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526 of 689  Mon 5th Mar 2018 7:54am  
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5th Mar 1941 A Tiger Moth of 9 EFTS was landing at Ansty when it collided with another Tiger Moth on the ground. Both were burnt out, but there were no casualties.
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6th Mar 1963 Coventry City beat Fourth Division Lincoln City 5-1 away in a 3rd Round FA Cup tie - originally scheduled for January 5th. It was the hard winter of 1962/63 and the match had been arranged and postponed 15 times, an FA Cup record! 6th Mar 1968 Coventry City's Main Grandstand at Highfield Road is gutted by fire, and their 2nd Division Championship Trophy also destroyed.
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528 of 689  Tue 6th Mar 2018 8:00am  
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6th Mar 1940 Whitley K7243, Armstrong-Whitworth’s development aircraft for the Deerhound engine, crashed at Baginton attempting to take off with the elevators either locked or incorrectly set. The RAF test pilot, Edward Fitzgerald Godfray, and Mr David V Edward and Mr Edgar Alan Stroud from Armstrong-Siddeley were killed.
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529 of 689  Wed 7th Mar 2018 7:24am  
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7th Mar 1853 Three day-schools opened - all St. Michael's Parish Schools - one for boys in the Rose & Crown Yard, High Street, one for Girls & Infants in Greyfriars' Lane, and one exclusively for girls in Gosford Street.
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530 of 689  Thu 8th Mar 2018 7:30am  
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8th Mar 1820 Riots & serious disturbances at the elections. This had become all too common in Coventry's political world, and our poor governance was largely responsible for eventually being stripped of our status of county. 8th Mar 1984 The Coventry division of the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Families Association was launched in the crypt of St Mary's Guildhall, attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.
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531 of 689  Thu 8th Mar 2018 8:14am  
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8th Mar 1940 08/03/1940 Tiger Moth N6613 of 9 EFTS undershot a night landing at Ansty and crashed into a hedge. The instructor, P/O Craig, and pupil Maynard were only slightly injured.
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532 of 689  Fri 9th Mar 2018 7:31am  
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9th Mar 1918 Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst visited Coventry to plead for women's patriotic service. She addressed a packed Drill Hall of women and munition girls. The title of her speech was, 'War till Victory; no Shirkers.' 9th Mar 1960 Opening day for the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, paid for initially by a £100,000 donation from Sir Alfred Herbert.
On 9th Mar 2018 9:39am, PhilipInCoventry said: Hi all Wave Sad, that the Alfred Herbert machine tool empire would itself soon become a museum piece, as did the other machine tool manufacturers. It wasn't just the rising cost of manpower that dealt the blow. The failure to invest in self-setting machinery, left the door wide open for the then developing Far East economies to progress. Sir Alf would struggle to recognise a production machine shop nowadays, dominated by robotic arms.
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533 of 689  Sat 10th Mar 2018 9:32am  
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10th Mar 1919 Coventry City Council met to discuss the building of a Town Hall, claiming "That the building by the Corporation of a town hall, to seat not less than 2,500 persons, and designed to afford adequate facilities for all kinds of public assemblies, and especially for orchestral and other concerts, is an urgent public necessity".
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534 of 689  Sun 11th Mar 2018 10:48am  
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11th Mar 1859 It was reported on this day in the Coventry Herald and Observer that the restoration of St. John's church in Fleet Street was to proceed immediately under the direction of eminent architect George Gilbert Scott. This photo would've been taken just a few years later, and clearly shows the progress of the restoration and, judging by the western end, the shabby state it had been allowed to get into. (Photo from '600 years of Municipal Life' by Frederick Smith.) The picture also shows the short-lived fountain, which was erected very shortly after the above announcement. (Article)
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535 of 689  Mon 12th Mar 2018 7:26am  
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12th Mar 1642 William Jesson, Coventry MP ordered to London to purchase four cannons for the defence of the city in the upcoming Civil War. 12th Mar 2008 An unexploded Second World War bomb was discovered in Coventry's city centre near the Belgrade Theatre.
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536 of 689  Tue 13th Mar 2018 7:27am  
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13th Mar 1946 It was reported on this day that Field-Marshal Kesselring, former Chief of the German Air General Staff, told the Tribunal at Nuremberg that German photographs showed that the bombing of Coventry was 'perfect'. Kesselring said 'I was happy that Coventry was selected as a target, as it was an important military objective and was not to be hit by a terror attack.'
On 13th Mar 2018 10:30am, Kaga simpson said: Rob, that's it, that's what I remember. I read around 1948, when people said it was a raid of revenge. I was trying to remember where I read of that statement, who and why in the Nuremberg trials.
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537 of 689  Wed 14th Mar 2018 7:25am  
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14th Mar 1955 The New Hippodrome is renamed the Coventry Theatre. 14th Mar 1961 Norman Dewis left Browns Lane, Coventry, in E-type Jaguar '77 RW' to make the famous dash for the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, which he made with 20 minutes to spare by driving through the night.
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538 of 689  Wed 14th Mar 2018 12:46pm  
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Telegraph photos taken on 14th March Thumbs up
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539 of 689  Thu 15th Mar 2018 6:55am  
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Telegraph photos taken on 15th March Thumbs up
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540 of 689  Thu 15th Mar 2018 7:24am  
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15th Mar 1928 Hundreds attended a stone-laying ceremony for the new Electricity Station at Longford, the main contractor for which would be British Thomson-Houston (B.T.H.).
On 17th Mar 2018 10:42am, Kaga simpson said: About a year before that (1927) Wyken Colleries closed all their workings throwing hundreds out of work, ruining most of the coal boats businesses, making the Wyken basin obsolete, the Coventry Canal from Sutton Stop to Bishop Street obsolete, and the railway line from Hawkesbury Junction to Deedmore Road obsolete also. This put the area in great poverty and on the breadline. They removed the railway lines from Deedmore Road just to Aldermans Green Road, leaving the remaining lines running through the fields - this puzzled the locals for a time, but they were going to feed the Power Station by coal train. The Power Station would bring work into the area, I believe there was recruiting for workers on that day, so yes there was a large jubilant attendance.
15th Mar 1960 The opening of St. Christopher's Club in Spon End, attended by Lord Mayor W. H. Edwards - the first club in Coventry specially designed for old folk.
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