Greyfriars Bobby, 1865
Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner, John Gray (Auld Jock), until he died himself on 14 January 1872. A year later, Lady Burdett-Coutts had a statue and fountain erected at the southern end of the George IV Bridge to commemorate him.
A photograph of the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Yorkshire in July 1912.
During the visit they stayed at Wentworth Woodhouse as the guests of William, the 7th Earl Fitzwilliam. The intention was for the royal couple to visit what was then the industrial heartland of the British Empire, including the steelworks of nearby Sheffield and the South Yorkshire coalfield which surrounded Wentworth.. The visit was overshadowed by a dreadful mining disaster which occurred on the second day of the Royal visit at the nearby Cadeby Colliery in which 88 miners were killed.
Pablo Picasso to Gertrude Stein
James Dean in his New York apartment, 1955.
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Topsy (circa 1875 – January 4, 1903) was a circus elephant killed by electrocution on January 4, 1903.
Topsy belonged to the Forepaugh Circus and spent the last years of her life at Coney Island’s Luna Park. After killing three men in as many years (including a severely abusive trainer who attempted to feed her a lit cigarette), Topsy was deemed a threat to people by her owners and killed by electrocution on January 4, 1903, at the age of 28.
Hanging was initially discussed but American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals protested. Inventor Thomas Edison suggested electrocution and oversaw and conducted the electrocution, he captured the event on film.
According to at least one contemporary account she died “without a trumpet or a groan”
OTMA - 1915
ormandanbuyana asked: Why is your favorite year 1912?
Its probaly a bit wierd to have a favourite year but when I was little my grandma told me that she was born in 1912, an that the titanic had sunk in that year. When I got older and found out more about it, I got really interested in the Titanic, and then I also got really interested in Captain Scotts travels to the North Pole which, of course, ended in 1912. I was facinated that stuff like that was happening a hundred years ago and thats what people were like. So I guess those things mainly got me interested. I love that in British history, its after the Victorian times so people we’re starting to move forward from that and it was pre-war so there was none of that going on. I think as well that its crazy my grandparents were alive in a time like that, and it seems so different to our lives now.