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Saturday, 29 December 2018

HMS Warrior

Happy birthday HMS Warrior, Britain's first iron warship, launched on 29 December 1860. http://www.hmswarrior.org/history 

Friday, 14 December 2018

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Women's jobs in the Middle Ages

Its quite untrue that women in the past did not work. Women in the Middle Ages participated in many trades and businesses. http://dankoboldt.com/female-professions-medieval-europe/ 

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Pirates

Today (19 September) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Altogether now: Ah! Jim Lad! Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum! www.localhistories.org/pirates.html

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Monday, 27 August 2018

Sunday, 26 August 2018

The Romans arrive in Britain

On 26 August 55 BC Julius Caesar arrived in Britain but he did not stay. He returned briefly in 54 BC. The Romans returned in 43 AD. This time they stayed. www.localhistories.org/roman.html

Friday, 24 August 2018

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Battle of Bosworth

On 22 August 1485 a decisive battle in English history was fought. Henry Tudor won and subsequently he became King Henry VII.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Leon Trotsky died on this day

Leon Trotsky died on 21 August 1940 one day after being hit in the head with an ice pick. In the words of the Stranglers he got an ice pick that made his ears burn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNMxY4qjsMI 

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Washing in the Middle Ages

Its a persistent myth that people in the Middle Ages were very dirty. All the evidence suggests they tried to keep themselves clean. http://www.medievalists.net/2013/04/did-people-in-the-middle-ages-take-baths/

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Louis Bleriot

On 25 July 1909 Louis Bleriot became the first man to fly across the English Channel. Well done Louis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL2oB6SXGK4 

Monday, 16 July 2018

Anne Askew

On 16 July 1546 a Protestant named Anne Askew was burned to death in London. She is the only woman on record as being tortured in the Tower of London www.localhistories.org/askew.html

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Quebec

Happy birthday Quebec. The great city was founded on 3 July 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. www.localhistories.org/quebec.html 

Monday, 2 July 2018

Marston Moor

On 2 July 1644 during the English Civil War parliament won a decisive victory at Marston Moor. Is believed it was the largest battle ever fought on English soil. www.localhistories.org/englishcivilwar.html 

ELO Battle of Marston Moor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0CxTWmv4YU 

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Bannockburn

On 24 June 1314 the Scots won a decisive victory at Bannockburn. It ensured Scottish independence. www.localhistories.org/scotland.html 

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The first English police

On 19 June 1829 Robert Peel founded the first modern English police force in London. They were named bobbies or peelers after him. www.localhistories.org/police.html

Monday, 18 June 2018

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Saturday, 9 June 2018

St Lawrence River

On 9 June 1534 Jacques Cartier became the first European to discover the St Lawrence River. www.localhistories.org/canada.html

Thursday, 7 June 2018

The Great Reform Act

On 7 June 1832 in Britain the Great Reform Act received the royal assent. Until then only about 10% of men could vote. The new act increased that to about 14%. But at least it made the distribution of constituencies fairer. It was not until 1918 that all men in Britain could vote. (The same year, 1918 most women in Britain were given the right to vote). www.localhistories.org/womenvotetime.html

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

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 

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Alan Shepard

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

Monday, 30 April 2018

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Anzac Day

Today is ANZAC Day. (It stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). Its held on 25 April because on that day in 1915 Australian and New Zealander troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula to fight the Turks. (Turkey was Germany's ally during the First World War). About 60,000 Australian men died in the First World War. About 17,000 men from New Zealand were killed.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Katyn Massacre

On 13 April the Russians finally admitted responsibility for the Katyn Massacre. In 1940 Polish officers were murdered on Stalin's orders. (Russia invaded Poland from the east in September 1939. Germany and Russia shared Poland between them). The Germans discovered the massacre in 1943 but for decades the Russians claimed the Germans did it. www.localhistories.org/katyn.html

Friday, 30 March 2018

Alaska

On 30 March 1867 the USA signed a treaty with Russia. The Russians agreed to sell Alaska for $7.2 million. www.localhistories.org/alaska.html  

Friday, 23 March 2018

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Inventor of Elastic

Another little known inventor: Thomas Hancock invented elastic in 1820. Well done Mr Hancock. Elastic is one of those inventions most of us take for granted but is very useful. www.localhistories.org/clothestime.html  

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Happy Birthday RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was formed on 4 March 1824. Its debatable who invented the lifeboat. Lionel Lukin patented an unsinkable boat in 1785 but the first purpose built lifeboat was built by Henry Greathead in 1790. Well done gentlemen.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Saccharine

On 27 February 1879 Constantin Fahlberg announced his discovery of saccharine. Sugar was once a luxury and in the late 19th century it was still expensive. My video about 19th century food is 1 year old. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q97BiiNzwNU

Monday, 19 February 2018

Nicolaus Copernicus

Happy birthday Nicolaus Copernicus (19 February 1473), the man who realised the Earth orbits the Sun www.localhistories.org/copernicus.html

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day everyone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KazVI_OAer4

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Friday, 9 February 2018

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The right to vote in 1918

On 6 February 1918 The Representation of the People Act received royal assent. For the first time all men in Britain were allowed to vote. Women over 30 were also allowed to vote. www.localhistories.org/womenvotetime.html

Monday, 5 February 2018

Robert Peel

Happy birthday Robert Peel (5 February 1788) the man who formed the first real police force in Britain in 1829. They were called bobbies of peelers after him. www.localhistories.org/police.html 

Friday, 2 February 2018

Public Lavatories

In the Middle Ages there was a public lavatory over the River Fleet in London. (Now an underground river). However the first modern public lavatory opened in Fleet Street, London on 1 February 1852. (But only the men's section, the ladies section opened on 11 February). www.localhistories.org/toilets.html

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Salem Witch Trials

On 20 January 1692 2 girls in Salem, Massachusetts started having fits. The result was the infamous Salem Witch Trials. www.localhistories.org/salem.html