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  • 1914 A.D.

    War Comes to York Again

    Read More The First World War visited terror on North Yorkshire when German battleships shelled the East Coast in December 1914.
    York, still a garrison town, came under attack later. 

  • 1942 A.D.

    York Bombed

    Read More Early in the morning of Wednesday, April 29, 1942, York suffered its worst air raid of the war.  It wasn’t entirely unexpected.
    These were the so-called Baedecker raids.  The story had it that Hitler, enraged by the RAF’s attacks on Lubeck and Rostock, picked up a Baedecker guidebook and ordered that every historic place in England marked with three stars be bombed in retaliation.

  • 1967 A.D.

    A New Vision for York

    Read More In 1966 the national government named York as one of five cities to gain special assistance because of their ‘character, beauty and historic interest’.  Lord Esher was asked to report on the city’s future.
    His report was completed in 1967 and became the blueprint for a new approach to York's development.

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  • 1901 A.D.

    Queen Victoria dies

    Read More Queen Victoria dies and is succeeded by Edward VII.

  • 1914 A.D.

    Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated

    Read More Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated, the event that sparks the First  World War.

  • 1928 A.D.

    Women's Vote

    Read More All women over the age of 21 get the vote in Britian.

  • 1929 A.D.

    The Wall Street Crash

    Read More The Wall Street Crash sparks the Great Depression across the United States of America.

  • 1939 A.D.

    Germany invades Poland

    Read More Germany invades Poland, two days later the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberland announces that as a consequence Britain is at war with Germany.

  • 1945 A.D.

    VE Day

    Read More Britian celebrates the end of the war in Europe.

  • 1961 A.D.

    Russian Yuri Gagarin is the first man in space

    Read More After the flight, Gagarin became an instant, worldwide celebrity, touring widely with appearances in Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Canada, and Japan to promote the Soviet achievement.

  • 1963 A.D.

    Valentina Tereshkova is the first woman in space.

    Read More On Sunday 16 June 1963 the 26 year-old Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova took off and spent nearly 71 hours in space.  On her successful return she was awarded the Order of Lenin and was declared a Hero of the Soviet Union.

  • 1969 A.D.

    Neil Armstrong is the first man on the moon

    Read More As he put his left foot down first Armstrong declared: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."