10 things that happened on this day in History… April 20th

We love our History, and we love to find out about interesting facts or events that happened on this very day back through the years. We picked 10 interesting things that occurred on this day throughout history, along with a handful of births and deaths. Swat up on your facts take a few minutes to think back on how this day might have been once…

Can you think of any interesting things that happened on this day in History?

1653 – Oliver Cromwell dissolves the Rump Parliament, which had existed for 5 years after the execution of King Charles I.

1775 – In the American War of Independence, the Siege of Boston begins.

1810 – The Governor of Caracas, Venezuela declares independence from Spain.

1902 – Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.

1926 – Sound is added to film as Western Electric and Warner Bros announce Vitaphone.

1946 – League of Nations dissolved, as it’s power goes to the United Nations.

1961 – The USA’s attempt to kill Fidel Castro fails with the Bay of Pigs 

1964 – BBC Two launches… with a power cut. 

1972 – Apollo 16 lands on the moon.


Born on this day

1889 – Nazi Dictator Adolf Hitler

1937 – The original Spock and star of Star Trek, George Takei

1964 – Actor and Lord of the Rings’ Gollum, Andy Serkis


Died on this day

1314 – Pope Clement V (b.1264)

1991 – Singer Steve Marriott (b. 1947)

1992 – Comedian Benny Hill (b.1924)

If you could go metal detecting anywhere in world, where would it be?

Lately we have been lucky with some beautiful weather and around siesta time, we have all found ourselves in a bit of a day dream thinking about if we could go metal detecting anywhere in the world, where would we go and why?

Sure, we came up with tonnes of places we would like to go…here is our top 5!

Machu Picchu was one. Why? Famously referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas” and located in southern Peru, this fascinating city lies on top of a mountain only accessible by train or 4-day trek (we fancied the trek). It was an important cultural centre for the Inca civilisation, but was abandoned when the Spanish came. The location was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and was also named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007!

Petra was another. Why? We think Petra is one of the coolest and biggest attractions in the world! Carved into a canyon in Arabah, Jordan, Petra was made famous by the third Indiana Jones film when he went to find the Holy Grail. Though its founding is not known, it appears this place had settlers as early as the 6th century B.C. Under Roman rule, the site declined rapidly and was abandoned by the late 4th century.

Stonehenge. Why? First off, yes there are amazing place around the world, but let’s not be guilty of overlooking what’s on our doorstep! Located near Salisbury, England, this megalithic structure is over 3,000 years old, and its stones come all the way from Wales. Scholars still are not sure how the builders got the stones from Wales, and have tried to replicate the feat with dismal results. Stonehenge is now fenced off, and you can no longer go into the circle…we’d love to get in there and see what we’d find!

The Colesseum. Why? This one almost doesn’t need any justification, in fact, none of them do really. The idea of standing in the spot Caesar walked, and being amongst the remains of a civilisation that once controlled the “known” world ranks this pretty highly with us. The Colosseum has slowly crumbled throughout the ages and much of it is now restricted; especially the floor and basement where everything was organised…we’d love to have dig here!

The Pyramids at Giza. Why? These beauties are over 3000 years old, and we still don’t have a good idea as to how the Egyptians built these and with such precision. They are truly a marvel of human engineering. The largest, the Great Pyramid, was built by the Pharaoh Khufu and has limited access to it. The Pyramids align to the stars and the solstices and contain vast chambers we still haven’t opened…

So those were a selection of the places we would love to go metal detecting in if we could…

We asked the gang on our Facebook page and here’s what they said…

Deano Young: around the pyramid. In Egypt.

Gabrielle Freeman: Ephesus in turkey.

Peter Davey: On Buckingham Palace lawn

Stephen Llewellyn: got to be rome, history beneath your feet on a mega scale.

Andrew Fudge: UK for me loads of history here on my doorstep 😉

Chris Keyworth: My fave detecting spot thysdrus north africa detected there many times

Hugo Fernandes: PORTUGAL 😉

Richard Walker: Algarve beaches with my minelab Explorer se.

Like us on Facebook and tell us where you would detect and why….

Mud Men Final Episode: A Poland Special…Poland and The Second World War

Mud Men, you either love it or you hate it, and we firmly sit in the Love camp! The series follows members of the Mudlarks Society as they hunt for items on the River Thames foreshore that may have changed the course of history. The series is presented by Johnny Vaughan and Steve “Mud God” Brooker, chairman of the Mudlarks Society…

Last weeks final special Polish episode of Mud Men features a Minelab E-Trac, Fisher F75 Special Edition and other Joan Allen bits all loaned by Joan Allen Metal Detectors!

One thing that particularly struck us after watching the final show was Poland’s relationship with the Second World War… I suppose we didn’t really appreciate a, their involvement and b, that the Polish lived in constant fear and endured the most severe wartime occupation conditions in modern European history.

I guess we also overlook at times that Polish Squadrons played an important role in the Battle of Britain, accounting for 12% of all German aircraft destroyed at the cost of 33 lives. By the end of the war Poland had flown a total of 86,527 sorties, lost 1669 men and shot down 500 German planes and 190 V1 rockets.

Now we aren’t attempting to give people a History lesson here, and we are by no means assuming authority on the subject, we are merely wishing to express our respect towards the Polish state and acknowledge the pain it went through; like many people did.

Poland and The Second World War:

After an unsuccessful First World War campaign and a German national resentment to peace terms, Hitler began driving a new German war machine across Europe in 1939.

Hitler subsequently invaded Poland on September 1st, 1939, hurling the majority of Germanys armed forces at it’s eastern neighbour; with this event considered the catalyst of World War II; the most devastating period in the history of Poland.

Based on existing guarantees of security, Britain and France declared war two days later, but they gave no effective assistance to their ally.

Mid-September saw Warsaw surrounded, despite stout resistance by outnumbered Polish forces. The Soviet Union then administered the cherry on the cake by invading from the east on September 17. For the next five years, Poland endured an environment of constant fear but with staggering courage.

6 million people, over 15% of Poland’s population perished between 1939 and 1945. The war not only claimed an unquantifiable amount of lives, it also left much of Poland in ruins; inflicting emotional and physical scars.

Hans Frank said, “If I wanted to put up a poster for every seven Poles shot, the forests of Poland would not suffice to produce the paper for such posters.”

The Germans declared their intention of wiping out the Polish race alongside the Jews, by a process otherwise known as the “Holocaust.” This process was carried out systematically, as with all things German, with all members of the ‘intelligentsia’ hunted down in order to destroy Polish culture and leadership.

2000 concentration camps were built in Poland, which became the major site of the extermination programme, since this was where most of the intended victims lived. Polish Jews were herded into Ghettos and slowly starved, with non-jewish Poles either transported to Germany for slave labour or simply executed.

Never Give Up

Poland was the only country to combat Germany from the first day of the Polish invasion until the end of the war in Europe. Despite everything, the Polish Army, Navy and Air Force reorganised abroad and continued to fight the Germans. In fact they have the distinction of being the only nation to fight on every front in the War.

In 1940 they fought in France, in the Norwegian campaign they earned a reputation for bravery at Narvik, and in Africa the Carpathian Brigade fought at Tobruk.

A major contribution to the Allied side in the 1930s came from the Polish intelligence personnel. Polish agents had secured information on the top-secret German code machine, Enigma, and experts aided the British in using this information to intercept Hitler’s orders to German military leaders.

In Poland itself, resistance to the German regime came from The Home Army (Armia Krajowa), which operated under direction of the London government-in-exile. The Home Army became one of the largest and most effective underground movements of World War II and was the backbone of a network of genuine Polish institutions and cultural activities.

By 1944 it had claimed 400,000 members, commanding wide-spread popular support. The Home Army conducted a vigorous campaign of sabotage and intelligence gathering, as a means of social defence against the invaders…

10 things that happened on this day in History… April 3rd:

We love our History, and we love to find out about interesting facts or events that happened on this very day back through the years. We picked 10 interesting things that occurred on this day throughout history, along with a handful of births and deaths. Swat up on your facts take a few minuets to think back on how this day might have been once…

1043 – Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England

1882 – American Old West: Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford. He was shot in the back by Bob Ford, one of his own gang members, reportedly for a $10,000 reward.

1895 – Trial of the libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality.

1922 – Joseph Stalin becomes the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

1933 – First flight over Mount Everest, a British expedition, led by the Marquis of Clydesdale, and funded by Lucy, Lady Houston

1948 – President Truman signed the Marshall Plan, which would foster the recovery of war-torn Europe.

1954 – 100th Boat Race Oxford wins the 100th Boat Race by four-and-a-half lengths from Cambridge in rough conditions on the River Thames.

1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., less than 24 hours before he was assassinated.

1973 – Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs, though it took ten years for the DynaTAC 8000X to become the first such phone to be commercially released.

2000 – United States v. Microsoft: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors.

Born on this day:

1366 Henry IV of England (d. 1413)

1643Charles V, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1690)

1924Doris Day, American actress, singer and animal rights activist

1924Marlon Brando, American actor (d. 2004)

1946John Virgo, English snooker player

1964Andy Robinson, English rugby player

Died on this day:

963William III, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 915)

1287Pope Honorius IV (b. c. 1210)

1606Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devon (b. 1563)

1950Carter G. Woodson, American historian, author, and journalist, founder of Black History Month (b. 1875)

Can you think of any interesting things that happened on this day in History?