Monthly Archives: January 2019

HISTORY TIDBIT: MOSCOW McDONALD’S

The first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Des Plaines, Illinois on April 15th, 1955, and the franchise went on to become a family favourite in the U.S.A. The first Canadian one opened in 1967. By the 1970s, McDonald’s restaurants were popping up in Europe as well, but Russian kids didn’t get to go to one until […]

TRIVIA TRAIL: ENDURING CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME

Question: What is the longest running children’s TV programme in the world? Answer: England’s Blue Peter which first appeared on the BBC in October, 1958, with the name being derived from the nickname of the blue nautical signal flag with a white square in the centre that indicates a ship is ready to sail. I […]

HISTORY SHARE: HISTORIC TOYS

By the end of January, if not before, a lot of kids will already be bored with some of the stuff they got for Christmas, so here’s a decade-by-decade look at the toys their parents and grandparents favoured in their day. https://www.parent.com/the-toys-that-have-captured-kids-imaginations-for-decades/  

HAPPY ROBBIE BURNS DAY

For some kid friendly Burns Night activities, visit: https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/burns-night

HISTORY TIDBIT: ROYAL TAKE-OVER

After a son was born to the (nominally) Protestant English king, James II, and his (far from nominally) Catholic queen, Mary of Modena, on June 10th, 1688, England could have been looking at a return to the Catholic/Protestant thing that had caused chaos throughout the land during the reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I […]

TRIVIA TRAIL: FIRST CONCORDE FLIGHTS

Question: On January 21st, 1976, two Concordes supersonic jets carried out simultaneous take-offs from Heathrow Airport in England and Orly Airport in France, embarking on what was, for each, the first commercial flight with fare-paying passengers. Where were they going? Answer: The British Airways one was headed for Bahrain, the Air France one for Brazil, […]

TRIVIA TRAIL: THE WARS OF THE ROSES

Question: The royal houses of Lancaster and York fought for the crown of England in an ongoing dispute that took up much of the fifteenth century and was later known as the Wars of the Roses because of the rose emblems each side sported. A marriage between scions of the families represented by the Red […]

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