Scene of the Fatal Explosion at Birmingham
Scene following an explosion that took place on the premises of Messrs. Pursall and Phillips, percussion-cap manufacturers, in Whittall Street, St. Mary's Square, Birmingham. The whole of the back portion of the premises was completely destroyed, portions of the roof and walls were carried by the force of the explosion to a considerable distance resulting in considerable loss of life. The explosion was the third to have occurred during the last three months in Birmingham and, predicted the ILN, would result in the compulsory removal of all such manufactories outside the town.
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Explosions at Houses of Parliament 1885
The front cover of The Graphic, 31 January, 1885, reporting on dynamite explosions at the Houses of Parliament, part of a bombing campaign by the Irish Republican Brotherhood, nicknamed the 'Fenians'. Three bombs exploded on 24 January 1885. The lower picture shows the explosion in Westminster Hall, from a sketch and description by an eyewitness, Miss Davies. The upper right picture shows the scene of the explosion in the House of Commons chamber, and the upper left the effect of that explosion on the stonework of the doorway. The third explosion that day was at the Tower of London. Date: January 1885
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Italo-Turkish War (1911-12) - Fighting at Tripoli
Fighting before the walls of Tripoli. The Italo Turkish War was launched by Italy against Turkey, with the aim of gaining Libya, in order to counterbalance French conquests in North Africa. Part of the general feeding frenzy that surrounded the decline of the Ottoman Empire ('The Sick Man of Europe'). Italy declared war on 29 September 1911, and after preliminary naval bombardments, an Italian naval forces occupied Tobruk (4th October) and Tripoli (5th October). The army, under General Carlo Caneva, took over the occupation on 11th October, and promptly stalled under a combination of skilful Turkish religious propaganda amongst the local population and the caution of Caneva. It was only the next summer, starting in July 1912, that the Italians advanced out of their coastal strongholds, slowly forcing the Turks back, and winning several victories over them. However, it was the threatened outbreak of the First Balkan War that forced Turkey to make peace, and by the Treaty of Ouchy (15th October 1912), Turkey ceded Libya, Rhodes and the Dodecanese islands to Italy.
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