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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Famous Women Writers

I made a video about famous women writers in history https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6cKxBNZ-Ic

Bach

Happy birthday Johann Sebastian Bach (21 March 1750). He is my dog's favourite composer. My dog also likes Hound Dog by Elvis Presley and he likes the Korgis. But he hates Cool for Cats by Squeeze.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Edward Jenner

I wrote a brief bio of Edward Jenner the man who introduced smallpox vaccination in 1796 www.localhistories.org/jenner 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Potato Crisps

The first recipe for potato crisps (aka potato chips) was in a book by Dr William Kitchiner in 1817. Its not certain if he invented them or they existed before but thank you anyway Dr Kitchiner. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10965628/Crisps-buoyed-Britain-in-its-darkest-hour.html 

Joseph Priestley

Joseph Priestley the great scientist who discovered oxygen was born on 13 March 1733 www.localhistories.org/priestley 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Women Scientists

I made a youtube video about famous women scientists who lived BEFORE the 19th century. There were a surprising number of them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SU0QIHFrzs

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Barbie

Happy birthday Barbie. She made her debut at the American Toy Fair on 9 March 1959. www.localhistories.org/toys 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Texas

The Texan declaration of independence was signed on 2 March 1836. Sam Houston the first president of Texas was born on 2 March 1793. www.localhistories.org/texas

Monday, 20 February 2017

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Queen Mary

Queen Mary was born on 18 February 1516. She became the first woman to rule all of England in 1553. www.localhistories.org/mary 

Friday, 17 February 2017

Toilets

On 17 February 1883 the vacant/engaged sign for toilet doors was patented by Mr Ashwell www.localhistories.org/toilets 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Friday, 10 February 2017

Queen Victoria marries

On 10 February 1840 Queen Victoria married her German cousin Albert. The Queen wore white. Wearing a white wedding dress was not about purity. Wearing white clothes was a status symbol/ Cleaning white clothes was very difficult so if you wore white it meant you had a lot of servants to clean them. However in the 19th century wearing a white wedding dress became much more common.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Catherine I

On 8 February 1725 Catherine I became the first woman to rule Russia. Although she is far more famous Catherine the Great was Catherine II! www.localhistories.org/russiatime

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Robert Peel

Happy birthday Robert Peel (5 February 1788) the man who formed the first real police force in Britain in 1829. They were called bobbies of peelers after him. www.localhistories.org/police  

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Friday, 3 February 2017

Africa

On 3 February 1488 Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias landed in what is now South Africa having sailed past the southern tip of Africa.http://www.localhistories.org/africanhistory.html 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Public lavatories

Though the Romans had public lavatories and they existed in London in the Middle Ages the first modern one for men opened on 2 February 1852 www.localhistories.org/toilets

Monday, 30 January 2017

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Friday, 27 January 2017

Antarctica

The first man to actually see the continent of Antarctica was an Estonian named Fabian von Bellinngsingshausen on 27 January 1820.  But he didn't actually land. Who the first person was to set foot on Antarctica is a matter of debate. www.localhistories.org/antarctica  

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Australia

On 26 January 1788 the first European settlers landed at Port Jackson in Australia www.localhistories.org/australia

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

California Gold Rush

On 24 January 1848 James Marshall struck gold at Sutters Mill in California beginning the California gold rush. www.localhistories.org/california.html

Monday, 23 January 2017

Thursday, 19 January 2017

James Watt

The great engineer James Watt was born on 19 January 1736. Although he didn't actually invent the steam engine he greatly improved it. www.localhistories.org/watt  

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Women Doctors

There were women doctors in the Middle Ages. In 1292 there were 8 registered women doctors in Paris (it was then a town of about 80,000 people). In 1311 women in France were forbidden to practice as surgeons unless they passed an examination in front of master surgeons. (In those days exams were often oral rather than written). About 1100 Trota of Salerno was a famous doctor. (Salerno in Italy was famous for its medical school. Women were allowed to study there). Rebecca Guarna another famous woman doctor lived about 1200.