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Monday, 31 October 2016

Halloween

Happy Halloween everybody! www.localhistories.org/halloween.html 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Norway

Happy birthday Norway. On 26 October 1905 Sweden recognized Norwegian independence. www.localhistories.org/norway.html 

Monday, 24 October 2016

HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior Britain's first iron warship launched in 1860. Photo by Bea Mendyk

Quisling

On 24 October 1945 the Norwegian traitor Vidkun Qusiling who ran a puppet government under the Nazis was hanged. For a time quisling was a synonym for traitor but that seems to have died out. www.localhistories.org/norway.html  

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Friday, 14 October 2016

Catherine Parr

I wrote a brief biography of Catherine Parr. She is famous as the 6th wife of Henry VIII and she was an erudite and capable woman. www.localhistories.org/parr.html

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Chicago

Chicago was devastated by a fire in 1871. The Chicago fire began on the evening of 8 October in a barn. According to legend it was caused by a cow knocking over a lamp. At any rate the fire spread through Downtown Chicago where houses were made of wood and it burned until 10 October. About 100,000 people, about one third of the population were made homeless and about 300 people were killed. www.localhistories.org/chicago.html 

Friday, 7 October 2016

Bess of Hardwick

I wrote about Bess of Hardwick. She was a very rich woman in 16th century England. She is famous for her great house Hardwick Hall. www.localhistories.org/bess.html