The History of Wales
03/26/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
Mother's Day, which usually falls in March, is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Its origins in Britain dating back to the 17th century when a Mothering Sunday prayer service was held on this day in honour of the Virgin Mary, during which children would bring gifts and flowers to their own mothers. The festival then gained commercial popularity following World War II, with the...
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The History of Wales
03/26/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
The Welsh Ornithological Society was founded on 26th March 1988 at a conference in Aberystwyth.

The Welsh Ornithological Society (Cymdeithas Adaryddol Cymru) is an organisation which promotes the study and conservation of birds in Wales. The television presenter Iolo Williams has been the society's president since November 2009.
The History of Wales
03/26/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
Today is the feast day of St Govan.

Saint Govan's Head is situated near Bosherston in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Saint Govan died in 586. It is believed that Govan was an Irish Monk who travelled to Wales to seek the friends and family of his teacher, Saint David. He was set upon by pirates, but a cliff opened up leaving a gap for him to hide in until the pirates departed. In...
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03/26/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
Born this day, 1856 in Aberdare,

David Alfred Thomas 1st Viscount Rhondda who was a coal magnate and liberal politician.

Thomas was the MP for Merthyr and then Cardiff, but his expectations of high office were disappointed following the 1906 General Election. Instead he concentrated on business, where his energy and flair for innovation swiftly led him to build a successful commercial...
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The History of Wales
03/26/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
On March 26th 1952 Wales won its fifth rugby union Grand Slam.
The History of Wales
03/25/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
Flat Holm Light House became operational on 25th March 1738.

Flat Holm is a limestone island lying in the Bristol Channel and contains Wales' most southerly point.

A timeline history for Flat Holm;

* The island has a long history of occupation from Anglo-Saxon and Viking times.

* It was visited by disciples of Saint Cadog in the 6th century.

* In 1835 it was the site of the foundation...
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The History of Wales
03/25/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
Sherlock Holmes' most famous case, The Hounds of the Baskervilles was published on March 25th 1902 and the story may well have a distinct Welsh connection.

Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyles's first wife had strong links to Wales and they would have visited regularly Baskerville Hall in Clyro, Powys. It is thought that Conan Doyle may have got the idea for his story from local...
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The History of Wales
03/25/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
On 25th March 1876, Wales played their first competitive senior soccer international. They lost 4–0 to Scotland at Hamilton Crescent, Partick.
The History of Wales
03/25/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
Born this day, 1915 in Pontyberem,

Dorothy Squires, born as Edna May Squires, who was a recording artist best remembered for her versions of 'I'm in the Mood for Love' and 'If You Love Me (Really Love Me)', and also for her marriage to Roger Moore. In later life she was involved in much controversy and bad fortune, which saw houses belonging to her burned down and flooded. By 1982 she had...
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The History of Wales
03/25/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
On 25th March 1811 Joseph Bailey took over the ironworks at Nantyglo and was instrumental in making it one of the great iron-works of the world.

Bailey, from Wakefield in Yorkshire, went to work with his uncle Richard Crawshay, the owner of Cyfarthfa ironworks in Merthyr. After Richard Crawshay's death in 1810 Bailey inherited a quarter share of Cyfarthfa, which he sold to purchase the old...
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03/25/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
The Proud Valley starring Paul Robeson and filmed on location in South Wales was premiered on 25th March 1940.

The film tells the story of how a Black American gets work as a miner when he comes to live in Wales and shares the hard way of life experienced in the aftermath of the Great Depression. He becomes a respected member of the community when he joins a male choir and also strives to...
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03/25/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
On March 25th 1807 the Mumbles to Swansea Railroad became the first-fee paying railroad in the world.

At the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, there was no road link between Swansea and Oystermouth and the railway's original purpose was to move coal, iron ore, and limestone between the Swansea Canal and Swansea Harbour. Then in 1807, approval was given to carry passengers along the line...
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The History of Wales
03/24/2017 at 09:00. Facebook
Today, Wales play the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifying match. Since their first meeting at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham in 1882 the senior sides of Wales and Ireland have played each 70 times. Wales have won 29 times, Ireland 26 times and there have been 15 draws.
The History of Wales
03/24/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
Born this day 1944 in Aberystwyth,

Stephen Jones FRS, who is one of the best-known genetics expert in Britain and is also a telvision presenter and a prize-winning author on evolution. In 1996 his writing won him the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for his wide ranging contributions to the public understanding of science.
The History of Wales
03/24/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
March 1997 saw the launch of the 'Welsh Language in Chubut' project, which was aimed at promoting and developing the Welsh language in the Chubut region of Patagonia in Argentina.

The initiative, which is funded by the Welsh Government, Cymdeithas Cymru-Ariannin (the Wales Argentina Society) and British Council Wales, involves the appointment of a permanent teaching co-ordinator and three...
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03/24/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
A history of Tŷ Hyll - The Ugly House (Capel Curig, Snowdonia)

Legend says it was built by two outlawed brothers in the 15th century under the old Welsh law of ty unos, which stipulated that if you could build a house and have smoke coming out of the chimney between sunset and sunrise, then you owned the freehold of the land. You could claim additional land, determined by how far an axe...
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03/24/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
In March 1960 the first episode of Tales of the Riverbank, narrated by Welsh actor Johnny Morris, was aired on British television.
The History of Wales
03/23/2017 at 17:09. Facebook
Kidwelly Castle (Castell Cydweli)

Kidwelly is one of the finest castles in South-West Wales and situated in a long disputed region, it remains remarkably intact after three centuries of Anglo-Norman/Welsh warfare.

A timeline of the history of Kidwelly Castle (Castell Cydweli) ;

c.1100 Shortly after the Norman conquest, the lordship of Wales's south western coastal plain was awarded by...
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Castles from the Clouds: Kidwelly Castle - Cymru o'r Awyr: Castell Cydweli

Filmed as part of a new series of videos that showcase Cadw's historic monuments from the air. Kidwelly Castle is so complete and well-preserved it's a match...

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The History of Wales
03/23/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
Born this day 1957 in Gorseinon,

Robbie James, a former Wales soccer international who was a regular member of the Swansea City side that rose from the Fourth Division to the First Division between 1978 and 1981. His total of 783 English league appearances between 1973 and 1994 is one of the highest of any player in the history of English football. James collapsed and died during a match...
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The History of Wales
03/23/2017 at 00:10. Facebook
Killed in action in Maddalena Harbour, Italy on this day 1943 and posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in recognition of his achievements during the war and the gallantry of his crew,

John Wallace Linton, born in Malpas, Newport in 1905. He was a submarine commander during the Second World War whose submarine TURBULENT was fired upon and depth charged near Maddalena Harbour, Italy and was...
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