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Monday, 24 July 2017

Slavery

This is my history of slavery: www.localhistories.org/slavery.html

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Inventors who are not famous

I wrote a list of some inventors who are not famous but nevertheless made out lives a bit more comfortable. www.localhistories.org/inventors.html 

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Moon

On 21 July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon. Well done Neill. www.localhistories.org/space.html

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Sirimavo Bandaranaike

On 20 July 1960 Sirimavo Bandaranaike became prime minister of Sri Lanka. She was the first woman prime minister in the world. http://www.localhistories.org/womenrulers.html

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen was born on 16 July 1872. He was the first man to reach the South Pole www.localhistories.org/antarctica.html

Ancient India

In Ancient India surgeons were highly skilled. They were pioneers of plastic surgery. They performed an operation to reconstruct the nose (rhinoplasty). There were also hospitals in India and Sri Lanka before 200 BC. The Indians also produced brilliant mathematicians. Our numerals, 1,2,3 etc are derived from Indian numerals.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Coffee

According to legend coffee was discovered by an Ethiopian goat herd called Kaldi. He noticed that goats who ate certain beans became very lively. http://www.localhistories.org/coffee.html

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Women in Ancient Egypt

I found an interesting article about women in Ancient Egypt. They had a great deal of freedom and virtually the same rights as men. http://www.ancient.eu/article/623/ 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Petersfield

In the 18th century if you died poor the local authorities had to pay for your funeral. In the village of Buriton in Hampshire an old woman was sick. Realising she was dying the authorities put her on a cart and took her to the town of Petersfield. They dumped her in the street. (Legally if she died in Petersfield they would have to pay for her burial). Thank you so much. (Petersfield refused to pay and they took the case to court. They won). www.localhistories.org/petersfield.html 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

San Francisco

In 1846 the USA annexed California. On 9 July 1846 USS Portsmouth sailed into San Francisco Bay and sailors and marines went ashore and raised the US flag. The ship was named after Portsmouth, New Hampshire but it in turn was named after Portsmouth, England. www.localhistories.org/sanfrancisco.html  

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Strike in San Francisco

In May 1934 longshoremen in San Francisco went on strike. On 5 July 1934 ‘Bloody Thursday’ fighting began between police and strikers. Two of the strikers, Nick Bordaise and Howard Sperry were killed. www.localhistories.org/sanfrancisco.html

Monday, 3 July 2017

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Havant

My video of Havant is 3 years old https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXnqisgwEzE

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The typewriter

On 1 July 1874 the first successful typewriter went on sale. it created new opportunities for women www.localhistories.org/womensjobs.html 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Isabel Peron

On 29 June 1974 Isabel Peron became the first woman president of Argentina and the first woman president of any nation www.localhistories.org/womenrulers.html 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

George Orwell

My favourite author George Orwell was born on 25 June 1903. I don't normally like fiction but I love his novel 1984. www.localhistories.org/orwell.html 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Crime in World War II

Between 1939 and 1945 crime in Britain rose by more than 50%. The blackout (restrictions on showing lights) made crime easier. The sound of bombing disguised the sound of 
blowing safes or smashing windows to break into buildings. There were also, of course plenty or rich pickings from bombed houses. And you could steal things like rings from the  bodies of people killed by German bombing. www.localhistories.org/secondlife.html

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

St Pauls Cathedral

On 21 June the foundation stone of St Pauls Cathedral was laid. Wage accounts show that some of the carpenters who worked on it were women. (They were given the title 'widow'). It was common for women married to craftsmen to learn his trade and carry it on if he died. www.localhistories.org/london.html

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Women's work in the Middle Ages

I found an interesting video about women's work in the Middle Ages. Its a myth that women did not work in the past. They did all sorts of jobs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLxv8gcvH78

Monday, 12 June 2017

Women's Olympic Games

I knew Ancient Greek women were not allowed to participate in the Olympic Games but I didn't realise until today they had their own games, dedicated to the goddess Hera. https://www.penn.museum/sites/olympics/olympicsexism.shtml

Myths About Women's History

I wrote a new article - myths about women's history www.localhistories.org/womenmyths.html 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Salem

On 10 June 1692 the first people were hanged in the Salem witch trials in North America. Both men and women were hanged. (Hanging was the normal method of execution for 'witches' both male and female in England and her North American colonies). www.localhistories.org/salem 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Equal Pay Act

On 10 June 1963 President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act making it illegal to pay men and women different amounts for doing the same work. www.localhistories.org/womensrightstimeus.html 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Women's working hours

On 8 June 1847 the British parliament voted to ban women and children from working more than 10 hours in textile factories, to protect them from exploitation. In 1867 the law was extended to all factories. In 1878 a law forbade women in factories from working more than 56 hours a week. www.localhistories.org/womensjobs.html

George Orwell

On 8 June 1949 one of the world's greatest books was published. 1984 by George Orwell. www.localhistories.org/orwell

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Shopping Trolleys

Shopping carts were introduced on 4 June 1937. They were invented by a man named Sylvan Goldman. www.localhistories.org/shopping.html 

Emily Davison

On 4 June 1913 suffragette Emily Davison ran onto a race track and was hit by a horse. She died on 8 June. Fortunately the horse was not badly injured. Nor was the jockey. Queen Mary (wife of King George V) wrote to the jockey and told him she hoped he was not too badly injured by the 'abominable conduct of a brutal, lunatic woman'.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Viking Women

This is a very interesting article about Viking Women. This is a quote from it: 'On the other hand, women were respected in Norse society and had great freedom, especially when compared to other European societies of that era. They managed the finances of the family. They ran the farm in their husband's absence. In widowhood, they could be rich and important landowners. The law protected women from a wide range of unwanted attention'. http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/society/text/women.htm 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Joan of Arc

On 30 May 1431 Joan of Arc was burned. Joan was mentally ill. She heard voices. But for a time the French king found her useful. If she claimed God sent her and the French soldiers believed her that suited her fine. But she was eventually captured. For a time she was held prisoner by the Duke of Luxembourg (an ally of the English). He offered to hand her over to the French in return for a ransom. They said 'thanks, but no thanks'. She had outlived her usefulness. So he sold her to the English instead http://www.localhistories.org/joan