1858 – He was born on the 20th of October .
1879 – Burns worked for two years for the United Africa Company.
1885 – He wa elected to the SDF’s executive council, Burns stood for Parliament in the General Election but was unsuccessful.
1887 – He was arrested again on the 13th of November after a central London demonstration against coercion in Ireland ended in the ‘Bloody Sunday’ clashes; Burns was imprisoned for six weeks.
1892 – He expanded his role, being elected to Parliament for Battersea as an Independent Labour Party member.
1906 – Burns remained aligned with the Liberal Party, and Campbell-Bannerman administration was appointed President of the Local Government Board the second working class person (after Henry Broadhurst) to serve as a government minister albeit a somewhat disappointing one to many socialists.
1914 – Burns was appointed President of the Board of Trade, but after the start of the First World War, he resigned from the government in protest, spending the rest of his life devoted to his interests in London history, books and cricket.
1943 – He died on the 24th of January.