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1951

Children Aren’t Called Dennis Anymore

Now here’s a wild and outrageous coinky-dink. Our very own beloved Beano character Dennis the Menace, he of the stripy jumper and Abyssinian tripe hound named Gnasher, first appeared on this day in 1951. Spookily, the American Dennis the Menace, he of the blonde hair and the slingshot, also appeared during the very same year. And ever since, people have compared them and wondered ‘which one... Read more >

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1935

When You’re Ready, Please Drive Off The Startled Pensioner

If you love the sound of a heavily stained clipboard being slammed onto the dashboard of a Honda Civic, then prepare to get violently excited! It was on the 13th of March 1935 that driving tests were first introduced to Great Britain.

Prior to this, gadabouts and lounge lizards who could afford a motorised vehicle just used to jump in, push buttons and press levers until they ended up in... Read more >

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1881

Tsar Alexander II Assassinated

Czar Alexander II, the ruler of Russia since 1855, is killed in the streets of St. Petersburg by a bomb thrown by a member of the revolutionary “People’s Will” group. The People’s Will, organized in 1879, employed terrorism and assassination in their attempt to overthrow Russia’s czarist autocracy. They murdered officials and made several attempts on the czar’s life before finally a... Read more >