Friday, 20 April 2018

Abraham Lincoln

I wrote a brief bio of Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Typhoid vaccine

On 14 April 1903 Dr Harry Plotz discovered a vaccine against typhoid. Well done Harry.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Katyn Massacre

On 13 April the Russians finally admitted responsibility for the Katyn Massacre. In 1940 Polish officers were murdered on Stalin's orders. (Russia invaded Poland from the east in September 1939. Germany and Russia shared Poland between them). The Germans discovered the massacre in 1943 but for decades the Russians claimed the Germans did it.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Friday, 30 March 2018


On 30 March 1867 the USA signed a treaty with Russia. The Russians agreed to sell Alaska for $7.2 million.  

Friday, 23 March 2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Guillotine

On 20 March 1792 the French Assembly agreed to use the guillotine as a humane method of execution. Dr Guillotin proposed using a mechanical beheading device and it was named after him. However the idea was not new. A device for beheading people was mentioned in Dublin, Ireland in 1307.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Self Raising Flour

On 11 March 1845 Henry Jones patented self raising flour. It was a small invention but it made cooking easier. Well done Henry. 

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Inventor of Elastic

Another little known inventor: Thomas Hancock invented elastic in 1820. Well done Mr Hancock. Elastic is one of those inventions most of us take for granted but is very useful.  

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Happy Birthday RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was formed on 4 March 1824. Its debatable who invented the lifeboat. Lionel Lukin patented an unsinkable boat in 1785 but the first purpose built lifeboat was built by Henry Greathead in 1790. Well done gentlemen.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


On 27 February 1879 Constantin Fahlberg announced his discovery of saccharine. Sugar was once a luxury and in the late 19th century it was still expensive. My video about 19th century food is 1 year old.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Queen Elizabeth

On 25 February 1570 Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by the Pope. Nevertheless most English Catholics remained loyal to the queen.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Nicolaus Copernicus

Happy birthday Nicolaus Copernicus (19 February 1473), the man who realised the Earth orbits the Sun

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Bess of Hardwick

Bess of Hardwick died on 13 February 1608. She was one of the great women of the 16th century. She rose to be very rich. She was also 80 when she died, which was very old for that era. 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Friday, 9 February 2018

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth on 7 February 1812

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The right to vote in 1918

On 6 February 1918 The Representation of the People Act received royal assent. For the first time all men in Britain were allowed to vote. Women over 30 were also allowed to vote.

Monday, 5 February 2018


My video about Portsmouth has reached 9,000 hits

Robert Peel

Happy birthday Robert Peel (5 February 1788) the man who formed the first real police force in Britain in 1829. They were called bobbies of peelers after him. 

Friday, 2 February 2018

Public Lavatories

In the Middle Ages there was a public lavatory over the River Fleet in London. (Now an underground river). However the first modern public lavatory opened in Fleet Street, London on 1 February 1852. (But only the men's section, the ladies section opened on 11 February).

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Great Eastern

On 31 January a ship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, The Great Eastern, was launched. 

Friday, 26 January 2018

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Gold Rush

On 24 January 1848 James Marshall struck gold at Sutters Mill in California beginning the California gold rush.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Elizabeth Blackwell

On 23 January 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to qualify as a doctor in the USA. (The first woman in England to qualify as a doctor was Elizabeth Garrett Anderson in 1865).

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Salem Witch Trials

On 20 January 1692 2 girls in Salem, Massachusetts started having fits. The result was the infamous Salem Witch Trials.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Tuesday, 16 January 2018