June 2013 – Page 2 – The British Newspaper Archive Blog

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Pages – An update

We are excited to be hurtling towards the 7 million page mark! However, you may have noticed that our page counter and ‘Recently Added Issues’ has slowed down over the past few days . . . We are currently working on upgrading our newspaper ingest system which means that there will be a slow-down in terms of the number of pages that we add to the site over the next week. We apologise for this but are looking forward to

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Sir Leonard ‘Len’ Hutton – Born on 23 June 1916

The brilliant English and Yorkshire cricketer, Len Hutton was born in Fulneck, Pudsey, on 23 June 1916. To celebrate the day of his birth, here are two, historical newspaper stories that report on his most famous innings – the 364 that he scored against Australia in August 1938. Western Daily Press – Wednesday 24 August 1938 Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000513/19380824/006/0003 Hull Daily Mail – Tuesday 23 August 1938 Image © Northcliffe

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‘Operation Barbarossa’: the Invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany – 22 June 1941

‘When Barbarossa commences, the world will hold its breath and make no comment’ – Adolf Hitler On 22 June 1941, Hitler ordered the start of ‘Operation Barbarossa’ – the campaign to conquer the Soviet Union. To mark the day, here are some contemporary newspaper stories (published the day after the invasion started) that report on the start of the war between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

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Midsummer’s Day and Night: the Summer Solstice – 21 June

To celebrate the summer solstice and midsummer’s day and night, included below are two terrific newspaper articles that describe the ancient customs, traditions and folklore of the midsummer festival. If you liked reading the stories below, then you might like to read some more stories on the blog about Midsummer’s Day and Night, and the Summer Solstice. Evening Telegraph – Thursday 22 June 1939 Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000563/19390622/030/0003 Derby Daily Telegraph –

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SS Savannah: the First Steamship to Cross the Atlantic – 20 June 1819

On 20 June 1819, the ‘SS Savannah’ steamed into Liverpool Docks, thus becoming the first steamship to cross the Atlantic. To celebrate the day, here is a newspaper story from 1819 that reports on this historic occasion. Morning Post – Wednesday 23 June 1819 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18190623/019/0003

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World Sauntering Day – 19 June

Today is…World…Sauntering Day… … So to celebrate World Sauntering Day and the many joys and the art of sauntering, here is a terrific newspaper article from 1890 that praises sauntering in all its glorious forms. … If you’re a saunterer yourself (or can sometimes saunter and ‘consider the lilies’ when it’s required), we’re sure you’ll enjoy reading this humorous essay. … We hope that sauntering will be announced (at some future date, there’s no hurry…) as an official event at

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The Death of William Cobbett – 18 June 1835

William Cobbett, writer, political reformer and farmer, died in Normandy, Surrey, on 18 June 1835. Cobbett was very much a champion of democracy, and campaigned for electoral reform throughout his life. So to mark the day and to remember his life and achievements, we’ve included below an obituary of Cobbett, which was published in the Westmorland Gazette on 27 June 1835. To gain a real sense of what William Cobbett was all about, browse some pages from Cobbett’s Weekly Political Register,

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The Arrival of the Statue of Liberty in New York – 17 June 1885

On 17 June 1885, the French steamship, ‘Isere’, arrived in New York Harbour with the Statue of Liberty onboard. As can be seen from the two contemporary newspaper reports below, the statue was received with great enthusiasm by the New Yorkers – with over 83,000 people contributing to the fund to pay for the pedestal of the statue. The Graphic – Saturday 06 November 1886 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000057/18861106/007/0007 Morning Post – Saturday 20

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Stan Laurel – Born on 16 June 1890

Stan Laurel (aka Arthur Stanley Jefferson) was born in Ulverston, Cumbria, on 16 June 1890. To celebrate the day, here are two newspaper reports from the 1930s about Laurel and Hardy. Derby Daily Telegraph – Saturday 07 July 1934 Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000521/19340707/043/0006 Edinburgh Evening News – Monday 25 July 1932 Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000452/19320725/020/0003 Evening Telegraph – Friday 02

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Monsieurs Rozier and Romain, the first people killed in an air accident – 15 June 1785

On 15 June 1785, Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Pierre Romain died when their hot air balloon (it was a mixture of hydrogen and hot air) exploded while they were attempting to cross the English Channel.   Read newspaper reports about the accident   To mark their bravery in attempting such a feat, we’ve posted a contemporary newspaper report about the tragedy.   Derby Mercury – Thursday 16 June 1785 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. View

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