June 4, 2011

June 4: Suffragette Run Down by Horse, 1913

Emily Davison had done some pretty strange things in her life. She'd attacked a man she though was the Chancellor of the Exchequer. (He wasn't.) She'd hidden in a cupboard and spent the night at the House of Commons, just so she could give it as her address on the 1911 census. But her big mistake was running out onto the track at the Epsom Derby, just so she could get a suffragette flag on the King's horse. Read article here.

Pictured: The Emily Davison mishap at the Epsom Derby. Davison later died of her injuries. From the Hulton Archive, 1913.

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