Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Astronaut Day

 5 May is National Astronaut Day so here is my revamped history of space exploration

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Catherine the Great

 Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia was born on 2 May 1729

Friday, 30 April 2021

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Mary Wollstonecraft

 Famous writer Mary Wollstonecraft was born on 27 April 1759. She is famous for her book A Vindication of the Rights of Women.

Monday, 26 April 2021

Ironing board

 A man named John B. Porter invented a portable ironing board in 1875. But on 26 April 1892, Sarah Boone patented an improved version.

Friday, 23 April 2021

Thursday, 22 April 2021

History of Sweets

 22 April is National Jelly Bean Day so here is my revamped history of sweets

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Saturday, 10 April 2021


Bananas were first recorded in England on 10 April 1633 when they went on sale in London.

The Titanic

On 10 April 1912, The Titanic set sail from Southampton

Friday, 9 April 2021


 I made a little video about the village of Hambledon in Hampshire 

Friday, 2 April 2021

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Alaska Treaty

 On 30 March 1867 US Secretary of State William Henry Seward signed a treaty to buy Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million - less than 2 cents an acre. 

Friday, 26 March 2021

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Selling your wife (or husband)

 In the 18th century and 19th-century men sometimes sold their wives. (There were also cases where women sold their husbands). This strange custom arose because poor people could not divorce. (Until 1857 it took an act of parliament to dissolve a marriage so divorce was only possible for the rich). However, the wife had to consent to the sale, and often she was sold to her lover. Selling your husband or wife was not actually legal but in the early 19th century it was tolerated, especially in rural communities. However, divorce became easier after 1857 and the police began to prosecute men who sold their wives. The last known case of a man selling his wife in Britain was in Leeds in 1926. He sold her for £10 (a large amount of money at that time). The woman consented to be sold but the man was prosecuted.

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Thomas Cranmer

 On 21 March 1556 the Thomas Cranmer, Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury was burned to death during the reign of the Catholic Queen Mary

Saturday, 20 March 2021

International Women's Day

 The first International Women’s Day was held on 19 March 1911. A ‘Women’s Day’ was organized by the US Socialist Party in 1908. European Socialists copied the idea and in 1910 it was agreed that an International Women's Day would be held next year.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Myths About Corsets

 Most of us have grown up with myths about corsets - they were like instruments of torture, they made women faint etc. This clothes historian says none of it is true, corsets were not dangerous or even uncomfortable.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Saint Patrick

 According to legend Saint Patrick was captured when he was young and made a slave in Ireland. He escaped back to Britain but eventually returned to Ireland to preach. It's probably not true. It's more likely Patrick was a slave trader himself.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Caroline Herschel

 The great astronomer Caroline Herschel was born on 16 March1750. In 1828 The Royal Astronomical Society awarded Caroline the gold medal for science. In 1846 she was given the Prussian Gold Medal for science.

Monday, 15 March 2021

The Jersey Martyrs

 I found this video about the horrifying about murder of Protestants on the Island of Jersey in the 16th century.

Shoe the World

 15 March is National Shoe the World Day. Sadly for many people in the world shoes are a luxury.

Saturday, 13 March 2021


 I found an interesting video about oubliettes. An oubliette was a kind of dungeon within a dungeon. It was usually a cell at the bottom of another cell.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Tuesday, 9 March 2021


 Happy birthday Barbie. (She made her debut at a toy fair on 9 March 1959). 

Monday, 8 March 2021

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Friday, 5 March 2021

Thursday, 4 March 2021


 Chicago was incorporated as a city on 4 March 1837. Happy birthday Chicago.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021


 Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone was born on 3 March 1847

Monday, 1 March 2021

19th Century Food

 Four years ago I made this video about food in the 19th century

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Denmead, Hampshire

 I reuploaded a little video about the history of Denmead (a village in Hampshire). 

Friday, 26 February 2021

Christopher Marlowe

The great Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe was baptised on 26 February 1564. We don't know the exact date of his birth because in those days they recorded the date of the baptism not the birth.

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Friday, 19 February 2021

Thursday, 18 February 2021


 On 18 February 1930 Clyde Tombaugh discovered the dwarf planet Pluto. (Originally it was considered a planet but it was later 'demoted').

Monday, 15 February 2021

Saturday, 13 February 2021

St Valentines Day

 This is a video I made about the history of St Valentines Day

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Origins of English Surnames

 My Youtube video about the origin of English surnames has reached 20,000 views. It's the first video to reach 20,000. 

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Samuel Plimsoll

 Samuel Plimsoll was born on 10 February 1824. Shipowners sometimes overloaded ships with cargo, which was dangerous and often led to sinkings. Plimsoll campaigned for ships to have a line painted on their side to show if they were overloaded and floating dangerously low in the water. His work saved many lives. Well Done Samuel.

Queen Victoria

 On 10 February 1840 Queen Victoria married her cousin Albert. Victoria chose to wear a white wedding dress. Because the queen wore a white wedding dress it became the fashion for brides to wear white. (In the past white clothes were a status symbol because they were difficult to clean. If you wore white it meant you must have lots of servants to clean them).

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Denmead, Hampshire

 I made a little video about the history of the village of Denmead in Hampshire

Monday, 8 February 2021

The Gas Chamber

 On 8 February 1924 Gee Jon became the first person in the USA to be executed in the gas chamber 

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Charles Dickens

 Famous English writer Charles Dickens was born on 7 February 1812.

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Women's sports

 3 February 2021 is National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Here is an article I wrote about the history of women's sports.

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

New York

 On 2 February 1653 New Amsterdam was incorporated as a city. It was later captured by the British and renamed New York. (It was renamed after the Duke of York, the King's brother).

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Guy Fawkes

 Guy Fawkes was executed on 31 January 1606. They were going to hang, draw and quarter him (hang him till he was unconscious then cut him down, and when he came round disembowel then dismember him) but when the hangman put the noose around his neck Fawkes jumped off the scaffold and broke his neck.

Thursday, 28 January 2021

18th Century Women

 Three years ago I made this video about women in the 18th century:

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Myths About the Middle Ages

 My Youtube video about myths about the Middle Ages has reached 1,500 hits (slow clap)

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

James Watt

 The great Scottish inventor James Watt was born on 19 January 1736. He didn't actually invent the steam engine but he invented a much more efficient version.

Monday, 18 January 2021

Captain Scott

 On 18 January 1912 Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole only to find that Roald Amundsen had already been there. Sadly Scott and his men did not make it back to safety.

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

King Canute

 King Canute was crowned king of England on 6 January 1017.

Monday, 4 January 2021


4 January is Myanmar Independence Day. Myanmar (then called Burma) became independent on 4 January 1948)

Sunday, 3 January 2021