Found 9 resource(s) in 'Looking at your Community', for December 2019.
Looking at your Community (all articles) for December 2019All in the month of DECEMBER World Aids Day – 1st December A life for a life The writer who gave us Treasure Island and Kidnapped The poet and hymn-writer who gave us ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ Nancy Astor – first woman MP in the House The News Quiz for 2019 Answers to the News... (2678 words)
All in the month of DECEMBERIt was: 300 years ago, on 31st Dec 1719 that John Flamsteed, British astronomer died. He was the first Astronomer Royal, and founder of the Greenwich Observatory. 150 years ago, on 31st Dec 1869 that Henri Matisse, the French artist, was born. He became leader of the Fauvist movement. 125 years ago, on 3rd Dec... (572 words)
World Aids Day – 1st DecemberIt is just over 30 years since World Aids Day first began, in 1988. It was the first ever global health day, and there is still very much a need for continuing an informed and united fight against AID-related illnesses. Worldwide, there are now an estimated 36.7million people who have the virus. More than 35... (166 words)
A life for a lifeWhen do you think capital punishment was abolished in Britain? It was actually 50 years ago this month, in December 1969. It ended the macabre ritual of a judge donning a black cap, solemnly declaring that the accused was found guilty and would ‘be taken hence to a place of public execution…and there to be... (304 words)
The writer who gave us Treasure Island and KidnappedRobert Louis Stevenson died 125 years ago, on 3rd December 1894. The Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and travel journalist was best known for novels such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped. He travelled widely, but always suffered from serious bronchial trouble. During his early years his parents and nurse immersed him in Presbyterianism and Calvinism,... (207 words)
The poet and hymn-writer who gave us ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’Christina Rossetti, British poet and hymn-writer, died of cancer 125 years ago, on 29th December 1894. She was 64. Christina was the youngest child of poet and Dante scholar Gabriele Rossetti, who emigrated to England from Italy in 1824, and the half-Italian Frances Polidari, who he married in 1926. Christina was also sister of the pre-Raphaelite... (189 words)
Nancy Astor – first woman MP in the HouseIt was 100 years ago, on 1st December 1919, that Lady Nancy Astor became the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat in the House of Commons. She was not the first woman MP – that was Constance Markievicz, an Irish Republican who, although elected in 1918, did not take her seat. Nancy Langhorne... (196 words)
The News Quiz for 2019How well did you read the News this year? Try this quiz and find out… What is a Gillet jaune? The famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfield died this year leaving his £150 million fortune to Choupette. Who or what is Choupette? In March an aeroplane left London City airport flight with number BA3271 to Düsseldorf.... (308 words)
Answers to the News Quiz of 2019What is a Gillet jaune? A: A Gillet jaune is the yellow reflective vest French drivers have to carry by law in their cars. It became associated with protest. The famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfield died this year leaving his £150 million fortune to Choupette. Who or what is Choupette? A: Choupette is a cat,... (486 words)
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