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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Clothing Materials

I wrote a history of clothing materials. www.localhistories.org/materials.html 

Monday, 28 May 2018

Joseph Guillotin

Joseph-Ignace Guillotin was born on 28 May 1738. He persuaded the French assembly to adopt a more humane way of executing people. Mechanical devices for beheading people existed long before (the first one was recorded in Dublin 1307). However the guillotine is named after him. www.localhistories.org/pun.html

Sunday, 27 May 2018

King John is crowned

King John was crowned on 27 May 1199. He is famous for sealing Magna Carta but he also founded Liverpool. www.localhistories.org/kingjohn.html 

Vincent Price

Vincent Price was born on 27 May 1911. He is my favourite actor. He was Prince Prospero in my favourite film The Masque of the Red Death. http://cinemathenandnow.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/13-nights-of-shocktober-masque-of-red.html

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Monday, 14 May 2018

Smallpox vaccine

On 14 May 1796 Edward Jenner vaccinated a boy against smallpox. He wasn't the first man to vaccinate but he popularised the smallpox vaccine. www.localhistories.org/jenner.html

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Rose de Burford

Woman of the day: Rose de Burford ?-1329 was married to a wool and spice merchant. She helped her husband with the business and took it over when he died. (It was common in the Middle Ages for a merchant's wife to help her husband run the business and it was common for him to leave it to her in his will as she would know how to run it). Rose died a very wealthy woman. http://www.localhistories.org/middleageswomen.html

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Florence Nightingale

The great nurse Florence Nightingale was born on 12 May 1820. She helped to reform nursing in the 19th century. www.localhistories.org/nightingale.html 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Barbara Washburn

I found this interesting article. A team of 4 men climbed Denali, the highest mountain in North America in 1913. The first woman to climb it was Barbara Washburn in 1947 (She was part of a team). https://www.adventure-journal.com/2014/10/historical-badass-accidental-adventurer-barbara-washburn/

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Alan Shepard

On 5 May 1961 Alan Shepard became the first American in space. Well done Alan.