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Historic headlines: Great Britain joins World War Two on 3 September 1939

Not only does 2014 mark the 100th anniversary of World War One, it is also the 75th anniversary of the start of World War Two.   Newspaper headlines from the beginning of WW2 Britain declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939, following Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland on 1 September.   Search newspapers from World War Two   Take a look at the newspaper headlines from Sunday 3 September, announcing that Britain was at war once more. Nottingham Evening

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Copies of old newspapers reveal a World Cup myth

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 myth attached to it. Many say that English newspapers reported a 10-1 win, assuming that there had been a typing error in the message they received

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Marconi patents the radio

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 we get a Marconi?   Dover Express – Friday 16 October 1936 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

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Shakespeare on the Tube Strike

Search The British Newspaper Archive for the words ‘Tube strike’ and you’ll find hundreds of stories about London Underground strikes of the past. While most newspapers printed serious reports, we’ve found a few that couldn’t resist making a joke or two.   Tu-be or not tu-be The Derby Daily Telegraph imagined how William Shakespeare would have responded to the Tube strike of 1919:   Derby Daily Telegraph – Wednesday 05 February 1919 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of

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