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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The Pyramids

Its a persistent myth that slaves built the pyramids http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8451538.stm 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Hilda of Whitby

I wrote a little bio of Hilda of Whitby an influential abbess in Anglo-Saxon England. (Its a myth that women had no influence in the Middle Ages) www.localhistories.org/hilda.html

Brazil declares war

On 22 August 1942 Brazil declared war on Germany and Italy www.localhistories.org/brazil.html

Friday, 18 August 2017

Contraceptive Pill

On 18 August 1960 the contraceptive pill became available in the USA. Women in Britain had to wait another year. www.localhistories.org/medicine.html 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

A History of Women's Education

My video about the history of women's education is 3 years old. Its a myth that women in the past were never educated. Upper class women were often highly educated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIGdEK1F2zs

Monday, 14 August 2017

Beatrix Potter

I wrote a little bio of Beatrix Potter www.localhistories.org/potter.html

Beauty contest

On 14 August 1908 the first international beauty contest was held in Folkestone, Kent, England. Women came from Germany, Denmark, France, Italy and Spain. However an Englishwoman named Nellie Jarman won.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Berlin Wall

On 13 August 1961 Berliners awoke to find barbed wire separating east and west Berlin. Communists had begun building the Berlin Wall www.localhistories.org/berlin.html

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Bottle Tops

On 10 August 1889 Dan Rylands invented the screw bottle top. Thanks Mr Rylands, I hate trying to get corks out of bottles. www.localhistories.org/drink.html 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Neil Armstrong

Man of the day: Neil Armstrong was born on 5 August 1930. In 1969 he became the first man on the Moon. www.localhistories.org/space.html

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Ancient Egypt

There were some women doctors in Ancient Egypt. Merit Ptah was a famous woman doctor who lived around 2,700 BC. www.localhistories.org/egypt.html  

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Egyptian Goddess of Writing

The Ancient Egyptians had a goddess of reading, writing and arithmetic. Her name was Seshat. I find it interesting they had a goddess not a god of those things. Its a myth that women were never educated in the past. There were always some educated women. www.localhistories.org/womensedtime.html  

Friday, 28 July 2017

A History of Washing

Joel Houghton invented the first dishwasher in 1850. However it was not a success. Josephine Cochrane invented the first successful dishwasher in 1886. www.localhistories.org/washing.html 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Inventors who are not famous

I wrote a list of some inventors who are not famous but nevertheless made out lives a bit more comfortable. www.localhistories.org/inventors.html 

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Moon

On 21 July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon. Well done Neill. www.localhistories.org/space.html

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Sirimavo Bandaranaike

On 20 July 1960 Sirimavo Bandaranaike became prime minister of Sri Lanka. She was the first woman prime minister in the world. http://www.localhistories.org/womenrulers.html

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen was born on 16 July 1872. He was the first man to reach the South Pole www.localhistories.org/antarctica.html

Ancient India

In Ancient India surgeons were highly skilled. They were pioneers of plastic surgery. They performed an operation to reconstruct the nose (rhinoplasty). There were also hospitals in India and Sri Lanka before 200 BC. The Indians also produced brilliant mathematicians. Our numerals, 1,2,3 etc are derived from Indian numerals.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Coffee

According to legend coffee was discovered by an Ethiopian goat herd called Kaldi. He noticed that goats who ate certain beans became very lively. http://www.localhistories.org/coffee.html

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Women in Ancient Egypt

I found an interesting article about women in Ancient Egypt. They had a great deal of freedom and virtually the same rights as men. http://www.ancient.eu/article/623/ 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Petersfield

In the 18th century if you died poor the local authorities had to pay for your funeral. In the village of Buriton in Hampshire an old woman was sick. Realising she was dying the authorities put her on a cart and took her to the town of Petersfield. They dumped her in the street. (Legally if she died in Petersfield they would have to pay for her burial). Thank you so much. (Petersfield refused to pay and they took the case to court. They won). www.localhistories.org/petersfield.html 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

San Francisco

In 1846 the USA annexed California. On 9 July 1846 USS Portsmouth sailed into San Francisco Bay and sailors and marines went ashore and raised the US flag. The ship was named after Portsmouth, New Hampshire but it in turn was named after Portsmouth, England. www.localhistories.org/sanfrancisco.html  

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Strike in San Francisco

In May 1934 longshoremen in San Francisco went on strike. On 5 July 1934 ‘Bloody Thursday’ fighting began between police and strikers. Two of the strikers, Nick Bordaise and Howard Sperry were killed. www.localhistories.org/sanfrancisco.html

Monday, 3 July 2017

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Havant

My video of Havant is 3 years old https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXnqisgwEzE

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The typewriter

On 1 July 1874 the first successful typewriter went on sale. it created new opportunities for women www.localhistories.org/womensjobs.html 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Isabel Peron

On 29 June 1974 Isabel Peron became the first woman president of Argentina and the first woman president of any nation www.localhistories.org/womenrulers.html 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

George Orwell

My favourite author George Orwell was born on 25 June 1903. I don't normally like fiction but I love his novel 1984. www.localhistories.org/orwell.html 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Crime in World War II

Between 1939 and 1945 crime in Britain rose by more than 50%. The blackout (restrictions on showing lights) made crime easier. The sound of bombing disguised the sound of 
blowing safes or smashing windows to break into buildings. There were also, of course plenty or rich pickings from bombed houses. And you could steal things like rings from the  bodies of people killed by German bombing. www.localhistories.org/secondlife.html

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

St Pauls Cathedral

On 21 June the foundation stone of St Pauls Cathedral was laid. Wage accounts show that some of the carpenters who worked on it were women. (They were given the title 'widow'). It was common for women married to craftsmen to learn his trade and carry it on if he died. www.localhistories.org/london.html