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. 

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


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.

Monday, 5 January 2015


I would like to celebrate some of the less well known men who have made life more comfortable. Walter Hunt invented the safety pin in 1849. Gideon Sundback invented the zipper fastener in 1913. Henry Seeley invented the electric iron in 1882. Mason Pearson invented the rubber cushion hairbrush in 1885. T L Williams invented modern mascara in 1913 and Maurice Levy invented lipstick in push up tubes in 1915. Earle Haas invented modern tampons in 1929. 

Sunday, 4 January 2015