Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Chocolate Day

 28 October is National Chocolate Day

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Captain Cook

 Famous explorer Captain James Cook was born on 27 October 1728 

Monday, 26 October 2020


 Happy birthday Norway. It formally separated from Sweden and became an independent country on 26 October 1905. 

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Sam Houston

 On 22 October 1836 Sam Houston was sworn in as the first elected president of the Republic of Texas

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Alaska Day

 On 18 October 1867 Alaska passed from Russia to the USA. Happy Alaska Day. Happy Alaska Day.

Friday, 16 October 2020

Marie Antoinette

On 16 October 1793, Marie Antoinette was guillotined. She almost certainly never said 'let them eat cake'.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Mary Rose

On 11 October 1982 Henry VIII's warship The Mary Rose was raised from the sea bed. (It sank in 1545). I remember hearing all about it and even reading about it in a local newspaper but I cannot remember seeing it being raised on TV.

Friday, 9 October 2020


 Uganda became independent on 9 October 1962. Happy birthday Uganda. 

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Edgar Allan Poe

Sadly, Edgar Allan Poe died on 7 October 1849. I love his short story, The Masque of the Red Death.


 On 7 October 1571, a Christian fleet totally defeated the Turkish fleet at the naval battle of Lepanto in the eastern Mediterranean. After the battle 12,000 Christian galley slaves were set free.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Pierre Curie

I wrote a brief bio of Pierre Curie. He was one of the great scientists of the late 19th century