On the 12th February 1429, the curiously-named Battle of the Herrings was fought between French and English forces near the village of Rouvray in France.
On the 10th February 1906 the British King, Edward VII, launched HMS Dreadnought – a revolutionary new type of battleship that made all other ships obsolete.
On the 8th February 1587 Mary Stuart, more commonly known as Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed in the great hall of Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire.
On the 6th February 1958, British European Airways flight 609 crashed at Munich-Riem Airport while carrying the Manchester United football team, supporters and journalists.
Attended by the “Big Three” Allied leaders, the conference saw United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin meet to discuss the government of post-war Europe.
On the 2nd February 1852, the world’s first modern public toilets opened in London.
On the 31st January 1990, fast food chain McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in the Soviet Union on Moscow’s Pushkin Square.
On the 29th January 1856, Queen Victoria introduced the Victoria Cross to reward “most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of…
On the 4th August 1693, legend says that French Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon invented champagne.
At 12 noon on the 13th July 1985, an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion people tuned in to watch Live Aid, the “global jukebox” broadcast live from Wembley Stadium in London and John F….
The world’s first satellite television broadcast took place on July 11th 1962 when the Telstar satellite relayed an image of a flag outside its base station at Andover Earth Station to the Pleumeur-Bodou earth station…
The 23rd June has, historically, seen many events regarding Britain’s relationship with other countries and so I thought I’d put together this HistoryPod Extra to share some with you.
The armed insurrection began on Easter Monday which, due to Easter being a moveable feast as a result of its relationship to the lunar calendar, in 1916 fell on the 24th April.
On the 29th February 1940, American actress Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Oscar at the Academy Awards.