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FU­TURE QUEEN

On this date in 1900, El­iz­a­beth, later Queen El­iz­a­beth the Queen Mother, was born. In 1923, she mar­ried Prince Al­bert, the Duke of York, who be­came King Ge­orge VI in 1936. They earned the love and re­spect of mil­lions of Bri­tons when they re­fused to leave Lon­don dur­ing the Nazi Blitz. In the early days of the Sec­ond World War, Adolf Hitler de­scribed her as the most dan­ger­ous woman in Europe for her ef­fect on Bri­tish morale. Later in life, she be­came the world’s most favourite granny. Mas­sive cel­e­bra­tions were held in Bri­tain when she turned 100. She died in 2002 at the age of 101.

CALL TO ARMS

On this date in 1914, Canada au­to­mat­i­cally en­tered the First World War when Bri­tain de­clared war on Ger­many af­ter the Ger­mans in­vaded Bel­gium. Dur­ing the next four years and three months, nearly 61,000 Cana­di­ans were killed dur­ing the war, and an­other 172,000 were wounded.

SIGN OF RE­SPECT

On this date in 1922, Bell Tele­phone sus­pended ser­vice for one minute dur­ing Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell’s fu­neral in Bad­deck. The in­ven­tor of the tele­phone had died two days ear­lier at age 75.

PLOT UN­COV­ERED

On this date in 1586, a plot to kill Queen El­iz­a­beth I was un­cov­ered. Anthony Babing­ton, sup­porter of Mary, Queen of Scots, planned to kill El­iz­a­beth and her min­is­ters and as­sume power with the aid of English Ro­man Catholics and Span­ish sol­diers. The plot was dis­cov­ered when let­ters to Mary were in­ter­cepted and one con­spir­a­tor con­fessed. Babing­ton and six others were ex­e­cuted for high trea­son.

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