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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Satellite

On 31 January 1958 the USA launched its first satellite Explorer I www.localhistories.org/space

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Monday, 25 January 2016

Winter Olympics

Happy birthday Winter Olympics. The first ones opened on 25 January 1924 in France. www.localhistories.org/games 

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Captain Cook

On 17 January 1773 Captain Cook became the first man to cross the Antarctic Circle. www.localhistories.org/cook 

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

Galileo

On 8 January 1642 Galileo died but on 8 January 1942 Stephen Hawking was born www.localhistories.org/galileo 

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. www.localhistories.org/games 

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) www.localhistories.org/womanfamoushist.html