Friday, 12 February 2016

Charles Darwin

Happy birthday Charles Darwin, the most famous person from Shrewsbury (apart from Cadfael, of course)

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Captain Scott

On 10 February 1913 the bodies of Captain Scott and his companions were found in Antarctica

Tuesday, 9 February 2016


Pancakes were invented because people were not allowed to eat eggs or butter during Lent. They used up the last of them by making pancakes. Its Shrove Tuesday because shrive meant absolve a sinner of his sins. People confessed to a priest and were 'shriven' before Lent.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Catherine I

On 8 February 1725 Catherine I became the first woman to rule Russia. She ruled till 1727. Other women were Anna (1730-1740), Elizabeth (1741-1762) and of course Catherine the Great (1762-1796). She was one of the most powerful women rulers in history.

Saturday, 6 February 2016


I wrote about some famous poisoners

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Sri Lanka

Happy birthday Sri Lanka, independent 4 February 1948

Sunday, 31 January 2016


On 31 January 1958 the USA launched its first satellite Explorer I

Saturday, 30 January 2016


On 30 January 1933 Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Henry VIII

28 January 1547 was a sad day. Our great king Henry VIII died.

Derek Bentley

On 28 January 1953 Derek Bentley was hanged for murder even though another man fired the fatal shot. (Bentley was unarmed and he had surrendered to the police when the shot was fired). Bentley was pardoned in 1998.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016


On 27 January 1945 the Russians liberated Auschwitz concentration camp

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Shark Arm Case

I wrote about the shark arm case in Sydney in 1935. A captured shark regurgitated a human arm leading to a murder investigation.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Winter Olympics

Happy birthday Winter Olympics. The first ones opened on 25 January 1924 in France.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Elizabeth Blackwell

On 23 January 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the USA to receive a medical degree. The first woman doctor in Britain was Elizabeth Garrett Anderson in 1865.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016


On 20 January 1265 England's first parliament met

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Captain Cook

On 17 January 1773 Captain Cook became the first man to cross the Antarctic Circle.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Elizabeth I

On 15 January 1559 Elizabeth I was crowned queen of England 

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Income Tax

On 9 January 1799 British prime minister William Pitt introduced income tax. It was set at 10%. As they say nothing in life is certain except death and taxes.

Friday, 8 January 2016


On 8 January 1642 Galileo died but on 8 January 1942 Stephen Hawking was born

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Egyptian parties

For entertainment the Egyptians loved parties. If a rich person invited you to a feast, singers, musicians, dancers, jugglers, wrestlers and jesters would entertain you. Musicians played wooden flutes, harps, lutes, drums and clappers. At a rich person's banquet guests were given a cone of perfumed fat to put on their heads. It slowly melted leaving the wearer smelling nice.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Rose Heilbron

On 4 January 1972 Rose Heilbron became the first woman judge at the Old Bailey (The central criminal court in London)

Sunday, 3 January 2016


On 3 January 1959 Alaska became the 49th state of the union 

Friday, 1 January 2016

The Shark Arm Case

I wrote about the shark arm case in Sydney, Australia in 1935

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. Here is my history of New Year 

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Johannes Kepler

Happy birthday Johannes Kepler (1571) one of the great astronomers of the 17th century.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everybody. The phrase Merry Christmas was first recorded in a letter in 1534.

Monday, 21 December 2015


Happy birthday crosswords. The first one was published in a newspaper on 21 December 1913. It was by Arthur Wynne. Well done Arthur.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Humphry Davy

Happy birthday Humphry Davy (1778) . He is famous for inventing the safety lamp for miners but he also discovered barium, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. He was a brilliant man. 

Sunday, 13 December 2015

King Richard I

I wrote a little history of King Richard the Lionheart

Friday, 11 December 2015


Today my website is 14 years old. It was switched on on 11 December 2001

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Wyoming 1869

On 10 December 1869 the governor of Wyoming signed a law giving women the vote

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Merry Christmas

This is my history of Christmas. Merry Christmas everybody.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Monday, 16 November 2015

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Marie Curie

Happy birthday Marya Skoldowska a Polish lady better known to most of us as Marie Curie (7 November 1867

Thursday, 5 November 2015

The Gunpowder Plot

On 5 November 1605 they foiled a plot by Catholics to murder the king and members of parliament. We celebrate with

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Hungary 1956

On 4 November 1956 Soviet tanks drove into Budapest, Hungary to crush an anti-Communist revolution 

Friday, 30 October 2015


This is my history of Halloween 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Sunday, 25 October 2015


On 25 October 1415 English longbowmen totally defeated the French at the battle of Agincourt. 'Cry God For Harry, England and St George!'

Saturday, 24 October 2015


On 24 October 1945 the Norwegian traitor Vidkun Quisling who led a puppet regime in Norway during the Second World War was hanged

Monday, 19 October 2015


On 19 October 1781 a British army surrendered at Yorktown during the American War of Independence ensuring US independence

Friday, 16 October 2015


On 16 October 1384 a woman named Jadwiga was crowned king of Poland. (To make it clear she ruled Poland in her own right and not just a queen by marriage).

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Mary Rose

On 11 October 1982 Henry VIII's warship The Mary Rose was raised from the sea bed near Portsmouth. (It sank in 1545).

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Women Rulers

I wrote an article about some famous women rulers in history

Sunday, 4 October 2015


On 4 October 1957 Russia launched the first satellite