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A Brief History of Presidential Inaugurations

On Wednesday, 20th January 2021, Joseph R Biden Jr. will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. Which aspects of the day will be new, and which are dictated by ...  more  

2020 - What Can We Compare It To?

The strangest year in living memory is coming to an end...but how unprecedented has it really been?  more  

Henry Wainwright and the Murder of Harriet Lane

Henry Wainwright had a successful business and a family. He also had a terrible secret...  more  

Three Men, Three Murders, Three Funerals

On Monday, 25th November 1963, three funerals are held in America. They are held for three men whose fates had tragically intertwined in Dallas over the previous few days  more  

The Closest Presidential Elections of the Last Century

With the 2020 election just one week away, here's a look at the closest and most controversial presidential elections of the last 100 years  more  

Why History?

A short piece on why I love history - and why you should too!  more  

The Princess Alice Disaster

A little known story of a passenger ship that sunk in the River Thames in 1878, taking over 650 people to a filthy, watery grave  more  

The Enigma Heroes

Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley would have struggled to break the German enigma codes without the heroic actions of three British sailors - two of whom made the ultimat...  more  

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

One lunchtime in January 1919, a huge molasses tank did what it had been threatening to do for years, and burst. The result was a terrifying tsunami that swept all before it and ki...  more  

The man who witnessed the start and the end of the US Civil War

When the first pitched battle of the American Civil War took place on his land, Wilmer McClean decided he ought to move with his family to somewhere safer....only to end up hosting...  more