Fred Archer committed suicide on 8 November 1886. Delirious with wasting and purging to make the 8 stone 7lb weight for the Cambridgeshire Cup (the only classic race he had never won) and suffering the effects of typhoid fever he shot himself. The gun is still in the National Horse-Racing Museum.
On this day
Tags1892 1948 advertising Australia Bodega Bothy Bottle brand bubbles cellar champagne Champagne coupe Churchill cork courtesan cricket Dickens Drunkenness English sparkling wine festival France fraud German wine Gin hangover Hugh Johnson Jancis Kate Moss kir labels Lambrusco madeira Malvasia medicine music hall oddbins Oxford Wine Club Oxford Wine Festival parmesan Pdro Ximenez Pepys Pint Pol Roger Pommery port red wine Robert Louis Stevenson Shampanskoye sherry sparkling wine summer drinking Temperance Tokay trollope vintage wager Wine glass size women