British History - Victorian

During the Victorian period Britain achieved great economic growth which, in turn, supported the expansion of the Empire.However there was a cost for all this. The divide between the classes grew and the poor suffered. The new factories required people to work in them and conditions, especially for the young, were far from being ideal. Not everybody was eligible to vote, and those that were had their own reasons to keep Britain the way it was. Even so it was a time of great change with lots of exiting new inventions and advances in technology, medicine, education and other things.
1837 Queen Victoria is crowned.
Charles Dickens publishes his first novel Pickwick Papers.
1840 Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert.
The Penny post service is introduced.
1844 Potato famine in Ireland.
1845 Brunel builds the S.S. Great Britain, the first steamship driven by propeller.
1847 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is published.
Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte is published.
1848 'Communist Manifesto' is published byKarl Marx and Frederich Engels.
1851 Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace.
1853 Crimean war starts.
1861 Prince Albert dies of typhoid fever aged 42.
1867 A new law is introduced by Disraeli so that all taxpayers can now vote.
1868 The last shipment of convicts to Australia sets sail from England.
1877 Telephones invented by Alexander Graham Bell are commercially available.
Thomas Edison invents the phonograph.
1879 Zulu War
Electric light-bulb invented by Edison.
1885 Karl Benz builds the first automobile.
1888 The murderous Jack the Ripper terrorises the East End of London.
1901 Marconi transmits a radio signal across the Atlantic.
Queen Victoria dies