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The Bayeaux Tapestry

The Bayeaux Tapestry

http://www.bayeuxtapestry.org.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/normans/bayeux_tapestry_gallery.shtml

Stange History Facts

  1. One of Queen Victoria's wedding gifts was a 3 metre diameter half ton cheese.
  2. In 1894, The Times estimated that by 1950 London would be nine feet deep in horse manure.
  3. In 1811, nearly a quarter of all women in Britain were called Mary.
  4. Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh and King Charles I all had pierced ears.
  5. People in Victorian Britain who couldn't afford chimney sweeps dropped live geese down their chimneys instead.
  6. Henry III kept a polar bear in the Tower of London. It swam in the Thames.
  7. Queen Elizabeth II is related to Vlad the Impaler.
  8. Margaret Thatcher was part of the team that invented Mr Whippy ice cream.
  9. In the 19th century, sausages were marketed as 'bags of mystery'.
  10. The first motorist to be fined for speeding in the UK was Walter Arnold in 1896. He was doing 8mph in a 2mph zone.
  11. From 1912 to 1948, painting was an Olympic event.
  12. Queen Elizabeth I passed a law which forced everyone except the rich to wear a flat cap on Sundays.
  13. In the 16th century bearded men had to pay a special tax.
  14. At William the Conquerer's funeral, his corpse was too bloated to fit in the coffin and exploded as mourners tried to sqeeze it in.
  15. John F. Kennedy, Anthony Burgess, Aldous Huxley, and C.S. Lewis all died on the same day.

Timelines

http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/timeline/accessvers/index.html#

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/

http://www.factmonster.com/dayinhistory