Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Women Doctors

There were women doctors in the Middle Ages. In 1292 there were 8 registered women doctors in Paris (it was then a town of about 80,000 people). In 1311 women in France were forbidden to practice as surgeons unless they passed an examination in front of master surgeons. (In those days exams were often oral rather than written). About 1100 Trota of Salerno was a famous doctor. (Salerno in Italy was famous for its medical school. Women were allowed to study there). Rebecca Guarna another famous woman doctor lived about 1200.

Monday, 16 January 2017

The TV Dinner

I found an interesting article about the evolution of the TV Dinner 

Little known inventors

Today I will celebrate some little known inventors. Benjamin Waddy Maughan invented the gas water heater in 1868. Edwin Ruud invented the electric hot water heater in 1889. Thomas Ahearn invented the electric car heater in 1890. Meanwhile The electric fan was invented in 1882 by Dr Schuyler Wheeler Frank W Wolfe invented the fridge for use in the home in 1913. 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Queen Elizabeth I myth

When she was dying Queen Elizabeth I is supposed to have said 'All my possessions for a moment of time'. But its a myth. Nobody knows what the last thing she said was. I found this interesting quiz:  

Friday, 13 January 2017

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon, 1st wife of Henry VIII died 7 January 1536. She was a highly educated woman. In 1513 Henry was at war with France. He made his wife Catherine regent and captain-general of the armed forces in England in his absence  

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Monday, 19 December 2016

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Friday, 16 December 2016

Jane Austen

I wrote a brief bio of Jane Austen. She was a famous writer of the early 19th century 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Women vote in Wyoming

In 1869 the Wyoming legislature passed a law giving women the right to vote. The governor signed it on 10 December 1869. 

Friday, 9 December 2016

John Milton

John Milton was born on 9 December 1608. He was a great writer but also a defender of freedom of speech

Monday, 28 November 2016

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Charles Darwin

On 24 November 1859 Charles Darwin published his great work, On the Origin of Species

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Monday, 21 November 2016

The first balloonists

On 21 November 1783 two men, Jean Francois de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes became made the first untethered hot air balloon flight.


I wrote a brief history of Arizona 

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Women Surgeons

Two women surgeons were recorded in London in 1593, Elinor Sneshell of Valenciennes in France, . Not all surgeons in 16th century London were men. If anyone needs a reference its in a book called Elizabeth's London by Liza Picard published by Weidenfiled & Nicolson in 2003.

Friday, 18 November 2016


On 18 November 1910 suffragettes tried to force their way into the British House of Commons. There were 119 arrests. 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Queen Mary

On 17 November Queen Mary died. She was the first woman to rule the whole of England

Monday, 14 November 2016

Who invented the elevated railway?

Its debatable if anyone can be said to have 'invented' the elevated railway. It is, after all merely a railway raised above ground level. However the first elevated railway was in London. It was completed in 1838. The first elevated railway in New York was built in 1868. 

Friday, 11 November 2016

The refrigerator

No one man invented the refrigerator. The first refrigeration device was made by William Cullen in 1748. In the 19th century many inventors developed better and better refrigeration devices. But the first refrigerator for use in the home was invented by Fred W Wolf in 1913.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Who invented the fire escape?

A man named Daniel Maseres invented the fire escape in 1784. During the 19th century better and better fires escapes were patented. Nevertheless Mr Maseres was the pioneer so he should be remembered.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Inventors who are not famous

I made a video about inventors who are not really famous but nevertheless important

Marie Curie

The great scientist Marie Curie was born on 7 November 1867 (She was born Maria Skoldowska in Warsaw, Poland

Sunday, 6 November 2016


About housework: John B Porter invented a portable ironing board in 1875 and Henry Seeley invented the electric iron in 1882. No one man invented the washing machine. In 1782 Henry Sidgier patented a hand operated device for washing clothes and during the 19th century different men patented better designs. The first electric washing machine was made about 1907. A man named Joel Houghton invented a dishwasher in 1850 but it was not a success. The first successful dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1886. Hubert Booth invented the vacuum cleaner in 1901. In in 1950 Canadian Harry Wasylyk invented the bin liner or garbage bag.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Bonfire Night

Remember what Bonfire Nights all about folks, a Catholic plot to blow up parliament. 

Friday, 4 November 2016

Paper bags

The first machine for making paper bags was invented by a man named  Francis Wolle in 1852. 

Who invented the circular saw?

An interesting article about who invented the circular saw 

Hungarian Uprising 1956

On 4 November 1956 Communists brutally put down a revolution in Hungary. Soviet aircraft bombed the capital, Budapest and Soviet tanks and troops poured in. The Hungarians had to wait 33 years for their freedom.