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Why does the new year begin on January 1?

New Year’s Day is a civil event. Its date isn’t precisely fixed by any natural seasonal marker.<p>The date of New Year’s Day seems so fundamental that …

Astronomy

How did the Romans celebrate ‘Christmas’?

It is today associated with decorations, gift giving and indulgence. But how did the Romans celebrate during the festive season? Dr Carey Fleiner, a …

Sex and the Industrial Revolution

Two centuries before the Swinging Sixties the weakening of social customs caused by the Industrial Revolution led to a modest transformation in …

How many executions was Henry VIII responsible for?

As part of our 'History Extra explains' series, leading historians answer the burning questions you were too afraid to ask...<p>It is impossible to tell …

A brief history of human filth

How did people deal with perspiration and other bodily odours in earlier centuries? Amanda Vickery reveals all...<p><i>This article was first published in</i> …