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London  ·  @muddybootsmedia creates apps based on historic events through the adventures of Archie Potts, a 9 year old boy archaeologist, who travels back through time.
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Snake Bracelet; Unknown; Egypt; 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; Gold, glass; 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.); 84.AM.849

Gold Snake BraceletMade in Egypt ca. (Romano-Egyptian) “Spiral bracelets in the form of snakes were very popular in the Hellenistic period. This type of bracelet was worn coiled.

Henry VIII in deep thought.  Maybe he is contemplating how to get rid of his current wife, or perhaps he's thinking about which dating agency to join.  Or it could be something more simple like what's for lunch, or whether browse the jewellery on Ebay - you can never have too many rings you know, when you are King of England...

Henry VIII in deep thought. Maybe he is contemplating how to get rid of his current wife, or perhaps he's thinking about which dating agency to join. Or it could be something more simple like what's for lunch, or whether browse the jewellery on Ebay - you can never have too many rings you know, when you are King of England...

24th December 1922 - The BBC broadcasts the first British radio play “The Truth about Father Christmas”. NB: Arthur Burrows, who read the play, was a keen wireless enthusiast. Prior to joining the BBC he was in charge of the original experimental transmissions from Marconi House (see our 12th December fact for more details).

24th December 1922 - The BBC broadcasts the first British radio play “The Truth about Father Christmas”. NB: Arthur Burrows, who read the play, was a keen wireless enthusiast. Prior to joining the BBC he was in charge of the original experimental transmissions from Marconi House (see our 12th December fact for more details).

23rd December 1888 - Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear.  NB: "Friends, Romans, Countrymen lend me your ears" said Mark Antony at the beginning of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar"...but he wasn't expecting this!

December 1888 - Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear. NB: "Friends, Romans, Countrymen lend me your ears" said Mark Antony at the beginning of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar".but he wasn't expecting this!

22nd December 1882 - The first string of Christmas tree lights was created by inventor Thomas Edison. NB: You could say he had a "light bulb moment".

December 1882 - The first string of Christmas tree lights was created by inventor Thomas Edison. NB: You could say he had a "light bulb moment".

21st December 1898 - Scientists Pierre & Marie Curie discovers radium.  It is most well-known for its use in cancer treatment. NB: Ready Break wasn't invented until 1957 (see an old person for explanation).

It is most well-known for its use in cancer treatment. NB: Ready Break wasn't invented until 1957 (see an old person for explanation).

20th December 1850 - Hawaiian Post Office was established (just in time for the Christmas rush!).  NB: The Hawaiian language contains only 12 letters, A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P and W.

20th December 1850 - Hawaiian Post Office was established (just in time for the Christmas rush!). NB: The Hawaiian language contains only 12 letters, A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P and W.

19th December 1843 - "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens was first published, with the initial 6,000 copies sold out in the first day. NB: It took him only 6 weeks to write the book, and he wrote it all out by hand! (but possibly not with a novelty "snowman pen")

December 1843 - "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens was first published, with the initial copies sold out in the first day. NB: It took him only 6 weeks to write the book, and he wrote it all out by hand! (but possibly not with a novelty "snowman pen")

18th December 1849 - William Bond obtains first photo (known as a daguerreotype) of the moon.  He was the creator of the first "moonie" ;) . NB: I bet he wouldn't have believed that man would be landing on the moon only 120 years later, on 16 July 1969!

December 1849 - William Bond obtains first photo (known as a daguerreotype) of the moon. He was the creator of the first "moonie" ; NB: I bet he wouldn't have believed that man would be landing on the moon only 120 years later, on 16 July

17th December 1903 - The Wright Brothers made their first flight. We think Orville Wright must have regretted asking his brother Wilbur to help! NB: The first flight lasted 59 seconds and they succeeded where others failed by studying birds and inventing "wing-warping" to control the airplane.

17th December 1903 - The Wright Brothers made their first flight. We think Orville Wright must have regretted asking his brother Wilbur to help! NB: The first flight lasted 59 seconds and they succeeded where others failed by studying birds and inventing "wing-warping" to control the airplane.

16th December 1485 - Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife, was born.  Unfortunately Henry fell in love with her Lady in Waiting, Anne Boleyn, and soon after "ejected" her from the Royal Household.  NB: Henry VIII had 6 wives, which subsequently suffered the following fates (as the rhyme goes) divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived

16th December 1485 - Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife, was born. Unfortunately Henry fell in love with her Lady in Waiting, Anne Boleyn, and soon after "ejected" her from the Royal Household. NB: Henry VIII had 6 wives, which subsequently suffered the following fates (as the rhyme goes) divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived

15th December 37AD - Nero, Roman Emperor was born.  NB: He is famous for fiddling while Rome burned (and some say he actually caused the fire).  I wonder what tune he was playing...

December - Nero, Roman Emperor was born. NB: He is famous for fiddling while Rome burned (and some say he actually caused the fire). I wonder what tune he was playing.

14th December 1911 - The South Pole was first reached, by Norwegian Roald Amundsen. NB: Robert Scott, the British Explorer, got there 34 days later! Imagine the look on his face when he saw the Norwegian flag!

December 1911 - The South Pole was first reached, by Norwegian Roald Amundsen. NB: Robert Scott, the British Explorer, got there 34 days later! Imagine the look on his face when he saw the Norwegian flag!

13th December 1577 - Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England to go around world. NB: Shortly afterward, the popular children's game, Mr Potato Head, was invented!

December 1577 - Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England to go around world. NB: Shortly afterward, the popular children's game, Mr Potato Head, was invented!

12th December 1901 - Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal from Cornwall to Newfoundland. NB: The first radio signal was actually simply the letter "S" in morse code.  (not the dance music from Saturday Night Fever, as this sketch would have you believe :) )

12th December 1901 - Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal from Cornwall to Newfoundland. NB: The first radio signal was actually simply the letter "S" in morse code. (not the dance music from Saturday Night Fever, as this sketch would have you believe :) )