On This Day

21st March 1960 – More than 50 people were killed in the South African township of Sharpeville when police opened fire on a “peaceful” protest. The death toll rose to 69 and the number of injuries to 180.

Interesting Fact – Television

The first TV licence in the UK cost 10 shillings (that’s 50p in today’s money). (The licence was originally known as a wireless licence, and today it costs £145.50 for a colour TV. That’s inflation for you.)

Interesting Fact – Religion

According to research carried out on the 2014 census study 48.8% of the population of England and Wales say they don’t identify with any religion. (The number of ‘nones’ is now above 50 per cent, almost double the figure of 25% recorded in the census just three years earlier. People defining themselves as Christian, including […]

Interesting Fact – Money

The next English £5, £10 and £20 banknotes will be printed on plastic. (The fiver will be issued first in September 2016, followed by the tenner, which will be issued in 2017, but the £20 note will have to wait until 2020. Their appearance will change too. Sir Winston Churchill will feature on the £5 […]

Interesting Fact – Time

According to researchers from the Sao Jose Faculty of Medicine in Brazil, time goes by more quickly when you’re over 50. (In the study people were asked to close their eyes and mentally count the passing of 120 seconds.  They all counted too quickly. On average, men and women in the 15 to 29 age […]