Friday, 20 July 2018

History of Sweets

I wrote a brief history of sweets 

Monday, 16 July 2018

Anne Askew

On 16 July 1546 a Protestant named Anne Askew was burned to death in London. She is the only woman on record as being tortured in the Tower of London

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Tuesday, 3 July 2018


Happy birthday Quebec. The great city was founded on 3 July 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. 

Monday, 2 July 2018

Marston Moor

On 2 July 1644 during the English Civil War parliament won a decisive victory at Marston Moor. Is believed it was the largest battle ever fought on English soil. 

ELO Battle of Marston Moor 

Saturday, 30 June 2018

The Pillory

On 30 June 1837 the pillory (a wooden frame your head and arms were locked into) was abolished in Britain. 

Sunday, 24 June 2018


On 24 June 1314 the Scots won a decisive victory at Bannockburn. It ensured Scottish independence. 

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The first English police

On 19 June 1829 Robert Peel founded the first modern English police force in London. They were named bobbies or peelers after him.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Saturday, 9 June 2018

St Lawrence River

On 9 June 1534 Jacques Cartier became the first European to discover the St Lawrence River.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

The Great Reform Act

On 7 June 1832 in Britain the Great Reform Act received the royal assent. Until then only about 10% of men could vote. The new act increased that to about 14%. But at least it made the distribution of constituencies fairer. It was not until 1918 that all men in Britain could vote. (The same year, 1918 most women in Britain were given the right to vote).

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Monday, 28 May 2018

Joseph Guillotin

Joseph-Ignace Guillotin was born on 28 May 1738. He persuaded the French assembly to adopt a more humane way of executing people. Mechanical devices for beheading people existed long before (the first one was recorded in Dublin 1307). However the guillotine is named after him.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

King John is crowned

King John was crowned on 27 May 1199. He is famous for sealing Magna Carta but he also founded Liverpool. 

Vincent Price

Vincent Price was born on 27 May 1911. He is my favourite actor. He was Prince Prospero in my favourite film The Masque of the Red Death.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Monday, 14 May 2018

Smallpox vaccine

On 14 May 1796 Edward Jenner vaccinated a boy against smallpox. He wasn't the first man to vaccinate but he popularised the smallpox vaccine.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Rose de Burford

Woman of the day: Rose de Burford ?-1329 was married to a wool and spice merchant. She helped her husband with the business and took it over when he died. (It was common in the Middle Ages for a merchant's wife to help her husband run the business and it was common for him to leave it to her in his will as she would know how to run it). Rose died a very wealthy woman.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Florence Nightingale

The great nurse Florence Nightingale was born on 12 May 1820. She helped to reform nursing in the 19th century. 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Barbara Washburn

I found this interesting article. A team of 4 men climbed Denali, the highest mountain in North America in 1913. The first woman to climb it was Barbara Washburn in 1947 (She was part of a team).