Saturday, 25 April 2015

Arsenic

I wrote about arsenic. It used to be called the widow maker because it was so often used to kill unwanted husbands. It raises the question: how many people got away with it? www.localhistories.org/arsenic

Friday, 24 April 2015

Edmund Halley

I wrote about the great astronomer Edmund Halley www.localhistories.org/halley

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Happy St Georges Day

Happy St Georges Day! Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George! www.localhistories.org/stgeorge

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Henry VIII

On 21 April 1509 Henry VIII became king of England. Congratulations Henry! www.localhistories.org/Henryviii

Monday, 20 April 2015

Women's Firsts

I wrote a list of women's firsts www.localhsitories.org/womenfirsts

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Women's Right to Vote

I wrote a timeline of women's right to vote www.localhistories.org/womenvotetime

Friday, 17 April 2015

Famous Women Timeline

I wrote a timeline of famous women in history www.localhistories.org/womenfamtime

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

San Francisco

Happy Birthday San Francisco incorporated 15 April 1850 www.localhistories.org/sanfrancisco

New Orleans Axeman

I wrote about the New Orleans Axeman. He killed several people in the city in 1981 and 1919. He was never caught and even the motive remains a mystery. www.crimehistories.org/axman

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Black Dahlia

I wrote about Elizabeth Short, The Black Dahlia. She was the victim of an unsolved murder in Los Angeles in 1947. www.localhistories.org/black

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Fort Sumter

On 12 April 1861 the Confederates attacked Fort Sumter so beginning the American Civil War www.localhistories.org/americancivilwar

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Ranavalona

Ranavalona was a female tyrant who ruled Madagascar in the 19th century. Its strange, I had not heard of her till today. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Female-Caligula-Ranavalona-Queen-Madagascar/dp/047002223X

Highway of Tears, Canada

I wrote about Highway 16 in British Columbia in Canada where a number of murders and disappearances has taken place www.crimehistories.org/highway

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Budapest

I wrote a little history of Budapest www.localhistories.org/budapest

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Dick Turpin

On 7 April 1739 Dick Turpin was hanged. Although we remember him as a highwayman he was hanged for horse stealing. www.localhistories.org/highwaymen

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Easter

By the 18th century people bought artificial eggs made of various materials to give as gifts at Easter. (Sometimes the artificial eggs contained gifts). Chocolate Easter eggs were first made in the 19th century. www.localhistories.org/easter

Birkenhead Park

On 5 April 1847 Birkenhead Park opened. It was the first publicly funded park in Britain. www.localhistories.org/birkenhead

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Los Angeles

Happy birthday Los Angeles incorporated 4 April 1850 www.localhistories.org/losangeles

Friday, 3 April 2015

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Women Rulers Video

I uploaded a video about women rulers in history https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6tSBubw9_8

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The longbow

I wrote a history of the longbow www.localhistories.org/longbow

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

17 March

Let's hear it for 2 little known men, Henry Jones wh patented self raising flour on 17 March 1845 and Stephen Perry who patented rubber bands on the same day.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Las Vegas

Happy birthday Las Vegas. It was incorporated 16 March 1911 www.localhistories.org/lasvegas

Friday, 13 March 2015

Earmuffs

On 13 March 1877 earmuffs were patented by Chester Greenwood. 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Daily Newspaper

On 11 March 1702 Britain's first daily newspaper The Daily Courant was published in London. www.localhistories.org/media

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Telephone call

On 10 March 1876 a great man, Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call www.localhistories.org/bell

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Famous British women

I wrote a list of famous women in British history www.localhistories.org/famouswomenuk

Friday, 6 March 2015

Famous American Women

I made a list of famous women in American history www.localhistories.org/famouswomenus

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! www.localhistories.org/famouswomenhist 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Silver

I wrote a little history of silver www.localhistories.org/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. www.localhistories.org/crime/black

Monday, 9 February 2015

Gold

I wrote a brief history of gold www.localhistories.org/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. www.crimehistories.org/highway

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. www.localhistories.org/shark

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. www.localhistories.org/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. www.localhistories.org/womensrights

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Montreal

I wrote about the great Canadian city of Montreal www.localhistories.org/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

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.