Tag Archives: England

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 … 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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July 1, 1858

On July 1, 1858, a joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s papers on evolution was given to the Linnean Society in London, England. They all agreed that the papers and research were well thought out and… Continue reading

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June 19, 240 BCE

On June 19, 240 BCE, Greek philosopher and scientist, Eratosthenes, estimated the circumference of the Earth using two sticks and got pretty darned close to its actual value. Today in the world, there are actually people who… Continue reading

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June 4, 1850

On June 4, 1850, self-deodorizing fertilizer was patented in England. So it no longer smelled like poo. It smelled like fancy poo. Americans and Australians immediately rejected the idea of fancy smelling poo. It was just too… Continue reading

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May 30, 1842

On May 30, 1842, England’s little portly Queen Victoria proved to be quite the badass. On May 29, while she and her husband, Prince Albert were travelling by carriage down Constitution Hill, a man jumped up and pointed a pistol… Continue reading

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April 29, 1715

On April 29, 1715, English astronomer, John Flamsteed, observed Uranus for the sixth time. Heheh. The twelve year-old in me never tires of that. Uranus. Heheheheheh.

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