Queen Victoria pushed for expanding the English empire, and was the 2nd longest reigning monarch in British History. This guide provides access to material related to "Queen Victoria" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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Queen Victoria (1819-1901) is the second longest reigning monarch in British history, following the present Queen Elizabeth. Generally popular, Queen Victoria pushed for social and educational reform and also oversaw the great expansion of England into an empire. As a woman, she constantly dealt with power struggles and detested the ideas of marriage and babies. Read more about it!
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June 20, 1837
Alexandrina Victoria becomes Queen Victoria at age eighteen.
February 10, 1840
Queen Victoria marries her cousin, Prince Albert.
June 16, 1840
First of many assassination attempts on Queen Victoria. Edward Oxford fires a pistol into the carriage Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were in.
August 16, 1858
Queen Victoria sends the first Transatlantic Telegraph (the Ocean Telegraph) to President Buchanan.
Queen Victoria's mother dies.
December 14, 1861
Prince Albert dies. Newspaper speculate Queen Victoria's abdication due to grief and avoidance of public and social duties.
Queen Victoria becomes "Empress of India."
June 20, 1897
The United Kingdom celebrates the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign in a ceremony known as Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
January 23, 1901
Queen Victoria dies surrounded by friends and family.