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Guest post: Brain fever kills travelling businessman, by Richard Tisdale

1801 Brain fever kills travelling businessman Sitting in the graveyard of St Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury is a curious headstone. It belongs to a man called Benjamin Beach. But it doesn’t contain just the usual religious platitudes you’d expect to find – it tells the story of the poor man’s sad and painful demise at one of the town’s most popular inns. You have to look closely and carefully to read what’s written as years’ of weathering has taken its toll

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Karl Marx – Died in London on 14 March 1883

Karl Marx

Karl Heinrich Marx, author of ‘The Communist Manifesto’ and ‘Capital’, died in London on 14 March 1883. To mark the day, we’re sharing a newspaper report of his death and a report on his funeral and burial at Highgate Cemetery.   We do wonder about the story regarding Marx and Engels almost dying in the Tay Bridge Disaster in 1879. The story goes that they had planned to travel on the ill-fated train while on a lecture tour in Scotland,

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Carole Lombard – Killed in an Air Crash on 16 January 1942


Tragically, the beautiful and talented Hollywood actress Carole Lombard died in an airplane crash in Nevada on 16 January 1942. In addition to starring in some terrific screwball comedies, she was also the great love of Clark Gable, who was utterly devastated by her tragic death. Quem di diligunt, adolescens moritur.     Subscribe today and discover history as it happened


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