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Henry Duncan Spens Goodsir plaque

Jez says, "anyone who watched The Terror will appreciate that this plaque to Dr Goodsir on King William Island will be hard to photograph"

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Norwich, United Kingdom

Norwich has a long history. It has been a city since 1094. From the Middle Ages until the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was the largest city in England after London and one of the most important. This is refelected in its plaques.

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In the last 11 years, between 20 May 2009 to 6 Jan 2021, Open Plaques had 4,530,517 page views from 1,234,480 users. Some were triggered by internet memes such as Steve Ullathorne's 2012 image of a George Orwell plaque with a CCTV camera next to it. Others, such as those for Alan Turing, were probably triggered by an anniversary and campaign for recognition.

  1. George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist & political essayist lived here (19526 page views)
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  4. Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970 guitarist and songwriter lived here 1968-1969 (5714 page views)
  5. Alan Turing 1912-1954 founder of computer science and cryptographer, whose work was key to breaking the wartime Enigma codes, lived and died here. (4085 page views)
  6. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 creator of Sherlock Holmes lived here 1891-1894 (3846 page views)
  7. Alan Turing 1912-1954 code breaker lived here from 1945-1947 (3679 page views)
  8. This building housed the offices of Charles Dickens' magazine 'All The Year Round' and his private apartments 1859-1870 (3339 page views)
  9. Dame Agatha Christie 1890-1976 detective novelist and playwright lived here 1934-1941 (3027 page views)
  10. The Peterloo Massacre. On 16th August 1819, a peaceful rally of 60,000 pro-democracy reformers, men, women and children was attacked by armed cavalry resulting in 15 deaths and over 600 injuries. (3006 page views)

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This pillar stood at the gateway of the Royal Grammar School Newcastle-upon-Tyne which from 1607 until 1844 occupied the chapel of the Hospital of St Mary the Virgin in the West Gate founded near this site in the 12th century

39 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Texas Historical Marker #15263

Tyler Rose. #15263

?, Austin, TX, United States

The Institute of Taxation founded on this site 1930

Pancras Lane, EC4, London, United Kingdom

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Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais. Screen writers, film directors and producers. Co-creators of ‘The Likely Lads’.

Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

"В этом здании в 1966-1998 г.г. работал видный ученый в области холодильной техники Ионов Алексей Григорьевич 1932-1998. Лауреат государственной премии заслуженный деятель науки РФ доктор технических наук профессор".

English translation: “In this building in 1966-1998 a prominent scientist in the field of refrigeration equipment Ionov Alexey Grigorievich 1932-1998 worked. Laureate of the State Prize Honored Worker of Science of the Russian Federation Doctor of Technical Sciences Professor”. [AWS Translate]

Советский пр., 1, Калининград - Kaliningrad, Russia

King George V 1865-1936 Bequeathed the title of Regis on the town after convalescing here in 1929

Clarence Road, Bognor Regis, United Kingdom

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Imre Henszlmann 1813-1888

English translation: Imre Henszlmann 1813-1888 [AWS Translate]

Boldog XI. Ince Pápa Utca, Budapest, Hungary

Hier arbeitete Karl Behrens jg. 1909 ermordet 13.5.1943

English translation: Hier arbeitete Karl Behrens born 1909 murdered 13.5.1943

Huttenstraße 12, Mitte, Berlin, Germany

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Erwin Schrödinger creator of Wave Mechanics worked here 1940 - 1956

65 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland

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Nevada Historical Marker #38

Pahranagat Valley. Pahranagat Valley is named after a local Shoshone Native American Tribe.  Three local springs fill the valley’s lakes, which farmers have used for irrigation since the mid-nineteenth century.In the late 1860s, outlaws pastured hundreds of head of stolen cattle in the valley meadows.  In 1865, ore was discovered in the area.  The following year, a stamp mill was established at Hiko, twenty miles to the north to crush the ore.  Hiko became the center of activity for the valley and the county seat between 1866 and 1871, when local mining declined and Pioche claimed the county seat.The valley received international notoriety in 1867 when Dan De Quille of the Territorial Enterprise published an article titled “The Rolling Stones of Pahranagat,” about magnetic traveling stones.  De Quille was notorious for publishing comedy and satire, sometimes mistaken by his readership for truth.  In this case, De Quille described these round stones as having a magical quality that, when scattered on the floor, would immediately began travelling toward a common center.  De Quille published similar articles on the stones in 1876, 1879, and 1892.The town of Alamo before you, established in 1900, is the valley’s largest present-day settlement.  Watered by Pahranagat Creek, the area includes several ranches and the Pahranagat Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Great Basin Highway, Alamo, NV, United States

Улица названа в память об участнике Великой Отечественной войны Герое Советского Союза Космодемьянской Зои Анатольевны 1923-1941 гг.

English translation: The street is named in memory of the participant of the Great Patriotic War Hero of the Soviet Union Cosmodemyanskaya Zoe Anatolyevna 1923-1941. [AWS Translate]

Зои Космодемьянской 26, Калининград - Kaliningrad, Russia

This is the site of Thomasesgate, the main entrance to the Cathedral precinct following William the Conqueror's enlargement of the royal palace up to the High Street. The land inside the gate was part of the Cathedral burial ground, but began to be used for wood, corn and livestock markets by the 14th century. Temporary market stalls became permanent buildings, leaving Market Street as a narrow access lane

Market Street elevation of 25 High Street, Winchester, United Kingdom

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