Sunday, 31 January 2016


On 31 January 1958 the USA launched its first satellite Explorer I

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Henry VIII

28 January 1547 was a sad day. Our great king Henry VIII died.

Derek Bentley

On 28 January 1953 Derek Bentley was hanged for murder even though another man fired the fatal shot. (Bentley was unarmed and he had surrendered to the police when the shot was fired). Bentley was pardoned in 1998. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Monday, 25 January 2016

Winter Olympics

Happy birthday Winter Olympics. The first ones opened on 25 January 1924 in France. 

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Captain Cook

On 17 January 1773 Captain Cook became the first man to cross the Antarctic Circle. 

Friday, 15 January 2016

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Income Tax

On 9 January 1799 British prime minister William Pitt introduced income tax. It was set at 10%. As they say nothing in life is certain except death and taxes.

Friday, 8 January 2016


On 8 January 1642 Galileo died but on 8 January 1942 Stephen Hawking was born 

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Egyptian parties

For entertainment the Egyptians loved parties. If a rich person invited you to a feast, singers, musicians, dancers, jugglers, wrestlers and jesters would entertain you. Musicians played wooden flutes, harps, lutes, drums and clappers. At a rich person's banquet guests were given a cone of perfumed fat to put on their heads. It slowly melted leaving the wearer smelling nice. 

Monday, 4 January 2016

Rose Heilbron

On 4 January 1972 Rose Heilbron became the first woman judge at the Old Bailey (The central criminal court in London) 

Sunday, 3 January 2016