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Niccolo Paganini, the genius violinist alleged to have made a Faustian pact with the devil in exchange for his sublime musical skills, died in Nice on 27 May 1840. We’ve been reading 19th Century newspaper reports about Paganini, and have found some fascinating stories. Here’s a story about Paganini refusing to play at a pre-arranged […]

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Born in Boston on 25 May 1803

Posted on May 24th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The American essayist, poet and lecturer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, was born in Boston on 25 May 1803. As Emerson was a leading literary figure in 19th Century America, the Archive contains 100s of interesting stories about his life and work. To celebrate the day of his birth, here is a detailed newspaper report about an […]

The Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge – 24 May 1883

Posted on May 23rd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 24 May 1883 (Queen Victoria’s birthday), President Chester A. Arthur and New York Mayor Franklin Edson opened the Brooklyn Bridge by crossing over it and meeting Seth Low, the Brooklyn Mayor, beside the tower on the Brooklyn side of the bridge – the three men then shook hands and declared the bridge open. To […]