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June 8, 2017

The Conservative Party of the United Kingdom is a successor to the Tory Party, which represented landed gentry in Britain until the 1830s. The Tories began referring to themselves as the Conservatives around 1830. George Canning used the term in 1824, but it was a passage in Quarterly Review of 1830 which is supposed to have really set the trend: "We now are, as we have always been, decidedly and conscientiously attached to what is called the Tory, and which might with more propriety be called the Conservative, Party"The name quickly caught on. The new name in many ways reflected a party which had to change to adapt to turbulent times... read more

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Historical news for June

The Design Museum in London is currently staging its Designed in California exhibition, following the history of Californian culture and design from the 1960s counter culture to the tech revolution of silicon valley. For more details go to:

17th June sees Trooping the Colour in London. This traditional military parade celebrates the Queen's birthday, and dates back to Charles II's return to England from exile in 1660. From the earliest days of his return Charles was making preparations to defend against fresh attacks on the monarchy. He founded the Household Cavalry, and sentries he posted at Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall are still there now, stoically putting up with tourists taking pictures of them. Detatchments of Household Cavalry were stationed out in St James's Park to guard the royal family during their walks. The Trooping the Colour ceremony which continues today is a not so distant echo of the manoeuvers Charles required of his troops. No tickets are left for this year's event, but if you wish to enter the ballot for Trooping the Colour next year go to:



Anniversaries for June

1st June 1831 : Explorer James Clark Ross leads the first successful expedition to the magnetic north pole, which he locates on the Boothia Peninsula in northern Canada. The magnetic pole moves over time due to magnetic changes in the earth's core. By 2012 the position of the pole - which had steadily been moving towards Russia - had actually left Canadian territory, and was sitting north of Alaska.

2nd June 1857: Edward Elgar is born in Worcester, son of a piano tuner. Elgar would go on to become Britain's pre-eminent Victorian composer.

5th June 1888: The Orient Express begins operations, offering luxury train travel between Paris and Istanbul. The first on board menu offers oysters, soup with Italian pasta,  turbot with green sauce, chicken ‘à la chasseur’, fillet of beef with ‘château’ potatoes, ‘chaud-froid’ of game animals, lettuce, chocolate pudding, buffet of dessert.

8th June 1949: Nineteen Eighty Four, by George Orwell, a dark view of humanity's future is published.

11th June 1776: Birth of John Constable in East Bergholt in Suffolk's Stour Valley. Constable would be inspired throughout his life by the lovely area where he grew up.

14th June 1987: In his diary entry for 14th June 1987, politician Woodrow Wyatt reveals the close relationship between Rupert Murdoch's newspapers, and the government of the day, headed by Margaret Thatcher. Wyatt wanted Murdoch to be able to take over Today, which would provide the government with another sympathetic newspaper. He suggested using a trick employed when Murdoch had purchased both The Times and The Sunday Times. To avoid a referral to the Monopolies Commission on that occasion, it had been claimed The Times and Sunday Times were losing money, which was untrue. Wyatt suggested using the same gambit once again. Murdoch successfully purchased Today later that year.

27th June 1760: Cherokee warriors defeat British forces at Echoee Pass in North Carolina during the Anglo Cherokee War. This war would end in 1761, followed by a visit of Cherokee leaders to London. Their warm welcome in Britain angered American colonists, and became one of the grievances leading to the American War of Independence.

30th June 1894: Tower Bridge opens in London.

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