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601 of 689  Thu 12th Apr 2018 7:28am  
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12th Apr 1918 German Zeppelin raiders dropped bombs in the grounds of Whitley Abbey and on the Baginton Sewerage Farm in WW1. 12th Apr 1987 Coventry City beat Leeds United 3-2 to reach the final of the FA Cup the following month.
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602 of 689  Thu 12th Apr 2018 7:40am  
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Telegraph photos taken on 12th April Thumbs up [Note to Telegraph: That is Hillsborough, not Highfield Road Roll eyes]
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603 of 689  Fri 13th Apr 2018 7:31am  
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13th Apr 1784 A group of men, pretending to be voters, marched on the voting booth with axes and saws under the coats and totally destroyed it. (Democracy Coventry-style - don't you just love it! Lol )
On 13th Apr 2018 9:28am, Roger Turner said: Rob, I like your comment "Democracy Coventry Style" 1784. My grandmother (I can`t actually remember when she was born, but it was probably 1890-1900) used to tell me that at election time "the gutters of Coventry ran with blood". I`m not sure if she was referring to a period before her youth or not, but I did get the idea that she thought modern elections pretty tame affairs. Thumbs up Just as a matter of interest, there must have been a reason for the gangs' actions, is there a story somewhere?
On 13th Apr 2018 4:51pm, Rob Orland said: Thank you Roger, I'm glad it caused some amusement! Wink I'm not sure about a specific story about this event, but the late 1700s and early 1800s were notoriously violent at voting time. I can't account for the country in general, but Coventry certainly suffered badly from this, and the local political corruption was one of the reasons for us losing our county status in the country's regional reorganisation of 1832-34. I recorded another of these "little skirmishes" in the 'On this day' of 29th November, but there were apparently countless similar events. It seems that our local representatives would employ any means they could to secure votes, though. They would often recruit a gang of "heavies" with all sorts of weapons to fight off potential voters for the opposing party, for which the army would occasionally be called in to try and restore order. They'd also resort to more subtly shenanigans, like swearing in "freemen" who were not actually time-served in order to illegally boost their numbers. Oh my David McGrory explains in his 2003 book "Coventry: A History" that the "Coventry Election Act" of 1781 was introduced for the purpose of preventing this - but it didn't always work! Altogether it makes today's politicians attempts at corruption seem quite amateur! Big grin
On 15th Apr 2018 10:45am, Roger Turner said: Thank you for the information Rob. I remember doing something about democracy and who had the vote in dry as dust history at school, "pot wallopers" and "rotten boroughs" and perhaps I knew elections could be pretty rough and ready affairs, but I don`t think I ever knew the "specifics" of what went on or could have gone on locally without the conversations with my grandmother and now the "glimpses" your publication of past events affords. Thumbs up
On 15th Apr 2018 11:45am, Kaga simpson said: It was all about the class system, workers against the money men the bosses, it was even worse a few years before with the needle-men and the mill owners etc all part of our history. You have just had a very good programme on called 'Peaky Blinders' (Birmingham) that showed all the bloodshed that went on in the twenties. Books and programmes are now allowed to show our history as it really was.
13th Apr 1995 The Queen & Prince Philip came to Coventry to distribute Maundy Money at St. Michael's New Cathedral to 138 selected people. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit Coventry to attend the Maundy service which was held in the Cathedral. Here she can be seen with the Lord Mayor of Coventry Nick Nolan. April 13 1995
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604 of 689  Sat 14th Apr 2018 7:51am  
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Telegraph photos taken on 14th April Thumbs up
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605 of 689  Sat 14th Apr 2018 9:52am  
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14th Apr 1956 Goalkeeper Reg Matthews becomes Coventry's City's first ever player to win an England cap in this 1-1 draw with Scotland at Hampden Park in the British Home Championship.
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606 of 689  Sat 14th Apr 2018 10:07am  
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14th April - CUCKOO DAY (by tradition)
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607 of 689  Sun 15th Apr 2018 7:49am  
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Telegraph photos taken on 15th April Thumbs up
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608 of 689  Sun 15th Apr 2018 10:26am  
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15th Apr 1941 Another mass burial takes place at London Road Cemetery for 394 more victims of the April 8th/10th raids.
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609 of 689  Mon 16th Apr 2018 7:27am  
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16th Apr 1757 A soldier was shot for desertion in Coventry Park. He'd deserted on a previous occasion but reprieved - not this time! 16th Apr 1837 Two officers fought a duel at Styvechale Toll Gate. 16th Apr 2007 On this day was broadcast the 2007 final of University Challenge, won by the University of Warwick, who were presented with the trophy by Ann Widdecombe.
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610 of 689  Mon 16th Apr 2018 7:51am  
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17th Apr 1765 Two soldiers hanged for the murder of Thomas Edwards by clubbing him with a pistol. Alderman John Hewitt accepted their apology before the execution took place. (Oh, this is a cheerful little column, isn't it!)
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612 of 689  Wed 18th Apr 2018 7:27am  
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18th Apr 1102 Coventry's first (and probably most corrupt ever) bishop, Robert de Limesey, moved his see to Coventry. 18th Apr 1821 Edward Bradshaw was executed on Whitley Common for burglary at the Punch Bowl public house, Spon-end, and cutting and wounding Mr. Lines, a neighbour.
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613 of 689  Thu 19th Apr 2018 7:25am  
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19th Apr 1918 Lieutenant Sidney Angus Leith was killed when the Daimler RE8 he was testing spun out of control and nosedived 400 feet into Radford aerodrome.
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614 of 689  Thu 19th Apr 2018 7:38am  
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Telegraph photos taken on 19th April Thumbs up
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615 of 689  Fri 20th Apr 2018 7:21am  
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20th Apr 2012 Coventry City's FA Cup-winning squad get together for a party at Nailcote Hall Hotel, Berkswell, to celebrate 25 years since winning the FA Cup.
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