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Edward VIII abdicates

After ruling for less than a year, Edward VIII becomes the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He chose to abdicate after the British government, public, and the Church of England condemned his decision to marry the American divorcée Wallis Warfield Simpson. On the evening of 11 December, he gave a radio address in which he explained, "I have found it impossible to carry ... Read more >

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Bettie Page Passes Away

The great Bettie Page was one of the most recognisable faces (and figures) of the 1950s. With her famous fringe, red lips and scanty swimwear (which she designed and made herself), Bettie appeared in magazines with such colourful titles as Wink, Titter, Eyefull and Dial, as well as an early edition of Playboy. She became known as ‘The Queen of the Pin Up’ and some claim that she was second ... Read more >