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Did you know that Britain’s first public broadcast was made from Chelmsford on June 15 1920? The pioneering Marconi organization made the broadcast, sponsored by The Daily Mail, from its New Street plant there, featuring the singing of Australian opera diva (and pudding inspiration) Dame Nellie Melba. In those interference–free days it is said to have been received as far away Newfoundland.

Did you know that some historians claim Robert the Bruce was born at Montpelier’s Farm in Writtle near Chelmsford, in 1274? Turnberry also claims the honour.

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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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