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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my readers. This is my history of New Year www.localhistories.org/newyear.html

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Smallpox

On 28 December 1694 Queen Mary of England and Scotland died of smallpox. It was a terrible disease. It left many people dead and others blind or pockmarked. Hooray for Edward Jenner who introduced vaccination in 1796. www.localhistories.org/jenner.html 

Sunday, 24 December 2017

King John

King John was born on 24 December 1166. I am not sure whether to say happy birthday! But at least he did found one of our great cities, Liverpool. www.localhistories.org/kingjohn.html

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Crossword Puzzle

Happy birthday crossword. The first crossword puzzle was published on 21 December 1913 in the New York World. It was written by an Englishman called Arthur Wynne. Well done Arthur. www.localhistories.org/games.html 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

John Milton

John Milton was born on 9 December 1608. He was a great writer but also a defender of freedom of speech. www.localhistories.org/johnmilton.html 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Halifax Disaster

On 6 December 1917 disaster struck Halifax, Nova Scotia. A Norwegian ship collided with a French munitions ship called the Mont Blanc. The Mont Blanc caught fire then exploded killing more than 1,800 people and wrecking many buildings. www.localhistories.org/halifax.html