Sunday, 4 October 2015


On 4 October 1957 Russia launched the first satellite

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Tea Rationing

On 3 October 1952 tea rationing in Britain ended. Thank God for that.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Monday, 28 September 2015

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Monday, 21 September 2015

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Friday, 18 September 2015

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Monday, 14 September 2015

Sunday, 13 September 2015


On 13 September 1759 General Wolfe defeated the French at Quebec ensuring Canada became British.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

First Policewoman

On 12 September 1910 Mrs Alice Stebbin Wells became the first policewoman in the world, in Los Angeles.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Queen Elizabeth I

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth I  (7 September 1533)

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Telephone Exchange

On 6 September 1879 the first telephone exchange in Britain opened in Britain in London 3 years after the telephone was invented.

Saturday, 5 September 2015


I wrote a history of California

Friday, 4 September 2015

Los Angeles

Happy birthday Los Angeles. It was founded on 4 September 1781.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

The battle of Worcester

On 3 September 1651 the army of Charles II was totally defeated at the battle of Worcester. Charles himself managed to escape.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Royal George

29 August 1782 was a sad day for Portsmouth. The warship Royal George sank while anchored off the town. About 900 people died including wives and children of the sailors.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

19th amendment

On 26 August 1920 the 19th amendment came into effect. It gave all US women the vote. (Many states already allowed them to vote).

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

First Woman Jockey

On 25 August 1804 Alice Meynell rode a horse in a race at York, England. She became the first recorded woman jockey

Monday, 24 August 2015

St Bartholomews Day Massacre

On 24 August 1572 Catholics in France murdered thousands of Protestants in the St Bartholomews Day Massacre

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Battle of Bosworth

On 22 August 1485 Henry Tudor won the battle of Bosworth and began a new dynasty in England

Friday, 21 August 2015

Mary Langdon

On 21 August 1976 Mary Langdon became the first female fire fighter in Britian

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Leon Trotsky

On 20 August 1940 Leon Trotsky got an ice pick that made his ears burn

Sunday, 16 August 2015


On 16 August 1819 the Peterloo Massacre happened. Cavalry charged unarmed people holding a meeting on St Peter's Fields at Manchester. Eleven people are killed and 400 wounded.

Thursday, 13 August 2015


I wrote a brief history of Stockholm 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015


Happy Birthday Chicago. It was incorporated as a town on 12 August 1833.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Sunday, 9 August 2015


Happy Birthday Singapore independent 9 August 1965

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

First Traffic Light

The first traffic light was in London in 1868. Lit by gas it exploded and killed a policeman.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Mariner 6

On 1 August 1969 Mariner 6 sent back close up pictures of Mars

Friday, 31 July 2015

Ranger 7

On 31 July 1964 Ranger 7 sent back detailed photos of the Moon

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Battle of Towton

On 29 July 1461 the battle of Towton was fought during a civil war known as The Wars of the Roses. It is believed to have been the bloodiest battle ever fought in England though we are not sure exactly how many died.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Neil Armstrong

On 21 July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man on the Moon

Friday, 17 July 2015

Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Romanovs

On 16 July 1918 Communists murdered the Russian royal family

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Bastille Day

14 July 1789 marked the end of royal tyranny in France. The ordinary people captured the Bastille prison. Vive la revolution!


I wrote a little history of Quebec city

Friday, 10 July 2015

American Revolution

The Americans were defeated at Brandywine in September 1777 but they won a decisive victory at Saratoga in October. A British force led by Burgoyne marched south from Canada but was surrounded and forced to surrender.

Saratoga convinced the French that the Americans might win the war. As a result they declared war on Britain, their traditional enemy in 1778. French naval activity in the Atlantic made it even harder for the British to supply their forces in America. Spain declared war on Britain in 1779 and the Dutch declared war in 1780. The Spanish and Dutch tied down British forces in Europe.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

George Orwell

I wrote a little bio of my favourite author George Orwell

Monday, 6 July 2015

Thomas More

On 6 July 1535 Thomas More was executed. Serves him right.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Thomas Cranmer

Happy birthday Thomas Cranmer, (2 July 1489) Archbishop of Canterbury burned to death during the reign of Catholic Queen Mary

Wednesday, 1 July 2015


I wrote a little history of Regina, Canada

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Two finger gesture myth

I hear this myth so often in a museum I think I will scream if I hear it one more time: The two finger gesture was invented because the French threatened to cut 2 fingers off captured English archers. The English archers waved 2 fingers as a symbol of defiance.

Nobody really knows where the two finger gesture comes from but there is no evidence that it has anything to do with Medieval archery. Nor is there any evidence that the French ever threatened to cut the fingers off captured archers or actually did so. The gesture was first recorded in 1901.

Thursday, 25 June 2015


Happy birthday Mozambique, independent 25 June 1975

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Henry VIII

On 24 June 1509 one of England's greatest kings Henry VIII was crowned.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Gussie Moran

On 22 June 1949 an American tennis player named Gertrude Moran or Gussie Moran (1923-2013) caused a sensation when she appeared at Wimbledon wearing frilly panties. She was known as Gorgeous Gussie and it was very daring in 1949!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Uranus and Neptune

As early as 1784 somebody calling himself Mr Vivenair wrote a story about a trip to Uranus in a balloon. However Uranus featured little in science fiction. Neptune appears in few science fiction stories (Perhaps because Neptune is so far from Earth and until recently little was known about it). However in 1930 Olaf Stapleton wrote a book called First and Last Men. At the end of the story the human race migrates to Neptune.

Saturday, 20 June 2015


  Anotorious event in the history of Chicago was the St Valentines Day Massacre of 1929. Al Capone planned to kill his enemy, a man named George 'Bugs' Moran. So at 10.30 am on 14 February, St Valentines Day, a car went to a garage on North Side. The car was the type used by detectives and it had police insignia painted on it. Inside it were two men dressed as policemen. There were also two men in civilian clothes posing as plain clothes detectives in the car. Their car stopped outside the garage and the two men posing as detectives got out. At that moment Bugs Moran and his two bodyguards approached. Seeing the two fake policemen they thought it was a police raid and they walked away. So Bugs Moran survived.
However there were seven men inside the garage and the fake policemen made them line up against a wall and face it. The two men in civilian clothes entered with machine guns and sprayed them with bullets. The fake policemen then produced shotguns and finished off any man who showed signs of life. The killers then left.