Saturday, 24 January 2015

Sidney Fox

I wrote about Sidney Fox. He murdered his mother for her life insurance in 1929 and tried to make it look like an accident. www.crimehistories.org/fox

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Shark Arm Case

I wrote about the shark arm case of 1935 when a captured shark regurgitated a human armin Sydney www.crimehistories.org/shark

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Legal Separation

In Britain a law was passed in 1878 that a woman could obtain a separation order from a magistrate if her husband was violent.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Chaucer

I wrote a short biography of the great Medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales. www.localhistories.org/chaucer

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Lottery

The first National Lottery in England was held in 1569. Elizabeth I drew it. www.localhistories.org/games

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Paraguay

I wrote a little history of Paraguay www.localhistories.org/paraguay

Monday, 5 January 2015

Inventors

I would like to celebrate some of the less well known men who have made life more comfortable. Walter Hunt invented the safety pin in 1849. Gideon Sundback invented the zipper fastener in 1913. Henry Seeley invented the electric iron in 1882. Mason Pearson invented the rubber cushion hairbrush in 1885. T L Williams invented modern mascara in 1913 and Maurice Levy invented lipstick in push up tubes in 1915. Earle Haas invented modern tampons in 1929.  www.localhistories.org/techtime

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Drinking straws

Marvin Stone invented paper drinking straws in 1888. Thank you Mr Stone www.localhistories.org.drinks

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Famous Ancient Women

I wrote about some famous Ancient women www.localhistories.org/ancientwomenfam

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year

Happy New Year everybody. I wrote a history of New Year www.localhistories.org/newyear

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Women's Education

Its a myth that in the past women were not educated. Some women were highly educated. It was more about class than gender. www.localhistories.org/womensedtime

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Boudicca

Boudicca was a hero on British history. In 60 AD the Iceni tribe of East Anglia rebelled. At first the Romans allowed them to keep their kings and have some autonomy. However in c. 50 AD the Romans were fighting in Wales and they were afraid the Iceni might stab them in the back. They ordered the Iceni to disarm, which provoked a rebellion. However the Romans easily crushed it. In the ensuing years the Romans alienated the Iceni by imposing heavy taxes. Then, when the king of the Iceni died he left his kingdom partly to his wife, Boudicca and partly to Emperor Nero Soon, however Nero wanted the kingdom all for himself. His men treated the Iceni very high-handedly and they provoked rebellion. This time a large part of the Roman army was fighting in Wales and the rebellion was, at first, successful. Led by Boudicca the Celts burned ColchesterSt Albans and London. However the Romans rushed forces to deal with the rebellion. Although the Romans were outnumbered their discipline and tactics gave them victory.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Scrooge

On 19 December 1843 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was published. It gave us the immortal words 'bah humbug!' but it also made the phrase 'Merry Christmas' popular. It was uncommon before then.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas food

Puddings used to be meat based (even Xmas pud!). Brussel sprouts were not popular in England till the 17th century. Turkey at Xmas was not common till the 19th century. www.localhistories.org/desserts

Friday, 12 December 2014

Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas to all our readers www.localhistories.org/christmas

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Smallpox

On 9 December 1979 the WHO declared smallpox to be eradicated. Smallpox was a terrible disease which killed millions of people every year. (It nearly killed out Queen Elizabeth I). Thank you Dr Edward Jenner who invented vaccination in 1796. www.localhistories.org/medicine

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Santa Claus

Our modern image of Santa Claus was created by American artist Thomas Nash in 1862

Dundee

UNESCO has designated Dundee a City of Design www.localhistories.org/dundee

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Tudor Christmas

My friend Wendy wrote a history of Tudor Christmas www.localhistories.org/tudorxmas

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Maria Mitchell

The first American woman to discover a comet was Maria Mitchell in 1847. In 1848 she became the first woman member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences www.localhistories.org/womentime

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Caroline Herschel

Caroline Herschel was a great woman astronomer of the 18th century and early 19th century. She was the first woman to discover a comet. She would be proud of the people who landed a probe on the comet. www.localhistories.org/caroline

Monday, 17 November 2014

Edmonton

I wrote a brief history of Edmonton in Canada www.localhistories.org/edmonton

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Famous Women of the 16th Century

I wrote a list of famous women of the 16th century www.localhistories.org/women16thfam

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Women Scientists

I wrote a timeline of women scientists. Its a myth that there have been women scientists only recently. There have been women scientists as long as there has been science. www.localhistories.org/womenscientists

Monday, 10 November 2014

Martin Luther

On 10 November 1483 Martin Luther, one of the great men of the 16th century was born

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Winnipeg

I wrote a little history of Winnipeg www.localhistories.org/winnipeg

Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween

I wrote a history of Halloween www.localhistories.org/halloween Happy Halloween everyboday!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

More women's rights

I also wrote a timeline of women's rights in the USA www.localhistories.org/womensrightstimeus

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Women's rights timeline

I wrote a timeline of women's rights in Britain www.localhistories.org/womensrightstime

Monday, 27 October 2014

British Police

I wrote a brief history of the British police www.localhistories.org/police

Friday, 24 October 2014

Women in the 18th Century

I wrote an article about women in the 18th century www.localhistories.org/18thcenturywomen 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Edgehill

On 23 October 1642 the first battle of the English Civil War was fought at Edgehill www.localhistories.org/englishcivilwar

Monday, 20 October 2014

Queen Matilda

Matilda is sometimes called England's forgotten queen. She came the throne in 1135. However there was another claimant to the throne and they fought a long civil war till 1154. So Matilda never ruled over the whole of England. Nevertheless she deserves to remember as the first queen to reign in England. www.localhistories.org/normans

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Monday, 13 October 2014

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Mary Rose

On 11 October 1982 Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose was raised from the sea bed near Portsmouth. www.localhistories.org/maryrose

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Monday, 6 October 2014

William Tyndale

On 6 October 1536 the great English Bible translator William Tyndale was burned. www.localhistories.org/tyndale

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Monty Python

5 October 1969 was a great day in history. Monty Pythons Flying Circus was first broadcast.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Sputnik

On 4 October 1957 Russia launched the first artificial satellite Sputnik I www.localhistories.org/space

Friday, 26 September 2014

New Zealand

Happy birthday New Zealand. It became a self governing dominion on 26 September 1907. www.localhistories.org/newzealand

Monday, 22 September 2014

Queen Mary

I found a very interesting video about Queen Mary of England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXL4WL9y9qg

Sunday, 14 September 2014

50 famous women in history

Its a myth that there were no powerful or influential women before the 19th century. To try and explode this myth I made a video of 50 famous women who were born before the 19th century. http://youtu.be/grmTVzb5PCc

Sunday, 7 September 2014

History of Panties

I made a Youtube video about the history of panties http://youtu.be/1J7GJiylHYg

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Karen Straughan

The BBC interviews Karen Straughan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guSVPtmincc

Friday, 5 September 2014

19th Century Women

I made a vieo about women in the 19th century http://youtu.be/ATrm6O6ZvPU

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Amsterdam

I wrote a little history of Amsterdam www.localhistories.org/amsterdam 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Feminist Myths

Here are some interesting myths: https://time.com/3222543/5-feminist-myths-that-will-not-die/