Category Archives: HISTORY

When Hollywood destroyed New York

When Hollywood destroyed New York


In 1953, the heat generated by an atomic bomb test near the North Pole releases a dinosaur from its Arctic tomb. The frenzied beast promptly heads for New York, where it wreaks havoc on Manhattan, before being killed at Coney Island amusement park. Then, barely half a decade later, a superhumanly strong killer robot goes on the rampage through the Big Apple, causing destruction on an epic scale. Only the presence of mind of an heroic young American saves the city from being wiped from the face of the earth.

Ernst Thälmann – Hitler’s forgotten rival

Ernst Thälmann – Hitler’s forgotten rival

One man who would have relished today’s crisis, just as he hoped to benefit hugely from the interwar slump, was the German communist leader Ernst Thälman. He is little remembered today but, in his time, was seen as Hitler’s great rival in the battle for power on the streets of Weimar Germany.

On this day – 22nd May

On this day – 22nd May

1570  Abraham Ortelius published the first modern atlas in Belgium

1819  The steamship Savannah became the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean
1892  Dr. Sheffield, a British dentist, invented the toothpaste tube
1908  The Wright brothers registered their flying machine for a U.S. patent

Tracing England’s First Castle

Tracing England’s First Castle

A British amateur historian has found what he believes to be England’s oldest castle – built by Norman adventurer 15 years before the battle of Hastings. Ground-breaking research by an expert on Herefordshire castles, Terry Wardle, strongly suggest that a mystery Norman castle mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle under the year 1051 was built in Herefordshire at a place now known as Burghill.

The Reluctant Bathing

The Reluctant Bathing

French king Henri IV sent an emissary to the Paris home of his superintendent of finances, the Duc de Sully, in 1610 to request his presence at a meeting. On the arrival the messenger was shocked to find Sully taking a bath. The Duc prepared to leave his bath and attend the king but the messenger stalled him, alarmed.