Monday, 30 November 2020

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Darwin

 On 24 November 1859, Charles Darwin's book On The Origin of Species was published www.localhistories.org/darwin.html

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Victorian ladies

 I am sure we have all wondered how did women in the 19th century go to the toilet (use the bathroom) with all those layers of clothing. This excellent video discreetly explains it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUHeSTDv_24

Thursday, 19 November 2020

World Toilet Day

 19 November is World Toilet Day. So let's hear it for the men who invented the modern toilet. In 1596 Sir John Harrington invented a flushing lavatory with a cistern. However, the idea failed to catch on. However, in 1775 Alexander Cumming was granted a patent for a flushing lavatory. Joseph Bramah made a better design in 1778. In 1883 a Mr. Ashwell invented the vacant/engaged bolt for public toilets.

Sunday, 15 November 2020

William Herschel

 William Herschel the great astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus was born on 15 November 1738. He also discovered infrared light. www.localhistories.org/herschel.html

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Angolan Independence Day

 Angola became independent on 11 November 1975. Happy Angolan Independence Day. www.localhistories.org/angola.html

Monday, 9 November 2020

Louisiana

 9 November is National Louisiana Day. I haven't written specifically about Louisiana but I did write about New Orleans www.localhistories.org/neworleans.html

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Edmund Halley

 The great astronomer Edmund Halley was born on 8 November 1656. He has a comet named after him. www.localhistories.org/halley.html

Saturday, 7 November 2020

Marie Curie

 Famous Polish scientist Marie Curie was born on 7 November 1867 (She was born Marya Sklodowska in Warsaw, Poland) www.localhistories.org/curie.html

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Gunpowder plot

 On 5 November 1605 a Catholic plot to blow up the king and parliament was foiled. www.localhistories.org/gun.html

Bra patented

Mary Phelps Jacob patented the modern bra on 3 November 1914. She invented the idea in 1913 when she sewed together some handkerchiefs and ribbons. www.localhistories.org/bra.html


Tuesday, 3 November 2020