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Image of the day: Queen Victoria died on January 22, 1901



Queen Victoria Dies
Queen Victoria, monarch of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, died on January 22, 1901, after presiding over her vast empire for nearly 64 years–the longest reign in British history. Born in 1819, the only child of George III’s fourth son, Victoria became queen in 1837. In 1840, she married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Although the match was a political one, the two were devoted to each other, having nine children before Albert’s death in 1861. Through dynastic marriages, Victoria’s descendants are connected to almost all 20th-century Europe’s royal houses. During Victoria’s long reign the monarchy lost much of its political power to Parliament, but she was the beloved symbol of the Victorian Era–a golden age of British history.

Image: Library of Congress

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this day in the yesteryear: Queen Victoria Ascends British Throne (1837)


Queen Victoria Ascends British Throne (1837)

Queen Victoria ruled the UK for more than 63 years, longer than any other British monarch. Her reign, known as the Victorian Era, coincided with the height of the Industrial Revolution and was marked by significant social, economic, and technological changes in the UK. Though the Irish Potato Famine adversely affected Victoria’s popularity, she was mostly well liked. She was a carrier of the hereditary illness later dubbed the “royal disease.” What is the disease called today? More… Discuss

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: AUSTRALIA’S LAST EXECUTION (1967)


Australia’s Last Execution (1967)

In the 16 years leading up to the execution of Ronald Ryan for the killing of a guard during a prison break, every single death sentence in Victoria, Australia—35 in all—had been commuted to life in prison. By then, two Australian states had abolished capital punishment for murder, and many in Victoria were under the impression that it had done the same. The decision to carry out Ryan’s execution was widely protested. How many of the jurors who had convicted Ryan later petitioned on his behalf? More… Discuss

 

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IN THE YESTERYEAR: QUEEN VICTORIA CREATES THE VICTORIA CROSS (1856)


Queen Victoria Creates the Victoria Cross (1856)

Queen Victoria created the Victoria Cross—the highest British military award for valor—on January 29, 1856, in the late stages of the Crimean War. The impetus for a new medal arose during the war—one of the first with modern reporting—as correspondents documented many acts of bravery by British servicemen that went unrewarded. Thus, Victoria instituted her eponymous award for acts of devotion and valor in the presence of the enemy. From what was the Victoria Cross originally made? More…Discuss

 

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Massenet – Seven Dances from Le Cid performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra



This is a live performance of Jules Massenet‘s Seven Dances from the second act of his opera “Le Cid” by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Darryl One. This performance took place at the Victoria Fine Arts Center on October 15, 2011.