Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Independence Day

Its Independence Day in Finland. Happy Independence Day. 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Charles Darwin

On 24 November 1859 Charles Darwin published his great work, On the Origin of Species

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Monday, 21 November 2016

The first balloonists

On 21 November 1783 two men, Jean Francois de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes became made the first untethered hot air balloon flight.


I wrote a brief history of Arizona 

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Women Surgeons

Two women surgeons were recorded in London in 1593, Elinor Sneshell of Valenciennes in France, . Not all surgeons in 16th century London were men. If anyone needs a reference its in a book called Elizabeth's London by Liza Picard published by Weidenfiled & Nicolson in 2003.

Friday, 18 November 2016


On 18 November 1910 suffragettes tried to force their way into the British House of Commons. There were 119 arrests. 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Queen Mary

On 17 November Queen Mary died. She was the first woman to rule the whole of England

Monday, 14 November 2016

Who invented the elevated railway?

Its debatable if anyone can be said to have 'invented' the elevated railway. It is, after all merely a railway raised above ground level. However the first elevated railway was in London. It was completed in 1838. The first elevated railway in New York was built in 1868. 

Friday, 11 November 2016

The refrigerator

No one man invented the refrigerator. The first refrigeration device was made by William Cullen in 1748. In the 19th century many inventors developed better and better refrigeration devices. But the first refrigerator for use in the home was invented by Fred W Wolf in 1913.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Who invented the fire escape?

A man named Daniel Maseres invented the fire escape in 1784. During the 19th century better and better fires escapes were patented. Nevertheless Mr Maseres was the pioneer so he should be remembered.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Inventors who are not famous

I made a video about inventors who are not really famous but nevertheless important

Marie Curie

The great scientist Marie Curie was born on 7 November 1867 (She was born Maria Skoldowska in Warsaw, Poland

Sunday, 6 November 2016


About housework: John B Porter invented a portable ironing board in 1875 and Henry Seeley invented the electric iron in 1882. No one man invented the washing machine. In 1782 Henry Sidgier patented a hand operated device for washing clothes and during the 19th century different men patented better designs. The first electric washing machine was made about 1907. A man named Joel Houghton invented a dishwasher in 1850 but it was not a success. The first successful dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1886. Hubert Booth invented the vacuum cleaner in 1901. In in 1950 Canadian Harry Wasylyk invented the bin liner or garbage bag.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Bonfire Night

Remember what Bonfire Nights all about folks, a Catholic plot to blow up parliament. 

Friday, 4 November 2016

Paper bags

The first machine for making paper bags was invented by a man named  Francis Wolle in 1852. 

Who invented the circular saw?

An interesting article about who invented the circular saw 

Hungarian Uprising 1956

On 4 November 1956 Communists brutally put down a revolution in Hungary. Soviet aircraft bombed the capital, Budapest and Soviet tanks and troops poured in. The Hungarians had to wait 33 years for their freedom. 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Wednesday, 26 October 2016


Happy birthday Norway. On 26 October 1905 Sweden recognized Norwegian independence.

Monday, 24 October 2016

HMS Warrior

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


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. 

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Famous Poisoners

I recently wrote an article about arsenic. Here is an article about famous poisoners who did not use arsenic but some other poison instead

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


Alaska passed from Russia to the USA on 18 October 1867.Happy Alaska Day. 

Timothy Evans

On 18 October 1966 the queen granted Timothy Evans a royal pardon. Evans was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and child in 1950.He was hanged. 

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. 

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Shark Arm Case

I wrote about a famous case in Sydney, Australia in 1935 when a captured shark regurgitated a human arm  

Saturday, 8 October 2016


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.

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.

Friday, 30 September 2016

John Billington

On 30 September 1630 John Billington became the first person in the North American colonies to be hanged for murder.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Monday, 19 September 2016

Tudor Food

I made a Youtube video about 16th century English food