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2001 – the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet

27 November

HD 209458 b (unofficially named Osiris) is an extrasolar planet that orbits the solar analogue HD 209458 in the constellation Pegasus, some 150 light-years from the Solar System. Continue reading “2001 – the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet”

1813 – Uncle Sam

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The origin of the United States nickname, ‘Uncle Sam’ may have come into being. Continue reading “1813 – Uncle Sam”

1522 – First Circumnavigation of the World

6 September – On this day

The Victoria, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition, returns to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the world. Continue reading “1522 – First Circumnavigation of the World”

Vespasian wore Greek Armour

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Although the Linothorax is considered purely a Greek armour by many people, in fact a number of non-Greeks are known for having used the Linothorax. Continue reading “Vespasian wore Greek Armour”

1814 – War of 1812

24 August

The British army enters the US capital, Washington and set many buildings aflame. Continue reading “1814 – War of 1812”

Vesuvius Today

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Mount Vesuvius is still known as one of the most dangerous volcanos in the world. Continue reading “Vesuvius Today”

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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How many times was Henry VIII King of England married? Why …  six times I hear you confidently reply! (the clue being available in the title of this story) Well …. no …. that is not actually the case. Continue reading “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”

Jack the Ripper

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There is still a commonly held belief that one of the prime suspects in the Jack the Ripper murders was a member of the Royal family. Continue reading “Jack the Ripper”

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