5 Historical Facts to Impress Your Friends

September usually symbolizes the end of summer and the beginning of autumn for many. Back to work and back to school, long summer nights drawing in and the final harvests collected. But the ninth month of the year is when many historical events took place over the centuries. Here are 5 snippets of history to impress your friends.

Did you know…

On 2nd September 1666, the Great Fire of London started in Pudding Lane, raging for 5 days. It should never be forgotten that nine people lost their lives but with the destruction and devastation the fire caused, it was a miracle that many more were not killed. Like this year, the summer had been hot and there had been little rain for weeks.

On 6th September 1620, the Mayflower set sail carrying English Pilgrims to the New World (America). The journey took two months and was fraught with dangers. Passengers had to contend with high seas, lack of food, cramped accommodation, death and disease.

On 7th September 1533, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was born. Elizabeth I gave her name to a golden age of poets, statesmen and adventurers. Known as the Virgin Queen, or Gloriana, her union with her people became a substitute for the marriage she never made.

On 11th September 1915, Britain’s first Women’s Institute opened in Wales. The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has almost 220,000 members in approximately 6,300 WIs.

On 28th September 1745 ‘God Save the King’ is sung for the first time at London’s Drury Lane Theatre.

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