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Goose and Frog’s Easter Journey Coaster by FirstNightDesign

Dear All, I had hoped not to write about the full extent of the ‘poor health I enjoy’ — try out the phrase yourself; it’…

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On this day: a nuclear disaster in the USSR | In Times Gone By…

This is the first picture taken of the destroyed nuclear reactor in Chernobyl (Chornobyl in Ukrainian), Ukraine. 27th April, 1986. Taken from a helicopter flying over to assess the damage, the imag…

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Learning from the Gracchi – the “First Socialists” | toritto

A lesson from history for today’s politics It is the year 135B. C  .in the Roman Republic. The Carthaginians had been finally defeated. The Roman Republic itself was already some 375 years ol…

Source: Learning from the Gracchi – the “First Socialists” | toritto

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Death at the Needle: The Tragedy of Victorian Seamstress Mary Walkley – Mimi Matthews

The Seamstress by Josef Gisela, 1897

“Sir,—I am a dressmaker, living in a large West-end house of business. I work in a crowded room with twenty-eight others. This morning one of my companions was found dead in her bed, and we all of …

Source: Death at the Needle: The Tragedy of Victorian Seamstress Mary Walkley – Mimi Matthews

April 22, 1918 – The Red Baron – Today in History

By way of comparison, the highest scoring Allied ace of the Great War was Frenchman René Fonck, with 75 confirmed victories. The highest scoring fighter pilot from the British Empire was Canadian B…

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W. B. O’Shaughnessy and the Introduction of Cannabis to Modern Western Medicine | The Public Domain Review

Photograph of “a hemp drug shop” in Khandesh, with “bhang, ganja, & majum” for sale, featured as part of the Report of the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission, 1893-1894 — Source.

Cataleptic trances, enormous appetites, and giggling fits aside, W. B. O’Shaughnessy’s investigations at a Calcutta hospital into the potential of medical marijuana — the first such trials in modern medicine — were largely positive. Sujaan Mukherjee explores the intricacies of this pioneering research and what it can tell us more generally about the production of knowledge in colonial science.

Source: W. B. O’Shaughnessy and the Introduction of Cannabis to Modern Western Medicine | The Public Domain Review

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Metropolitan Police Coat Hook – London, England – Atlas Obscura

Well, I never knew that but I bet you did, Pete!

To become a London cabbie requires more than guidebooks and a smart phone. There is a test—some say the world’s toughest test—known as The Knowledge. In order to pass, a driver needs to navigate the city’s 25,000 streets without a map or help from GPS, and identify every possible tourist spot, no matter how obscure. Case in point: Great Newport Street’s Metropolitan Police coat hook…

Source: Metropolitan Police Coat Hook – London, England – Atlas Obscura

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Men always get credit for women’s inventions—and there’s a term for that

Matilda Joslyn Gage. (J. C. Buttre after Napoleon Sarony/Library of Congress)

The ‘Matilda Effect’ is named for this female pioneer

In1852, 26-year-old Matilda Joslyn Gage addressed the National Women’s Rights Convention in Syracuse, New York. Though a newly minted activist unaccustomed to public speaking, she came to the lectern with a clear message…

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Remains of five archbishops found near Lambeth Palace | UK news | The Guardian

Builders find 30 lead coffins in crypt of former church next to archbishop of Canterbury’s official residence

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Stand and Deliver, Your Money or Your Life: Female Highwaymen of the Seventeenth Century – just history posts

The only known portrait of Katherine Ferrers believed to be from when she was 14 years old. WikiCommons

As yesterday [8 March] was International Women’s Day, I couldn’t resist writing a female-related post, and for this one I drew inspiration from a local legend in my area of the ‘Wicked Lady’. If you happen t…

Source: Stand and Deliver, Your Money or Your Life: Female Highwaymen of the Seventeenth Century – just history posts

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April 11, 1970  Houston, We’ve had a Problem – Today in History

For four days and nights, the three-man crew lived aboard the cramped, freezing Aquarius, a landing module intended to support a crew of 2 for only 1½ days

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The Phoney War: Benedicta Leigh

A quote about the beginning of The Second World War from my mother’s memoir, The Catch of Hands.

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Benedicta Leigh 1922-2000 • Photographer: David Sim

‘Like a spider’s web over a pile of rocks, the war was making little contact with many of us, and it hadn’t yet begun to shave bits away from people’s lives. So in order to feel necessary to one another, everyone went to a great many parties and dances, cricket matches and picnics; the telephone rang a good deal and it was often someone called Gerald or Adrian. None of it was really my cup of tea, and if I came home rather late, my mother questioned me minutely, chattering with nerves as she put her copy of ‘The Warden’ down on her bedside table. I said of course, he hadn’t, didn’t, wasn’t, and kissed her goodnight. It was true. I was much too frightened to let anyone do anything.

Inexorably, the war set in. Like a small blaze in an empty house, it could be almost overlooked to start with, consisting as it did of minor drawbacks, the blackout, form-filling, rations and making one’s nightdresses out of butter muslin, dyed on the Aga. The words most likely to cause an affray were: ‘No, Madam, I’m afraid we haven’t any. It’s the war, you see.’ But we managed.’

Benedicta Leigh, The Catch of Hands

Magic and Robots: Medieval Automatons – just history posts

The design for the Peacock fountain from The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices.

When people think of the medieval or early modern period, often it conjures images of the witch trials across the western world. These people are considered a superstitious bunch, deeply religious,…

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The History Girls: The Royal Free Hospital by Miranda Miller

In 1828 William Marsden, a young surgeon from Yorkshire, found an 18-year-old girl dying on the steps of St Andrew’s church Holborn because she couldn’t afford admission to a hospital. The only way for the poor…

Source: The History Girls: The Royal Free Hospital by Miranda Miller

The Battle of Crete Was The Reason Hitler Abandoned Parachute Assaults For Good

The Battle of Crete changed the way that Hitler thought about paratroopers forever, and gave the Germans a vital base in the Mediterranean.

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