Tag Archives: England

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 … 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 … 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 stainless-steel pipe. … 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 pubs, where … 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 anti-vaxxers and Flat Earthers complained … 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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July 23, 1764

On July 23, 1764 Bostonian lawyer and future patriot, James Otis Jr., published his views on taxation without representation. He was against it. When English King George III heard about it, he just harrumphed, and continued to… Continue reading

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July 16, 1439

On July 16, 1439, the Plague was ravaging through England and its young king, Henry VI was desperate to stop its deadly advance. So what did the 18-year old king do? He banned kissing. If people didn’t get close enough to kiss… Continue reading

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