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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. www.localhistories.org/womensrights 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Legal Separation

In Britain a law was passed in 1878 that a woman could obtain a separation order from a magistrate if her husband was violent.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Chaucer

I wrote a short biography of the great Medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales. www.localhistories.org/chaucer 

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Lottery

The first National Lottery in England was held in 1569. Elizabeth I drew it. www.localhistories.org/games

Sunday, 4 January 2015