7 November…

Did you know that women who wore trousers in Paris between 7 November 1800 to 4 February 2013, were actually committing an illegal offence? Since 7 November 1800, it was illegal for a woman in Paris to wear trousers without police permission. The most disobeyed law (only affecting Paris, not the whole of France) was…

6 November…

Today in 1861, Abraham Lincoln became the United States’ 16th President. Although his inauguration (swearing into office) wasn’t until 4 March 1861. When Lincoln came into Office, The Civil War was tearing America apart. But as President he built the Republican Party into a stronger force and is most famous for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation…

5 November…

“Remember, remember the 5th of November. Gunpowder, Treason and Plot…” Late last night in 1605, following a tip-off, guards flooded the cellars beneath the Houses of Parliament and found Guy Fawkes guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder. For 18 months, 13 men conspired a plan to blow up the House of Lords and to kill the…

4 November…

Today in 1922, after being lost for over 3,000 years, the entrance to the tomb of the King Tutankhamen is found by egyptologist Howard Carter. At this point in history, the boy Pharaoh was only known in the archaeological circles. Theodore Davis, an egyptologist, discovered ancient hints at a young Pharaoh and since his tomb…

3 November…

Today in 1534, Henry VIII became the Head of the Church of England. Despite appearing to be a devout Roman Catholic, who was even named “Defender of the Faith” by the Pope in 1522. By 1527, Henry VIII wanted to split from the Catholic Church. Why? Because he was denied an annulment from his first…

2 November…

Today couldn’t past without mentioning the 2019 Rugby World Cup! The final match of the ninth tournament was between the English Roses and the South African Springboks. The Springboks are taking home the trophy and title of the World’s Champions tonight, after beating England 32 to 12. Whether you are celebrating or commiserating, here are…

1 November…

At the beginning of 1348, rumours of an incurable disease spreading from Asia through North Africa and Europe, proved devastatingly true. Unknownly in the summer of 1348, sailors brought the first known case of the plague to English shores. The Black Death flourished in Britain’s filthy and cramped conditions, spreading quickly from county to county….

31 October

……………………….Happy Halloween!!!………………………. After a brief hiatus, A Planet Full Of Stories, will return from 1 November! Thank you for sticking with me during the gap xx

21 March…

Tonight in 1951, over 20,000 thousand music fans showed up to Cleveland Arena, Ohio, for the first ever rock and roll concert. The Moondog Coronation Ball began life as a local radio show hosted by Alan Freed. When his friend and music store owner Leo Mintz suggested that Freed should make his show’s format showcase…

20 March…

Spring is officially here! Tonight at 9.58pm (GMT) the Sun will cross over from the south equator to the north. Formally known as the Spring Equinox, what this means is that from tomorrow the days will been to get longer and the nights shorter. During an equinox (aka today), the light of the day and…