Archive for the “On This Day” Category

Here & Then: our brand new mobile app

Posted on April 8th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

You can now view fascinating articles, images and adverts from The British Newspaper Archive through your iPhone for free. Download ‘Here & Then’ from the iTunes store Free daily stories from historic newspapers Download our mobile app today and read stories from over 200 years of historical newspapers for free, wherever you are. Learn what […]

Top 5 April Fools in history

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

  Search The British Newspaper Archive for the words ‘April Fool’ and you’ll find hundreds of examples of ‘hilarious’ pranks that were staged on 1 April in the past. We’ve selected our favourites for you to enjoy.   WW1 football ‘bomb’ A ‘bomb’ was dropped on German troops during the First World War. After scrambling to […]

Virginia Woolf’s suicide note

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

English writer Virginia Woolf committed suicide on 28 March 1941. She struggled with depression and was deeply affected by the Second World War.   ‘I cannot go on’ Woolf left a touching note for her husband, saying ‘I owe all my happiness to you, but cannot go on and spoil your life’. Read the full […]

The abolition of slavery

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

The slave trade was abolished in the British Empire on this day in 1807. The Bury and Norwich Post reported that the Bishop of Landaff thought slavery was ‘so barbarous and inhumane that the abolition of it would be recorded in Heaven.’ Bury and Norwich Post – Wednesday 01 April 1807 Image © THE BRITISH […]

30 mph speed limit introduced

Posted on March 18th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The 30 mph speed limit was introduced in built-up areas of Britain on 18 March 1935. Not everybody appreciated the new signs – newspapers reported that eight signs were fished out of a pond a week later! View the whole newspaper page Nottingham Evening Post – Friday 29 March 1935 Image © Local World Limited. […]

St Patrick’s Day shamrock sellers

Posted on March 17th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Happy St Patrick’s Day! We just love these wonderful photographs of shamrock sellers in Plymouth in the 1930s, printed in the Western Morning News: Top photo View the whole newspaper page Western Morning News – Thursday 18 March 1937 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.   Bottom photo […]

Suffragette slashes the Rokeby Venus

Posted on March 10th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Mary Richardson, a Suffragette, slashed the Rokeby Venus painting at the National Gallery 100 years ago today. Read the stirring speech she gave at her trial, explaining her actions: View the whole newspaper page Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Friday 13 March 1914 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE […]

Death of the real Sherlock Holmes

Posted on March 10th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

A 19th-century police officer named Jerome Caminada died 100 years ago today. Angela Buckley, author of The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada, explains what newspapers can tell us about the detective’s incredible life. ************** On 10 March 1914, just five days before his 70th birthday, Detective Jerome Caminada died at home. […]

World Book Day: How it could have looked in 1920

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

British schoolchildren will dress as their favourite book characters today to celebrate World Book Day. The Cheltenham Looker-On proves that this isn’t a new phenomenon – here we see two doctors dressed as Tweedledum and Tweedledee in 1920: Cheltenham Looker-On – Saturday 17 January 1920 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE […]

Pancake thrown at American President and First Lady

Posted on March 4th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Keep an eye out for low-flying pancakes today! The Pall Mall Gazette reported that a pancake was thrown at US President Grover Cleveland and his wife during a visit to St Louis in 1887. View the whole newspaper page Pall Mall Gazette – Tuesday 25 October 1887 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS […]