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Historical Anecdotes: Introduction

Historical Anecdotes: Introduction
by Anthony Waldstock

This is a series of articles that has grown out of the daily listings of what happened “On This Day”. Many of the events, particularly those related to science, seemed to us to need some more information than is possible in the daily listing format. Still others had amusing or informative anecdotes associated with them that we felt were worth sharing with our readers. The series is designed for browsing and dipping into and we have therefore set up a comprehensive system of links to make this as easy and as enjoyable as possible.

Historical Anecdotes: Introduction

by Anthony Waldstock

This series of articles will present occasional anecdotal, amusing and factual notes behind the people and events on the This Day in History digests. Entries are determined by the daily posting of events in history with the first entries appearing for March 12th and are arranged alphabetically. With the steady increase of material, each letter of the alphabet now (April 17th 2002) has its own page. People are indexed according to their family or surnames whereas kings, popes, emperors etc. are listed according to their regnal names– e.g. Charles Boycott would be found under B, Pope Gregory under G and Queen Mary Tudor under M. Other items are indexed by the most significant word in the title, for example Artificial Ice will be found under I but Sad Iron will be found under S.

Links back to the monthly digests for “This Day in History” can be found at the bottom of this page but each of the entries on the other pages will have a link to take you back to the specific date with which it is associated. Note that if you have come here from the Background Briefings link on the Home page, you can go back there by clicking on the site Masthead above. When appropriate, there are additional links back to other referring pages on the site such as the People of London page.

Within the series there are two sets of links. At the top of each page there will be a table of links to the other indexing letters to allow browsing by individual pages. That also appears on this page. At the bottom of each page you will also find a set of links which will allow you to scroll backward (Previous) and forward (next) through the pages. The pages are looped so the “Previous” link from A will be to Z and the “Next” link from Z will be to A. There will also be a central link back to this introduction page whose main content is an alphabetic list of the complete set of entries. From here, you will be able to browse the titles of the individual entries and jump directly to those that interest you. By definition, the number of entries will augment on a daily basis so it is worth checking back here frequently.


Links to Entries by Index Letter
[A][B][C][D][E][F][G][H][I][J][K][L][M][N][O][P][Q][R][S][T][U][V][W][X][Y][Z]

Alphabetical List of Individual Entries


acetylene

Achromatic lens

Addressograph

Georgius Agricola

Albumazar

Anaesthetics

Halton Christian Arp

Joseph Aspdin

Aubrey

Bananas

BASIC

Ulugh Beg

Behaviourism

Bessel

Bessemer Converter

Bicycle

Wilhelm von Biela

Big Bang

Boycott

Charles Boys

Joseph Bramah

Louis de Broglie

Bull

James Burbage

Admiral John Byng

Californium

John Canton

Carpet Sweeper

Mount Cenis

Chardonnet

Cholera

Chondrite Meteorite

Circulation of the Blood

The Clarinet

Christopher Clavius

cobalt

Coca Cola

Cold fusion

Cooling process

Corkscrew

Corn Laws

Cremation

Darwin

Declaration of Indulgence

Dendrochronology

Desaguliers

Digitalis

Dishwasher

Bryan Donkin

Driving tests

Duryea automobile

Dussek

Electric eels

Electron

Heat equivalent

Ole Evinrude

Exclusion Principle

Comtesse de La Fayette

Fire Escapes

Fire-proof safe

food preservation

Joseph Fourier

Galvanometer

Gaslight

Geomagnetic Field

John Goodricke

The Great Stink

Gregory

Guillotine

Thomas Hancock

John Harrison

Jean de Hautefeuille

Heliograph

John Holland

Hubble Space Telescope

Iatrochemistry

Artificial Ice

Infra red

Artificial Insemination

Iron Battleship

Union Jack

Judge Jeffreys

jukebox

David Keilin

Kerosene

Kepler

Kurt Kofka

Lacaille

Lamoureux

Light Theory

Limelight

Linotype

Lumiere Cinemas

LSD

Mass production

Friction Match

Joseph Carey Merrick

Metric System

Microscope

Milk Bottles

Dayton Miller

Robert Andrews Millikan

Monopoly

National Gallery

Isaac Newton

Nitroglycerin

Nylon

Ohm’s Law

oil well

Ordovician

Pencil Eraser

Periodic table

Georg von Peurbach

Photophone

Pirate Radio

Pitt-Rivers

Norman Robert Pogson

Polythene

Richard Anthony Proctor

Quarks

Radar

Radio Waves

Raoult’s Law

Red Tide

Reflecting road Studs

Relativity

First Railway Passenger service

Andrés Manuel Del Rio

Richter

Roller skate

Roman Horses

Sad Iron

Safety pin

Sandwich

Scrabble

Thomas Seymour

William Scoresby

Sir William Napier Shaw

Shrapnel

William Smith

Solvay Process

Starch

Steamboat

Steam turbine

Stenotype

Sun spots

Syzygy

Taximeter

Teflon

Thames Tunnel

Titan

Tolpuddle Martyrs

Richard Trevithick

Uranus

James Ussher

Vaccine

valence

Vanguard

Ignatz Venetz

Asteroid Vesta

VideoDisc

Vienna Circle

Viscose

Vulcan

Washateria

wave mechanics

Pierre-Ernest Weiss

Wettingen Bridge

X-craft

Yeast culture

Yvette

Ytterbium

Absolute Zero

Zip Fastener


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