Great English writer and novelist, Charles Dickens (full name Charles John Huffam Dickens) passed away on 9 June 1870 at Gad’s Hill near Chatham, Kent. Born on 7 February 1812 at Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, Charles Dickens was considered as the greatest of the Victorian era. He is particularly famous for his Great Expectations, Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities and many others that constitute his volumes.
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The city of St Petersburg in Russia is named after Peter I. Born on 9 June 1672 Peter I was known as Peter the Great. He reigned as the Tsar of Russia from 1682 to 1725 and was one of Russia’s greatest statesmen and reformers.
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Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, known as the Iron lady, was reelected to a second term in office on 9 June 1983.
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Entering the World War II on 10 June 1940, Italy declared war against France and Great Britain. This war which lasted between 1939 and 1945 was in some sort a continuation of the first war where the disputes seemed to have remained unsettled. Although it involved virtually the whole world there were two main belligerents. On one side, the Allies with France, Great Britain, United States and the Soviet Union and on the other what was called the Axis powers comprised Italy, Germany and Japan.
Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica
Mauritian residing in Rodrigues, Amanoola Khayrattee (pen name Alfa King) is contributing writer and journalist to La Gazette Mag de l’océan indien and This Week News Mauritius.
Retired, former meteorological cadre, trade unionist and OSH consultant, Amanoola has written for in-house union and other journals, publications and magazines. He runs two blogs since 2007: “Alfa King Memories”, and “Le Journal d’Alfa King”. When he is not reading or writing, he is on a 10+ km daily hike in anticipation of his monthly trails.
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