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Sir Stafford Cripps

Sir Stafford Cripps

Born 24/4/1889, 125 years ago

Politician and lawyer. Born Richard Stafford Cripps at 32 Elm Park Gardens, Chelsea. He initially pursued a career in the law, but this was interrupted by the outbreak of war in 1914. He joined the...

Person, Politics & Administration, Switzerland

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Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe

Died 24/4/1731, 283 years ago

Novelist. Born in the parish of Cripplegate, as Daniel Foe, adding the "de" latter, for effect. Published "Robinson Crusoe" in 1719, considered by some to be the first novel in English. His grave w...

Person, Literature

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Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding

Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding

Born 24/4/1882, 132 years ago

Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, GCB, GCVO, CMG, RAF, Baron of Bentley Priory in the county of Middlesex. Commander-in-Chief Fighter Command Royal Air Force from its formation in 1936 until Novembe...

Person, Armed Forces, Scotland

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Armenian Genocide

Armenian Genocide

Started 24/4/1915, 99 years ago

Inflicted by the Turkish government on the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire, 1915-18 and 1920-3, with one and a half million victims.  However it is a sensitive issue, with the numbers dis...

Event, Tragedy, Armenia, Turkey

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Sam House

Sam House

Died 24/4/1785, 229 years ago

Publican of The Intrepid Fox in Wardour Street where he died. An ardent supporter of the politician, Charles Fox he named his pub after him. A family tree website carries a transcription of "The Li...

Person, Commerce, Politics & Administration

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