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"Reflecting on a Year of Triumphs and Trials: From the Defence of Chateau de Hougoumont to New Year Fireworks" As the clock strikes midnight

Background imageYear Collection: Defence of Chateau de Hougoumont - Battle of Waterloo

Defence of Chateau de Hougoumont - Battle of Waterloo
Defence of the Chateau de Hougoumont by the flank company, Coldstream GuardsWatercolour by Denis Dighton, 1815Associated with Napoleonic Wars

Background imageYear Collection: Serio-comic war map for the year 1877

Serio-comic war map for the year 1877

Background imageYear Collection: Tsai Shen Yeh - The Chinese God of wealth

Tsai Shen Yeh - The Chinese God of wealth
Tsai Shen Yeh is a Chinese God of wealth (often also called Lu Shing or The Star God of Wealth). Images of the God can be seen in many Chinese and oriental houses and buildings

Background imageYear Collection: New Year fireworks, Funchal harbour, Madeira, Portugal

New Year fireworks, Funchal harbour, Madeira, Portugal
An impressive firework display at Funchal harbour, Madeira, celebrating the arrival of the New Year

Background imageYear Collection: Haile Selassie / Nachkrieg

Haile Selassie / Nachkrieg
HAILE SELASSIE Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-74) in 1928, the year he assumed the title of King

Background imageYear Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
The Green Knight rides over the bridge into Camelot Castle on New Years Day. He will set King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table a special challenge

Background imageYear Collection: Singing Auld Lang Syne

Singing Auld Lang Syne
The song of many happy people and sentimental drunks upon New Years Eve, Auld Lang Syne, a traditional air with words by Robert Burns

Background imageYear Collection: The Launch of R. M. S. Queen Mary, Clydebank, September 1934

The Launch of R. M. S. Queen Mary, Clydebank, September 1934
Photograph of the launch of the R.M.S. Queen Mary, viewed from the slipway she had just left, 26th September 1934. The Cunard White Star Liner then spent the next year-and-a-half in Clydebank

Background imageYear Collection: Voodoo / Marie Laveau

Voodoo / Marie Laveau
Marie Laveau, the queen of the Voodoos at New Orleans, in the last year of her life - she was supposed to be over 100 years old

Background imageYear Collection: Talking Mongoose Gef

Talking Mongoose Gef
Artists impression of Gef the so-called talking mongoose which befriended Voirrey Irving, a 17-year old girl from the Isle of Man

Background imageYear Collection: Fd Roosevelt / Ilz 1932

Fd Roosevelt / Ilz 1932
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT 32nd President of the USA in the year of his election

Background imageYear Collection: Mossadeq 1951 Man of Year, from Time 1952. Mohammad Mosaddegh (19 May 1882 - 5 March

Mossadeq 1951 Man of Year, from Time 1952. Mohammad Mosaddegh (19 May 1882 - 5 March 1967) Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 to 1953 when he was overthrown in a coup d etat backed by the United States

Background imageYear Collection: The Yorkshire County Cricket Team, 1912

The Yorkshire County Cricket Team, 1912
Photograph showing 13 members of the Yorkshire County Cricket team for the 1912 season. Yorkshire were winners of the County Championship that year. Top row, left to right: Sir A.W

Background imageYear Collection: Harvesting Oysters

Harvesting Oysters
American oystermen of New Jersey harvest the mature oysters which they planted earlier in the year when they were young

Background imageYear Collection: Coldstream Guards on a Christmas and New Year card

Coldstream Guards on a Christmas and New Year card, changing sentry duty in the snow. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageYear Collection: French Republican Calendar for 1794 (Year III). Napoleon abolished this calendar

French Republican Calendar for 1794 (Year III). Napoleon abolished this calendar with effect from l January 1806. Design by Louis Philibert Bebucourt (1755-1832), French painter and printmaker

Background imageYear Collection: SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, 1900

SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, 1900
Photograph of the North German Lloyd Liner Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse at sea, 1900. This liner was built by the Vulcan Shipyards at Stettin with the aim of winning the Blue Riband

Background imageYear Collection: Athletic young man in shorts with ball lying on a stone floor

Athletic young man in shorts with ball lying on a stone floor

Background imageYear Collection: Japan - Geisha Girl bows to a samurai warrior - New Year

Japan - Geisha Girl bows to a samurai warrior - New Year Ceremony Date: circa 1910s

Background imageYear Collection: Poster: Dig For Victory Now

Poster: Dig For Victory Now
Poster encouraging people to Dig For Victory Now, and enjoy your own vegetables all the year round. 1940s

Background imageYear Collection: Brown Bear riding a motorcycle at the Bertram Mills Circus

Brown Bear riding a motorcycle at the Bertram Mills Circus
Photograph showing a large brown bear riding a motorcycle during a performance of the Bertram Mills Circus at Olympia in December 1951. That year was the Silver Jubilee of the Mills Circus at Olympia

Background imageYear Collection: Segantini Ufo

Segantini Ufo
Remarkable painting by Italian artist Segantini, in the year of his death. The title Sein is German for essence or suchness

Background imageYear Collection: HRH Queen Elizabeth II - Trooping of the Colour

HRH Queen Elizabeth II - Trooping of the Colour
The Queen attending the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in her Coronation year, seen here riding to Horse Guards Parade on her official birthday to take the salute of the Brigade of Guards

Background imageYear Collection: Mary Jane Clarke W. S. P. U

Mary Jane Clarke W. S. P. U
Mary Jane Clarke W.S.P.U. Mary Jane Clarke, (1863-1910) Younger sister of Emmeline Pankhurst. In 1909, she was organiser for the W.S.P.U, living in Brighton, a year later

Background imageYear Collection: Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali
This photograph of Salvador Dali (1904-1989)was taken at his home at Port Lligat, at the foot of the Spanish Pyrenees, where the surrealist artist spent three months of the year

Background imageYear Collection: Worlds Largest Living Christmas Tree - Wilmington

Worlds Largest Living Christmas Tree - Wilmington
Worlds Largest Living Christmas Tree - Hilton Park, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. A three hundred year old Live Oak tree lighted with 4000 bulbs - a popular toursit attraction in Wilmington

Background imageYear Collection: Advertisement for Jaeger in Festival of Britain Year

Advertisement for Jaeger in Festival of Britain Year, showing two women wearing classic fashions. Date: 1951

Background imageYear Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
Sir Gawain takes up the challenge. As instructed by the Green Knight, he swings the battleaxe and cuts off the Green Knights head. The head falls off and rolls towards the banqueting guests

Background imageYear Collection: Jack Johnson and James Jeffries, 1910

Jack Johnson and James Jeffries, 1910
Photographic montage showing Jack Johnson (1878-1946)(left) and James J. Jeffries (1875-1953), the heavyweight boxers who fought for the World Championship in 1910

Background imageYear Collection: The Emigrant Ship Hercules off Cambelton, Scotland, 1853

The Emigrant Ship Hercules off Cambelton, Scotland, 1853
Engraving showing the emigrant ship Hercules at anchor in Campbelton Harbour, Isle of Skye, 1853. The Hercules sailed from Skye that year with passengers emigrating for a new life in the British

Background imageYear Collection: Queen Victoria travelling over the Tay bridge

Queen Victoria travelling over the Tay bridge
Queen Victoria crossing the Tay Bridge, Dundee. Later that year the Tay bridge collapsed while a train was crossing resulting in the deaths of 75 people

Background imageYear Collection: Jewish New Year Card

Jewish New Year Card
A Zionist New Year card - a Jewish woman waves a Zionist banner

Background imageYear Collection: India / Simla 1930S

India / Simla 1930S
The city of Simla, India literally hangs on the mountain side, 6, 000 feet above sea level. For several months of the year it is buried in snow

Background imageYear Collection: Futuristic long distance airship

Futuristic long distance airship
A futuristic long distance airship held aloft by two long balloons, flying across the sea

Background imageYear Collection: January - A year of good reading ahead

January - A year of good reading ahead. Poster for statewide WPA Library Project, Illinois, showing a child pulling a sled full of books toward a house. Date between 1936 and 1941

Background imageYear Collection: The Silent Pool, Newlands Corner, Surrey, 1926

The Silent Pool, Newlands Corner, Surrey, 1926
Photograph showing the Silent Pool at Newlands Corner, Surrey, during 1926. The Police dragged the pool, that year, in their search for Agatha Christie, the novelist and playwright

Background imageYear Collection: Indian Ocean Mauritius

Indian Ocean Mauritius
Bird s-eye view of the harbour of Port Louis before a third of the town was destroyed this year by a hurricane

Background imageYear Collection: Pier Head Station, Liverpool Docks, 1893

Pier Head Station, Liverpool Docks, 1893
Engraving showing the Pier Head Station of the Liverpool Docks Overhead Electric Railway, 1893. This passenger railway, which ran for seven miles through Liverpools docks

Background imageYear Collection: Somerset Sheep Sale

Somerset Sheep Sale
A typical scene at a sheep sale at Bridgewater, Somerset, England, at one of the annual fairs, held towards the end of September each year

Background imageYear Collection: Padstow Hobby Horse

Padstow Hobby Horse
ENGLAND: PADSTOW HOBBY HORSE: MAY DAY. Oss, teaser & attendants dance. Any woman caught under the frame of the Oss will become pregnant before the end of the year

Background imageYear Collection: Bernadette / 1858

Bernadette / 1858
BERNADETTE SOUBIROUS in the year of her visions

Background imageYear Collection: Paris-Brest Race 1901

Paris-Brest Race 1901
This year the Paris-Brest race, the senior French cycle race, is won by Maurice Garin

Background imageYear Collection: Copernicuss System (1)

Copernicuss System (1)
A representation of his system, showing Earth circling the sun which illumines different parts of the globe according to the time of day and the season of the year

Background imageYear Collection: Orient Express

Orient Express
Catching the Orient Express in the year 2000

Background imageYear Collection: Cambridge Boat Crew 1930

Cambridge Boat Crew 1930
The Cambridge boat crew on their first outing on the River Thames at Henley, Surrey, England. They won the Oxford vs Cambridge boat race that year (1930)! Date: 1930

Background imageYear Collection: R. M. S. Queen Mary under construction, Clydebank, September

R. M. S. Queen Mary under construction, Clydebank, September
Photograph of the Cunard White Star Liner, R.M.S. Queen Mary, under construction at the John Brown shipyard, Clydebank, September 1934

Background imageYear Collection: Covent Garden Market

Covent Garden Market
COVENT GARDEN Early morning; a 21 year-old chap (Alfred John Lewis) in a flat cap, stands surrounded by baskets and crates of apples, fruit and vegetables

Background imageYear Collection: Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria
QUEEN VICTORIA A family group at Windsor Castle, during her Diamond Jubilee year



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"Reflecting on a Year of Triumphs and Trials: From the Defence of Chateau de Hougoumont to New Year Fireworks" As the clock strikes midnight, fireworks illuminate Funchal harbour in Madeira, Portugal. The vibrant display marks not only the beginning of a new year but also serves as a reminder of the battles fought throughout history. One such battle was the epic Defence of Chateau de Hougoumont during the Battle of Waterloo, where brave soldiers valiantly defended their post against overwhelming odds. In 1877, amidst political tensions, a serio-comic war map emerged, shedding light on global conflicts. This artistic portrayal captured both humor and tragedy that defined that year's events. Meanwhile, Tsai Shen Yeh - The Chinese God of wealth - watched over fortunes being made and lost across nations. The launch of R. M. S Queen Mary in Clydebank marked an era-defining moment in September 1934. This magnificent ship symbolized progress and innovation as it set sail into uncharted waters. Similarly timeless is the tradition of singing Auld Lang Syne—a heartfelt melody that bridges past and present—reminding us to cherish old friendships. Inspired by Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren, we find ourselves immersed in tales from centuries ago—an enduring testament to human imagination and storytelling prowess. And yet, even ancient practices like Voodoo continue to intrigue us with its mysticism personified by Marie Laveau. Sports unite communities across time; thus did Yorkshire County Cricket Team captivate hearts in 1912 with their skillful play on green fields under clear skies. Likewise, Franklin D. Roosevelt's iconic image alongside his trusted companion Ilz reminds us how leaders can shape destinies through perseverance during challenging times.