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Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young is listed as a co-inventor on seven U.S. Patents related to model trains.

Louis XIV of France

Louis XIV of France

On 26 November 1867, due to a loophole in the law, Lily Maxwell became the first woman to vote in a British parliamentary election. As it turned out, British women would have to wait to 1928 to get the vote.

The Photocorynus Spiniceps is the smallest known vertebrate, a quarter of an inch long, about half a million times smaller than the female.

On the 27 October 1662, much in need of money, Charles II sells the strategic port of Dunkirk to Louis XIV of France.

When American Republican politician Newt Gingrich was running as a presidential candidate in January 2012, he presented the idea of making the moon into the 51st member of the United States. He also proposed to establish a permanent colony on the moon by 2020 to reinvigorate the American Space Program.

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Pliny the Elder wrote that a menstruating woman who uncovers her body can scare away hailstorms, whirlwinds and lightning.

Juan Sebastián Elcano

Juan Sebastián Elcano, the man who captained Magellan’s expedition home

In 1996, 2,599 Americans were taken to hospital with injuries caused by room deodorizers and air fresheners.

On the 8th of September 1944, the first German V2 rocket lands on London. It hits Chiswick, killing three people.

In 1996, 10,907 Americans were taken to hospital with injuries caused by buckets.

In history, the 6th of September is the day that Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition completed the circumnavigation of the globe, Magellan however, died en route in 1521. The Basque master Juan Sebastián Elcano captained the expedition home. On the same day in 1651, Charles II spends the day hiding in an oak tree following defeat by Oliver Cromwell at Worcester. And in 1666, the Great Fire of London is finally extinguished after much of the city and St Paul’s Cathedral are lost.

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The Rogue Downing


The street is named after Sir George Downing, who was born in Ireland and brought up in New England, and was one of the earliest graduates of Harvard. He came to England during the Civil War and by 1650 had become Cromwell’s intelligence chief, known as the Scoutmaster General. In 1657 he became British Ambassador to The Hague. The next year Cromwell died and Downing deftly offered his services to Charles II. In 1682, Downing secured the lease on a piece of land close to Westminster and set about building the street that bears his name. Samuel Pepys described him as a “perfidious rogue”.