Halley's Comet on the Bayeux Tapestry. It was seen by some as an ill omen for King Harold of England, who was then defeated by French invaders. ©Mona Evans "Halley's Comet" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art44795.asp

Halley's Comet. The Great Britain stamp set to commemorate the return of Halley's Comet, designed by cartoonist Ralph Steadman. Love the 17p stamp showing Halley looking rather like his comet. The 22p stamp shows the probe Giotto nearing the comet, the 31p refers to the few folk who experience two visits of Halley's comet & on the 34p stamp, the comet is rounding the Sun. (Photo: Ian Ridpath) ©Mona Evans "Halley's Comet" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art44795.asp

The Kings of England funeral masks at Tower of London

The Bayeux Tapestry

Halley's Comet, observed October 29, 1835. Observers noted the streams of vapor coming out of the comet. Mona Evans, "Halley's Comet" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art44795.asp

This section of the Bayeux Tapestry (which isn't really a tapestry) supposedly shows King Harold (of the English) trying to pull an arrow out of his eye. Whether this really is how Harold died isn't definitively known, but we do know that Harold was killed, the English lost the Battle of Hastings that day, and William the Bastard of Normandy became William I -- the Conqueror -- of England. What a day that must have been!

Sally Bonetta Forbes, born in West Africa was captured and became a slave of the King of Dahomey at 5 years old. In June 1850, Commodore Forbes of H.M.S. Bonetta arrived in Dahomey and the King presented him with the girl as a present for Queen Victoria. She was brought back to England and Victoria and Albert paid for her education. Later when Sally was married, Queen Victoria was godmother to their first child, named Victoria in her honour.

Bayeux Cathedral - Bayeux is the home of the Bayeux Tapestry (XI century) , which depicts how William the Conqueror became the first Norman king of England after the Battle of Hastings. This cathedral was the original home of that Tapestry and was consecrated in 1077. BEEN THERE!

Botanist Matilda Moldenhauer Brooks (b. 1891) attended Harvard and conducted research along with her husband, Sumner Cushing Brooks. She discovered an antidote for carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning in the ’30s. | 34 American Lady Scientists Who Changed The World

The Bayeux Tapestry gets an ending. Kate Russell with the Alderney Bayeux Tapestry

Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested after protesting near Buckingham Palace. London, England, [1907-1914].

Duke William Ship, Bayeux tapestry. Depicts the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings (1066) when Duke William of Normandy was victorious over King Harold of Saxon, England. Here, the cavalry embark for England.

Annie Smith Peck (1850–1935) scaled all the major mountains of Europe, then went to South America, where in 1908 she was the first person to scale Peru’s highest peak, Mt Huscaran, gaining international acclaim. She was also an influential scholar, writing books and lecturing around the world. She kept climbing until the age of 82. Oh, and she didn’t wear the long skirts expected of women at the time.

This is an Oiran, or "courtesan". She was actually a high ranking prostitute who cost more than other prostitutes. Notice her tall shoes! The young girls with her were sold by their families and are being trained in the art from a young age. Also, do not confuse Oiran with Geisha. A Geisha would go ballistic if that happened. Ca. 1905 - 1920.

Bayeux Tapestry, 1070

William invades England

The Coronation of Edward the Confessor from the Bayeux Tapestry

Comet Halley's nucleus. (photo: Halley Multicolor Camera Team, Giotto Project, ESA) When the European Space Agency (ESA) Giotto mission studied Halley's Comet, scientists expected a highly reflective surface, so were surprised to find it darker than coal. The dark material may be large complex organic materials left behind when other substances evaporate. ©Mona Evans, “Comets” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art33712.asp

Comet 2P/Encke. 2013-10-12. (Credit: D. Peach) Mona Evans, "Comets" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art33712.asp

Comet Hale-Bopp (Credit: A. Dimai and D. Ghirardo) It was also called the Great Comet of 1997 and was a naked eye object for eighteen months. The comet was not only extremely bright, but also had two tails. Mona Evans, "Comets" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art33712.asp

John B. #Abbott excavating a #dinosaur femur