Because the world is an interesting place we have been collecting Interesting Facts about Interesting Places, Interesting People, Interesting Animals, Interesting Numbers, and Interesting Words.
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Dr Henry Heimlich, the surgeon who gave his name to the simple but dramatic procedure used to rescue people from choking, managed to save someone’s life using the technique himself for the first time since he invented it in 1974. (His technique, called the Heimlich manoeuvre, is used for dislodging food or objects caught in people’s throats, and has been credited with saving thousands of lives around the world: On noticing a fellow resident at the senior assisted living centre where he lives, choking on a piece of meat, Heimlich, a spritely 96-year-old, calmly stepped in.
After her brush with death, the resident in question, 87-year-old Patty Ris, wrote Dr Heimlich a note, saying: "God put me in the seat next to you.")
1503 – James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor were married according to a Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI. A Treaty of Everlasting Peace between Scotland and England signed on that occasion resulted in a peace that lasted ten years.
1533 – The Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declares the marriage of King Henry VIII of England to Anne Boleyn valid.
1859 – Big Ben was drawn on a carriage pulled by 16 horses from Whitechapel Bell Foundry to the Palace of Westminster.
1934 – The Glyndebourne festival in England was inaugurated.
1937 – Neville Chamberlain became British Prime Minister.
1942 – In retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazis in Czechoslovakia killed over 1800 people.
1952 – Women in Greece were given the right to vote.
1959: Two monkeys, Abe and Baker, became the first living creatures to survive a space mission. (Able died from the effects of anesthesia given for removal of implanted electrodes.)
According to research carried out on the 2014 census study 48.8% of the population of England and Wales say they don't identify with any religion.
(The number of 'nones' is now above 50 per cent, almost double the figure of 25% recorded in the census just three years earlier. People defining themselves as Christian, including Anglicans, Catholics and other denominations, made up 43.8% of the population.
The Church of England expects congregations to continue to fall for another 30 years as the population ages and younger generations shun faith.
I just think they should put a reply on the census that says, "Mind your own business". )
1499 – Catherine of Aragon, was married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales. Catherine was just 13 and Arthur 12.
1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, was beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest.
1568 – Queen Elizabeth I of England ordered the arrest of Mary Queen of Scots.
1649 – An Act of Parliament declaring England a Commonwealth was passed by the Long Parliament. England would be a republic for the next eleven years.
1890 – Ho Chi Minh, the1st President of Vietnam was born.
1897 – Oscar Wilde was released from Reading Prison.
1943 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt set Monday, May 1, 1944 as the date for the cross-English Channel landing (D-Day). It would be delayed over a month due to bad weather.
1962 - Marilyn Monroe sang "that" birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
1984 – Poet John Betjeman, who had been Britain's Poet…
1521 – Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, was executed for treason.
1536 – George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford and four other men were executed for treason.
1590 – Anne of Denmark was crowned Queen of Scotland.
1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was formed.
1814 – The Constitution of Norway was signed and Danish Crown Prince Christian Frederik elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly.
1974 – Thirty-three people were killed by terrorist bombings in Dublin and Monaghan, Ireland.
1978 - Charlie Chaplin's stolen body was found.
1984 – Prince Charles called the proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversies on the proper role of the Royal Family and the course of modern architecture.
1992 – The WHO (World Health Organisation) took homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses.
1994 - The U.N. Security Council approved sending troops to secure…
After nearly 25 years, the Carry On film franchise is about to return to British cinema.
(The last film to be made was Carry On Columbus in 1992, it was the 31st film made. Carry on Films are part of British Culture, and they turned actors like Sid James, Kenneth Williams, and Dame Barbara Windsor into household characters.
In 2007 the line "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!" was voted the funniest film one-liner: Kenneth Williams uttered the words as Julius Caesar in the 1964 romp Carry On Cleo.
Film company, Hereford Films, are behind the project, and the first 2 films in the pipeline are Carry On Doctors, followed by Carry On Campus.
Co-writer Tim Dawson paid respect to the previous writers of the Carry On series: "These films are a part of British culture and to be carrying on the legacy of Norman Hudis and Talbot Rothwell is a thrill and a responsibility. We intend to be sympathetic to the heritage whilst being unafraid to modernise the franch…
According to a story in the Daily Mail, primary school children in Dundee are having to sign a 17-clause contract before they can play football in the playground. (The 17 clauses are as follows:-
I will not deliberate foul tacklesI will not carry issues off the pitch to class or after schoolI will not argue an agreed out or an agreed foulI will not hog the ball (They actually wrote hogg here.) I will not name call or teaseI will not chant, use banter or wahoys!I will not gloat or boastI will not, if scorekeeping be a sore loser and will congratulate the other teamI will not elbow or shoulder bargeI will not deliberately chase on the pitch or swipe the ball from peopleI will not cheatI will keep up with my school workI will demonstrate sportsmanlike conduct and apologisingI will use timeouts for myself as individual players if neededI will use supportive and encouraging languageI will take turns in positionI will ensure teams are fair and no swapping
It goes on to say:-
A Norwegian city, Trondheim, has banned adverts that show semi-naked models, male or female, in public spaces.
(The new policy says: “No advertising that conveys a false image of the model/models’ appearance and contributes to a negative body image will be permitted. As a minimum, advertisements in which body shapes have been retouched should be marked as such.”
This is seemingly an attempt to reduce the impact such adverts could have on people with body image issues.
It reminds me of the "Beach Ready" controversy on London Underground.)
According to a survey conducted by uSwitch.com, 7 out of 10 Brits say they are middle-class, with a strong belief that middle-class people are more likely to be successful.
(Only 53% think their parents were white-collar workers, and 6 out of 10 say their grandparents were working class.
Fewer than a third of those who called themselves middle class were in a profession — such as lawyer or doctor, even though 3/4 of people believe being a professional is the top reason for being middle-class.
The poll also showed that less than a 1/3of us believe our parents’ class or family wealth determines our status, which is just as well in my case, I'd have to go back down t' mine.)
Search for "Class" if you want to learn more about the Class system in the UK.
Hundreds of parents in the UK are expected to keep their children out of school today in protest over too stressful tests.
(The first ever "kids' strike" in the UK is in protest at what parents claim is "over-testing" at the expense of children’s happiness.
Key Stage 1 testing (SATS) for six and seven-year-olds, have been made tougher this year in an attempt to drive up standards, but the Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign, which is coordinating the kids’ strike, says that nearly 40,000 people have signed up in support of the action, and has written to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan calling for an "end to SATs now".
The letter says: "Please take a long, hard look at this.
"Do you want your legacy to be the confident cancellation of unneeded and unnecessary SATS, showing you are listening to your electorate and the teachers you claim to support ... or the overseeing of a shambolic testing regime desperately unwanted by millions of people to t…
The next English £5, £10 and £20 banknotes will be printed on plastic.
(The fiver will be issued first in September 2016, followed by the tenner, which will be issued in 2017, but the £20 note will have to wait until 2020.
Their appearance will change too. Sir Winston Churchill will feature on the £5 banknote, replacing Elizabeth Fry, Jane Austen will replace Charles Darwin on the £10 banknote, and artist J.M.W. Turner will feature on the £20 not, replacing economist Adam Smith. Nothing has been said about the £50 note, which features the engineers Matthew Boulton and James Watt.
Historical characters have only appeared on bank notes since 1970. Other people depicted on previous notes have been: Sir Edward Elgar (composer)Michael Faraday (scientist)Sir John Houblon (first Governor of the Bank of England)Sir Isaac Newton (scientist)Florence Nightingale (nursing)William Shakespeare (poet/playwright)George Stephenson (engineer)1st Duke of Wellington (general/statesman)Sir Christopher…