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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

29th April

1429 – Joan of Arc arrived to relieve the Siege of Orleans.

1770 – James Cook arrived at and named Botany Bay, Australia.

1882 – The "Elektromote" – forerunner of the tram – was tested by Ernst Werner von Siemens in Berlin.

1885 - Women were admitted for the first time to examinations at England's Oxford University.

1916 – Martial law in Ireland was lifted and the Easter rebellion officially ended with the surrender of Irish nationalists to British authorities in Dublin.

1945 – The German Army in Italy unconditionally surrendered to the Allies.

1945 – Adolf Hitler married his long-time partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designated Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor.

1945 - Dachau Concentration Camp was liberated by US Troops.

1967 – After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing religious reasons), Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing title.

1985 - Four gunmen escaped with nearly $8 million in cash stolen from the Well…

Interesting Fact - Work

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Roughly 1.1m people work in Britain’s gig economy, and according to a survey carried out by Ipsos Mori and the RSA (the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), 69 per cent of them are male.

(In recent years, the word gig was used to refer to a live performance by or engagement for a musician or group , but “Gig economy” work is used to describe part-time self-employed work, often office work, short tasks and ‘click work’ done online.  In Britain that kind of work has tended to attract women in the past.  Nowadays there is a real gender imbalance in some sectors: For example men account for 95 per cent of Uber drivers and 94 per cent of Deliveroo couriers.)

On This Day

28th April

1789 – Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors were set adrift and the rebel crew returned to Tahiti briefly and then set sail for Pitcairn Island. The incident became known as the Mutiny on the Bounty.

1920 – Azerbaijan was added to the Soviet Union. (I collect stamps and coins, not countries).

1932 – A vaccine for yellow fever was announced for use on humans.

1945 – Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were executed by a firing squad consisting of members of the Italian resistance movement.

1949 – Former First Lady of the Philippines Aurora Quezon, 61, was assassinated while en route to dedicate a hospital in memory of her late husband; her daughter and 10 other people were also killed.

1952 – The United States occupation of Japan ended.

1965 – United States troops landed in the Dominican Republic to "forestall establishment of a Communist dictatorship" and to evacuate U.S. Army troops.

1970 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon formally authorized Americ…

Interesting Fact - Happiness

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According to research funded by Butterkist popcorn, the average British adult feels a true 'wave of happiness' eight times a week.
(The main source of happiness was cuddling with a partner on the sofa.  Awww. How sweet.
Unsurprisingly only 16% of respondents said that work made them happy.)


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On This Day

27th April

1124 – David I became King of Scotland.

1296 – The Scots were defeated by Edward I of England at the Battle of Dunbar.

1667 – The blind and impoverished John Milton sold the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.

1773 – The Parliament of Great Britain passed the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade. They were not a Fair Trade company.

1791 - Samuel Finley Breese Morse, the inventor of the Morse code, was born.

1840 – The foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, was laid.

1992 – Betty Boothroyd became the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.

Interesting Food - Pretzels

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Pretzels are thought to have been invented by Italian monks in the 5th century.


(Seemingly, they were made to resemble folded arms and given to children to reward them for good deeds.

What happened to, "a good deed is its own reward"?) 


Today

26th April

Pretzel Day

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