The first practical hot air Ballon was invented by two French Brothers called Montgolfier.Frankin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States was on his way to his inauguration when he witnessed the death of his 11 year old son in a train mishap.Agricola was the Governor of Britain from 78 to 84 AD. His fleet circumnavigated Britain to discover it was an island.The first successful petrol driven car was invented by Karl Benz.The torpedo was designed by a British Engineer called Robert Whitehead.“Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon” is a plant called Goats Beard - Why? Who the heck knows!!The gangster Al Capone, Jockey Lester Piggott and actor Sophia Loren were all sent to prison for Tax Evasion.
The original name for iron was Ferric - hence the atomic symbol for iron is Fe Makes sense now doesn’t it?!Hadrian the Emperor of Rome established a postal system in AD117. Then he got bored and started building a 73 mile long wall between England and Scotland. (Parts of the Hadrian wall still stand.)The first London bridge built in AD43 was a temporary pontoon bridge built by the Romans.
I suppose you thought Thomas Crapper invented the toilet in the 18th century? Nope that’s cr..! Actually, simple toilets have been used since Babylonian times. In 1596, a gentleman called John Harrington invented an indoor water closet for Queen Elizabeth I and then published a book of silly jokes about his own invention. The first toilet flush mechanism as we know it was invented in 1775 by Alexander Cummings, a Scottish watchmaker (guess he had a little time on his hands - Boom! Boom!).Back to Mr Crapper! He happened to be a successful plumber who founded Thomas Crapper & Co. While he did not invent the flush toilet, he helped increase its popularity in the late 1800s. There! Now you know! So go back to what you were doing!!This little hard worker still stands in The Dairy Precinct - Parramatta Park