Saturday, 28 July 2012

Great Terror

On 28 July Robespierre the man who sent thousands to their deaths during the French Revolution was guillotined himself.  

Monday, 23 July 2012

China in Space

 The Chinese launched their first manned spacecraft in 2003. In 2008 the first Chinese taikonaut walked in space.  Then in 2012 Liu Yang became the first Chinese woman in space.  

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Sri Lanka

On 21 July 1960 Sirimavo Bandaranaike became prime minister of Sri Lanka. She was the first woman prime minister in the world. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

William Herschel

William Herschel the great astronomer who discovered Uranus was born on 15 November 1738. He also discovered infrared light.  

Saturday, 14 July 2012


On 14 July 1789 the crowd in Paris captured the Bastille. There were only 7 prisoners in the Bastille but it was a symbol of royal power. The Bastille was built in the Middle Ages as a fort to defend Paris but it was later used as a prison. The fall of the Bastille meant the beginning of the end for Louis XVI.  

Friday, 13 July 2012

Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis was hanged on 13 July 1955. She was the last woman to be hanged in Britain. I wrote a history of capital punishment in Britain 

Saturday, 7 July 2012


I wrote a brief history of Senegal. Its still a very poor country but the economy is growing steadily and there is reason to be hopeful about the future.  

Thursday, 5 July 2012


I wrote a short history of Panama. Its still a poor country but it is developing rapidly and it has a bright future. 

Monday, 2 July 2012


I wrote a short biography of Nicolaus Copernicus the great 16th century astronomer. He was the genius who realised that the Earth and the other planets orbit the Sun not the other way round.