Peter Mark Roget was a British physician, natural theologian and lexicographer. He is best known for publishing, in 1852, the Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases (Roget's Thesaurus), a classified collection of related words. He was a lecturer at the University of Manchester.
On this day 12th July,1543, England's Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, his sixth and last wife at Hampton Court Palace. Catherine was the fourth commoner Henry had taken as his consort, and she outlived him. She was also the most married English Queen having a total of four husbands ( Catherine Parr, relics, lock of her hair, her maiden badge with Tudor rose)
Emmeline Pankhurst. British political activist and leader of the suffragette movement, the WSPU, who helped women win the right to vote.
Laurence Stephen Lowry was an English artist born in Stretford, Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, where he lived and worked for over 40 years, and Salford and its surrounding areas.
Ellen Wilkinson was born in Ardwick, Manchester and was the Labour Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough and later for Jarrow, on Tyneside. She was one of the first women in Britain to be elected as a Member of Parliament.
'She survived an assassination attempt,but Bernadette Devlin is best remembered as the 21-year-old Irish republican who strode across the floor of the House of Commons to punch [the] home secretary of the Conservative govt [for suggesting] the British army had fired only in self-defence on Bloody Sunday when they shot dead 13 civil rights protesters. A new documentary, "Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey," revisits...Devlin's role as a human rights campaigner and radical…
"Anderson shows that Marx was personally involved in the effective ban on slave cotton that the Manchester workers maintained for the duration of the conflict... an outstanding example of working-class solidarity. Moreover, when the British government tried to enter the war on the side of the south, Marx was responsible for a huge demonstration that stopped the government...Marx and Engels made no small contribution to the victory over slavery in the US"
On this day 5th February, 1788 Sir Robert Peel (1788–1850) was born in Bury, Lancashire, son of a cotton millionaire Peel was the first commoner to become British Prime Minister. He was also the founder of the Metropolitan Police, first nicknamed 'Peelers' then 'Bobbies' after his name. B. Lowe
23rd February 1820 the plotters of the Cato Street Conspiracy, a group who wanted to blow up the British Cabinet, were arrested. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/blackhistory/rights/cato.htm