19 March…

Tonight in 1953, for the first time the Oscar’s (or the Academy Awards) is transmitted onto TV screens in America. Originally the winners of the Academy Awards, which began in 1929, were given to the newspapers to publish at 11pm on the night of the ceremony. However one paper broke this agreement and published the…

18 March…

Today at 8:15am, in 1990, two guards were found handcuffed and wrapped in duct tape in the basement of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In the early hours of the morning, two men dressed in police uniform entered the museum and handcuffed the two security guards. What happened next was the largest art…

17 March…

Happy Saint Patricks Day! Did you know the Christian Irish saint was actually born in Great Britain? Having been captured by Irish raiders at age 16, St Patrick was taken to Ireland as a slave and worked on the farm lands for the next six years. Having escaped capture, Patrick returned to Britain and entered…

16 March…

A big step towards space travel happened today in 1926. Robert H Goddard successfully launched the worlds first liquid fuelled rocket in Auburn Massachusetts. Travelling at a speed of 60mph and reaching heights of 41 feet, the rocket, which was constructed out of thin pipes and stood at 10 feet tall, was the first rocket…

15 March…

The famous Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, the two biggest universities in the UK takes place on an irregular basis since 10 June 1829. But today in 1927, is the first Women’s Boat Race. Originally the two female crews were not allowed on the river at the same…

14 March…

The creator of Dennis the Menace and American cartoonist, Hank King Ketcham was born today in 1920, Seattle, Washington. Did you know Dennis the Menace is based on Ketcham’s own son Dennis, who instead of napping in October 1950, destroyed his bedroom. Evoking the response of “your son is a menace” from his mother Alice…

13 March…

Is it a bird, is it a plane, or..something else. Today in 1997, thousands of people reported a string of bright lights in a shape of a triangle flying over Phoenix, Arizona. The US air force believes the orbs were actually flares dropped by an aircraft on a training exercise, but many disbelieve this theory….

12 March…

For the first time today, in 1894, Coca-cola is sold in bottles. In a sweet factory in Vicksburg, Mississippi, owner Joseph A Biedenharn was the first to bottle the drink using glass “Hutchinson” bottles. Hutchinson bottles used rubber and a spring instead of a cork to close the lid. * * * * * *…

11 March…

Today in 1882, Norwegian, Fridtjof Nansen sets sail aboard the sealing vessel Viking heading towards Greenland, Arctic circle. During the five month journey, Nansen, who was only a student at the time, collected water samples from under the ice. This proved his theory that sea ice forms only on the surface of the water and…

10 March…

Saturn is often described as the planet with the ring around it, but did you know today in 1977, Uranus was discovered to have rings around it too? The 13 rings are called Zeta, 6, 5, 4, Alpha, Beta, Eta, Gamma, Delta, Lambda, Epsilon, Nu and Mu – named in order of increasing distance from…