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Interesting Fact - The equals sign

The = sign was invented by 16th Century Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde, who was fed up with writing "is equal to" in his equa...

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15th January

1929 - Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

2001 - Wikipedia was launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger.

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12th January

1895 - The National Trust was founded in England. Within days it was given its first place - five acres of cliff top at Dinas Oleu in Wales.

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11th January

2008 - Sir Edmund Hillary died.

(In 1953, he took part in John Hunt's expedition, in which he and Tenzing became the first to reach the summit. Interestingly there's only a photo of Sherpa Tenzing at the top, Tenzing couldn't take Sir Edmund's photo, but seemingly he didn't mind.)

Interesting Fact - Work

According to research conducted by Nationwide, office workers in the UK spend an average of £40,000 during their careers on treats, traditions, whip rounds and equipment associated with the job.

(All those tea jars, after work drinks, leaving presents, highlighters etc. add up. In fact tea and coffee clubs alone cost £66.36 a year.)

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10th January

1920 - The Treaty of Versailles came into effect, officially ending World War I.

1927 – Fritz Lang's futuristic film Metropolis was released in Germany.

1954 - Thirty-five people died, after a BOAC Comet jet airliner crashed into the Mediterranean off the Italian island of Elba.

1957 - Harold Macmillan officially became prime minister following the sudden resignation of Sir Anthony Eden.

2016 - Starman David Bowie died. 

Interesting Fact - Young People

According to a survey carried out by (of all people) Hillary Blinds, having access to the internet is more important to young people in the UK than daylight, hot water, the NHS, or a good night's sleep.

(So, it looks like we will end up with a generation of pasty faced, smelly, tired young people in poor health.)

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9th January

2008 - Iwao Takamoto, the US animator who created cartoon dogs Scooby-Doo and Muttley, died aged 81.


4th January

Fat Cat Wednesday - This is the day when, according to the High Pay Centre, UK bosses will have earned more by midday than typical workers (with an average UK salary of £28,200) earn in the entire year.

Interesting Food - Sugar

According to Public Health England, kids in the UK eat more than half of their recommended sugar intake - at breakfast!

(The culprit?  All those sugary breakfast cereals with cartoon characters on the packaging.  (Are you listening Tony?)  What is even more worrying is that 80% of parents think sugary cereals are healthy.) 

Interesting People - Politicians

In the UK the most popular search term on Google for politicians was no surprise. The D word.

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January 1st

45 B.C. - New Year’s Day was celebrated on January 1 for the first time in history as the Julian calendar took effect.

1600 – Scotland began its numbered year on January 1 instead of March 25 for the first time.

1651 – Charles II was crowned King of Scotland.

1772 – The first traveler's cheques, which could be used in 90 European cities, went on sale in London, England.

1801 – The legislative union of Kingdom of Great Britain and Kingdom of Ireland was completed to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1808 – The importation of slaves into the United States was banned.

1833 – The United Kingdom claimed sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.

1863 – The first claim under the Homestead Act in America was made by Daniel Freeman for a farm in Nebraska.

1877 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom was proclaimed Empress of India.

1898 – New York annexed land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The four initial boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx, were joined on January 25 by Staten Island to create the modern city of five boroughs.

1901 – The British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia formed the Commonwealth of Australia; Edmund Barton was appointed the first Prime Minister.

1908 – For the first time, a ball was dropped in New York City's Times Square to signify the start of the New Year at midnight.

1913 – The British Board of Censors was established.

1927 – Turkey adopted the Gregorian calendar: December 18, 1926 (Julian), is immediately followed by January 1, 1927 (Gregorian).

1937 – Safety glass in vehicle windscreens became mandatory in the United Kingdom.

1948 – The British railway network was nationalized to form British Railways.

1956 – Sudan gained independence from Egypt and the United Kingdom.

1958 – The European Economic Community was established.

1959 - The President of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista, fled the country in the face of the rebel army of Fidel Castro.

1960 – Cameroon achieved independence from France and the United Kingdom.

1973 – Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Ireland were admitted into the European Economic Community.

1984 – Brunei became independent of the United Kingdom.

1985 – The first British mobile phone call was made by Michael Harrison to his father Sir Ernest Harrison, chairman of Vodafone.

1998 – The European Central Bank was established.

1999 – The Euro currency was introduced in 11 countries - members of the European Union (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece and Sweden).

2002 - Twelve of the European Union's 15 countries woke up to a new currency as the euro reached the streets.