Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Millicent Fawcett

I wrote about the famous suffragist Millicent Fawcett

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The first English police

On 19 June 1829 Robert Peel founded the first modern English police force in London. They were named bobbies or peelers after him.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Friday, 15 June 2018

School for Nurses

On 16 June 1860 Florence Nightingale opened the world's first school for nurses. Well done Florence.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Saturday, 9 June 2018

St Lawrence River

On 9 June 1534 Jacques Cartier became the first European to discover the St Lawrence River.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

The Great Reform Act

On 7 June 1832 in Britain the Great Reform Act received the royal assent. Until then only about 10% of men could vote. The new act increased that to about 14%. But at least it made the distribution of constituencies fairer. It was not until 1918 that all men in Britain could vote. (The same year, 1918 most women in Britain were given the right to vote).

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Monday, 28 May 2018

Joseph Guillotin

Joseph-Ignace Guillotin was born on 28 May 1738. He persuaded the French assembly to adopt a more humane way of executing people. Mechanical devices for beheading people existed long before (the first one was recorded in Dublin 1307). However the guillotine is named after him.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

King John is crowned

King John was crowned on 27 May 1199. He is famous for sealing Magna Carta but he also founded Liverpool. 

Vincent Price

Vincent Price was born on 27 May 1911. He is my favourite actor. He was Prince Prospero in my favourite film The Masque of the Red Death.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

First woman magistrate

On 26 May 1913 Emily Duncan was appointed the first woman magistrate in Britain.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Monday, 14 May 2018

Smallpox vaccine

On 14 May 1796 Edward Jenner vaccinated a boy against smallpox. He wasn't the first man to vaccinate but he popularised the smallpox vaccine.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Rose de Burford

Woman of the day: Rose de Burford ?-1329 was married to a wool and spice merchant. She helped her husband with the business and took it over when he died. (It was common in the Middle Ages for a merchant's wife to help her husband run the business and it was common for him to leave it to her in his will as she would know how to run it). Rose died a very wealthy woman.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Florence Nightingale

The great nurse Florence Nightingale was born on 12 May 1820. She helped to reform nursing in the 19th century. 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Barbara Washburn

I found this interesting article. A team of 4 men climbed Denali, the highest mountain in North America in 1913. The first woman to climb it was Barbara Washburn in 1947 (She was part of a team).

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Alan Shepard

On 5 May 1961 Alan Shepard became the first American in space. Well done Alan.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Anzac Day

Today is ANZAC Day. (It stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). Its held on 25 April because on that day in 1915 Australian and New Zealander troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula to fight the Turks. (Turkey was Germany's ally during the First World War). About 60,000 Australian men died in the First World War. About 17,000 men from New Zealand were killed.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Women in the Ancient World

My Youtube video about women in the Ancient World is 1 year old

Sunday, 22 April 2018


On 22 April 1500 a Portuguese named Pedro Cabral discovered Brazil. He claimed Brazil for Portugal.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018