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Important Dates in British History - a timeline

Here are events from 1859 that have shaped Britain and its peoples and affected its history. If you feel we have left something out please don't hesitate to let us know.
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On this day:
Elizabeth I excommunicated by the Pope - 1570, Yes Minister First Broadcast - 1980, Birmingham Six convictions overturned - 1991

Famous and historic events from 1859

Anglesey Ship Disaster
Big Bens First Strike
Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' is published
Opening of the Royal Albert Bridge

Famous Britons born in 1859
A E Housman
Arthur Conan Doyle
Cecil Sharp
Dugald MacColl
Francis Thompson
George Lansbury
James Guthrie
Jerome K Jerome
John Jellicoe
Kenneth Grahame
Sidney Webb
William Hadow
William Strang

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A Picture of Britain
A Picture of Britain
Ashes Fever
Ashes Fever
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Coast
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Churchill

Brit Quote:
Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense about things that matter - Max Beerbohm
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On this day:
Elizabeth I excommunicated by the Pope - 1570, Yes Minister First Broadcast - 1980, Birmingham Six convictions overturned - 1991
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