May 1st, 1851 – Queen Victoria Opens the Great Exhibition!

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations or The Great Exhibition, sometimes referred to as the Crystal Palace Exhibition in reference to the temporary structure in which it was held, was an international exhibition that took place in Hyde Park, London, from May 1st, 1851 to October 11th, 1851. It was […]

This Day in History – March 2nd, 1882

From 1842 to 1882 there eight attempts to kill or assault Queen Victoria, the last being on March 2nd, 1882. Scottish poet Roderick McLean attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria at Windsor, England, with a pistol. His motive was purportedly a curt reply to some poetry that he had mailed to the Queen. Tried for high treason on April 20th, 1882, McLean was […]

This Day in History – February 2nd, 1901

Following a custom she maintained throughout her widowhood, Victoria spent the Christmas of 1900 at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Rheumatism in her legs had rendered her lame, and her eyesight was clouded by cataracts. Through early January, she felt “weak and unwell”, and by mid-January she was “drowsy … dazed, [and] confused”. She died on Tuesday, […]

This Day in History – January 25th, 1858

White dresses and Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” seem like they have been quintessential elements of traditional European and North American weddings for eons, but the popularity of the white dress is only 175 years old, and the “Wedding March” only 157 years. On February 10th, 1840, Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She selected […]

This Day in History – January 1st, 1877

Though the Mughal dynasty ruled over most of the Indian subcontinent from the 16th century onwards, they simply used the title Badishah (Badishah or badshah means “Great King” or King of Kings, somewhat close to the title of emperor) without geographic designation. During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the rebel sepoys seized Delhi and proclaimed […]

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