Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Winston Churchill

I wrote a brief biography of British prime minister Winston Churchill

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.

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.

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. 

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).

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.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Women in the Ancient World

My Youtube video about women in the Ancient World is 1 year old

Sunday, 22 April 2018


On 22 April 1500 a Portuguese named Pedro Cabral discovered Brazil. He claimed Brazil for Portugal.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Typhoid vaccine

On 14 April 1903 Dr Harry Plotz discovered a vaccine against typhoid. Well done Harry.

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.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Friday, 30 March 2018


On 30 March 1867 the USA signed a treaty with Russia. The Russians agreed to sell Alaska for $7.2 million.  

Friday, 23 March 2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Guillotine

On 20 March 1792 the French Assembly agreed to use the guillotine as a humane method of execution. Dr Guillotin proposed using a mechanical beheading device and it was named after him. However the idea was not new. A device for beheading people was mentioned in Dublin, Ireland in 1307.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Self Raising Flour

On 11 March 1845 Henry Jones patented self raising flour. It was a small invention but it made cooking easier. Well done Henry. 

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.  

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


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.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Queen Elizabeth

On 25 February 1570 Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by the Pope. Nevertheless most English Catholics remained loyal to the queen.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Nicolaus Copernicus

Happy birthday Nicolaus Copernicus (19 February 1473), the man who realised the Earth orbits the Sun