Elizabeth I and Her Era

On November 17, 1558, the Elizabethan era began when Queen Mary I of England died and was succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I. The Victorian era and the early 20th century idealized the Elizabethan era. The Encyclopædia Britannica maintains that “[T]he long reign of Elizabeth I, 1558–1603, was England’s Golden Age… ‘Merry England’, in love with life, expressed itself in music and literature, in architecture … Continue reading Elizabeth I and Her Era

Maiden Voyage of RMS Mauretania

On November 16, 1907, Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania, sister ship of RMS Lusitania, sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England, to New York City. Mauretania was an ocean liner designed by Leonard Peskett and built by Wigham Richardson and Swan Hunter for the British Cunard Line, launched on the afternoon of September 20, 1906. She was the world’s largest ship until the completion … Continue reading Maiden Voyage of RMS Mauretania

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born at 8 Howard Place, Edinburgh, Scotland on November 13, 1850. He was a British novelist, poet, essayist, musician and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A Child’s Garden of Verses. Stevenson was a literary celebrity during his lifetime, and now ranks as the 26th most translated author … Continue reading Robert Louis Stevenson

King George V

On June 3, 1865, George Frederick Ernest Albert — the future King George V  of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India — was born. Born during the reign of his grandmother Queen Victoria, George was third in the line of succession behind his father, the Prince of Wales, and his own elder brother, Prince Albert Victor. From 1877 to 1891, George served … Continue reading King George V

The Jersey Eastern Railway

In the 19th century, the population of the Channel Island of Jersey increased rapidly and the main town of St. Helier expanded with many new streets in the middle portion of the century. Two railways, the Jersey Western Railway in 1870, and the Jersey Eastern Railway in 1874, were opened. The western railway operated from St Helier (Weighbridge) to La Corbière and the eastern railway from … Continue reading The Jersey Eastern Railway

The Marriage of Victoria and Albert

On February 10, 1840, Her Majesty Alexandrina Victoria — Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland — married her first cousin, Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel — Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. They were each 20 years old at the time with Queen Victoria three months older than Prince Albert. For her wedding — held at St. James’s Palace in the City of Westminster — Victoria … Continue reading The Marriage of Victoria and Albert

FDR Flies to the Casablanca Conference

The Casablanca Conference (codenamed SYMBOL) was held at the Anfa Hotel in Casablanca, French Morocco from January 14 to 24, 1943, to plan the Allied European strategy for the next phase of World War II. In attendance were United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Also attending and representing the Free French forces were Generals Charles de Gaulle and Henri … Continue reading FDR Flies to the Casablanca Conference

The Abdication of King Edward VIII

On December 11, 1936, Edward VIII’s abdication, removing himself as King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire as well as Emperor of India, was given effect by Act of Parliament: His Majesty’s Declaration of Abdication Act 1936. He had signed the instruments of abdication the day before at Fort Belvedere, a country house on Shrubs Hill in Windsor Great Park, in Surrey, England constructed in a Gothic Revival style in … Continue reading The Abdication of King Edward VIII