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Saturday, 28 July 2012

Great Terror

On 28 July Robespierre the man who sent thousands to their deaths during the French Revolution was guillotined himself. www.localhistories.org/greatterror  

Monday, 23 July 2012

China in Space


 The Chinese launched their first manned spacecraft in 2003. In 2008 the first Chinese taikonaut walked in space.  Then in 2012 Liu Yang became the first Chinese woman in space. www.localhistories.org/space  

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Sri Lanka

On 21 July 1960 Sirimavo Bandaranaike became prime minister of Sri Lanka. She was the first woman prime minister in the world. www.localhistories.org/srilanka 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

William Herschel

I wrote a little biography of William Herschel the great astronomer who discovered Uranus. He also discovered infrared light. www.localhistories.org/herschel  

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Bastille

On 14 July 1789 the crowd in Paris captured the Bastille. There were only 7 prisoners in the Bastille but it was a symbol of royal power. The Bastille was built in the Middle Ages as a fort to defend Paris but it was later used as a prison. The fall of the Bastille meant the beginning of the end for Louis XVI. www.localhistories.org/frenchrevolution  

Friday, 13 July 2012

Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis was hanged on 13 July 1955. She was the last woman to be hanged in Britain. I wrote a history of capital punishment in Britain www.localhistories.org/capital 

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Tudor London

London grew enormously in the 16th century. At the end of the 15th century it may have had a population of 60,000 or 70,000 but by 1600 London had a population of perhaps 250,000. In 1500 the town was encompassed by its walls but by 1600 rich men had built houses along the Strand joining London to Westminster. In the Middle Ages the church owned about 1/4 of the land in London. When Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries it released a great deal of land for new buildings. www.localhistories.org/tudorlondon  

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Senegal

I wrote a brief history of Senegal. Its still a very poor country but the economy is growing steadily and there is reason to be hopeful about the future. www.localhistories.org/senegal  

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Panama

I wrote a short history of Panama. Its still a poor country but it is developing rapidly and it has a bright future. www.localhistories.org/panama 

Monday, 2 July 2012

Copernicus

I wrote a short biography of Nicolaus Copernicus the great 16th century astronomer. He was the genius who realised that the Earth and the other planets orbit the Sun not the other way round. www.localhistories.org/copernicus