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3rd June 1539 – Hernando De Soto, Spanish explorer and conquistador, claimed Florida for Spain. 1839 – Lin Tse-hsü destroyed 1.2 million kg of opium in Humen, confiscated from British merchants, providing Britain with a Casus belli to open hostilities with China, resulting in the First Opium War. 1924 – Franz Kafka died. 1937 – […]

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28th March 1854 – Britain and France joined the Ottoman empire in the Crimean War against Russia, to halt Russian expansion. 1930 – Constantinople was renamed Istanbul as part of Kemal Atatürk’s campaign to create a secular Turkey.

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10th February 1763 – The Seven Years’ War between Britain and Spain ended when The Treaty of Paris was signed. 2014 – Shirley Temple died.

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June 15th Happy Beer Day Britain

Interesting Place – Dudley

A ferris wheel has been branded the “worst tourist attraction in Britain” because it offers panoramic views of – Dudley. (In a bid to put Dudley “back on the map”, the 114 ft (35m) attraction has been erected in the centre of the Black Country town. Sponsored by local radio station Free Radio, it costs […]