Halfway through this year’s race, we’re celebrating the Tour de France with a timeline of its 114-year history.
The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race in France, which occasionally passes through neighbouring countries too. It started in 1903 with a 2,428km round-trip route from Paris and has been held every year since, with the exception of the years during World War One and World War Two.
This year’s Tour de France started from Düsseldorf in Germany on 1 July, following a 3,540km route to the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 23 July.
Our Tour de France timeline shows the evolution of the race and the sport, as the route has lengthened, the moustaches have shortened and the clothes have tightened. Follow the story from the first race, via the World Wars, Lance Armstrong’s doping controversy, right through to Britain’s Chris Froome winning the 2016 race.
To celebrate the start of Wimbledon this week, we’ve created a timeline of the history of the Championships, the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
Held at the All England Club in Wimbledon since 1877, the English Royal family have attended the event since 1907, with King George VI actually once playing at the venue as a competitor in the men’s doubles in 1926!
Women’s championships were added to Wimbledon in 1884, when Maud Watson defeated her sister Lilian Watson. The same year also saw the first non-British and overseas players enter the championships.
Scanning through the timeline we see changing fashion and hairstyles of the time, advances in technology such as colour photography and television, records being made and broken. The drive and determination of players continues to increase…the tournament’s first winner wasn’t too sure that it would catch on!
We’re glad it did and we’re of course rooting for the UK’s Andy Murray again, who was triumphant last year along with Serena Williams.
We look forward to updating the timeline with this year’s winners!
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From Sir Robert Walpole, who holds the record as the longest serving Prime Minister in British history, to the present incumbent, Theresa May, British politics has seen some interesting characters along the way.
Robert Peel, regarded as the father of modern British policing, established the Metropolitan Police Force for London based at Scotland Yard. The constables employed were nicknamed ‘bobbies’ (a term still used today) or ‘peelers’.
David Lloyd George was the highly energetic Prime Minister of the wartime coalition government during 1916-22. He was a major player at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 that reordered Europe after the defeat of the Central Powers.
Perhaps one of the most famous British Prime Ministers was Winston Churchill, who led Britain to victory during World War Two and was re-elected six years after the war ended.
And of course we have to mention the first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, who led the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. The longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century, the ‘Iron Lady’ was a controversial figure, but one of the most influential in British history.
Take a look at our timeline of British Prime Ministers at:
If your family has French heritage, find out more about what was happening in the world of politics around them. What influenced their life choices and the direction that your ancestors took?
From Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, who was the first Head of State of France to hold the title of President, to Albert Lebrun who was the last President of the Third Republic and Charles de Gaulle who was a dominant figure during the war years, our timeline gives an insight into the volatile nature of politics in France and will give some context to your family story.
Take a look at our timeline of French Presidents at: