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Three kings and seven dwarfs and a sleeping mouse make Christmas; THE FACT MASTER KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED AND WHEN.

Byline: Wild Humphrey

| December 19 THE Plantagenets are the longest reigning dynasty in the history of our monarchy, boasting 14 kings who took to the throne - and the very first of them had his Coronation this winter's day, in 1194. He was King Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was at his side.

| December 20 ENGLAND'S Richard the Lionheart was trying to make his way back home via Austria this December evening, in 1192, when he was kidnapped by his enemy, Prince Leopold. Richard was held captive for 14 months and England paid a "king's ransom" to get him back.

| December 21 BASHFUL, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Sneezy and, of course, Snow White all hit the big screen today in 1937, as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became the first ever featurelength cartoon to be released by the great man of imagination, Walt Disney.

| December 22 DURING the early days of British motorways, people could travel as fast as they could get their car to go, as there were no speed limits, but that all ended this day in 1965 when the 70mph maximum speed limit was introduced on motorways and rural roads across the UK.

| December 23 "'TWAS the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse." This famous piece of poetry was published today in 1823, and this meant the words were actually published, the night before, the night before Christmas.

| December 24 BORN Christmas Eve in 1166 was England's King John, who granted the Royal Charter making Liverpool a borough. It was also King John who designed the original seven streets of Liverpool, one of which is Old Hall Street, on which the ECHO offices now stand.

| December 25 IN THE year 336AD, the Roman Church declared Christmas Day be celebrated on December 25th and, ever since, we have celebrated the happy occasion with fun, festivities, turkey and stuffing, so, in the words of a very famous song, may I say: "Merry Christmas, Everybody".

THAT'S a Fact !!

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Dec 19, 2017
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