Tag Archives: England

February 10, 1355

On February 10, 1355, the St Scholastica Day riot broke out in Oxford, England. It all started when two students from the University of Oxford complained about the quality of wine they were served at the Swindlestock Tavern. Come on, … Continue reading

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February 2, 1349

On February 2, 1349, London, England was burying at least 200 people a day as a result of the Bubonic Plague. This disease had a mortality rate of over 80% if contracted. In 2020, many people in America were going, “This Corona Virus isn’t a real… Continue reading

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January 13, 1547

On January 13, 1547, the Earl of Surrey, Henry Howard was sentenced to death by Henry VIII of England. What got Henry Howard’s neck shortened? He added the arms of King Edward the Confessor to his coat of arms and Henry VIII thought the vain man wasn’t… Continue reading

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January 6, 1681

On January 6, 1681, the 2nd Duke of Albemarle of Britain, Christopher Monck, put on the first recorded boxing match in history. He ‘convinced’ his butler and his butcher to fight. It did take the promise and actual payment of money. The only rules were… Continue reading

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January 5, 2010

On January 5, 2010 the medical professionals at Southampton General Hospital in Hampshire, England encountered a medical emergency they’d never experienced before. A fourtyish year-old man was brought into the emergency room with his penis stuck into a… Continue reading

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December 30, 1887

On December 30, 1887, the home secretary of Queen Victoria of England received a petition from over 1,000,000 women that asked that public houses be closed on Sundays. And when those 1,000,000 women said public houses, they meant… Continue reading

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November 29, 1870

On November 29, 1870, Great Britain’s parliament passed the Elementary Act that required all children between the ages of five and thirteen to attend school. Just like in the United States, the ancestors of future… Continue reading

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August 19, 1900

On August 19, 1900, the only cricket match of the Summer Olympics began. I say began, because it took two days to complete. There were only two teams competing, England and France, as no other countries had athletes dull enough to… Continue reading

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August 8, 1969

On August 8, 1969, at a zebra crossing in London, England, photographer Iain Macmillan was able to capture with a photo the most famous image of four Beatles crossing a road in history. No actual zebras or beetles were harmed in… Continue reading

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August 2, 1100

On August 2, 1100 CE, King William II of England went hunting with his buddies. Remember, during this time, hunters weren’t required to wear bright orange vests and like the redneck white-trash the nobility was, they were… Continue reading

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