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British History Trivia Fun Facts

As one of the great colonial powers of the past (and still a powerful nation today!), there is so much to learn about Britain’s colorful history.

Take a look at our fun facts to find out more about British history.

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Because of so many horse-drawn vehicles, streets were covered in horse waste (including dead horses!), causing The Times to write about the problem in 1894. It wasn't until Henry Ford's car was made that the horse poop problem was truly solved.
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His vehicle was going at a ridiculous rate of 8 mph! At the time, cars were very rare, so the speed limit for a motor vehicle was just 2 mph. The policeman chased him down on a bicycle.
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After making the winning bid, Robert McCulloch had the London Bridge taken apart and transported to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. It opened in 1971. As the city's founder, Mr. McCulloch hoped the bridge would help attract visitors.
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In WWI, the head of British spies considered semen as it was available to men in the field, and it was undetectable at the time. This was stopped, however, due to the bad smell.
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The year 1860 was when a shop opened in London that served this delicious dish. It belonged to Joseph Malin. In Northern England, however, there is another place claiming to be the first. It opened in 1863 and has an inscription on its window that claims it is the original.
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To increase her navy at the time when Spain was gaining much money, power, and prestige from the New World, Elizabeth I permitted certain English privateers (coined Sea Dogs) to attack and loot Spain's ships.
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She served for 11 years (1979-1990). Although not everybody liked her policies (taxes, stance on unions, privatization of industries), her time as prime minister is still favorably viewed.
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Though it was made fully cemented in 1386, it is said that cooperation between the two began in 1294. As maritime countries, it was easy to facilitate trade between them. They have supported one another over the years, especially during times of war.
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Wife-beating was no longer allowed after 9 PM so that neighbors could sleep well. It was in the 1800s that the feminist movement sought to abolish such practices.
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The legend is that Charles II, who reigned in the late 1600s, instituted this. After hearing those bad things would happen to the monarchy if ravens ever left The Tower, he ordered that a minimum of 6 be present at all times.
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