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Did you know Stephenson ’s Rocket, which won the Rainhill Trials in 1829, was built in Newcastle? Its design set the standard for steam locomotives for a century and more.

Did you know the first public demonstration of the light-bulb was given by its inventor Joseph Swan on 3rd Feb 1879 at a lecture theatre in Newcastle, therefore the first public building in the world lit by electric light? In 1881 Mosley Street in Newcastle became the first street in the world to be illuminated by electric light.

Did you know the world’s first organised dog show was held in Newcastle on June 28 1859? It was only for Pointers and Setters, and was the brainchild of a Mr Shorthose and Mr Pape. Some 60 dogs were entered.

Did you know that Geordies are so called because the city was the only one in the North East that supported George II and closed its gates to the Jacobite army during the rebellion of 1745?

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Famous Newcastle Upon Tyne people:

Ant McPartlin
Cuthbert Collingwood
Declan Donnelly
Donna Air
George Stephenson
Harry Woolf
Jack Cunningham
Jack Higgins
Jimmy Nail
Lesslie Newbigin
Lewis Richardson
Miriam Stoppard
Neil Bartlett
Nicholas Ridley
Ove Arup
Peter Higgs
Rowan Atkinson
William Armstrong

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Brit Quote:
Bexhill on Sea is a peck on the cheek whilst Hastings is a lolloping tongue down the throat - Jo Brand
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On this day:
Henry VIII ex-communicated - 1538, 1st Bowler Hats go on sale - 1849, The Wright Brothers take Flight - 1903, Mary Bell found Guilty - 1968, IRA bomb Harrods - 1983, Work begins on the Channel Tunnel - 1988, Ian Huntly found Guilty of Soham Murders - 2003
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