Each time an epidemic of bubonic plague hit London between the 14th and 17th centuries, about 20% of the capital's population was wiped out. This led to graveyards and cemeteries becoming overcrowded and the need to bury victims of the plague in mass graves. The London Underground has often been cited as being built over or through these plague pits, but the story of these mass graves is far more interesting than that.
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The advent of the atomic bomb dramatically changed the course of history and, even today, looms as a threat for global catastrophe. From 1956 to 1963, Britain tested nuclear weapons at Maralinga, in South Australia, running hundreds of different experiments. The tests resulted in sickness and death for the local Indigenous populations, yet for many years, the fact these tests took place at all were kept secret from the Australian public.
At the turn of the twentieth century, there was one gang that ruled the streets of Birmingham - mugging, assaulting and robbing whoever they saw fit. They were known as the 'Peaky Blinders' and were renowned for their great dress sense and, well, the muggings, really. Most interestingly, they were rumoured to use an unconventional weapon - flat caps with razor blades sewn into their peaks.