Archive for October, 2013

Annie Edson Taylor Goes Over Niagara Falls in a Barrel – 24 October 1901

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

On her 63rd birthday, Annie Edson Taylor climbed into a barrel and went over Niagara Falls. Happily, she survived her incredible journey! The motive that drove Edson Taylor to perform such a terribly dangerous task was her twin desire for financial security and to avoid ending up in the poorhouse. Included below is a contemporary […]

‘Al Jolson dies playing cards’ – San Francisco, 23 October 1950

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Al Jolson, “The World’s Greatest Entertainer”, died of a heart attack while playing cards in a hotel in San Francisco on 23 October 1950 – he was 64. Jolson had only recently returned from entertaining troops in Korea, and it was reported that he was exhausted – his last words are reputed to be “Boys, […]

Hold the front page: A brief history of the birth of newspapers in Leicester

Posted on October 21st, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Jeremy Clay, who works as Features Editor on The Leicester Mercury, has written a fascinating article about the history of newspapers in Leicester – and has very kindly allowed us to publish his article on the BNA blog. ************************************************************************ The news came late to Leicester. The town’s first paper – The Leicester and Nottingham Journal […]

Your BNA Stories – ‘The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton’

Posted on October 21st, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘The British Newspaper Archive is a grand project on a scale the Victorian themselves would applaud’ – Jeremy Clay The BNA as a muse for writing books In addition to using the BNA for ancestral research, there are many researchers who visit The Archive to do other types of historical research. On top of that, […]

Florence Nightingale and Her Nurses Depart for the Crimea – 21 October 1854

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 21 October 1854, Florence Nightingale (‘the Lady with the Lamp’) and 38 volunteer nurses sailed from Southampton on their way to Scutari in the Crimea. Here’s a newspaper report published on 27 October 1854 thar reports on the departure of Miss Nightingale’s party. Read some more of our blog posts about the Crimean War. […]

Thomas Hughes, Author of “Tom Brown’s School Days” – Born on 20 October 1822

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Thomas Hughes, lawyer and author of the classic novel, Tom Brown’s School Days, was born in Uffington on 20 October 1822. To celebrate the day of his birth, here is a terrific newspaper article from 1863, in which Hughes offers his views on the American Civil War and slavery. The Coventry Herald and Observer – […]

The Death of George Mortimer Pullman – 19 October 1897

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

George Mortimer Pullman, the ‘Palace Car King’, died in Chicago on 19 October 1897 – he was 66. We’re always interested in stories about people who have things named after them, so here is a contemporary newspaper obituary that celebrates the life and achievements of George Pullman, and also a splendid illustration from 1879 of […]

The Death of Lord Palmerston – 18 October 1865

Posted on October 17th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 18 October 1865, Lord Palmerston (aka ‘Pam’, ‘The Mongoose’ and ‘Lord Cupid’), Prime Minister of the UK from 1855-1858 and 1859-1865, passed way – he was 80 years old. As you can imagine, The Archive contains 1,000s of stories about Lord Palmerston. But our eye was caught by this quirky story about a visitor […]

The Death of Chopin – 17 October 1849

Posted on October 16th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

A contemporary newspaper report on the last moments of Chopin Frederic Chopin, ‘The Poet of the Piano’, died in Paris on 17 October 1849 – he was 39. Here is a very moving newspaper article from November 1849 that reports on the last moments of Chopin. Glasgow Herald – Monday 19 November 1849 Image © […]

The Execution of Marie Antoinette – 16 October 1793

Posted on October 15th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘Pardon me sir, I meant not to do it’ – the last words of Marie Antoinette (after stepping on the foot of the executioner) On 16 October 1793, Marie Antoinette, the widow of Louis XVI, was executed at the guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris – she was 37. Here is a […]