Archive for the “News from the past” Category

100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Posted on June 28th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated 100 years ago on Sunday 28 June 1914, starting the chain of events that lead to World War One. The first reports about the assassination were printed in British newspapers the following day. You can read many of them online at The British Newspaper Archive.   Read reports about Franz […]

A. E. J. Collins and the highest recorded cricket score

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

A 13-year-old schoolboy has held the record for the highest cricket score for over 100 years. Arthur Edward Jeune ‘James’ Collins, also known by the initials A. E. J. Collins, scored an incredible 628 not out in June 1899. The cricket match took place over four days at Clifton College in Bristol.   Blackburn Standard […]

The Dundee Courier reports biting in a football match

Posted on June 25th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez has hit the headlines once again, having been accused of biting an Italian player during last night’s World Cup match. The British Newspaper Archive can reveal that biting isn’t a modern phenomenon in football matches. An article describing Sunderland football team’s experience in Germany has been discovered by one of our customers in […]

Copies of old newspapers reveal a World Cup myth

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

England took part in the World Cup for the first time in 1950. Like this year’s tournament, the football matches were held in Brazil. The English national team met the United States in the group stages and suffered a shocking 1-0 defeat. The game has gone down in football history and has a rather interesting urban […]

70th anniversary of the D-Day landings

Posted on June 6th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Today we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. On 6 June 1944, Allied forces invaded Normandy which was, at that point, occupied by the German Army. It is estimated that over 8,000 people lost their lives on this one day. D-Day reported in British newspapers News of the invasion reached British newspapers during […]

The ‘Ocean Child’ and the sinking of the RMS Tayleur

Posted on June 5th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Gill Hoffs, author of The Sinking of RMS Tayleur: The Lost Story of the ‘Victorian Titanic’ used The British Newspaper Archive extensively for her research. She got in touch to tell us the touching story of the ‘Ocean Child’. We’d love to hear about what you’ve discovered too – email press@britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk   **************   Put […]

Marconi patents the radio

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his new invention – the radio – on 2 June 1896. The British and Irish newspapers available online at The British Newspaper Archive reveal just how popular it became. You can explore thousands of adverts for Marconi radios like these, published up until the 1950s. Oh! Why don’t […]

An escaped bear causes chaos in 1890

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

You’ll find lots of amusing stories in The British Newspaper Archive about the strange events that happened both in the United Kingdom and around the world. A number of local newspapers, including the Grantham Journal, Portsmouth Evening News and Sheffield Evening Telegraph, reported on one such event in 1890.   Women shrieked and children cried […]

Hull City play Arsenal in the 1930 FA Cup semi-final

Posted on May 13th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The FA Cup final on Saturday 17 May 2014 will see a showdown between Arsenal and Hull City. This is the first time Hull have reached the final. Hull City’s greatest achievement in cup competitions up to this point was in 1930, when they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Rather strangely, they also […]

Roger Bannister and the four-minute mile

Posted on May 6th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes on 6 May 1954. You can search British newspapers from 1954 online at The British Newspaper Archive, so we took a look to see how the incredible feat was reported.   ‘Something typically British about this new world record’ The Aberdeen […]