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The British Declaration of War

The British declaration of war against Nazi Germany came at 11.15 on September 3rd 1939. Neville Chamberlain spoke to the nation via radio. Britain had given Hitler an ultimatum to withdraw from Poland after the Germans invaded Poland on September 1st. “I am speaking to you from the Cabinet Room at 10, Downing Street.
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French Referendum

On May 29th 2005, the French had a referendum on the European Constitution. For the constitution to come into force, all member states in the EU have to ratify it. In theory, the constitution in its current form will never come into force if just one member state rejects it. The first country to 'ask' its people was Spain and they voted in favour of the constitution.
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Burgoyne, John - History

Harrison, BenjaminBenjamin Harrison was born in 1726 in Charles City County, Virginia. For a time, he studied at the College of William and Mary, but in 1745, not long before he was to graduate, he returned home to manage the family plantation left by his father who had just passed away. Later on, he became the owner of eight plantations, and was involved in the shipping business.
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George Washington resigns as commander in chief

On December 23, 1783, following the signing of the Treaty of Paris, General George Washington resigns as commander in chief of the Continental Army and retires to his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia.Hear the future president& 39;s powerful words in the animation & 39;George Washington& 39;s Vision for America& 39;Washington addressed the assembled Congress:“Happy in the confirmation of our independence and sovereignty, and pleased with the opportunity afforded the United States of becoming a respectable nation, I resign with satisfaction the appointment I accepted with diffidence; a diffidence in my abilities to accomplish so arduous a task; which however was superseded by a confidence in the rectitude of our cause, the support of the supreme power of the Union, and the patronage of Heaven.
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