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  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)
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  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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Old Stables Court This former veterinary surgery was erected by Thomas Mayer about 1815. Thomas Mayer and his son led the campaign for the Royal Charter of the veterinary profession granted in 1844.

6a Queen Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom

Texas Historical Marker #12876

Lost Creek Cemetery. The original Hog Creek Cemetery was established in the 1870s, about one-half mile southwest of this site; after only two burials, the community chose to relocate, reportedly because of the rocky soil there. J. W. Graves (d. 1874) was the first person buried at this location, then owned by H.C. Hancock. Area residents continued to use the site and, in 1892, J.C. Hensley (Henslee) and his wife, L.E., deeded it to Brown County for cemetery and church purposes. A chapel was constructed by 1932, and the Hog Creek Cemetery Association organized in 1949, later changing its name, and that of the cemetery, to Lost Creek. Historic Texas Cemetery - 2002 #12876

?, May, TX, United States

Nevada Historical Marker #52

Cherry Creek. The town of Cherry Creek before you was part of a network of mining districts that operated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including the Gold Canyon district in Egan Canyon, five miles to the south.Peter Corning and John Carpenter helped start the town of Cherry Creek when they staked the Tea Cup gold claim in 1872, resulting in a boom and the development of a town.  At the town’s peak in 1882, it boasted a population of over 1,800.  While production fluctuated, Cherry Creek continued to produce gold and silver ore into the 1940s.Egan Canyon to the south was part of the 1855 route established by Howard Egan and the Mormon Battalion, and surveyed for use in 1859 by the U.S. Army.  By 1860, the Pony Express placed a change station at the west opening of the canyon.  Between 1861 and 1869, Butterfield’s Overland Mail and Stage established a station here that grew into a small temporary town.In 1863, soldiers from Fort Ruby discovered gold in the canyon, leading to the creation of the town of Egan and a mining district.  By 1865 there were three stamp mills in Egan processing ore from the district.  Like Cherry Creek, to the north, Egan boomed and busted into the 1920s before mining ceased.

Cherry Creek Rd, Cherry Creek, NV, United States

В этом доме с 1950 по 1974 год жил заслуженный строитель РСФСР Осмоловский Владимир Петрович 25.04.1905-05.09.1974 внесший значимый вклад в восстановление и строительство послевоенной Калуги

English translation:

Lenina street, 123, Kaluga, Russia

Hier wohnte Rita Klein Geb. Jacobi Jg. 1911 Deportiert 1943 Theresienstadt Ermordet ???? in Auschwitz [full inscription unknown]

English translation:

Essener Straße 20, Mitte, Berlin, Germany


Ernest Boulton 1847-1904 Frederick Park 1846-1881 'Stella & Fanny' Victorian cross-dressers lodged at 13 Wakefield Street on this site 1868-1870

13 Wakefield Street, WC1N 1PF, London, United Kingdom

Texas Historical Marker #02246

Granbury Railroad Depot. Representative of early 20th century rural Texas train stations, this depot was constructed in 1914. It replaced an earlier station that had been built when the railroad came to Granbury in 1887. The depot features wide overhanging eaves and a red tile roof. Although passenger service to Granbury had stopped by 1973, the depot stands as a reminder of the important role of the railroad in the city's history. #2246

109 E. Ewell St., Granbury, TX, United States

Leeds Methodist Pioneers The first purpose-built Methodist chapel in Leeds, the 'Old Boggart House' was erected here on Boggart Close in 1750-51. A public meeting here on 6 October 1813 led to the formation of the (Wesleyan) Methodist Missionary Society which was highly influential in Methodism becoming a world church.

Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, United Kingdom


Ici vécut Bertie Albrecht héroïne de la Résistance Compagnon de la Libération Une des fondatrices du Mouvement Combat (M.L.N.) Exécutée à Fresnes le 29 Mai 1943 Hommage des Femmes de la Libération Nationale

English translation: Here lived Bertie Albrecht heroine of the Resistance Companion of Liberation One of the founders of the Combat Movement (M.L.N.) Executed in Fresnes on May 29, 1943 Tribute to Women of National Liberation [AWS Translate]

16 rue de l'Université, Paris, France

Texas Historical Marker #00454

Boot Hill Cemetery. Along with law-abiding and God-fearing men and women were buried here, often without benefit of clergy, men who "died with their boots on". The name was borrowed from a cemetery in Dodge City, Kansas, while it was a resort of buffalo hunters and trail drivers #454

US 385 at Boy's Ranch, Vega, TX, United States

Geburtshaus von Georg Heinrich Pertz (1795-1876) Gründer der Hannoverschen Zeitung 1832 und erster Leiter der Monumenta Germaiae Historica der bedeutendsten Sammlung mittelalterlicher Quellen zur deutschen Geschichte.

English translation: Birthplace of Georg Heinrich Pertz (1795-1876) Founder of the Hannoverschen Zeitung 1832 and first director of the Monumenta Germaiae Historica of the most important collection of medieval sources on German history. [AWS Translate]

Burgstraße 1, Hannover, Germany

Калужское отделение ВОД "Боевое братство" в память о погибшем защитнике отечества лейтенант Ивашкин Владимир Владимирович 13.V.1976 ★ 14.XI.1999

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?, Ferzikovo, Russia