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12th May 1820 nurse Florence Nightingale born

Nurse Florence Nightingale was born today in 1820. Famously one-legged she is known to history as the 'lady with the limp'.

written by Frank Unreasoning, 12 May 2012
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11th May 1997 Deep Blue computer beats chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov

Since that day in 1997 computers have learned even more and are now defeating people around the world on a daily basis with the 'Blue Screen of Death' checkmate move

written by Frank Unreasoning, 11 May 2012
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Today in 1954 Bill Haley released 'Rock Around the Clock'

Bill Haley invents rock'n'roll with this record. Good job it wasn't called 'Sausage Around the Clock' otherwise he's have invented the Sausage Roll

written by Frank Unreasoning, 10 May 2012
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Today in 1840 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky born

If his father hadn't, at 18:12 precisely in celebration at his birth, thrown the nut crackers into the swan lake while his mother was sleeping beautifully, he might have grown up to be a plumber

written by Frank Unreasoning, 07 May 2012
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This day in 1821 Napoleon Bonaparte dies in exile on St. Helena

What Helena's reaction was has gone unrecorded by history. However she was thought to have always wanted to Mount St. Michael

written by Frank Unreasoning, 05 May 2012
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This day in 1818 Karl Marx born

Author of Das Kapital and father of the Marx Brothers born today in Prussia. Famous for saying, " Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."

written by Frank Unreasoning, 05 May 2012
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Today in 1955 Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

1955 saw success at last for Tennessee Williams after the failures of 'Dog With A Low Harsh Woof' (1954), 'Horse With A Cold Lame Hoof(1954) and the low point of 'Gerbil In A Wool-Rich Poof' (1953).

written by Frank Unreasoning, 02 May 2012
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Today in 1840 the first adhesive postage stamp issued

Before the prepaid 'Penny Black' was issued English postage stamps were fixed onto envelopes with a mixture of donkey dung and mud and the recipient paid for it with a dirty hall carpet

written by Frank Unreasoning, 01 May 2012
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Today in 1978 the first SPAM email sent

Spiced meat SPAM was actually first invented in 1937, why did it take 41 years to think of distributing by post?

written by Frank Unreasoning, 01 May 2012
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This day in 1862 Orleans falls to Union Troops in American Civil War

A detachment of Union soldiers finding an arc on the banks of the Mississippi go sailing and take Orleans for the North and successfully hold it against determined disinterest by the local population

written by Frank Unreasoning, 29 April 2012
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Today in 1429 Joan of Arc Takes New Orleans for France

A vision from God followed by an ill judged left turn at Rheims Joan takes New Orleans from a rather confused Native American tribe. The sea voyage was made possible by her Arc - hence the name.

written by Frank Unreasoning, 29 April 2012
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Today in 1559 Queen Elizabeth I passes the 'Act of Uniformity'

A momentous day which gave us the Book of Conmen Payers. The first ever list of bad cheque writers.

written by Frank Unreasoning, 28 April 2012
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