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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

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Henry VIII

28 January 1547 was a sad day. Our great king Henry VIII died. www.localhistories.org/Henryviii

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. www.localhistories.org/capital 

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 

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Elizabeth Blackwell

On 23 January 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the USA to receive a medical degree. The first woman doctor in Britain was Elizabeth Garrett Anderson in 1865.

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 

Sunday, 3 January 2016