Thursday, 30 July 2020

Emily Bronte

Emily Bronte was born on 30 July 1818. She is famous for her book Wuthering Heights. www.localhistories.org/emily.html

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short was born on 29 July 1924. In 1947 she became the victim of an unsolved murder in Los Angeles. She is sometimes called The Black Dahlia www.localhistories.org/black.html 

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Alexander McKee

Alexander McKee was born on 25 July 1918. He led the search for the wreck of Henry VIII's warship Mary Rose, which lay under the sea bed for more than 400 years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NgPGFifFQ

Friday, 24 July 2020

Detroit

Happy birthday Detroit. Antoine de Cadillac selected a site for a fort on 24 July 1701. Later it became a city. Later still they named a car after him. www.localhistories.org/detroit.html

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Anne Askew

On 16 July 1546, a Protestant woman named Anne Askew was burned to death for heresy. She is the only woman to be tortured in the Tower of London. She was tortured on the rack but she refused to change her beliefs. She had to be carried to the place of execution because she was unable to walk. www.localhistories.org/askew.html

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