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History in Colour

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MARIE & PIERRE CURIE, 1896

Samples in hand, physicists Marie and Pierre Curie are seen hard at work in 1896 – the same year that Henri Becquerel discovered his mystery ‘uranium rays’, for which Marie would later invent the term ‘radioactivity’. Inspired by his work, the Curies immersed themselves in the puzzle, leading to the 1898 discoveries of polonium and radium.

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In this month’s issue… Secrets of the Templars They were the most formidable military order of the middles ages, feared as crusaders and answerable only to the pope. This month we tell the tale of how they fell from grace, and try to unpick their legends from the truth. Plus: the Jarrow March; the RAF and the battle of Britain; Martin Luther King; 26 weird facts surrounding royal births; how to make a mummy; and the crowning of Charles II

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Do you hear the people sing? British politicians didn’t at the time, and yet, writes Stuart Maconie, the lasting legacy of the 1936 Jarrow ‘crusade’ can still be felt to this day
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