Thursday, 5 March 2015


I found this interesting article about 'Pocahontas'

Monday, 2 March 2015

Famous Women in History

I made a list of some of the many famous women in history. There have been great women all the way through history and its not possible to mention them all! 

Thursday, 12 February 2015


I wrote a little history of silver

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Black Dahlia

I wrote about Elizabeth Short, a woman called the Black Dahlia. She was the victim of an unsolved murder in Los Angeles in 1947.

Monday, 9 February 2015


I wrote a brief history of gold

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Highway of Tears

I wrote about the Highway of Tears in Canada where a number of murders and disappearances have taken place.

Friday, 6 February 2015

The Shark Arm Case

I wrote about the Shark Arm Case in Sydney, Australia in 1935 when a shark was captured and it regurgitated a human arm.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Saxon London

By the 640's there was a mint in London making silver coins. In the 670's a Royal document called London 'the place where the ships land'. Early in the 8th century a writer called London 'a trading center for many nations who visit by land and sea'.

Saxon London consisted of many wooden huts with thatched roofs. Slag from metal forges have been found proving there were many blacksmiths at work in the town. Archaeologists have also found large numbers of loom weights (used in weaving wool) Saxon craftsmen also worked with animal bones making things like combs. The main export from Saxon London was wool, either raw of woven. Imports included wine and luxury foods like grapes and figs. Pottery and millstones were also imported. Slaves were also bought and sold in London.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Wife beating laws

Tennessee was the first US state to explicitly outlaw wife beating in 1850. Maryland was the last state in 1882.

Thursday, 29 January 2015


I wrote about the great Canadian city of Montreal

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


I wrote a short biography of the great Medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales.

Saturday, 10 January 2015


The first National Lottery in England was held in 1569. Elizabeth I drew it.

Thursday, 8 January 2015


I wrote a little history of Paraguay

Monday, 5 January 2015


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.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Drinking straws

Marvin Stone invented paper drinking straws in 1888. Thank you Mr Stone

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Famous Ancient Women

I wrote about some famous Ancient women

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year

Happy New Year everybody. I wrote a history of New Year

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.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014


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


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.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas to all our readers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014


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.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Santa Claus

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


UNESCO has designated Dundee a City of Design

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Tudor Christmas

My friend Wendy wrote a history of Tudor Christmas

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

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.

Monday, 17 November 2014


I wrote a brief history of Edmonton in Canada

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Famous Women of the 16th Century

I wrote a list of famous women of the 16th century

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.

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


I wrote a little history of Winnipeg

Friday, 31 October 2014


I wrote a history of Halloween Happy Halloween everyboday!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

More women's rights

I also wrote a timeline of women's rights in the USA

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Women's rights timeline

I wrote a timeline of women's rights in Britain

Monday, 27 October 2014

British Police

I wrote a brief history of the British police

Friday, 24 October 2014

Women in the 18th Century

I wrote an article about women in the 18th century 

Thursday, 23 October 2014


On 23 October 1642 the first battle of the English Civil War was fought at Edgehill

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.

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.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Monday, 6 October 2014

William Tyndale

On 6 October 1536 the great English Bible translator William Tyndale was burned.

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


On 4 October 1957 Russia launched the first artificial satellite Sputnik I