BBC History Magazine

THREE THINGS I’VE LEARNED THIS MONTH

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1. A bed for the ages

While I’ve certainly been guilty of keeping mattresses beyond the recommende­d eight years, I’m not sure I’d get a good night’s sleep on the oldest surviving example, which is

77,000 years old (page 60).

2. The Beatles’ TV record

Of course, the Fab Four were incredibly popular in the US, but I hadn’t realised that an astonishin­g 73 million people watched the band on the Ed Sullivan Show (page 21).

3. A saint met a monster

The most surprising story that appears in our profile of St Columba was the moment where he encountere­d – and scared off – the Loch Ness Monster (page 29).

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