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Interesting Fact - Small Talk

According to a documentary by Channel 4,  when they go to the pub together men are more likely to talk about their children and relationship issues, than football and women.

(I would imagine the topics might change if they know there's someone filming them.)

On This Day

24th March

1944 - 76 prisoners of war begin breaking out of Stalag Luft III. This was later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape.

1972 - The United Kingdom imposed "Direct Rule" over Northern Ireland.

On This Day

23rd March

1603 - Queen Elizabeth I of England died.

1895 - The first official match played by women took place at Crouch End in London.

(Nettie Honeyball had placed an advert in the press and persuaded about 30 young women to join the British Ladies Football Club. It wasn't a resounding success, but during the First World War it became more popular. Unfortunately women's football in England and Scotland suffered a blow in 1921 when the Football Association, in England, banned women from playing the game on Association members' pitches.)

1975 - The beaver became the official symbol of Canada.

Interesting Place - Norway

Norway has been named the world’s happiest country, according to the World Happiness Report 2017.

(Norway moved up 4 places, and knocked Denmark off the top spot into second place, by ranking highly on the main factors found to contribute to happiness: “caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance”.

Iceland and Switzerland rounded out the top four. Sadly The UK sits in 19th place, beaten by Germany in 16th and the US in 14th. Poor old France is a miserable 31st in the standings.

So much for Hygge. Although I guess to really experience Hygge, this sort of thing shouldn't matter.)

On This Day

21st March

1960 - More than 50 people were killed in the South African township of Sharpeville when police opened fire on a "peaceful" protest. The death toll rose to 69 and the number of injuries to 180.


20th March

International Day of Happiness

On This Day

20th March

1956 - Tunisia gained independence from France.

1993 - Johnathan Ball, aged 3, died in a bomb attack in Warrington. He was in town with his babysitter buying a Mothering Sunday Card. Tim Parry, 12, was fatally injured and died five days later in hospital.

1997 - The Liggett Group, the fifth-largest U.S. tobacco company, admitted that smoking was addictive and caused health problems and that the tobacco industry had sought for years to sell its products to children as young as 14.

2003 - American launched missiles hit the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Civilian casualties were not counted.

On This Day

19th March

1932 - The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened.

(It's so iconic now, it's funny to think it didn't even exist once.)

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