It Just So Happened - an alternative history show

Stand-up comedians at live festival events present short historical ‘on this day’ pieces then discuss some historical topics or people connected to the location where the live show recording takes place. This was a touring show across UK festivals in 2019. In 2020 live videocasts are taking place while Covid-19 restrictions remain in place. Regular podcasts should resume in 2021.
Find us at @ItJustSo1 on Twitter.

Index

DATES COVERED IN THE SHOWS

7th February - episode 017
10th February - episode 001
11th February - episode 018
26th March - episode 002
4th May - episode 003
5th May - episode 004
23rd June - episode 005
18th July - episode 019
19th July - episode 006
21st July - episode 007
22nd July - episode 008
24th July - episode 009
25th July - episode 010
26th July - episode 020
28th July - episode 011
6th August - episode 012
13th August - episode 013
20th August - episode 014
30th August - episode 021
4th September - episode 015
10th November - episode 016

PLACES COVERED IN THE SHOWS

Bedford - episode 008
Brighton - episodes 003 and 004
Buxton - episodes 007 and 019
Dunfermline - episode 015
Edinburgh - episodes 012, 013 and 014
Glasgow - episode 002
Guildford - episode 009
Leicester - episodes 001, 017 and 018
Ludlow - episodes 005 and 021
Morecambe - episode 006
Nottingham - episode 016
Reading - episodes 010 and 020
York - episode 011

CONTRIBUTORS TO THE SHOWS

Seamus Allen - episode 010
Darren Archer - episode 005
Ben Aveling - episode 008
Amy B - episode 006
Matthew Baylis - episode 009
Alasdair Beckett-King - episodes 007 and 017
James Bennison - episode 003
Simon Bolton - episodes 005 and 021
Cerys Bradley - episode 004
Sanjay Brown - episodes 016 and 021
Danny Buckler - episode 009
Dave Chawner - episode 020
Nav Chima - episode 012
Tony Cowards - episodes 016 and 018
David Cruickshanks - episodes 002 and 013
Jamie Dalgleish - episode 015
Terry Dixon - episodes 010 and 020
Dylan Dodds - episode 012
Daniel Downie - episode 015
Matt Duwell - episodes 002 and 012
Ben Ennis - episodes 001, 007 and 017
Sallyann Fellowes - episode 020
Adam Fisher - episode 001
Kriss Foster - episode 006
James Frinton - episodes 007 and 019
Bruce Fummey - episode 015
Annie Gilfillan - episode 002
Annie Harris - episode 004
Gerard Harris - episodes 005, 007, 014 and 019
Kevin Hudson - episodes 001, 018 and 019
Charmian Hughes - episodes 013 and 019
Fedor Ikelaar - episode 013
Radu Isac - episode 014
Paul Kerr - episode 008
Iszi Lawrence - episodes 010 and 020
Alex Leam - episode 011
Louise Leigh - episode 012
Vladimir McTavish - episodes 002, 003 and 015
Lee Moore - episode 014
Jo Mungovin - episode 017
Simon Munnery - episode 008
Chris Philips - episode 017
John Rands - episodes 003, 008 and 011
Chris Riley - episode 010
Andy Robertson - episode 006
David Robinson - episode 004
Rahul Somia - episode 018
Fiona Spreadborough - episode 009
Sam Stay - episode 009
Sid Sidlo - episode 006
Erin Tilley - episode 021
Tommy Tomski - episodes 011 and 016
Jack Topher - episode 001
Elizabeth Vantaa-Black - episode 021
Lisa Vernon - episodes 005, 011, 016 and 018
Andrew White - episode 013
Sha Wylie - episode 003

HISTORICAL PEOPLE COVERED IN THE SHOWS - Date/person/episode

1274 Jul 22nd - Henry I (The Fat) (died) - Ep008
1320 Jul 21st - Louis I, Count of Flanders (married) - Ep007
1334 Aug 30th - Peter of Castile (born) - Ep021
1456 Jun 23rd - Margaret, Queen of Scotland (born) - Ep005
1483 Nov 10th - Martin Luther (born) - Ep016
1540 Jul 28th - Thomas Cromwell executed - Ep011
1554 Jul 24th - Mary I (married) - Ep010
1571 Sep 4th - 4th Earl of Lennox (died) - Ep015
1635 Jul 18th - Robert Hooke (birth) - Ep019
1637 Aug 6th - Ben Jonson (died) - Ep012
1655 May 4th - B di Francesco, piano inventor (born) - Ep003
1655 Jul 28th - Cyrano de Bergerac (died) - Ep011
1659 Jul 26th - Mary Frith (died) - Ep020
1676 Sep 4th - John Ogilby (died) - Ep015
1727 Aug 30th - Anne became Princess Royal - Ep021
1750 Jul 28th - J S Bach (died) - Ep011
1797 Mar 26th - James Hutton (died) - Ep002
1797 Aug 30th - Mary Shelley (born) - Ep021
1809 Aug 6th - Alfred Lord Tennyson (born) - Ep012
1811 Jul 18th - William Thackeray (born) - Ep019
1814 Jun 23rd - Matthew Flinders (died) - Ep006
1817 Jul 18th - Jane Austen (died) - Ep019
1818 May 5th - Karl Marx (born) - Ep004
1821 May 5th - Emporer Napoleon (died) - Ep004
1840 Feb 10th - Queen Victoria (married) - Ep001
1844 Jul 22nd - William Spooner (born) - Ep008
1856 Jul 26th - George Bernard Shaw (born) - Ep020
1864 Aug 16th - Dr Elsie Inglis (born) - Ep013
1865 Mar 26th - Thomas Hancock (died) - Ep002
1865 Jul 25th - Dr James Barry (died) - Ep 010
1867 Aug 13th - William Craigie (born) - Ep013
1888 Aug 13th - John Logie Baird (born) - Ep013
1894 Jun 23rd - Alfred Kinsey (born) - Ep005
1894 Jul 25th - Gavrilo Princip (born) - Ep010
1907 Aug 13th - Sir Basil Spence (born) - Ep013
1912 Jun 23rd - Alan Turing (born) - Ep005
1919 Nov 10th - Mikhail Kalashnikov (born) - Ep016
1923 Feb 10th - William Roentgen (died) - Ep001
1929 Jul 28th - Jackie Onassis Kennedy (born) - Ep011
1931 Aug 20th - Don King (born) - Ep014
1947 Jul 19th - Brian May (born) - Ep006
1980 Jul 24th - Peter Sellers (died) - Ep009
2003 Nov 10th - Canaan Banana (died) - Ep016
2011 Jun 23rd - Peter Falk, actor (died) - Ep005

Also:
Graham Chapman, comedian - Ep017
Sir Sean Connery, actor - Ep014
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author - Ep014
Joseph Merrick - Ep017
The Sheriff of Nottingham - Ep016
William Smellie, encyclopedist - Ep014
John Struthers, anatomist - Ep015

TOPICS COVERED IN THE SHOWS

356BC Jul 21st - Temple of Artemis destroyed - Ep007
64 Jul 18th - Fire of Rome - Ep019
1099 Jul 22nd - Kingdom of Jerusalem founded - Ep008
1146 Aug 30th - Ban on using crossbows - Ep021
1355 Feb 10th - St Scholastica Day riots - Ep001
1389 Jul 18th - The Truce of Leulinghem - Ep019
1403 Jul 21st - Battle of Shrewsbury - Ep007
1484 Mar 26th - William Caxton prints Aesop's Fables - Ep002
1494 Nov 10th - Double entry bookkeeping - Ep016
1497 Feb 7th - Bonfire of the Vanities - Ep017
1536 Jul 18th - Authority of Rome extinguished - Ep019
1545 Jun 23rd - Mary Rose sinks - Ep006
1545 Jul 21st - French invasion of Isle of Wight - Ep007
1567 Jul 24th - Mary Queen of Scots abdicates - Ep009
1587 Jul 22nd - 1st landing on Roanoke - Ep008
1598 Jul 22nd - Merchant of Venice 'published' - Ep008
1626 May 4th - Peter Minuit arrives in New Netherland - Ep003
1645 Jul 21st - Qing dynasty queue edict - Ep007
1674 Nov 10th - New Netherland ceded to England - Ep016
1745 Jul 26th - 1st women's cricket match - Ep020
1774 Sep 4th - Europeans sighted New Caledonia - Ep015
1791 Aug 13th - Queen Marie Antoinette imprisoned - Ep013
1806 Aug 6th - Holy Roman Empire dissolved - Ep012
1807 Mar 25th - Abolition of Slave Trade Act - Ep002
1814 May 4th - Napoleon exiled to Elba - Ep003
1814 Jul 25th - George Stephenson locomotive - Ep010
1830 Mar 26th - The Book of Mormon published - Ep002
1835 Aug 30th - Melbourne founded - Ep021
1836 Jul 19th - HMS Beagle arrives in Ascension - Ep006
1843 Jul 19th - SS Great Britain launched - Ep006
1845 Feb 7th - Portland Vase smashed - Ep017
1848 Jul 19th - Women's suffrage movement begins - Ep006
1858 Aug 20th - Darwin and Wallace publication - Ep014
1862 May 5th - Cinco de Mayo - Ep004
1865 Jul 21st - Wild Bill Hickok shootout - Ep007
1868 Jun 23rd - Patent for the typewriter - Ep005
1871 Nov 10th - Stanley finds Livingstone - Ep016
1885 Mar 26th - 1st cremation in England - Ep002
1887 Jul 26th - Publication of Unua Libro - Ep020
1892 Jul 26th - 1st British Asian MP elected - Ep020
1896 Feb 7th - 1st medical X-ray - Ep017
1897 Aug 20th - R.Ross identifies malaria transmission- Ep014
1904 May 4th - Charles Rolls and Henry Royce meet - Ep003
1905 May 5th - Conviction using fingerprint evidence - Ep004
1909 Jul 25th - Louis Bleriot flies the Channel - Ep010
1909 Aug 30th - Burgess Shale fossil bed discovered - Ep021
1911 Aug 20th - 1st round world commercial telegram - Ep014
1912 Jul 21st - Titanic captain sighted in New York - Ep007
1912 Aug 6th - Bull Moose party meets - Ep012
1914 Jul 28th - Austria-Hungary war declaration - Ep011
1918 Jul 22nd - 504 sheep killed by lightning - Ep008
1925 Jul 18th - Mein Kampf published - Ep019
1926 Aug 6th - Gertrude Ederle swims The Channel - Ep012
1934 May 4th - UK driving test introduced - Ep003
1935 Feb 7th - Monopoly first sold - Ep017
1935 Aug 6th - 1st cryogenics experiment - Ep012
1939 Jul 28th - Sutton Hoo helmet discovered - Ep011
1940 Feb 7th - Film Pinocchio debuts - Ep017
1940 Feb 10th - Tom and Jerry debuts - Ep001
1940 Jun 23rd - Hitler's tour of Paris - Ep005
1942 Jul 26th - Diana Walker passes Class 2 flying exam Ep020
1945 Aug 6th - Atomic bomb destroys Hiroshima - Ep012
1956 Jul 26th - Suez Canal siezed / nationalised - Ep020
1960 Nov 10th - Lady Chatterley's Lover on sale - Ep016
1961 May 5th - Alan Shepard is 1st American in space - Ep004
1961 Aug 13th - Berlin Wall construction began - Ep013
1963 Aug 30th - US-USSR hotline became operational - Ep021
1964 Sep 4th - Forth Road Bridge opened - Ep015
1965 Jul 25th - Bob Dylan 'goes electric' - Ep010
1966 Jul 24th - 1st Base jump - Ep009
1966 Jul 25th - Mao swim in the Yangtze - Ep010
1967 Feb 10th - 25th US Amendment ratified - Ep001
1969 Jul 21st - Apollo 11 lands on the Moon - Ep007
1969 Jul 24th - Apollo 11 splashdown - Ep009
1969 Aug 6th - Apollo 11 ticker tape parade - Ep013
1977 Aug 20th - launch of Voyager 2 space probe - Ep014
1979 May 4th - Margaret Thatcher becomes UK PM - Ep003
1987 Jul 24th - Hulda Crooks climbs Mt Fuji, aged 91 - Ep009
1992 Jul 18th - 1st photo loaded on World Wide Web - Ep019
1994 Jun 23rd - Britannia scrapping announcement - Ep005
1994 Jul 22nd - OJ Simpson pleads not guilty - Ep008
1996 Feb 10th - Computer defeats Garry Kasparov - Ep001
1998 Sep 4th - Google founded - Ep015
1999 May 4th - The Mummy premieres in the US - Ep003
1999 Jul 28th - US regulators and the Millennium bug - Ep011
2007 May 4th - Alex Salmond 1st minister of Scotland - Ep003
2016 Jun 23rd - Brexit referendum - Ep005

Also:
The Goose Fair - Ep016
Alice Hawkins, Graham Chapman, Joseph Merrick - Ep017
Thomas Cook, Walkers Crisps, local radio, Daniel Lambert - Ep018
Buxton Water, Lismore Fields, Devonshire Royal, Houdini - Ep019
Henry I, Reading Gaol, Little Chef, Huntley & Palmer's - Ep020
Sweating Sickness - Ep021

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