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Pablo Picasso is born in Malaga, Spain

On this day in 1881, Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, is born in Malaga, Spain. Picasso's father was a professor of drawing, and he bred his son for a career in academic art. Picasso had his first exhibit at the age of 13 and later quit art school so that he could experiment full-time with modern art styles. He went to Paris for the first time... Read more >

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John Peel Passes Away

Keeping It Peel

A true music pioneer and legend was lost today in 2004, as the great John Peel passed away aged 65. An avid radio fan from an early age, as a young man he travelled to the United States and started DJing in 1961 at a local Dallas station before returning to the UK and working on pirate station Radio London with his groundbreaking show The Perfumed Garden.... Read more >

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Charge of the Light Brigade

In an event alternately described as one of the most heroic or disastrous episodes in British military history, Lord James Cardigan leads a charge of the Light Brigade cavalry against well-defended Russian artillery during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Cardigan received his order to attack the Russians. His cavalry gallantly charged down the valley and w... Read more >

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Henry Fielding becomes justice of the peace

On this day, Henry Fielding, author of Tom Jones, is commissioned as justice of the peace for Westminster and Middlesex. In this role, he helped break up notorious criminal gangs. Fielding was born in April 1707 in Somerset, England, and attended Eton. However, he dropped out at age 17 and lost his family’s financial support. He went to London to become a playwright and met some success with ... Read more >