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Monday, 25 November 2013

Mary Shelley

I wrote a brief bio of Mary Shelley. She is famous for her horror novel Frankenstein. www.localhistories.org/shelley 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Queen Elizabeth I

I wrote a brief biography of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). During her reign England grew in power and prosperity www.localhistories.org/elizabeth 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Caroline Herschel

I wrote about Caroline Herschel. Her brother William is famous for discovering the planet Uranus but Caroline was famous in her own right as an astronomer.  Its a pity she is not better remembered. www.localhistories.org/caroline 

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The Bra is patented

On 13 November 1914 Mary Phelps Jacob patented the bra. She had the idea in 1913 when she sewed two handkerchiefs together with ribbons. Bra is short for brassiere, which was the French word for a soldier's breastplate. www.localhistories.org/womenund 

Friday, 8 November 2013

William Blake

I wrote a brief biography of William Blake. He was the great poet who wrote The Tyger and Jerusalem. www.localhistories.org/blake 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Monday, 4 November 2013

Detroit

The great city of Detroit began as a French fort. The French built it on the Detroit River in 1701. Led by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac (1658-1730) 100 soldiers and workers built a wooden palisade. Soon a little settlement grew up by the fort but in 1760 during the Seven Year War Detroit was captured by the British. In 1796 the Americans took control of Detroit. In 1802 Detroit was incorporated as a town. However in 1805 Detroit  was devastated by a fire. Yet it was soon rebuilt. Then in 1812 Detroit was captured by the British. www.localhistories.org/detroit 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Dolls Houses

The first dolls house was made in Germany in 1558. It was made for Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria. Dolls houses were popular with the wealthy in the 17th century and 18th century. However at that time dolls houses were not toys. Instead they were for display. www.localhistories.org/dolls