Friday, 10 July 2020

Tall Tales

For all lovers of tall tales: Henry VIII was 6 feet 2 inches. England’s tallest king was Edward IV who was 6 feet 4 inches tall. By all accounts, William Wallace was also very tall. It's believed he was well over 6 feet tall. Beating them all was Tsar Peter the Great at 6 feet 8 inches tall. Among women, Mary Queen of Scots was almost 6 feet tall (very tall for a woman in the 16th century)

Monday, 6 July 2020

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Czech Heroine

On 28 June 1950 Milada Horáková, a heroine of the Czech resistance during World War II was executed by the Communists on trumped-up charges. https://www.private-prague-guide.com/article/milada-horakova/

Monday, 22 June 2020

Galileo

On 22 June 1633 Galileo was forced to recant his view that the Earth moves around the Sun, rather than the other way round. He spent the rest of his life under house arrest. Only 359 years later, in 1992 the Catholic Church admitted it was wrong. www.localhistories.org/galileo.html

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Lizzie Borden

On 20 June 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother although she was almost certainly guilty. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-19th-century-axe-murderer-lizzie-borden-was-found-not-guilty-180972707/