Merry Essex-mas! How 'Father Christmas' lived in TOWIE county and died 500 years agoArchive entry shows Father Christmas was buried in the county in 1564Essex Record Office archives show a host of Christmas family members | UPDATED: 14:42 GMT, 23 December 2012 Historians have uncovered evidence that Father Christmas lived in Essex and died nearly 500 years ago. Archivists at the county's records' office have discovered a brief archive entry that states Father Christmas was laid to rest at a churchyard in the village of Dedham on May 30, 1564.
French President Francois Hollande acknowledges country's 'unjust and brutal' occupation of Algeria but does not apologise The French president acknowledged the 'suffering' inflicted on Algeria Mr Hollande refused to apologise during a trip to France's former colonyAcknowledged use of torture and said there is a 'duty' to tell the truth 1.5million people died during the eight year struggle for independence | UPDATED: 07:53 GMT, 21 December 2012 French President Francois Hollande today acknowledged the 'suffering' his country had inflicted on Algeria – while refusing to offer an apology to the former colony.
Enigma hero Alan Turing 'should be pardoned for historic gay conviction', says Stephen Hawking Turin was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 over gay relationship Was chemically castrated and committed suicide by eating poisoned apple Governments have never offered a pardon for fear of 'setting a precedent'Scientists urge David Cameron to 'formally forgive the iconic British hero' | UPDATED: 15:51 GMT, 14 December 2012 A man credited with saving thousands of lives during World War Two should be posthumously pardoned for his historic conviction, Professor Stephen Hawking has said.