10 Things that happened on this day in History… May 24th

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?

1218 – The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt

1830 – The story Mary Had a Little Lamb is first published.

1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic.

1895 – Henry Irving becomes the first person in the world of theatre to get a knighthood.

1915 – Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary in World War I

1943 – In the Holocaust Josef Mengele arrives at Auschwitz as Chief Medical Officer.

1956 – The first ever Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland.

1962 – U.S astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times as part of Project Mercury

1976 – Concorde first goes from London to Washington D.C

1994 – The four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in New York a year earlier are sentenced to 240 years in prison.

Births:

15 BC – Roman Commander Julius Caesar Germanicus

1819 – Queen Victoria I

1941 – Singer and songwriter Bob Dylan

1965 – Actor John C. Reilly

1966 – Manchester United legend Eric Cantona

1973 – TV Presenter Dermot O’Leary

Deaths:

1984 – Vincent J. McMahon – founder of the WWF (now WWE)

1995 – Harold Wilson, politician and ex-Prime Minister

2010 – Musician and bassist from Slipknot Paul Gray

What are your memories of May 24? Let us know and comment below or on the Joan Allen Facebook page.

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10 Things that happened on this day in History… May 10th

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?

 

1497 – Amerigo Vespucci leaves Cadiz on a voyage to find the New World

 

1774 – Marie Antoinette becomes Queen of France

 

1824 – The National Gallery in London opens to the public

 

1924 – J. Edgar Hoover becomes the Director of the FBI… and never steps down

 

1940: Germany invades as the Nazi’s claim the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg in WWII.

 

1940: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

 

1941: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try and negotiate peace between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany… and was immediately imprisoned.

 

1954: The birth of rock and roll, as Bill Haley & His Comets “Rock Around the Clock” reaches number one in the US.

 

1994: Nelson Mandela becomes the first black president of South Africa.

 

2002: Former FBI Agent Robert Hanssen sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for selling US secrets.

 

Births

1899: World-renowned dancer Fred Astaire

 

1957: Bassist in The Sex Pistols – Sid Vicious

 

1960: Bono, frontman of U2

 

1968: Al Murray, comedian

 

1969: Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp

 

Deaths:

1566: Botanist Leonhart Fuchs

 

1774: King Louis XV of France

 

1977: Actress Joan Crawford

 

1994: John Wayne Gacy – US serial killer

 

2006: Director Val Guest

 


On this day in History, May 4th…

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?

1471 Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward, Prince of Wales.

1493 Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.

1675 King Charles II of England orders the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

1776 Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to declare independence from England & King George III.

1799 Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is invaded and Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.

1818 Netherlands and England sign treaty against illegal slave handling.

1904 The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.

1919 May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan.

1945 World War II: Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg is liberated by the British Army.

World War II: The North Germany Army surrenders to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.

1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Births

1008 King Henry I of France

1974 Tony McCoy, Northern Irish National Hunt jockey

1985 Ravinder Bopara, English cricketer

1989 Rory McIlroy, Northern Irish golfer

2009 Prince Henrik of Denmark, Danish royalty

Deaths

1471 Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales (killed in battle).

1471 Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset, English military commander (executed).

1972 Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

1938 Carl von Ossietzky, German pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

1903 Gotse Delchev, a revolutionary from the Balkans – leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization.

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….