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  • Sandringham House, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Jan 20, 1936

    Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

    King George V death

    Sandringham House, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Jan 20, 1936

    Margaret's grandfather, George V, died when she was five, and her uncle acceded as King Edward VIII.




  • Sandringham Estate, United Kingdom
    Monday Jan 20, 1936

    Edward VIII

    King George V died

    Sandringham Estate, United Kingdom
    Monday Jan 20, 1936

    King George V died on 20 January 1936, and Edward ascended the throne as King Edward VIII.




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Jan 20, 1936

    Winston Churchill

    Edward VIII succeeded his father

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Jan 20, 1936

    In January 1936, Edward VIII succeeded his father, George V, as monarch. His desire to marry an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, caused the abdication crisis. Churchill supported Edward and clashed with Baldwin on the issue.




  • St James's Palace, Marlborough Road, London, United Kingdom
    Tuesday Jan 21, 1936

    Edward VIII

    Edward broke with Custom

    St James's Palace, Marlborough Road, London, United Kingdom
    Tuesday Jan 21, 1936

    The next day, accompanied by Simpson, he broke with custom by watching the proclamation of his own accession from a window of St James's Palace.




  • Constitution Hill, near Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday Jul 16, 1936

    Edward VIII

    An Irish Fraudster

    Constitution Hill, near Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday Jul 16, 1936

    On 16 July 1936, an Irish fraudster called Jerome Bannigan, alias George Andrew McMahon, produced a loaded revolver as Edward rode on horseback at Constitution Hill, near Buckingham Palace. Police spotted the gun and pounced on him; he was quickly arrested. At Bannigan's trial, he alleged that "a foreign power" had approached him to kill Edward, that he had informed MI5 of the plan, and that he was merely seeing the plan through to help MI5 catch the real culprits. The court rejected the claims and sent him to jail for a year for "intent to alarm".




  • Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Nov 16, 1936

    Edward VIII

    Edward invited Prime Minister Baldwin

    Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Nov 16, 1936

    On 16 November 1936, Edward invited Prime Minister Baldwin to Buckingham Palace and expressed his desire to marry Simpson when she became free to remarry. Baldwin informed him that his subjects would deem the marriage morally unacceptable, largely because remarriage after divorce was opposed by the Church of England, and the people would not tolerate Simpson as queen.




  • London, England
    Monday Nov 30, 1936

    Alan Turing

    Turing Published his Paper "On Computable Numbers, With an Application To The Entscheidungsproblem"

    London, England
    Monday Nov 30, 1936

    In 1936, Turing published his paper "On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem". It was published in the Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society journal in two parts, the first on 30 November and the second on 23 December.


  • England
    Monday Nov 30, 1936

    The Imitation game: Alan Turing

    On Computable Numbers

    England
    Monday Nov 30, 1936

    Turing published his paper "On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem". It was published in the Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society journal in two parts, the first on 30 November and the second on 23 December. In this paper, Turing reformulated Kurt Gödel's 1931 results on the limits of proof and computation, replacing Gödel's universal arithmetic-based formal language with the formal and simple hypothetical devices that became known as Turing machines. The Entscheidungsproblem (decision problem) was originally posted by German mathematician David Hilbert in 1928. Turing proved that his "universal computing machine" would be capable of performing any conceivable mathematical computation if it were representable as an algorithm. He went on to prove that there was no solution to the decision problem by first showing that the halting problem for Turing machines is undecidable: It is not possible to decide algorithmically whether a Turing machine will ever halt.


  • Fort Belvedere, Windsor Great Park, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday Dec 10, 1936

    Edward VIII

    Edward duly signed the instruments of abdication

    Fort Belvedere, Windsor Great Park, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday Dec 10, 1936

    Edward duly signed the instruments of abdication at Fort Belvedere on 10 December 1936 in the presence of his younger brothers: Prince Albert, Duke of York, next in line for the throne; Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester; and Prince George, Duke of Kent.


  • England, United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    Edward VIII

    Last act of his reign was the royal assent to His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936

    England, United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    The next day, the last act of his reign was the royal assent to His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936. As required by the Statute of Westminster, all the Dominions had already consented to the abdication.


  • United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    Edward VIII

    A Prince

    United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    On the night of 11 December 1936, Edward, now reverted to the title and style of a prince, explained his decision to abdicate in a worldwide radio broadcast. He famously said, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." He added that the "decision was mine and mine alone ... The other person most nearly concerned has tried up to the last to persuade me to take a different course".


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    Winston Churchill

    Churchill immediately pledged loyalty to George VI

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    Afterward, although Churchill immediately pledged loyalty to George VI, he wrote that the abdication was "premature and probably quite unnecessary".


  • England, United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

    Edward VIII left the throne to marry Wallis Simpson

    England, United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    Less than a year later, on 11 December 1936, in the abdication crisis, Edward VIII left the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American, whom neither the Church of England nor the Dominion governments would accept as queen. The Church would not recognize the marriage of a divorced woman with a living ex-husband as valid. Edward's abdication made a reluctant Duke of York the new King George VI, and Margaret became second in line to the throne, with the title Princess Margaret to indicate her status as a child of the sovereign. The family moved into Buckingham Palace; Margaret's room overlooked The Mall.


  • England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    Edward VIII

    Duke of Windsor

    England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    On 12 December 1936, at the accession meeting of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, George VI announced he was to make his brother the "Duke of Windsor" with the style of Royal Highness.


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