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Mary Prince, abolitionist and autobiographer, was born in Bermuda #OnThisDay 1788 to an enslaved family of African descent. While living in London, Prince wrote the influential ‘The History of Mary Prince’, the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in the UK.
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Similar riots took place in Coventry. And Birmingham. And Wolverhampton. And Salisbury, Swindon, Grays in Essex...
#OnThisDay 1919: Ex-servicemen unhappy with unemployment and other grievances rioted and burnt down Luton Town Hall. During the riot, people dragged pianos into the streets and began singing and dancing to ‘Keep the home fires burning’.
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“He was a man of the left, but he attacked its holy images as fervently as he did those of the right. His was the isolation of every man who seeks the truth diligently, no matter how unpleasant its implications may be to others or himself.” Woodcock on Orwell, who died OTD 1950.
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John Fielden, industrialist and Radical MP for Oldham, was born #OnThisDay 1784. As well as supporting the Chartists, Fielden piloted the Ten Hours Act, which limited the hours of work of women and children in textile mills, through Parliament.
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“I love England...the true England of nature. The trees, hedges, grass and lie of the land...But also the transitory England with its railways, towns and lighted streets. And above all, the lit pavements shimmering with rain.” Happy birthday Clement Attlee, born #OnThisDay 1883.
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