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I Read the News Today

Weird and wonderful, it all happened in June

1809 PEDESTRIANISM BECOMES A CRAZE

500 MILES, 500 MORE

In an ambitious wager, walking enthusiast Captain Robert Barclay Allardice bet 1,000 guineas that he could walk 1,000 miles in six weeks. Clocking one mile each hour, his wager paid off, and he became known as the father of pedestrianism – a precursor to racewalking.

1879 NAPOLÉON DIES FOR THE BRITISH

SWITCHING SIDES

In a tragic but somewhat ironic event, Napoleon Bonaparte’s great-nephew, Prince Imperial Louis-Napoléon, is killed in action while fighting for the British. The young exiled French Emperor fought in the Anglo-Zulu War, and died during a skirmish on 1 June.

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Find out how close the King of England came to conquering medieval France, as we take a look at the Hundred Years' War. Was bad weather really to blame for the English defeat? Elsewhere, uncover the shocking true story of the Nazi spies who managed to infiltrate New York, and meet the man who inspired The Mummy villain, Imhotep. Plus, don't miss out on the FREE pull-out magazine inside, which investigates the 50 greatest mysteries in history - from the Stonehenge to the Princes in the Tower.
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