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Things of the Past
- In 1811 “Mary” was the most popular name for a women. Nearly a quarter of Britain’s ladies were named Mary.
- Bearded men had to pay a special tax in the 16th century.
- In medieval times, there was a street named “Cock Lane’’ near Holborn Viaduct. It was the only street licenced for prostitution.
- England’s oldest ally country was and still is Portugal from 1373.
- German soldier Josef Jakobs was the last person executed at the Tower of London in 1941.
- French was the official language of the UK for more than 300 years.
- The medieval English breakfast featured beer.
- In 1662 in England scientist Christopher Merret invented champagne.
- The old names of London were Ludenburg, Ludenwic and Londonium.
- The shortest war ever recorded in the books of history was the Anglo-Zanzibar War which lasted about 40 minutes.
- In 1860 a Jewish immigrant founded the first fish and chips restaurant.
- Mount Everest was named after the Welshman Sir George Everest in 1856, who was a Surveyor General in India.
- The Beatles last played a gig on the roof of their Apple Corps corporation which is now an Abercrombie & Fitch store.
- Jimi Hendrix lived at 23 Brook Street, which is now a museum.
- The last public performance by Jimi Hendrix was in Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on 5th street in 1970.