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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Copernicus

Nicolas Copernicus was born on 19 February 1473 in the city of Torun in Poland www.localhistories.org/copernicus 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Queen Mary

Queen Mary was born on 18 February 1516. She became the first woman to rule all of England in 1553. www.localhistories.org/mary 

Friday, 17 February 2017

Toilets

On 17 February 1883 the vacant/engaged sign for toilet doors was patented by Mr Ashwell www.localhistories.org/toilets 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Friday, 10 February 2017

Queen Victoria marries

On 10 February 1840 Queen Victoria married her German cousin Albert. The Queen wore white. Wearing a white wedding dress was not about purity. Wearing white clothes was a status symbol/ Cleaning white clothes was very difficult so if you wore white it meant you had a lot of servants to clean them. However in the 19th century wearing a white wedding dress became much more common.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Catherine I

On 8 February 1725 Catherine I became the first woman to rule Russia. Although she is far more famous Catherine the Great was Catherine II! www.localhistories.org/russiatime

Sunday, 5 February 2017

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  

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Friday, 3 February 2017

Africa

On 3 February 1488 Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias landed in what is now South Africa having sailed past the southern tip of Africa.http://www.localhistories.org/africanhistory.html 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Public lavatories

Though the Romans had public lavatories and they existed in London in the Middle Ages the first modern one for men opened on 2 February 1852 www.localhistories.org/toilets

Monday, 30 January 2017

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Friday, 27 January 2017

Antarctica

The first man to actually see the continent of Antarctica was an Estonian named Fabian von Bellinngsingshausen on 27 January 1820.  But he didn't actually land. Who the first person was to set foot on Antarctica is a matter of debate. www.localhistories.org/antarctica  

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Australia

On 26 January 1788 the first European settlers landed at Port Jackson in Australia www.localhistories.org/australia

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

California Gold Rush

On 24 January 1848 James Marshall struck gold at Sutters Mill in California beginning the California gold rush. www.localhistories.org/california.html

Monday, 23 January 2017

Thursday, 19 January 2017

James Watt

The great engineer James Watt was born on 19 January 1736. Although he didn't actually invent the steam engine he greatly improved it. www.localhistories.org/watt  

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Women Doctors

There were women doctors in the Middle Ages. In 1292 there were 8 registered women doctors in Paris (it was then a town of about 80,000 people). In 1311 women in France were forbidden to practice as surgeons unless they passed an examination in front of master surgeons. (In those days exams were often oral rather than written). About 1100 Trota of Salerno was a famous doctor. (Salerno in Italy was famous for its medical school. Women were allowed to study there). Rebecca Guarna another famous woman doctor lived about 1200.

Monday, 16 January 2017

The TV Dinner

I found an interesting article about the evolution of the TV Dinner http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/08/peeling-back-the-foil-the-origin-of-the-tv-dinner/ 

Little known inventors

Today I will celebrate some little known inventors. Benjamin Waddy Maughan invented the gas water heater in 1868. Edwin Ruud invented the electric hot water heater in 1889. Thomas Ahearn invented the electric car heater in 1890. Meanwhile The electric fan was invented in 1882 by Dr Schuyler Wheeler Frank W Wolfe invented the fridge for use in the home in 1913. 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Queen Elizabeth I myth

When she was dying Queen Elizabeth I is supposed to have said 'All my possessions for a moment of time'. But its a myth. Nobody knows what the last thing she said was. I found this interesting quiz: http://www.elizabethi.org/contents/myths/index7.html  

Friday, 13 January 2017

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon, 1st wife of Henry VIII died 7 January 1536. She was a highly educated woman. In 1513 Henry was at war with France. He made his wife Catherine regent and captain-general of the armed forces in England in his absence http://www.localhistories.org/aragon  

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Monday, 19 December 2016

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Friday, 16 December 2016

Jane Austen

I wrote a brief bio of Jane Austen. She was a famous writer of the early 19th century www.localhistories.org/austen 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Women vote in Wyoming

In 1869 the Wyoming legislature passed a law giving women the right to vote. The governor signed it on 10 December 1869. http://www.localhistories.org/womenvotetime 

Friday, 9 December 2016

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