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75 Year Anniversary of the Death of Sarojini Naidu

Today (02/03/2024) marks the 75th anniversary of the death of the Indian independence activist, poet, and politician, Sarojini Naidu. Born in 1879 to a Bengali family in Hyderabad (present day India), Naidu was academically gifted from a young age. After... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 2nd March, 2024 3 min read

Saint David's Day (Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant)

Today (01/03/2024) is Saint David's Day, or the Feast of Saint David, a celebration of the patron saint of Wales. It is celebrated on the anniversary of the date of St. David's death in 589 AD. This Christian feast day... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 1st March, 2024 1 min read

International Mother Language Day 2024

“Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage” - United NationsToday (21/02/2024) marks International Mother Language Day. The yearly commemoration, initially established in 1999, advocates for the recognition of linguistic and cultural diversity.... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 21st February, 2024 3 min read

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is a key event in the Christian calendar, which takes place every year before the commencement of Lent (the 40-day period leading up to Easter). For many Christians, the date is marked by the ritual burning of the... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 13th February, 2024 1 min read

Darwin Day 2024

Today (12/02/2024) is Darwin Day, an annual celebration that commemorates the birthday of Charles Darwin (12 February 1809–9 April 1882), Britain’s most famous naturalist and biologist. Known for his contributions to evolutionary biology, Darwin’s pioneering work proposed that all species of... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 12th February, 2024 2 min read

Lunar New Year 2024

British Online Archives would like to wish all our customers a Happy Lunar New Year. From midnight on 10  February 2024 (10/02/2024), until the festival ends on the 24 February, China’s population and its worldwide diaspora will celebrate the Year... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 10th February, 2024 2 min read

LGBT+ History Month 2024

This month marks the 19th LGBT+ History Month in the United Kingdom. LGBT+ History Month is an annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, as well as the history of the gay rights movement. It was founded in... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 2nd February, 2024 2 min read

100 Years Since the First Winter Olympics

Today (25/01/2024) marks 100 years since the start of the first Winter Olympics, held in Chamonix, France. Originally called the “International Winter Sports Week of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc”, in 1926 the event was retrospectively renamed the “First Winter Olympic Games” due to its... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 25th January, 2024 2 min read

Burns Night

Tonight (25/01/2024) is Burns Night, a tradition observed on the birthday of Robert Burns (1759–1796). Robert, or Rabbie, Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who wrote over 550 poems and songs before his death at the age of 37.... Read more →
Laura Wales
Published 25th January, 2024 8 min read

International Day of Education 2024

Today (24/01/2024) is the International Day of Education. Established by the United Nations in 2018, this initiative aims to promote education as a human right. It is likewise underpinned by the conviction that education can generate global peace and development.... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 24th January, 2024 1 min read

80 Years Since the Death of Norwegian Artist, Edvard Munch

Today (23/01/2024) marks 80 years since the death of Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch.Best known for his painting The Scream, Munch was a prolific artist who studied under Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. After his death on... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 23rd January, 2024 2 min read

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (US)

Today (16/01/2024) is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a public holiday in the United States. It celebrates the birthday of one of the most influential civil rights activists of the twentieth century. Born in 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 16th January, 2024 1 min read

700 years: Death of explorer Marco Polo

700 years ago today (08/01/2024), the explorer and merchant Marco Polo died. Polo was born in Venice in 1254 to a wealthy merchant family. At 17 Polo left Venice with his father and uncle. They travelled along what would later be... Read more →
Abbie Fray
Published 8th January, 2024 2 min read

Epiphany

Today (6/01/2024) is Epiphany, the Christian feast day commemorating the baptism of Jesus, the visit of the Magi to his birthplace in Bethlehem, and the wedding of Cana. “Epiphany” comes from the Koine Greek word ἐπιφάνεια, epipháneia, meaning to appear... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 6th January, 2024 2 min read

Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere)

For those living north of the equator, today (22/12/2023) marks the Winter Solstice: the point at which the northern hemisphere is tilted furthest from the sun. This produces the shortest day and longest night of the year. It has acquired... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 22nd December, 2023 1 min read

180th anniversary of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Today (19/12/23) marks 180 years since the publication of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The novella, officially titled A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, is composed of five chapters, known as staves, that recount the... Read more →
Laura Wales
Published 19th December, 2023 9 min read

120 years: The world's first successful motor-powered flight

Today (17/12/2023) marks 120 years since the world's first successful motor-powered flight. Wilbur and Orville Wright, more commonly referred to as the Wright Brothers, began their research and development programme for their aircraft in 1899.[1] It took them four years to... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 17th December, 2023 2 min read

250 years: The Boston Tea Party

Today (16/12/2023) marks 250 years since the Boston Tea Party.The Boston Tea Party was an influential political protest by American colonists against the British government. Tensions had been rising between colonists and the British following the introduction of the Stamp... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 16th December, 2023 2 min read

Interrogation of John/Eleanor Rykener

On this day (11/12/1394), John/Eleanor Rykener was interrogated in London. Rykener was assigned male at birth yet often dressed and presented as female. They were put on trial after being found “calling himself Eleanor” and dressing in women’s clothes whilst... Read more →
Abbie Fray
Published 11th December, 2023 4 min read

Hanukkah 2023

Today (7/12/2023) is the first day of Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah and the “festival of lights”. This eight-day holiday usually occurs between late-November and December. Hanukkah commemorates a Jewish rebellion against the Seleucid Empire in Judea in the second... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 7th December, 2023 1 min read

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Today (02/12/2023) is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, an annual event organised by the United Nations (UN). The day commemorates the UN’s adoption, on the 2 December 1949, of the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 2nd December, 2023 1 min read

305 years: Anniversary of Blackbeard's death

The Capture of the Pirate Blackbeard 1718 by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris  Today (22/11/2023) marks 305 years since the infamous pirate Blackbeard was killed.[1]Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, was a widely feared pirate during the so-called “Golden Age of... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 22nd November, 2023 3 min read

90 years: The first photo of the Loch Ness Monster

Today (12/11/2023) is the 90th anniversary of the first photo of the Loch Ness Monster.The first alleged sighting of a monster near Loch Ness occurred in 565 AD — the creature was spotted in the river Ness. It was during... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 12th November, 2023 5 min read

Diwali

Today (12/11/2023) is Diwali. It is part of a five-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. Diwali is known as the “festival of lights” and takes place between October and November, the start of the Hindu year (in the... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 12th November, 2023 1 min read

Remembrance Day (UK)

This Remembrance Day (11/11/2023) marks 105 years since the end of the First World War, a global conflict that claimed the lives of over 886,000 British and Commonwealth military personnel. Inaugurated by King George V in 1919 to commemorate the signing... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 11th November, 2023 1 min read

Bonfire Night

On this day (05/11/1605) Guy Fawkes was arrested whilst guarding explosives that were hidden under the House of Lords. This was part of the so-called “Gunpowder Plot”, a failed attempt at regicide against King James VI & I.Guy Fawkes was... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 5th November, 2023 3 min read

50th Anniversary of the Death of Karpal Kaur Sandhu

Today (4/11/2023) marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Karpal Kaur Sandhu, the first female South Asian police officer in Britain. Karpal was born into a Sikh family in Zanzibar. In 1962, aged nineteen, she moved to Britain and... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 4th November, 2023 4 min read

Halloween

Known to many as Halloween, tonight (31/10/2023) is All Hallows’ Eve, a festival observed in many parts of the world. Traditionally, to celebrate the occasion, people carve pumpkins into “jack-o-lanterns”, don scary costumes, tell ghost stories, and go “trick-or-treating”: calling... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 31st October, 2023 1 min read

Dussehra

Today (24/10/2023) is Dussehra.Dussehra is a Hindu festival that marks the end of Navratri after ten days of celebration. The festival is also known as Vijayadashami or the Day of Victory as it symbolises the victory of good over evil. The... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 24th October, 2023 1 min read

230 years: The execution of Marie Antionette

Today (16/10/2023) marks the 230th anniversary of the execution of Marie Antionette. Born into Austrian aristocracy, Marie Antionette married Louis-Auguste, heir to the French throne, in 1770 aged fourteen. Four years later her husband was crowned Louis XVI and so Antionette... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 16th October, 2023 3 min read

100 Years of Disney

Today (16/10/2023) marks the 100 year anniversary of Disney. On 16 October 1923, Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney, founded Walt Disney Studios (originally called Disney Brothers Studio). The roots of Disney's legacy can be traced back to Kansas... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 16th October, 2023 6 min read

Navratri

Today (15/10/2023) marks the start of the Hindu festival Navratri. Lasting for ten days and nine nights, Navratri is observed by Hindus in honour of the goddess Durga. Durga is one manifestation of the supreme goddess Adi Parashakti. The festival ends... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 15th October, 2023 1 min read

Indigenous Peoples Day (U.S.A.)

Today (09/10/2023) is Indigenous Peoples Day (U.S.A.).On 12 October 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived in what is now the Bahamas. In the U.S.A. the second Monday in October is known as Columbus Day to commemorate this event. Recently, Columbus Day has... Read more →
Abbie Fray
Published 9th October, 2023 1 min read

Black History Month

Today (01/10/2023) marks the first day of Black History Month in the UK. October is used for celebrating black history and the contributions that black people have made to the development of our society. This celebration originated in the US,... Read more →
Abbie Fray
Published 1st October, 2023 1 min read

Rabi ul-Awal

This month marks the third month in the Islamic calendar, Rabi ul-Awal. This month, which follows the month Safar, translates as “the first spring”, but due to the Islamic calendar being a lunar calendar it does not correspond to the... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 27th September, 2023 1 min read

Yom Kippur

Today (24/09/2023) marks the start of Yom Kippur.Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is one of the high holy days and the most sacred day in the Jewish calendar. It begins on the evening of the 24 September, ten days... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 24th September, 2023 1 min read

Native American Day

Today (22/09/23) is Native American Day. It is observed in California on the fourth Friday of September and on different dates in Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Washington. It commemorates and honours Native American communities and highlights the significance of... Read more →
Niamh Franklin
Published 22nd September, 2023 2 min read

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Today (19/09/2023) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. The parodic holiday was created in 2002 by John Baur and Mark Summers. They decided that there should be a day where everybody talks like a pirate. The idea came to the... Read more →
Laura Wales
Published 19th September, 2023 3 min read
A cartoon image of Lord Krishna with the words

Krishna Janmashtami

Today (06/09/2023) marks the start of Krishna Janmashtami celebrations. Krishna Janmashtami is an annual Hindu festival that commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Celebrations begin today and continue into tomorrow. The date of the... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 6th September, 2023 2 min read
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Rasksha Bandhan

Today (30/08/2023) marks the traditional Hindu festival, Rasksha Bandhan. Often referred to as just “Rakhi” this festival is a commemoration of the special bond between brothers and sisters. Raksha Bandhan is observed annually on the last day of the Hindu... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 30th August, 2023 1 min read
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Women's Equality Day

Today (26/08/2023) is Women's Equality Day.On this day in 1920 the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution came into effect. This ended the denial of voting rights on the basis of sex. The Nineteenth Amendment was introduced to Congress... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 26th August, 2023 2 min read
Marsha P. Johnson wearing a floral headpiece.

Anniversary of the Birth of Marsha P. Johnson

Today (24/08/2023) marks the birthday of Marsha P. Johnson. Born Malcolm Michaels Jr., Marsha was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1945 to working class African-American parents. Although assigned male at birth, Marsha began questioning her gender from a young... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 24th August, 2023 5 min read
A photograph of the ruins of Pompeii.

The Eruption of Mont Vesuvius 79CE

On this day (24/08/2023) in 79CE the eruption of Mont Vesuvius sent shockwaves through the Roman Empire. This event resulted in the destruction of hundreds of lives which have been immortalised in the famous casts scattered throughout the sites of... Read more →
Izzy Arevalo
Published 24th August, 2023 4 min read
Frontispiece from the book Saint-Domingue, ou Histoire de Ses Révolutions. circa 1815. The illustration shows people running from burning buildings.

Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Today (23/08/23) is the Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Established by UNESCO, it memorialises the victims of the slave trade and seeks to amplify the voices of the more than fifteen million men, women, and... Read more →
Niamh Franklin
Published 23rd August, 2023 2 min read
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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Today (09/08/2023) is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This was established in 1994 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. It aims to raise awareness about and to protect the human rights of indigenous communities across the... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 9th August, 2023 2 min read
A black and white photograph of a train going over a bridge. Three cars are parked underneath the bridge. Two people mount the bank by the side of the train.

60 Years Since the Great Train Robbery

Today (08/08/2023) is the 60th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery, an event which has since taken on increasingly fantastical dimensions in popular media. On 8 August 1963, fifteen men set out to rob an overnight Royal Mail train. Intercepted... Read more →
Niamh Franklin
Published 8th August, 2023 2 min read
Two hands balled in to fists, with shackles around the wrists. The chains attached to the wrists have been broken.

Emancipation Day

On this day (01/08/2023) in 1834 slavery was officially abolished throughout Britain’s colonies as a result of the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act twelve months earlier. Since the sixteenth century Britain had perpetrated appalling crimes against humanity, participating in... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 1st August, 2023 3 min read
Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie leave the Sarajevo Guildhall after reading a speech on June 28 1914. They were assassinated shortly after this image was taken.

The First World War Begins

Today (28/07/2023) marks 109 years since the First World War broke out. Also known as “The Great War” due to its sheer scale and devastating impact, it was fought between the Allied Powers (Belgium, France, Italy, Russia, Serbia, the United... Read more →
Laura Wales
Published 28th July, 2023 4 min read
A round golden mandala with text that reads

South Asian Heritage Month 2023

This month marks the annual South Asian Heritage Month in the United Kingdom. The month, running from 18th July to 17th August, celebrates the heritage and history of South Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal,... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 19th July, 2023 5 min read
Silhouettes of buildings. A crescent moon and a star are situated above text reading

Al Hijra (Islamic New Year)

Today’s (18/07/2023) sunset will mark the beginning of Al Hijra celebrations. Al Hijra, signifying the beginning of the Islamic New Year and the first day of Muharram (the first month of the Islamic calendar), is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 18th July, 2023 1 min read
An illustration of a man and woman trying to get out of a chain that is wrapped around them. From Puck, 1900.

100 Years: Matrimonial Causes Act of 1923

Today (18/07/2023) marks 100 years since the passing of the Matrimonial Causes Act of 1923. Introduced as a Private Member’s Bill, the Matrimonial Causes Act granted women the right to divorce their husbands for adultery.Prior to this Act being passed... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 18th July, 2023 4 min read
Silhouette of Nelson Mandela on the South African flag with text that reads

Nelson Mandela International Day

"It is not our diversity which divides us; it is not our ethnicity, or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 18th July, 2023 6 min read
A portrait of the leader of the British suffragette movement, Emmeline Pankhurst, May 1912. Pankhurst wears a dark hat and looks to the right.

Emmeline Pankhurst: Born this day (15/07/1858)

Once they are aroused, once they are determined, nothing on earth and nothing in heaven will make women give way; it is impossible. [1]Emmeline Pankhurst (née Goulden) was born 165 years ago today (15/07/2023). She was a leading figure within... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 15th July, 2023 8 min read
A painting of The Storming of the Bastille. Visible in the center is the arrest of Bernard René Jourdan, marquis de Launay (1740-1789).

Bastille Day

Today (14/07/2023) is Bastille Day (the "Fête nationale française"), a national holiday celebrated throughout France and its overseas territories, as well as in former French colonies, including parts of Canada and India. The event commemorates the storming of the Bastille Saint-Antoine in... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 14th July, 2023 1 min read
A photograph of Cornelia Sorabji, India's first female lawyer. She is pictured sat at a desk with a microphone opposite her and papers in hand.

Cornelia Sorabji: India’s First Female Lawyer

“If we want the women of the past to speak to the women of today, we must value protect and preserve their authentic voices”  —  Kate Mosse1Today (06/07/2023) marks the 69th anniversary of the death of the inspirational Cornelia Sorabji.... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 6th July, 2023 12 min read
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75th Anniversary of The National Health Service

“Everyone – rich or poor, man, woman or child – can use it or any part of it”1Today (5/07/2023) marks the 75th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS). On 5th July 1948, following the National Health Service Act of... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 5th July, 2023 8 min read
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Happy Fourth of July!

On the 4th July 1776 the Declaration of Independence was ratified by the Second Continental Congress. This document brought about the formal separation of the thirteen North American British colonies from Great Britain, thereby establishing the United States of America.... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 4th July, 2023 1 min read
Silhouette of buildings, a sacrificial sheep and crescent on cloudy night background. Text beneath reads

Eid al-Adha 2023

Today (28/06/2023) marks the Eid al-Adha religious holiday in Islam. The celebration, which is also known as the “Feast of Sacrifice”, is all about remembering the sacrifices that Prophet Ibrahim made for this faith. Following Eid prayers the act of Qurbani,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 28th June, 2023 1 min read
Men, women and children from the Caribbean arrive at Southampton in 1962 at the invitation of the British Government to help with rebuilding Britain after World War II. The photograph shows people alighting a boat.

Windrush Day

Today (22/06/2023) is Windrush Day, marking the 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush to the UK. Carrying over 800 migrants from the Caribbean, the arrival of the vessel at Tilbury Docks, Essex in 1948 marked the beginning... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 22nd June, 2023 6 min read
A silhouette of Stone Henge, with the sun shining through a gap in the stones.

Summer Solstice

Today marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. Also known as ‘Midsummer’, it is the longest day of the year and, historically, it has been an important cultural event in many countries. In the UK, pagans often observe the... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 21st June, 2023 2 min read
Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation Day. She is wearing the crown and holds the crown jewels.

70 years: The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Today (02/06/2023) marks 70 years since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Despite acceding to the throne on the 6th of February 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI, Elizabeth’s coronation was delayed by more than a... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 2nd June, 2023 2 min read
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African World Heritage Day

Today (05/05/2023) marks African World Heritage Day, which was proclaimed at the 38th General Conference of UNESCO in 2015. It provides an opportunity to celebrate and to reflect upon Africa’s vibrant cultural and natural heritage, encouraging us to honour the... Read more →
Tommy Dolan
Published 5th May, 2023 5 min read
Pamphlet calling for a strike at the McCormick Reaper Works on the Haymarket Square in Chicago.

May Day (International Workers' Day)

Today (01/05/2023) is International Workers’ Day (or ‘May Day’), an annual event observed worldwide to celebrate the history of organised labour. The day is often utilised to promote current campaigns for better working and living conditions. The first May Day... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 1st May, 2023 1 min read
A mural featuring Jamaican-born activist and long-time civil rights campaigner, Roy Hackett. The mural also features a row of buses with boycott signs. The text on the mural reads

50 Years: The Bristol Bus Boycott

Today (30/04/2023) marks 50 years since the start of the Bristol Bus Boycott in 1963. The boycott marks a significant event in the history of the civil rights movement in the UK. The boycott, which lasted between April to August... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 30th April, 2023 4 min read
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Eid al-Fitr 2023

Today marks the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday in Islam. The celebration, which falls on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar, is an important religious holiday for Muslims as it marks the end of the holy month of... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 21st April, 2023 1 min read
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Vaisakhi 2023

Today (14/04/2023) marks Vaisakhi, one of the most important days in the Sikh calendar. Vaisakhi, also pronounced Baisakhi, is a spring festival that celebrates the year when Sikhism was born as a faith in 1699. Prior to 1699 Vaisakhi had been... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 14th April, 2023 1 min read
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Easter

Easter Sunday is a significant event in Christianity, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus following his crucifixion by the Romans. Celebrations usually begin on Palm Sunday, which alludes to the palm leaves used to greet Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, and is... Read more →
Alice Broome
Published 9th April, 2023 2 min read
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Good Friday

Good Friday (07/04/2023) is one of the most significant days in the Christian calendar, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Observed during Holy Week, the most sacred week in the liturgical year for Christians, Good Friday occurs three... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 7th April, 2023 3 min read
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Pesach (Passover)

In 2023, Pesach (Passover) will be celebrated from 5th to 13th April. Today (5/04/2023) marks the first day of Passover, the celebration of the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, as told in the Bible. To commemorate... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 5th April, 2023 1 min read
Poster for the Independence Day of Bangladesh. The poster is green with a red circle, that has white birds at either side of it.

Independence Day of Bangladesh

On 26th March 1971 Bangladesh declared its independence from Pakistan. When Pakistan was created in 1947 it consisted of East Pakistan, present day Bangladesh and West Pakistan, present day Pakistan. The two areas were not just geographically distant, but were... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 26th March, 2023 2 min read
Poster for Ramadan. The poster is cream and gold. The text reads

Ramadan 2023

Today (23/03/2023) marks the start of the Islamic holy month Ramadan. Throughout this month Muslims all across the world partake in fasting between sunrise and sunset, prayer and self-reflection. Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar, a lunar calendar... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 23rd March, 2023 1 min read
Image of Irish flags being held up.

St. Patrick’s Day

Today (17/03/2023) marks Saint Patrick’s Day, Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Irish, a cultural and religious celebration held annually to celebrate Ireland’s foremost patron saint.The 17th of March was chosen as the traditionally recognised death date of Saint Patrick (c.385 –... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 17th March, 2023 2 min read
Poster for International Women's Day. There is a silhouette of a head on the poster, which is filled with lots of smaller, colourful silhouettes. Beside the image is text that reads

International Women’s Day 2023

Today (08/03/2023) marks International Women’s Day, an annual global holiday that commemorates cultural, political, social and economic achievements of women. It has become a focal point in the women’s rights movement, and is used to spotlight issues facing women, such... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 8th March, 2023 3 min read
Poster for Holi. This features images of bowls filled with colourful powder.

Holi

Today (08/03/2023) marks the religious festival in Hinduism called Holi. This festival, also known as the “festival of colours”, commemorates the beginning of spring. Alongside this, the festival is seen as a joyful new beginning/fresh start. Usually on the eve... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 8th March, 2023 2 min read
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Saint David's Day

Saint David's Day, or the Feast of Saint David, is a celebration of the patron saint of Wales. It is commemorated on the anniversary of the date of Saint David's death in 589 AD. The feast has been regularly celebrated... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 1st March, 2023 1 min read
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Women’s History Month 2023

This month marks the annual Women’s History Month, a month long celebration that began in 1987 in the United States of America. Despite discrimination, hardships, and exclusion, women throughout history have strived for equality. Women’s History Month provides an opportunity... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 1st March, 2023 2 min read
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International Mother Language Day 2023

“Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage” - United NationsToday (21/02/2023) marks International Mother Language Day. The annual observance, first declared in 1999, promotes awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and not... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 21st February, 2023 3 min read
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Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is a key event in the Christian calendar, which takes place every year before the commencement of Lent (the 40-day period leading up to Easter). For many Christians, the date is marked by the ritual burning of the... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 21st February, 2023 1 min read
Poster for Maha Shivaratri. This features a cartoon of a woman on a purple background.

Maha Shivaratri

Today (18/02/2023) is Maha Shivaratri, an annual festival dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Meaning “the Great Night of Shiva”, the festival falls in the month of Phalguna (February - March) as per the North Indian Hindu calendar and in... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 18th February, 2023 1 min read
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Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun

On this day, 16th February 1923 (16/02/1923), Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber containing the sarcophagus of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Carter, 1874-1839, was a prominent British archaeologist and Egyptologist.The unsealing of the tomb... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 16th February, 2023 2 min read
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Darwin Day

Today (12/02/2023) is Darwin Day, an annual celebration that commemorates the birthday of Charles Darwin (12th February 1809 - 19th April 1882), Britain’s most famous naturalist and biologist. Known for his contributions to evolutionary biology, Darwin’s pioneering work proposed that all... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 12th February, 2023 2 min read
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LGBT+ History Month

This month marks the 18th LGBT+ History Month in the United Kingdom. LGBT+ History Month is an annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, as well as the history of the gay rights movement. It was founded by... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 12th February, 2023 2 min read
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Black History Month - 2023

“History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.” – Malcolm XThis February marks Black History Month in the United States. Black History Month is an annual observance that officially began in 1970,... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 2nd February, 2023 3 min read
An image of Robert Burns from a Scottish bank note, overlaying an image of the Scottish flag.

Burns Night

Tonight (25/01/2022) is Burns Night, a tradition observed annually throughout Scotland, on the birthday of Robert Burns (1759-1796). Burns wrote many well-known poems and songs (primarily in Scots), including "Ae Fond Kiss", "Tam o’Shanter" and, of course, "Auld Lang Syne",... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 25th January, 2023 1 min read
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International Day of Education

Today (24/01/2022) is the fifth International Day of Education. Started by the United Nations in 2018, this initiative aims to promote education as a human right, as well as a key contributor to global peace and development. As the UN notes,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 24th January, 2023 1 min read
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Lunar New Year

British Online Archives would like to wish all our customers a happy Lunar New Year. From midnight on the 22nd January 2023 (22/01/2023), until the festival ends on the 1st February, China’s population and its worldwide diaspora will celebrate the... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 22nd January, 2023 1 min read
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today (16/01/2023) is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a public holiday in the United States which celebrates the birthday of one of the most influential civil rights activists of the twentieth century. Born in 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 16th January, 2023 3 min read
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Christmas

Following the four-week season of preparation known as “Advent”, Christmas Day commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ some 2,000 years ago in the town of Bethlehem (in what is now Palestine). Most Christians consider Jesus to have been the “Messiah”,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 22nd December, 2022 2 min read
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Winter Solstice

For those living north of the equator, today (21/12/2022) marks the annual Winter Solstice: the point at which the northern hemisphere is tilted furthest from the sun, producing the shortest day and longest night of the year, respectively. Throughout human... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 21st December, 2022 1 min read
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One hundred years since the Irish Free State was established

In December 1922, one hundred years ago, the Irish Free State was established as a dominion of the British Empire, formally ending the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921).The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 dictated that twenty-six out of thirty-two counties in... Read more →
Sean Waite
Published 18th December, 2022 2 min read
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Hanukkah

Today (18/12/2022) is the first day of Hanukkah (or, more traditionally, “Chanukah”). Also known as the “festival of lights”, this eight-day holiday usually occurs between late November and December. Hanukkah commemorates a Jewish rebellion against the Seleucid Empire in Judea... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 18th December, 2022 2 min read
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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Today (02/12/2022) is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, an annual event organised by the United Nations (UN). The day marks the adoption by the UN’s General Assembly, of the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 2nd December, 2022 2 min read
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Anniversary of Rosa Parks Arrest

Today (01/12/2022)  marks 67 years since Rosa Parks was arrested. On 1st December 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, after she had refused to give up her bus seat for a white passenger. 1950s America was segregated along... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 1st December, 2022 2 min read
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Remembrance Day

This Remembrance Day (11/11/2022) marks 104 years since the end of the First World War, a global conflict that claimed the lives of over 886,000 British and Commonwealth military personnel. Inaugurated by King George V in 1919 to commemorate the signing... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 11th November, 2022 1 min read
An illustration of the men involved in the plot to blow up Parliament.

Bonfire Night

On this day, 5th November 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested whilst guarding explosives that were hidden under the House of Lords. This was part of the Gunpowder Plot, which was a failed attempt at regicide against King James I.Guy Fawkes... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 5th November, 2022 2 min read
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Halloween

Known to many as Halloween, tonight (31/10/2022) is All Hallows’ Eve, a festival observed in many parts of the world. Traditionally, to celebrate the occasion, people carve pumpkins into “jack-o-lanterns”, don scary costumes, tell ghost stories, and go “trick-or-treating”: calling... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 31st October, 2022 1 min read
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Diwali

Today (24/10/2022) marks the start of Diwali, a five-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains around the world. Known as the “festival of lights”, Diwali always takes place between October and November, at the start of the Hindu New... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 24th October, 2022 1 min read
Travis Mazawaficuna of the Dakota nation (Sioux) Native American tribe arrives at the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples at the UN.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

Today (11/10/2022) is Indigenous Peoples' Day. Honouring the histories and cultures of Native Americans, the day is one of the United States' newest national holidays, formally recognised for the first time by President Joe Biden in October of last year.Initiated... Read more →
Rex Cleaver
Published 11th October, 2022 2 min read
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Rabi ul-Awal

This month marks the third month in the Islamic calendar, Rabi ul-Awal. This month, which follows the month Safar, translates as “the first spring”, but due to the Islamic calendar being a lunar calendar it does not correspond to the... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 10th October, 2022 1 min read
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Black History Month (UK)

October marks the start of Black History Month. The month will be marked by a commemoration and celebration of Black history and culture.Black History Month was first celebrated in the UK in 1987. In the UK, Black history centers on... Read more →
Sean Waite
Published 1st October, 2022 2 min read
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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the first of the High Holy Days in the Jewish calendar, and normally takes place in September. The two-day holiday began at sunset on Sunday the 25th, and will end tonight. This is an especially important celebration... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 27th September, 2022 1 min read
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Anniversary of the Death of Noor Inayat Khan

Today, 13th September, marks 78 years since Noor Inayat Khan was executed in a Nazi concentration camp. Descendant of Tipu Sultan, the 18th century ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in South India, Noor Inyat Khan was the first female... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 13th September, 2022 3 min read
A 1915 illustration by Henry Mayer, titled “The Awakening,” suggested the geographical force behind the suffrage movement.

Women's Equality Day

Today (26/08/2020) is Women's Equality DayOn this day, 26th August 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution came into effect and ended the denial of voting rights on the basis of sex. The Nineteenth Amendment was first introduced... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 26th August, 2022 2 min read
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Anniversary of the Birth of Marsha P. Johnson

Today (24/08/2022) is the birthday of Marsha P. Johnson, an African-American performer and activist who played a major role in the movement for LGBTQ+ rights, both in the United States and abroad. Marsha was born in New Jersey in 1945,... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 24th August, 2022 4 min read
Pakistan Rangers (wearing black uniforms) perform during a parade on the Pakistan's Independence Day at the Pakistan-India joint check post at Wagah border, near Lahore

Partition of the Indian Subcontinent 75 Years

2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the partition of the Indian subcontinent. After more than 300 years of British rule, on 15th August 1947 the Indian subcontinent gained its independence and was partitioned into two independent nation states: India and... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 15th August, 2022 3 min read
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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Today (09/08/2022) marks the annual celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was first pronounced in 1994 by the General Assembly of the United Nations and aims to raise awareness and protect the human rights... Read more →
Sean Waite
Published 9th August, 2022 2 min read
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Emancipation Day

On this date, in 1834, slavery was officially abolished throughout Britain’s colonies, following the approval of the Slavery Abolition Act, twelve months earlier. Since the 16th century, Britain had perpetrated appalling crimes against humanity, participating in a trade that saw... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 1st August, 2022 3 min read
An image of Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof with the Esperanto flag.

Esperanto Day

Today (26/07/2022) is Esperanto Day, an event observed every year to celebrate the birth of the Esperanto language. On this date, in 1887, Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof – a Jewish ophthalmologist from what is now Poland – published the world’s first Esperanto... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 26th July, 2022 1 min read
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South Asian Heritage Month 2022

This month marks the annual South Asian Heritage Month in the United Kingdom. The month, running from 18th July to 17th August, celebrates the heritage and history of South Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal,... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 18th July, 2022 2 min read
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Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst (née Goulden), the British suffragette known for her uncompromising militancy in pursuit of women’s right to vote, was born on this day in 1858. (15/07)Born in Manchester’s Moss Side, Pankhurst’s family was one steeped in ardent political activism.... Read more →
Sean Waite
Published 15th July, 2022 3 min read
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Bastille Day

Today (14/07/2022) is Bastille Day (the ‘Fête nationale française’), a national holiday celebrated throughout France and its overseas territories every year, as well as in former French colonies, including parts of Canada and India. The event commemorates the storming of the... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 14th July, 2022 1 min read
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Eid al-Adha

Today (09/07/2022) marks the Eid al-Adha religious holiday in Islam. The celebration, which is also known as the “Feast of Sacrifice”, is all about remembering the sacrifices that Prophet Ibrahim made for this faith. Following Eid prayers the act of Qurbani,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 9th July, 2022 1 min read
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50th Anniversary of First Official UK Gay Pride Rally

"We Are Nature's Children Too" - Gay Pride March, (1974)This month marks fifty years since the first official UK Gay Pride rally, which took place in London on the 1st of July 1972. Now known as the annual ‘London Pride’... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 5th July, 2022 2 min read
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Happy July 4th

BOA would like to wish all who celebrate a happy July 4th.Did you know that while fireworks are considered a ubiquitous part of Independence Day celebrations these days, the modern firework wasn’t invented until the 1830s?While some iteration of firework... Read more →
Hanna Polasky
Published 4th July, 2022 1 min read
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Windrush Day

Today, (June 22, 2022), marks the fifth annual Windrush Day in the United Kingdom. This commemorative day was introduced in June 2018 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Windrush migration. On June 22, 1948, over 1,000 people from the Caribbean... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 22nd June, 2022 2 min read
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Summer Solstice

Today marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. Also known as ‘Midsummer’, this is the longest day of the year and, historically, it has been an important cultural event in many countries. In the UK, pagans often observe the summer... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 21st June, 2022 1 min read
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World Ocean Day

World Ocean Day has been celebrated every June since 1992, when it was first instigated by the International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada, respectively.The organisation’s network now operates in 150 countries, raising awareness about the... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 8th June, 2022 1 min read
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Eid al-Fitr

Today (02/05/2022) marks the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday in Islam. The celebration, which falls on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar, is an important religious holiday for Muslims as it marks the end of the holy month... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 2nd May, 2022 1 min read
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May Day (International Workers’ Day)

Today (01/05/2022) is International Workers’ Day (or ‘May Day’), an annual event observed all over the world to celebrate the history of organised labour, and to campaign for better working and living conditions. The first May Day event took place... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 1st May, 2022 1 min read
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Easter

Today is Easter Sunday, the most important event of the Christian calendar. Marking the end of Lent (a period of remembrance lasting for 40 days, in which many Christians give up certain luxuries, such as eating unhealthy foods, drinking alcohol,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 17th April, 2022 1 min read
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Pesach (Passover)

Pesach (Passover) Today (15/04/2022) marks the first day of Passover, the celebration of the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, as told in the Bible. To commemorate the Exodus, in which Moses led the Israelites away from persecution... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 15th April, 2022 1 min read
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Ramadam

Today (02/04/2022) marks the start of the Islamic holy month Ramadan. Throughout this month Muslims all across the world partake in fasting between sunrise and sunset, prayer and self-reflection. Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar, a lunar calendar... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 2nd April, 2022 1 min read
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Women's History Month

This March marks the annual Women’s History Month, a month long celebration that began in 1987 in the United States of America. Despite discrimination, hardships, and exclusion, women throughout history have strived for equality. Women’s History Month provides an opportunity... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 30th March, 2022 7 min read
Buntin in Irish flag colours hanging down a street.

St Patrick’s Day

Today (17/03/2022) marks Saint Patrick’s Day, Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Irish, a cultural and religious celebration held annually to celebrate Ireland’s foremost patron saint.The 17th March was chosen as the traditionally recognised death date of Saint Patrick (c.385 – 461).... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 17th March, 2022 2 min read
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FA Cup - 150th Anniversary

Today (16/03/2022) marks the 150th Anniversary of the first ever Football Association Cup Final, in which Wanderers Football Club beat Royal Engineers Football Club 1-0 in front of a crowd of 2000. The scene would instill a degree of confusion... Read more →
Sean Waite
Published 16th March, 2022 1 min read
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International Women’s Day (IWD)

International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on 8th March. This day commemorates cultural, political, social and economic achievements of women. It has become a focal point in the women’s rights movement, and is used to spotlight issues... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 8th March, 2022 3 min read
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Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is a key event in the Christian calendar, which takes place every year before the commencement of Lent (the 40-day period leading up to Easter). For many Christians, Lent is a time of sacrifice, when it is customary to... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 1st March, 2022 1 min read
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International Mother Language Day

“Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage” - United NationsThe 21st February marks International Mother Language Day. The annual observance, first declared in 1999, promotes awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 21st February, 2022 3 min read
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50th Anniversary of Nixons's Visit to China

Today (21/02/2022) marks the 50th anniversary of President Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972, which signaled the end of the decades long hostility between the two nations. Since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the US... Read more →
Sean Waite
Published 21st February, 2022 2 min read
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Darwin Day

Today (12/02/2022) is Darwin DayCharles Darwin is perhaps Britain’s most famous naturalist and biologist, known for his contribution to the theory of evolutionary biology. On the Origin of Species (1859), in which Darwin posits the idea that populations evolve over... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 12th February, 2022 1 min read
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Black History Month (US)

“History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.” – Malcolm XThis February marks Black History Month in the United States. Black History Month is an annual observance that officially began in 1970,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 9th February, 2022 2 min read
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LGBT History Month

This month marks the 17th LGBT History Month in the United Kingdom. LGBT History month is an annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement. It was founded by co-chairs of... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 2nd February, 2022 2 min read
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Chinese New Year

The whole team at British Online Archives would like to wish all our customers a happy Lunar New Year. When the clock strikes 00:00 on February 1st, China’s population and its worldwide diaspora will celebrate the coming of the Year... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 31st January, 2022 2 min read
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Burns Night

Tonight (25/01/2022) is Burns Night, a tradition observed annually throughout Scotland, on the birthday of Robert Burns (1759-1796). Burns wrote many well-known poems and songs (primarily in Scots), including ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘Tam o’Shanter’ and, of course, ‘Auld Lang Syne’,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 25th January, 2022 1 min read
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International Day of Education

Today (24/01/2022) is the fourth International Day of Education. Started by the United Nations in 2018, this initiative aims to promote education as a human right, as well as a key contributor to global peace and development. As the UN notes,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 24th January, 2022 1 min read
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Martin Luther King Day

Today (17/01/2022) the U.S. remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Dr. King was a leader of the civil rights movement in the U.S.In 1955 he led the Montgomery bus boycott, which lasted 382 days, and ended segregation on buses. Between 1957... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 17th January, 2022 1 min read
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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The 2nd December marks International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, it is a yearly event organised by the United Nations General Assembly. Slavery has existed in all societies across history, however, it has manifested itself differently. The most well-known... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 2nd December, 2021 2 min read
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34th Black History Month (UK)

October 2021 marks the 34th Black History Month in the United Kingdom. Black History Month is an annual observance that originated in the United States in 1970. However, as a result of local community activism it was also brought to... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 12th October, 2021 3 min read
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Human Rights Day

Today (10/12/2021) is Human Rights Day“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 10th October, 2021 3 min read

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The British Online Archives Notable Days diary is a platform intended to mark key dates and events throughout the year. The posts draw attention to historical events and figures, as well as recurring cultural traditions and international awareness days, in both religious and secular contexts.

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