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1907: Baden-Powell started his first camp on Brownsea Island off Poole, Dorset.

The son of an Oxford University professor, Baden-Powell enjoyed a varied career and a soldier, writer, artist, actor and administrator.

But his lasting claim to fame came through the creation of the Boy Scout movement.

Educated at Charterhouse and Sandhurst, he served in the 13 Hussars taking part in the successful defence of Mafeking in the Boer War. From 1903-07, he was inspector-general of cavalry.

After finding notes he had written in South Africa for the army interested boys, Baden-Powell tried out his ideas at a campsite on Brownsea Island, Dorset, to try out his ideas.

On July 29, 1907, Baden-Powell, his nephew, and some boys from London made the two-mile crossing by motor boat to the island. 21 boys took in the camping, hiking and boating activities and the camp led to the official formation of the Boy Scout movement.

Also on This Day: 1890: Dutch painter Van Goghcommitted suicide; 1588: Francis Drake reputedly finished his bowls match on Plymouth Hoe after hearing the Spanish Armada had been sighted; 1833: Death of anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce; 1981: Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral; 1983: Death of actor David Niven.
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