Archive for August, 2013

Nazi Germany Invades Poland – 1 September 1939

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

On 1 September 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Here are two newspaper stories – published on 1 September 1939 – that report on the invasion. Gloucestershire Echo – Friday 01 September 1939 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000320/19390901/008/0001 Gloucestershire Echo – Friday 01 September 1939 Image © […]

Service Announcement – BNA search service maintenance this afternoon

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Amy

Service Announcement – BNA search service maintenance this afternoon We are currently upgrading our search service. This means that you will be unable to search by keyword/s for a short period. However, you can still browse all pages! Specific keyword search functionality will be back very soon. Best wishes, Team BNA

Mary Ward, the first person to be killed in a car accident – 31 August 1869

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

On 31 August 1869, Mary Ward (nee King) became the first person to die in a car accident in the UK and Ireland. It really was a terrible accident, with poor Mary falling under the wheel of the steam-powered vehicle, while it was negotiating a bend on the road near Parsonstown in County Offaly, Ireland. […]

‘The UK would never fight a war with Germany’ – says the President of the International Co-operative Congress on 28 August 1913

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

Roy Stockdill, a genealogist in London, contacted us today to tell us about a very interesting prediction that he saw in The Archive. Exactly 100 ago today, on 28 August 1913, the ‘Evening Telegraph’ in Dundee carried a story on its front page, reporting that the President of the International Co-operative Congress – held in […]

More content, more quickly. An update on progress. PLUS! – some exciting news about 20th century content!

Posted on August 28th, 2013 by Amy

More content, more quickly. An update on progress. We now have almost 7 million pages and with our new processing system we are going to be able to add around another 4 million pages in the next 12 months. Compare that with the (although rather impressive if we do say so ourselves), 3 million pages […]

Evacuation of Children and Other ‘Priority Classes’ from UK Cities – 30 and 31 August 1939

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

As the outbreak of war between the UK and Germany seemed imminent, children and other ‘priority classes’ started to be evacuated to the countryside from the major cities in the UK. Included below is a leading story from the front page of the ‘Hull Daily Mail’ of 31 August 1939, which reports on the mass […]

The Sinking of HMS Royal George – Spithead, 29 August 1782

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

On 29 August 1782, HMS Royal George sank with the loss of more than 800 lives, while undergoing routine maintenance work at Spithead, by Portsmouth. HMS Royal George was the largest warship in the world at the time of her launch in 1756, and her sudden sinking remains one of the worst disasters ever to […]

The Submarine Telegraph Between England and France – 28 August 1850

Posted on August 27th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘We live in an age of wonders…’ On 28 August 1850, the laying of the Channel Telegraph between Dover and Cap Gris Nez was finally completed. Included below is a newspaper story – published in early September 1850 – that reports on this historic event. We really enjoyed reading this particular report about the completion […]

The Eruption of Krakatoa – 27 August 1883

Posted on August 27th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

At 10am on 27 August 1883, the volcano on Krakatoa erupted with four massive explosions, which virtually destroyed the entire island. It’s estimated that the explosions and tidal waves killed at least 36,000 people. The explosions at Krakatoa are considered to be the loudest in history, and it’s claimed that the explosions were heard up […]