Significant facts about England include that, as of 2015, London is the biggest city in Europe by population, police officers do not carry guns except in emergency cases, and the world's oldest zoo opened in London in 1828. From 1066 to 1362, French was the official language in England.
As of 2015, the people of England speak over 300 languages. The Industrial Revolution began in England. The invention of shoelaces occurred in England in 1790. England's oldest city is Ripon, and it's also one of the smallest cities. In 1896, England defeated Zanzibar in a battle where Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes. The battle was the shortest war in history. London was the first city in the world to have an underground subway system. Beer was a common morning beverage in medieval England. The English people drink more tea per capita than in any other country in the world. Soccer is the most popular sport in England.
England is home to famous bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. It is also home to the world's most popular playwright, William Shakespeare, as well as famous authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens. England's average summer temperature is approximately 60 degrees. Common indigenous animals in England include foxes, blackbirds, otters, badgers and sparrows.