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1843 and all that

1843 and all that

1843 and all that

1843 and all that

April/May 2016

The Tory party stands on the verge of schism (plus ça change) over import tariffs on grain and James Wilson, a Scottish hatmaker, founds The Economist to argue for free trade...
 

...as another (rather posher) forward thinker, Ada Lovelace, daughter of the mad, bad Lord Byron, writes the first computer programme for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine.

 

Across the Channel in France, Joseph Krug founds his champagne house. Five years later, the empties would be hurled back in the faces of the beau monde as the barricades went up across Paris.

 

Catering to a louche set, the Hashish Club is founded in Paris by notorious stoners Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac. The exact date of the first meeting, much like the atmosphere during it, is hazy.

 

Tsar Nicholas I gets the Prussians to close down Karl Marx’s newspaper, the Rheinische Zeitung, for criticising the Russian monarchy. It might take nearly 75 years, but Marx would eventually get his revenge on the Romanovs.

 

Nelson’s Column is erected – a shocking indictment of the London property market. All a naval pension can get you in the middle of town is a bunk, 170ft up and exposed to the elements.

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