On This Day 24 July

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-07-24
In 1534 Jacques Cartier landed in what would become Canada; in 1851 the Window Tax was repealed; in 1908 the standard distance of marathons was first run and in 1936 the first voice of the speaking clock was Ethel Cain. Read more about the first modern hospice, founded in 1967 by Cicely Saunders

Dame Cicely Saunders founded St Christopher's Hospice which opened in 1967

St Christopher's was officially opened on the 24th of July, 1967 and was founded by Dame Cicely Saunders.

Dame Cicely Saunders

Born in 1918 she was a nurse, social worker, physician and writer. She was involved in the care of terminally ill patients throughout her career and in particular focused on palliative care and medicine. She had the vision of establishing a home for the dying which she did through the founding of St Christopher's.


Hospices had existed prior to St Christopher's, in fact Dame Saunders began her work in caring for terminally ill patients at St Joseph's Hospice in East London. It was during this time that she undertook research on pain control, however she instituted a holistic approach to care rather than just focusing on the medical aspect. Residents have their physical, social, psychological as well as spiritual needs that need to be met and St Christopher's was founded on providing these needs.


So today, we wish St Christopher's a Happy Birthday and thank the staff and volunteers there for all the work they do. Thank you.

Other events on this day

  • 1534: Jacques Cartier landed in what would become Canada, claiming it for France
  • 1851: Window Tax which was first levied in 1696 was repealed
  • 1908: London Marathon was run as part of the Olympics, setting the standard distance of 42.2km (26mi 385yd)
  • 1917: trial of Mata Hari (Dutch-born dancer and courtesan) started accusing her of spying for Germany
  • 1936: the Post Office introduced the speaking clock using the voice of Ethel Cain (telephonist at Victoria Exchange)
  • 1967: first modern hospice, St Christopher's, founded in London
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