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Thomas Paine publishes 'Rights of man'
Kennington Common Chartist meeting
'Manchester Martyrs' executed
First meeting of TUC
Fall of the Paris Commune
Foundation of the Independent Labour Party
Creation of the Labour Party
Formation of the Plebs League
Cat and Mouse Act
First Labour government
Red Megaphones first performance
Kinder Scout mass trespass
Spanish Civil War
Nationalisation of the coal industry
Birth of the NHS
Aldermaston marches and birth of CND
Upper Clyde Shipbuilders
Nelson Mandela's release from prison
Good Friday agreement
Introduction of national minimum wage
Stop the War campaign
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We're delighted to be able to congratulate Buile HIll Visual Arts College on winning the Best School Histories Award for their work with the Library on the Invisible Histories project. They were presented with their trophy at a ceremony at Manchester Town Hall on Friday 28 March 2014
Photo courtesy of Drew Forsyth/Manchester Histories Festival
On 28 February 2014 the Library welcomed members of the London Clarion Cycling Club as they presented a unique edition of ‘The Clarion Summer Number 1892'. Inside are signatures from four regular journalists for the Clarion newspaper, including that of its founder, Robert Blatchford.. Find out more here.