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Monday, 28 April 2014

Israel

I wrote a little history of Ancient Israel www.localhistories.org/israel

Famous Women

I wrote a list of some of the famous women in history www.localhistories.org/famouswomen 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Poison gas

On 22 April 1915 the Germans used poison gas (chlorine) on the western front for the first time. In 1917 they began using mustard gas. The allies also developed their own chemical weapons. www.localhistories.org/weaponshist 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Yuri Gagarin

On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. The first woman in space was Valentina Tereshkova in 1963. The first American in space was John Glenn on 20 February 1962.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bananas

On 10 April 1633 bananas went on sale in England. People in England had already started to eat the new fruit or vegetable from the new world - pumpkins. Fruits like apricots, oranges and pomegrantes were already common in England - for those who could afford them. www.localhistories.org/fruits 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Women's Education

Its a myth that only men were educated in the past. Girls did not have the same opportunities as boys and they could not go to university but that does not mean they were never educated. Girls from rich families were usually educated at home by a tutor. They were often highly educated. Middle class girls were usually taught by their mothers but in 17th century England boarding schools opened for girls. Of course most boys had little or no education as it was expensive. www.localhistories.org/education 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Dick Turpin

On 7 April 1739 the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin was hanged. Like many famous robbers Turpin has become romanticized. Of course, in real life he was nothing like his romantic image and he was only 35 when he was hanged. Its strange how criminals often become heroes when they have been dead for a long time. www.localhistories.org/highwaymen 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Olympic Games revived

On 6 April 1896 the Olympic Games opened in Athens. It was a revival of the Ancient Greek Olympic Games and has been tremendously successful ever since. www.localhistories.org/games 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

April Fool

The earliest recorded April fools joke was in 1698 when people went to the Tower of London moat to see the lions being washed.