The English Her­itage top 10

The Herald on Sunday - - THE YEAR AHEAD -

Fall of the Ber­lin Wall (30th) – Novem­ber 9, 1989

Moon land­ing (50th) – July 20, 1969 The Bea­tles’ last pub­lic per­for­mance (50th) – Jan­uary 30, 1969

D-Day Land­ings (75th) – June 6, 1944 The Treaty of Ver­sailles be­ing signed (100th) – June 28 1919

Lady Nancy As­tor elected as an MP, the first women to sit in the House of Com­mons (100th) - Novem­ber 15 1919

Queen Vic­to­ria and Prince Al­bert born Sig­mund Freud. It’s a lit­tle-known fact that Freud wrote a joke book, although he was rot­ten at telling them. He ar­gued that jokes, like dreams, sat­isfy our un­con­scious de­sires. Af­ter him the expression Freudian slip was coined, which is when you say one thing and mean your mother.

It will be, in Oc­to­ber, 150 years since the birth of Ma­hatma Gandhi, the paci­fist who led the In­dian in­de­pen­dence move­ment and coined the phrase, “Gie’s peace”. Gandhi was also chaste in later life and made a prac­tice of sleep­ing with nu­bile, naked young women to test his re­straint. At least that’s what he said. This month was also, 80 years ago, when ny­lon stock­ings were sold for the first time in a store in Wilm­ing­ton, Delaware. Gandhi would have been re­strained. (200th) – May 24 and Au­gust 26, 1819

Births of Duke of Welling­ton and Napoleon Bon­a­parte (250th) – May 1 and Au­gust 15, 1769

Start of North Amer­i­can slave trade (400th) – around Au­gust 20, 1619

Im­pris­on­ment of Joan of Navarre – widow of Henry IV, who was accused of sor­cery and witch­craft and con­spir­ing to mur­der her step­son Henry V – at Pevensey Cas­tle in East Sus­sex (600th) – De­cem­ber 15, 1419

In Novem­ber, the only man to en­ter the Bri­tish Par­lia­ment with hon­est in­ten­tions is once again hon­oured. Guy Fawkes was rest­ing on sev­eral bar­rels of dy­na­mite un­der the Lords when he was ar­rested. More than 400 years later the place still hasn’t been abol­ished.

Then in De­cem­ber 1980, the inim­itable John Len­non was shot dead by Mark David Chap­man. Those of us who are old enough re­mem­ber where we were that day. It was also the month the Bev­eridge Re­port on the cre­ation of the wel­fare state was pub­lished, in 1942.

And, in 1872, it was when the Marie Ce­leste was found drift­ing in the At­lantic ocean, surely yet an­other metaphor for Brexit.

So, as they no doubt say in Morn­ing­side par­lours: “You’ll have had your 2019.”

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