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Did you know that the Theatre Royal Bristol is the oldest continuously working theatre in Britain and has been staging productions since 1766? Part of the complex is actually older than that, Coopers’ Hall which was built in 1744 now incorporated into the theatre to provide the public entrance.

Did you know that the world’s first commercially produced chocolate bar was made in Union Street Bristol by Fry’s in 1847? Fry's still make amongst other things Turkish Delight which was launched in 1914 – their famous Chocolate Cream first saw the light of day in 1866.

Did you know that the oldest dinosaur so far found in Britain, and one of the oldest discovered anywhere in the world, was unearthed in Bristol? Thecodontosaurus antiquus was not as terrifying as some of his descendents: about 2m from top to tail, it walked on two legs and was a plant eater. The first example was dug out of a quarry in Clifton in the city back in 1834, and was only the fifth type of dinosaur named.

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Famous Bristol people:

Allen Lane
Cary Grant
Chris Morris
Christopher Fry
Damien Hirst
Edward Godwin
Edward Tyson
Hugh Conway
Isaac Rosenberg
James May
John Symonds
Johnny Ball
Mary Robinson
Michael Redgrave
Percy Nunn
Richard Bright
Richard Long
Robert Southey
Robin Cousins
Rosemary Butcher
Russell Howard
Samuel Plimsoll
Thomas Chatterton
Thomas Lawrence
Thomas Longman
W G Grace
William Combe
William Rees-Mogg
William Slim
William Slim

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Brit Quote:
If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush. - Dawn French
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On this day:
Canterbury Monks Observe Massive Meteor Event - 1178, Battle of Sevenoaks - 1450, 1st British Life Insurance Policy - 1583, Battle of Chalgrove Field - 1643, Johnson Contracts to Produce His Dictionary - 1746, Battle of Waterloo - 1815, Redcoats Drop Breeches - 1823, Staines Air Disaster - 1972, Battle of Orgreave - 1984
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