Thursday, 10 December 2015

Wyoming 1869

On 10 December 1869 the governor of Wyoming signed a law giving women the vote  

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Marie Curie

Happy birthday Marya Sklodowska a Polish lady better known to most of us as Marie Curie (7 November 1867

Thursday, 5 November 2015

The Gunpowder Plot

On 5 November 1605 they foiled a plot by Catholics to murder the king and members of parliament. We celebrate with bonfires. 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Hungary 1956

On 4 November 1956 Soviet tanks drove into Budapest, Hungary to crush an anti-Communist revolution  

Saturday, 24 October 2015


On 24 October 1945 the Norwegian traitor Vidkun Quisling who led a puppet regime in Norway during the Second World War was hanged  

Friday, 16 October 2015


On 16 October 1384 a woman named Jadwiga was crowned king of Poland. (To make it clear she ruled Poland in her own right and not just a queen by marriage).  

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Saturday, 12 September 2015

First Policewoman

On 12 September 1910 Mrs Alice Stebbin Wells became the first policewoman with full powers of arrest.  

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. 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Friday, 29 May 2015


On 29 May 1453 the Turks captured Constantinople (modern Istanbul). It was the end of the Byzantine Empire (The eastern half of the old Roman Empire which split in two in the 4th century). 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Model T Ford

On 26 May 1927 the Model T Ford ceased production. Henry Ford began making them in 1908.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Fort Sumter

On 12 April 1861 the Confederates attacked Fort Sumter so beginning the American Civil War

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Dick Turpin

On 7 April 1739 the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin was hanged. Though we call them highwaymen some of the most infamous highway robbers were women.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Birkenhead Park

On 5 April 1847 Birkenhead Park opened. It was the first publicly funded park in Britain. 

Monday, 16 March 2015

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Daily Newspaper

On 11 March 1702 Britain's first daily newspaper The Daily Courant was published in London. 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Saxon London

By the 640's there was a mint in London making silver coins. In the 670's a Royal document called London 'the place where the ships land'. Early in the 8th century a writer called London 'a trading center for many nations who visit by land and sea'.

Saxon London consisted of many wooden huts with thatched roofs. Slag from metal forges have been found proving there were many blacksmiths at work in the town. Archaeologists have also found large numbers of loom weights (used in weaving wool) Saxon craftsmen also worked with animal bones making things like combs. The main export from Saxon London was wool, either raw of woven. Imports included wine and luxury foods like grapes and figs. Pottery and millstones were also imported. Slaves were also bought and sold in London. 

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Wife beating laws

Tennessee was the first US state to explicitly outlaw wife beating in 1850. Maryland was the last state in 1882. 

Monday, 12 January 2015


I wrote a short biography of the great Medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales. 

Saturday, 10 January 2015


The first National Lottery in England was held in 1569. Elizabeth I drew it.

Sunday, 4 January 2015