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1805

Nelson victorious at Battle of Trafalgar

In one of the most decisive battles in history, a British fleet under Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar fought off the coast of Spain. At sea, Lord Nelson and the Royal Navy consistently thwarted Napoleon, who led France to pre-eminence on the European mainland.

After the crushing defeat at Trafalgar, Napoleon was forced to aban... Read more >

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2016

Apple Day

Feeling Fruity

Filler of crumbles, scourge of doctors, destroyer of man (thanks Eve). It’s apples! And today we celebrate the most golden and delicious of all hanging fruits as it is Apple Day. Initiated by charity group Common Ground in 1990, it’s designed to recognise the wonder of apples, unearth a few unusual varieties, encourage you to hang out in an orchard and... Read more >

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1959

The Guggenheim opens

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opens in New York City. Designed by acclaimed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the modern structure marked a bold departure from traditional museum design. Its exhibition space, designed to house contemporary art, features a six-story ramp that spirals upward a quarter mile and provides access to four levels of galleries. The spiraling ramp encircles a lar... Read more >

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1779

Henry Laurens named minister to Holland

The Continental Congress of the United States elects former congressman Henry Laurens minister to Holland on this day in 1779. Laurens’ first and most crucial duty as the new minister was to negotiate an alliance with Holland, which he did in 1780. During Laurens’ return voyage from Holland in the fall of 1780, his ship was intercepted and captured by the British Navy off the coast of Newfo... Read more >