Tag Archives: England

July 17, 1917

On July 17, 1917 King George V, King of England decided it would be a good idea to change his family’s last name. It was Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and extremely German, and since England was currently at war with Germany and its … Continue reading

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July 13, 1871

On July 13, 1871, Harrison Weir organized the first championship cat show, also known as a Cat Fancy. The show was held at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London, England. The cats were judged on several criteria, including overall catness and … Continue reading

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July 5, 1841

On July 5, 1841, Thomas Cook of Leicester, England started the first travel agency. On that date in 1841, Thomas Cook escorted 500 people, who paid one shilling each to travel from Leiscester Campbell railway station to a teetotaler rally … Continue reading

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July 3, 1844

On July 3, 1844, the last pair of Great Auks were killed. The Great Auk was a large, flightless seabird that lived in the islands of the Northern Atlantic around northern Scotland. Unfortunately for these large, penguinesque birds, they were … Continue reading

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June 11, 1509

On June 11, 1509 King Henry VIII of England married the first of his six wives, Catherine of Aragon. The reader must understand, this was not a Mormon marriage, as Henry was a Catholic at the time. He was married … Continue reading

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June 9, 1549

On June 9, 1549, the Book of Common Prayer was adopted by the Church of England. Over the lips, through the gums, look out stomach, here it comes, was not included. All though there were sections on the begging for … Continue reading

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May 11, 1812

On May 11, 1812, the Waltz was introduced into English ballrooms. Many observers considered it to be disgusting and immoral, especially the way the couples clung tightly to each other and spun around like tops. They at first considered it … Continue reading

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April 20, 1818

On April 20, 1818, in England, the last trial by combat was claimed. In trial by combat, the defendant and the accuser face each other in a 60 foot square, after taking oaths against using witchcraft and sorcery. If the … Continue reading

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April 16, 1705

On April 16, 1705, Queen Anne of England knighted Isaac Newton for his contributions to math and science that brought prestige and acclaim to the British Empire. The now “Sir” Isaac Newton showed nerds worldwide that hot chicks could also … Continue reading

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March 27, 1794

On March 27, 1794, Denmark and Sweden formed a neutrality compact. Off to the side, Switzerland noticed what they were doing and thought to itself. “Hmmm. If I was to add a high quality milk chocolate and a highly confidential … Continue reading

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