Daily Life in Victorian England

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Chronology: Chief Events of the Victorian Age in England
1837 King William IV dies on June 20, leaving no legitimate offspring.
His eighteen-year-old niece Victoria (granddaughter of George III)
becomes queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ire-
land.
1839 Government begins to provide money for elementary schools.
1840 Queen Victoria marries her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-
Gotha.
Penny post (fast, inexpensive mail service) is established.
1842 Railway from Manchester to London opens.
London police begin detective department.
1843 First telegraph line is in service.
1844 Factory Act limits work day to twelve hours for people under age
eighteen.
1845 Irish potato famine; starvation and emigration cause population
of Ireland to drop from 8.2 million in 1841 to 6.5 million in 1851.
1848 Cholera epidemic reveals need for public health measures.
1851 Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace celebrates progress and in-
dustry.
1853 Queen Victoria uses chloroform at the birth of her eighth child,
thereby ensuring its place as an anaesthetic.
1854 Crimean War ( 1854-1856); Earl of Cardigan leads charge of light

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