Tag Archives: On this day

OTD: The Death of the Tsar

On this day in 1918 Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and his consort, Alexandra Feodorovna as well as their 5 children are brutally executed  in the cellar of the Ipatiev house in the city of Ekaterinburg.  Also executed was the Tsar’s personal physician Eugene Botkin, his … Continue reading

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OTD: Commemorating HMSAS Parktown

HMSAS Parktown was originally built for The Southern Whaling and Sealing Company of London by Smiths Dock Company of Middlesbrough. She was laid down and launched in 1929 under the name Southern Sky.  In 1936, she was  bought by the … Continue reading

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OTD: Moorgate Tube Accident

On 28 February 1975, the Moorgate Tube Accident occurred. In my 2016 London trip I used Moorgate to get to Bunhill Fields and at the time spotted a plaque on the wall of the station.   Later reading put the accident … Continue reading

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OTD: The Braamfontein Dynamite Explosion

One of the many events that occurred in the fledgling city of Johannesburg was the Dynamite Explosion that occurred on 19 February 1896 at Braamfontein Station. A memorial was erected in Braamfontein Cemetery to commemorate the event, and the over … Continue reading

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OTD: The Bombing of Reading

On 10 February 1943, Reading was bombed by the Luftwaffe in an incident involving a single aircraft. Four 500kg bombs were dropped killing 41 people and injuring 150.  I visited the town twice to do gravehunting although I did not … Continue reading

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