So What is This “Boxing Day” Thing?

Nostalgia will always paint a brighter picture of times past, so of course Christmases from my childhood and early adulthood spent in Britain will seem better, but there is something that definitely makes the Holiday season in Britain, and other Commonwealth countries, better than my Christmas experiences in the United States, and that is Boxing […]

December 31st, 1853 – Dinner in a Dinosaur?

You may have amazing plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but are they so amazing as to involve a life sized dinosaur?

December 24th, 1914 – The Christmas Truce

The Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas 1914 that began on December 24th, 1914. In the week leading up to the holiday, German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In areas, men from both […]

December 18th, 1912 – The Piltdown Hoax

At a meeting of the Geological Society of London on December 18th, 1912, Charles Dawson claimed that a workman at the Piltdown gravel pit had given him a fragment of the skull four years earlier. According to Dawson, workmen at the site discovered the skull shortly before his visit and broke it up in the […]

December 13th, 1577 – Around the World with Sir Francis Drake

On December 13th, 1577, Sir Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage.

December 8th, 1922 – The Anglo-Irish Treaty

It was on December 8th, 1922 that Northern Ireland ceased to be part of the Irish Free State.

November 30th, 1936 – The Crystal Palace in Flames

The magnificent Crystal Palace in London, England was destroyed by fire on November 30th, 1936.

November 13th, 1901 – The Caister Lifeboat Disaster

The Caister Lifeboat Disaster of November 13th, 1901 occurred off the coast of Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, England. Events took place during what became known as the “Great Storm” which caused havoc down the East coasts of England and Scotland.

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