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On This Day – The League of Nations and Barbara’s Cross

08 Apr

Winchester Cathedral

1093 The new Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire was dedicated. The Grade 1 listed cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in England, with the longest nave and overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe.

Great Western’s Maiden Voyage

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1838 The day before his 32nd birthday, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s 236 ft steamship Great Western sailed from Bristol on her maiden voyage to New York. The journey took 15 days, half the time of the fastest sailing ship. She became the first steamship to make regular Atlantic crossings.

Entente Cordiale

Paul Cambon

The Marquess of Lansdowne

1904 Britain and France settled their foreign affairs differences with a newly negotiated ‘Entente Cordiale’. Britain recognised the Suez Canal Convention and surrendered its claim to Madagascar.

Come Hither Loans

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1925 The Australian Government and the British Colonial Office offered low interest loans to encourage Britons to borrow the money to emigrate to Australia.

Demise of the League of Nations

A drive leads past a manicured lawn to large white rectangular building with a columns on it facade. Two wings of the building are set back from the middle section.

1946 The League of Nations held its last meeting in Geneva before dissolution. It was replaced by the United Nations (UN).

Barbara’s George Cross

Barbara Jane Harrison

1968 BOAC Flight 712 bound for Sydney caught fire shortly after take off from London Heathrow Airport. As a result of her heroic actions in the accident which claimed her life, Barbara Jane Harrison, a British air stewardess, was awarded a posthumous George Cross, the only GC awarded to a woman in peacetime.

Titanic

Photo: A reciprocating engine on the Titanic

1997 The results of the first ultrasonic scan of the front of the Titanic revealed a series of six short slits as the principal damage to the ship after it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic in 1912.

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