William Shakespeare performed in Newcastle in 1588.
The modern lifeboat was invented in South Shields.
Plasticine was invented by W.Harbutt of North Shields.
A Newcastle football player invented the offside trap.
The Shields Gazette is the oldest evening newspaper in the country.
Sir William Mills (1856-1922) inventor of the Mills Bomb of World War I fame was born in Sunderland.
The first football team to win the World Cup was West Auckland in 1910.
The first dog show in the world took place in Newcastle town hall 18/29 June 1859.
Tyne salmon were famous as early as AD1100 in the reign of Henry I.
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