Category Archives: HISTORY

On this day – 23rd May

On this day – 23rd May


1430  Joan of Arc was captured by Burgundians. She was then sold to the English

1827  The first nursery school in the U.S. was established in New York City
1915  During World War I, Italy joined the Allies as they declared war on Austria-Hungary
1934  In Bienville Parish, LA, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed by Texas Rangers. The bank robbers were riding in a stolen Ford Deluxe.

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.