The American Revolution officially comes to an end when representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France sign the Treaty of Paris on this day in 1783. The signing signified America's status as a free nation, as Britain formally recognised the independence of its 13 former American colonies, and the boundaries of the new republic were agreed upon: Florida north to the Great ... Read more >
Telling Porkies Oh joy!
Oh wonder! Oh what a marvellous day this is! Unless you happen to be a pig. Yes, as you all know, as it has been emblazoned on your British Pork Producers calendar for so many months now, today is International Bacon Day! The day when we celebrate all things streaky, smoky and occasionally Danish. And while bacon can certainly be considered a cont... Read more >
On September 3, 1935, a new land speed record is set by Britain's famed speed demon, Sir Malcolm Campbell. On the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, Campbell and his car Bluebird made two runs over a one-mile course at speeds averaging 301 miles per hour. After conquering land, he later turned to water and achieved a series of water-speed records in motorboats.... Read more >
The American Revolution formally comes to an end when representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain, and France sign the Treaty of Paris. American independence was recognized by the British, and the boundaries of the new republic were agreed upon: Florida north to the Great Lakes, and the Atlantic coast west to the Mississippi River. In April 1775, on a common green in Lexington, M... Read more >
On this day in 1963, Malcolm Gladwell, author of such non-fiction best-sellers as “The Tipping Point,” “Blink” and “Outliers,” is born in Fareham, Hampshire, England. Known for taking a counterintuitive look at questions about modern life, Gladwell’s writing has explored everything from IQ tests to why people choose Coke over Pepsi. Raised in rural Ontario, Canada, where his Engli... Read more >