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Post by Whiskers on Wed 25 Feb 2015, 14:18

surprised   I just thought the calendar was the calendar. I know Moslems have a different calendar. First I knew about Julian and Gregorian. sidestep Cheers for that KK. It's all down to religion!
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Post by Whiskers on Wed 25 Feb 2015, 14:19

Beatings in UK state schools were outlawed 1982
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Post by Kitkat on Thu 26 Feb 2015, 12:47

@Whiskers wrote:surprised   I just thought the calendar was the calendar. I know Moslems have a different calendar.  First I knew about Julian and Gregorian. sidestep Cheers for that KK.  It's all down to religion!  


Our whole lives are centred around religion of some sort, in some way or another - whether we know it or not, and whether we like to admit it or not - it's true. yes nod
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 26 Feb 2015, 14:13

@Kitkat wrote:Our whole lives are centred around religion of some sort, in some way or another - whether we know it or not, and whether we like to admit it or not - it's true.  yes nod

Probably right.


Today in history. Robert Watson-Watt gave the first demonstration of radar, Daventry 1935
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MP's in the House of Commons approve a proposal to simply English spelling  1953
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Post by Whiskers on Sun 01 Mar 2015, 08:24

That last one should be simplify, not simply.


28th Feb. Cambridge University scientissts Watson and Crick discover chemical structure of DNA 1953.



1st March. 1966 - Chancellor of the Exchequer, James Callaghan, confirms plans for Britain to go Decimal in 1971.
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Post by Whiskers on Mon 02 Mar 2015, 18:35

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Today in history -
English novelist D.H. Lawrence died 1930.


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Post by Whiskers on Tue 03 Mar 2015, 21:00

It's fine now KK. Thanks.


BBC announces plans to begin broadcasting television programmes in colour the following year 1966
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 05 Mar 2015, 13:14

Ben Johnson gets life ban from athletics after failed drugs test for the second time  1993


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Post by Whiskers on Fri 06 Mar 2015, 14:51

Clarence Birdseye's frozen food first on sale Springfield LA 1930


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Post by Kitkat on Fri 06 Mar 2015, 16:34

@Whiskers wrote:Clarence Birdseye's frozen food first on sale Springfield LA  1930

Was that before - or after - sliced bread, I wonder(?)  study
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Post by Whiskers on Sun 08 Mar 2015, 13:41

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@Whiskers wrote:Clarence Birdseye's frozen food first on sale Springfield LA  1930

Was that before - or after - sliced bread, I wonder(?)  study


No.  Sliced bread was a couple of years before Birdseye.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sliced_bread
Otto Frederick Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa, USA invented the first loaf-at-a-time bread-slicing machine. A prototype he built in 1912 was destroyed in a fire[2] and it was not until 1928 that Rohwedder had a fully working machine ready. The first commercial use of the machine was by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri, which produced their first slices on July 7, 1928.[3]
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Post by Whiskers on Mon 09 Mar 2015, 13:15

First Ford Mustang produced 1964
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Post by Whiskers on Tue 10 Mar 2015, 15:05

British girl band "The Spice Girls" become the first group to have their first four singles top the charts 1997
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Post by Whiskers on Wed 11 Mar 2015, 21:31

£1 notes replaced with coins by the Bank of England 1988


I did look KK but couldnt find any links about this. Found something else though.

Bank of England could break with 300-year tradition and issue plastic banknotes within three years surprised

(This is dated September 2013) http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-2416732/Bank-England-break-300-year-old-tradition-issue-plastic-banknotes-years.html
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 12 Mar 2015, 15:43

England establishes 30 mph speed limit for towns and villages 1935
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Post by Kitkat on Thu 12 Mar 2015, 18:26

@Whiskers wrote:England establishes 30 mph speed limit for towns and villages  1935

I wouldn't have thought there was that much speeding going on in the 1930's - but going by this article "Auto Safety History", it seems was quite a problem at that time (in America anyway):

http://amhistory.si.edu/onthemove/themes/story_86_1.html

In the 1910s, speeding, reckless driving, collisions, and pedestrian fatalities were new problems requiring new solutions. The first remedies comprised a social response focused on controlling and improving driver behavior. By the early 1920s, the National Safety Council compiled accident statistics, held conferences, and sponsored Safety Week campaigns in cities in the hope that increased public awareness would promote careful driving. Controlling driver behavior through laws, fines, signals, and drunk driving arrests were obvious ways to decrease the fatality rate.

Americans were slow to understand the importance of redesigning automobiles to make driving safer. At first, the automobile was perceived as a neutral device that merely responded to a driver’s commands and could not cause an accident. But by the late 1920s, manufacturers acknowledged that design flaws compromised safety. They introduced a technological response to safety issues, adding shatter-resistant windshields and four-wheel brakes instead of two-wheel brakes.

In the 1930s, this approach evolved into a market response as auto makers actively promoted new safety improvements such as all-steel bodies and hydraulic brakes.
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American physicist Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid fuelled rocket 1926
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Alexei Leonov, first man to walk in space 1965
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Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon after 16 years of marriage 1976
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Yesterday (20th March) - World Cup stolen while on exhibition at Central Hall in Westminster, London  1966

Several days of anxiety and frustration followed the Cup's theft.

Brazil said it was a sacrilege that would never have been committed in Brazil where even its thieves loved football too much.

But the trophy was eventually found by Pickles, a mongrel dog, out for a walk with his owner, on 27 March in south London.

Later that year it was England who won the World Cup, but in 1970 Brazil was allowed to keep the trophy for ever, after winning the competition for the third time.

The replacement trophy remains the prize for the World Cup to this day.

The Jules Rimet cup was stolen again in 1983 - in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has never been recovered.



Today (21st March) - Composer Johann Sebastian Bach born  1685
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Post by Whiskers on Mon 23 Mar 2015, 11:40

The movie "Titanic" won 11 Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards 1998
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26th March - Women allowed on the London Stock Exchange floor for the first time 1973

27th March - "Singin' in the Rain", the comedy musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds is released 1952
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Angora and Constantinople changed names to Ankara and Instanbul 1930
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Post by Whiskers on Sun 29 Mar 2015, 19:12

Captain Scott wrote last diary entry 1912

(Haven't a clue what that's about, but that's what it says for today!)
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The German car manufacturer BMW buys Rolls-Royce 1998
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Singer Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father 1984
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Red Rum gallops into racing history by winning the Grand National for a record third time 1977
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Winston Churchill resigned as British Prime Minister 1955
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An earth tremor damaged several London churches 1580
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Margaret Thatcher ex-Prime Minister dies aged 87 2013
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Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles 2005
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Titanic embarked on maiden voyage 1912
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Post by Whiskers on Tue 14 Apr 2015, 18:59

I can't find anything very interesting for today --- but Euro Disney opened in Paris on the 12th 1992.

There's a real bad story for tomorrow (15th), which I remember well. It happened in 1989 in the U.K.
Can anyone predict what tomorrows TDIH is going to be?
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96 killed in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster 1989
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Journalist John McCarthy is kidnapped in Beirut 1986
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The world's oldest man, Jiroemon Kmura, from Japan, celebrates his 116th birthday 2013
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The modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp 1920


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Post by Whiskers on Tue 21 Apr 2015, 19:21

Queen Elizabeth II was born 1926

and the new city of Brasilia becomes the capital of Brazil 1960
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Death of William Shakespeare 1616


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Post by Kitkat on Thu 23 Apr 2015, 15:34

@Whiskers wrote:Death of William Shakespeare  1616


Happy St George's Day everyone!  

Hmmm ... Might be more appropriate to name it Shakespeare Day. After all, William Shakespeare's legacy has done more for England than the dragon-slaying guy called George.

I mean ... really ..... what has this story got to do with the England of today? Huh?

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/stgeorge2.html
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An organ was played at a baseball stadium for the first time in Chicago 1941
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Post by Kitkat on Mon 27 Apr 2015, 19:23

@Whiskers wrote:An organ was played at a baseball stadium for the first time in Chicago  1941

A little task for you, Whiskers .... What was the tune that was played on that occasion? pirat
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@Whiskers wrote:An organ was played at a baseball stadium for the first time in Chicago  1941

A little task for you, Whiskers ....  What was the tune that was played on that occasion?  pirat

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Post by Whiskers on Mon 27 Apr 2015, 22:31

Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach were married in London  1981


chair  (and no, I don't know what song they danced to for their wedding dance KK)   shtum
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Post by Kitkat on Tue 28 Apr 2015, 22:45

@Whiskers wrote:Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach were married in London  1981


chair  (and no, I don't know what song they danced to for their wedding dance KK)   shtum


giggle Oh well ...

If they did even have a dance at all, I'm sure the media would've reported it up ..... somewhere ....

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Post by Whiskers on Wed 29 Apr 2015, 11:12

Joan of Arc lifted the Siege of Orleans  1429



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Post by Whiskers on Thu 30 Apr 2015, 11:24

Women's tennis player, Monica Seles, stabbed in the back during a quarter-final match in Hamburg 1993
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Post by Whiskers on Fri 01 May 2015, 11:48

Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna died on the track, San Marino, Italy 1994

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