A daily look back at the news making the headlines 100, 50 and 25 years ago.

April 24

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1:05pm Thursday 24th April 2014

There was a popular fallacy that the climatic conditions on the north-east coast rendered it impossible for any but the hardiest trees and shrubs to succeed...

April 23

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12:41pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

100 years ago: The railway union branches desired to have included in the new national programme of the National Union of Railwaymen various demands for changes in the existing uniforms supplied to the men.

April 22

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10:09am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

100 years ago: Mr F Carl, Fleet Street, London wrote: “For the past five years we have, through the medium of your widely circulated journal, succeeded in collecting a very large number of new-laid eggs for the hospitals during Hospital Egg Week

April 21

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11:08am Monday 21st April 2014

100 years ago: Mr W Welbourne, parish clerk at Hayton, who had served under four vicars, had lived in the same cottage for 57 years.

April 18

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11:12am Friday 18th April 2014

100 years ago: Some excitement had been caused in High Petergate about half-past eleven in the morning, by a horse rearing and putting its forefeet through the window of a boot shop.

April 17

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9:27am Thursday 17th April 2014

100 years ago: The handsome pavilion on the Britannia Pier at Yarmouth had been completely destroyed by fire.

April 16

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12:20pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

100 years ago: REVEREND S Rhys Williams, vicar of Holy Trinity, Shrewsbury, had indulged in a broad-minded utterance at the Exeter vestry meeting. He expressed satisfaction at the success which had attended the parochial football club, and said football was a good antidote to the public house.

April 15

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12:03pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

100 years ago: SEVERAL of the vicars of London churches were protesting against the growing custom of bridesmaids at smart weddings not wearing hats or at least proper head coverings at weddings.

April 14

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9:30am Monday 14th April 2014

100 years ago: The indiscriminate use that was currently made of police whistles was condemned by the chief Constable of Sheffield.

April 12

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10:29am Saturday 12th April 2014

100 years ago: The number of people spending Easter on wheels was visibly considerably greater than ever before.

April 11

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12:10pm Friday 11th April 2014

100 years ago: “JE Bruce” wrote: “Without wishing to discuss the question of vivisection, may I suggest that all animal lovers should welcome the exemption of dogs, whose close association with humans and highly developed nervous system make them particularly susceptible to suffering through methods of research, of which anyone who read the evidence before the Royal Commission can judge.

April 10

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10:36am Thursday 10th April 2014

100 years ago: “Arnato” wrote: “A reader complained of a lack of outdoor games in York, these being exhausted along with cycling, swimming, and boating.

April 9

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12:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

100 years ago: “Justice” wrote: “Before many weeks the annual gala in Bootham Park will again take place. May I make an appeal to the gala entertainment committee to substitute something else in the place of the performing animals which have annually been seen on their stage?

April 8

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1:03pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

100 years ago: The inmates of the Sculcoates Workhouse, at Hull, had presented a petition to the Guardians at their meeting that they should have fish on Good Friday instead of meat.

April 7

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12:24pm Monday 7th April 2014

100 years ago: The practice of attending picture halls at nights and the extreme youth of mothers were attributed by Dr Mills, Medical Officer of Health for Ashington, Northumberland, in his annual report, as the causes of the high infant mortality.

April 5

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11:56am Saturday 5th April 2014

100 years ago: A CHILD had been left on Saturday evening near the shore, at Bridlington. It was a six-month-old boy, and fully clothed.

April 4

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10:15am Friday 4th April 2014

100 years ago: Today would see the end of what was believed to be the only passenger train service in the country maintained by horse traction – that on the North British Railway between Drumburgh Junction (a few miles west of Carlisle) and Port Carlisle, a seaport on the Solway Firth, formerly of considerable importance.

April 3

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9:51am Thursday 3rd April 2014

100 years ago: WITH the view to giving the citizens of York an opportunity of seeing for themselves the good work which the York Maternity Home in Ogleforth was doing, the Home had been thrown open for inspection.

April 2

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12:34pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

100 years ago: The ceremony of declaring Skeldergate Bridge had attracted a large gathering of York citizens the previous afternoon.

April 1

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1:09pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

100 years ago: TO mark the publication of our 10,000th issue a special section was incorporated giving the history of our newspaper.

March 31

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11:45am Monday 31st March 2014

100 years ago: AT THE annual meeting of the Scarborough Postcard Censorship Association it was reported that several thousands of designs had been inspected and though many had been rejected as unfit for publication, others, while not violating the canons of decency, were highly objectionable from an aesthetic standpoint.

March 29

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1:52pm Saturday 29th March 2014

100 years ago: DETAILS were becoming known of some remarkable experiments with a new method of illumination for naval operations at night that had recently been carried out by a German warship in the North Sea.

March 28

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12:28pm Friday 28th March 2014

100 years ago: A GIRL had walked 30 yards along Cheapside, London, at midday wearing a trouser skirt. She afterwards had the most exciting, thrilling hour of her life. Within a few seconds hundreds of people gathered round her.

March 27

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10:27am Thursday 27th March 2014

100 years ago: MUCH had been heard in York and much had been written of the British Army film, but it had been left to the enterprising proprietor of the Victoria Hall to secure it for exhibition in York.

March 26

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12:23pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

100 years ago: YORK Minster bells had rung forth again with joyful melody after many months’ silence during their restoration.

March 25

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10:17am Tuesday 25th March 2014

100 years ago: Mr Cathcart Wason, MP, at the Committee of the House of Commons on Mr Hobhouse’s Bill to prohibit the importation of plumage, had withdrawn his amendment to include ostrich feathers in the prohibition, which had caused consternation in South African circles in London.

March 24

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12:34pm Monday 24th March 2014

100 years ago: THOSE who had advocated for so long some drastic curtailment of the smoke nuisance would follow with interest, and also perhaps with a little anxiety, the proceedings in the House of Lords, when the second reading of the Smoke Abatement Bill would be moved.

March 22

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12:33pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

100 years ago: The unusual charge of eavesdropping had been preferred at Castle Eden Police Court, County Durham against a miner named William Greenwell.

March 21

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10:06am Friday 21st March 2014

100 years ago: An inquest had been held on Lt Hugh Frederick Treebe, of the 1st Battalion West Riding Regiment, who had recently been killed by falling with a Maurice Farman biplane at the Central Flying School, Upavon.

March 20

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9:54am Thursday 20th March 2014

100 years ago: THE introduction of the new five-a-penny Life Ray Cigarettes probably affected a larger number of people than would be affected by any other new introduction.

March 19

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9:21am Wednesday 19th March 2014

100 years ago: The official programme in connection with the forthcoming visit of the King to Hull on June 26th when he would open the new Joint Dock, had not yet been completed.

March 18

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2:04pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

100 years ago: “Mothering Sunday,” which was a day appointed for a mothers’ festival, would fall on the following Sunday.

March 17

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12:20pm Monday 17th March 2014

100 years ago: A proposal was on foot to demolish the old houses abutting on the Abbey Wall in Bootham.

March 15

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10:49am Saturday 15th March 2014

100 years ago: The King had paid a private visit to the Aero and Marine Exhibition at Olympia, and inspected many of the exhibits there.

March 14

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12:38pm Friday 14th March 2014

100 years ago: The new home for trained nurses, which was being erected in Precentors’ Court, near the west end of York Minster, and which, when completed would be known as the Purey-Cust Home, as a memorial of the Dean and Lady Emma Purey-Cust, was being rapidly proceeded with, and it was fully expected that the work would be finished by October at the latest.

March 13

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10:09am Thursday 13th March 2014

100 years ago: A case of poisoning at Bath owing to a person eating snails which had been feeding on ivy, had called attention to the fact that in the West of England there were many people who regarded snails as a delicacy.

March 12

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10:15am Wednesday 12th March 2014

100 years ago: “One Who Knows the Danger” wrote: “When will parents realise the danger to their young daughters of allowing them to attend social evenings where kissing games are allowed, and socials which do not leave until late hours of the night (11.30)?

March 11

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9:51am Tuesday 11th March 2014

100 years ago: The Master Cutler of Sheffield, speaking at the annual meeting of the Sheffield Children’s Day Nursery, remarked that one class of person who sometimes had harder work to live than widows were charwomen, and other married women who would be infinitely better off without husbands.

March 10

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12:52pm Monday 10th March 2014

100 years ago: At a meeting of the York City Council the town clerk read the following petition from scholars of the Castlegate Council School: “We should very much like to keep Mrs Potter as our headmistress, as we have become so attached to her, and love her very much. We should feel it very much if she had to leave us.”

March 8

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12:23pm Saturday 8th March 2014

100 years ago: Archdeacon Hallett, of Zanzibar, had said in a sermon at York Minster that the amount contributed yearly by home members of the Church of England towards foreign missions was equivalent to only the amount spent in golf balls.

March 7

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10:08am Friday 7th March 2014

100 years ago: “In view of the evidence of widespread immorality in our midst, this conference is of the opinion that more definite moral education should be given to young people by parents, and also at suitable times by teachers.”

March 6

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10:28am Thursday 6th March 2014

100 years ago: The Minster bells, nine in all, had now arrived in York and had been removed to the Minster.

March 5

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10:21am Wednesday 5th March 2014

100 years ago: A remarkable operation had been performed in Paris, when two baby girls, named Suzanne and Madeleine, who had been born joined together by a fibro-cartilaginous tissue, were separated into two perfectly formed children.

March 4

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11:36am Tuesday 4th March 2014

100 years ago: The archway of Monk Bar, York, was currently closed for the first time in the memory of the existing generation.

March 3

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11:44am Monday 3rd March 2014

100 years ago: The “superfluous” woman was superfluous not because there was no man to marry her, but because she did not fit herself to become a wife.

March 1

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8:53am Saturday 1st March 2014

100 years ago: At the York City Police Court, John Allan, cab driver, was charged with driving a horse and carriage to the common danger of passengers in Rougier Street on 19th February.

February 28

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10:51am Friday 28th February 2014

100 years ago: An interesting gift of stuffed wild animals had been made by Lord Durham to the blind people of Sunderland.

February 27

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11:53am Thursday 27th February 2014

100 years ago: A run of depositors on the Selby branch of the Yorkshire Penny Bank had been caused by a malicious rumour that had got into circulation.

February 26

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10:18am Wednesday 26th February 2014

100 years ago: York Head Teachers’ Association had held a meeting at which they took up the consideration of the effect of the cinema and picture houses on children.

February 25

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9:54am Tuesday 25th February 2014

100 years ago: At a meeting of the Sanitary Committee of the Middlesbrough Corporation, Alderman Pattison wrote a letter from Mr James Downing on behalf of himself and others, stating that they had taken up rat catching as a hobby, and since the previous May had killed 679 rats.



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