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Category: British History

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The Royal Roots of the American Christmas Tree

An American holiday tradition was launched by a fashionable British queen celebrating an old German custom.

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Guy Fawkes Day: A Brief History

As Britain celebrates Guy Fawkes Day today with fireworks and bonfires, look back at Fawkes’ failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

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Lost World War II Bomber Crew Found After 69 Years

More than 69 years after they crashed in Germany, the remains of five British airmen have been recovered and will receive a proper burial.

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6 Things You May Not Know About the Gregorian Calendar

Explore the history of the Gregorian calendar, which Britain and its colonies adopted 260 years ago.

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King Richard III’s Body Found Under Parking Lot?

Archaeologists searching for the lost grave of King Richard III might have unearthed his remains in the English city of Leicester.

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Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee

As the United Kingdom celebrates the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, take a look back at the country’s last Diamond Jubilee—Queen Victoria’s in 1897.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Queen Elizabeth II

As the United Kingdom celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, explore the extraordinary life and 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Murder in Parliament, 200 Years Ago

Two hundred years ago, an assassin gunned down British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval inside the hallowed halls of Parliament.

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Georgian-Era British Sailors Lived on Ample Meat and Beer, Study Shows

Sailors in the British Royal Navy ate better than working-class civilians 200 years ago, research suggests.

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Missing World War II Ace Located After 71 Years

British researchers have found the final resting place of Derek Allen, a Royal Air Force pilot who went missing in 1940.

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Last World War I Veteran Dies at the Age of 110

Florence Green, the last known veteran of one of the greatest conflicts of the 20th century, died at a nursing home in Norfolk, England, on February 4 at the age of 110.

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Queen Elizabeth Marks 60-Year Reign With Diamond Jubilee

As Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, find out which other British monarchs attained or nearly reached this milestone.

Jack the Ripper Autobiography

Jack the Ripper ‘Autobiography’ Hits Shelves

Written in the 1920s and rediscovered in 2008, memoirs supposedly written by the real Jack the Ripper were published today.