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Top 10 Historical Anniversaries 2018

From UK women winning the right to vote to the first living creature being sent to space, we take a look at some of the historical anniversaries coming up in 2018

 

 1. British woman aged 30 and over got the right to vote, 2 February 1918 – 100 year anniversary

“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.” – Susan B. Anthony

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First time woman had right to vote. Women over 30 years old in England : English family going to vote in 1918 / Bridgeman Images

 

2. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated, 4th April 1968 – 50 year anniversary

“When people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

In Atlanta the day of funeral of Martin Luther King on April 9, 1968 : mouners / Bridgeman Images
In Atlanta the day of funeral of Martin Luther King on April 9, 1968 : mourners / Bridgeman Images

 

3. Sputnik 2 – the first spacecraft to carry a living animal – falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days, 14th April 1958 – 60 years anniversary

“The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” – Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

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Colour footage of Laika, the soviet space dog, in Sputnik 2, November 3 1957 (HD) / Bridgeman Images

 

4. Karl Marx is born, 5th May 1818 – 200 year anniversary

“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it” – Karl Marx, “Eleven Theses on Feuerbach”

Karl Marx / © SZ Photo / Blanc Kunstverlag / Bridgeman Images
Karl Marx / © SZ Photo / Blanc Kunstverlag / Bridgeman Images

 

5. The National Health Service (NHS)  is established in the UK, 5th July 1948 – 70 year anniversary

“No society can legitimately call itself civilized if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.”, Aneurin Bevan, Health Minister in 1948 and founder of the NHS

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Aneurin Bevan the National Health Minister and founder of the NHS, Park Hospital Davy Hulme, Lancashire. Sylvia Beckingham aged 13 was too shy to ask him any questions, 1947 (b/w photo) / © Mirrorpix / Bridgeman Images

 

6. The Romanov Family is executed by Bolshevik troops during the Russian Revolution, 17th July 1918 – 100 year anniversary

“I now have to choose between son and husband. But I have made my decision and I have to be strong. I must leave my boy and share my life – or my death – with my husband.”
– Helen Rappaport, The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

Nicholas II, Czar of Russia, with (left to right), Olga, Maria, Czarina Alexandra, Anastasia, Alexei, Tatiana, ca. 1914 / J. T. Vintage / Bridgeman Images
Nicholas II, Czar of Russia, with (left to right), Olga, Maria, Czarina Alexandra, Anastasia, Alexei, Tatiana, ca. 1914 / J. T. Vintage / Bridgeman Images

 

7. Nelson Mandela is born, 18th July 2018 – 100 year anniversary

“May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears” – Nelson Mandela

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8. Second Battle of the Somme, 21 August 1918 – 100 year anniversary

“Because we are going from our wonted places
To be task-ridden by one shattering Aim,
And terror hides in all our laughing faces”
That had no will to die, no thirst for fame..”

– “Because We Are Going” by Siegfried Sassoon

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German prisoners taken on the Somme by the British 21-22 August 1918 / Private Collection / Photo © Don Troiani / Bridgeman Images

 

9. Barack Obama becomes first black president of the United States of America, 4th November 2008 – 10 year anniversary

“Yes we can” – Barack Obama

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Barack Obama as student at Harvard university, c. 1992 / PVDE / Bridgeman Images

 

10. Spain becomes a democracy, 27th December 1978 – 40 year anniversary

“The first duty of a man is to think for himself”
– José Martí

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