On This Day in 2002 actor John Thaw died

Of many great TV detectives have there ever been better than DCI Morse and DI Regan? The brilliant John Thaw somehow managed to convey the blokey, sexist, irascible Regan in The Sweeney and then turn on a sixpence to portray the intellectual, sensitive, irascible Morse in the series of the same name. The Sweeney was…… Continue reading On This Day in 2002 actor John Thaw died

Sweets came off ration #OnThisDay in 1953

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Sweets were rationed during World War II but finally de-rationed on this day in 1953. Sweets were first de-rationed in April 1949 but demand far outstripped supply and, after four months, they were put back on ration. Sweets and chocolate rationing started on 26 July 1942. https://youtu.be/1DiLqF1Q1LA The amount of sugar which you were allowed…… Continue reading Sweets came off ration #OnThisDay in 1953

The Woolworth Building in New York opened on this day in 1913.

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The Woolworth Building opened on April 24, 1913. On completion, the Woolworth Building topped the record set by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower as the world’s tallest building. The Woolworth Building was designed in the neo-Gothic style by the architect Cass Gilbert. Frank Woolworth commissioned Gilbert to design a 20-story office building as the…… Continue reading The Woolworth Building in New York opened on this day in 1913.

The celebrity cook Fanny Cradock was born On This Day in 1909

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Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey, better known as Fanny Cradock, was born on 26th February 1909. Fanny Cradock found fame as an English restaurant critic, television celebrity cook and cookery writer. She made frequent appearances on television, at cookery demonstrations and in print with Major Johnnie Cradock who played the part of a slightly bumbling hen-pecked…… Continue reading The celebrity cook Fanny Cradock was born On This Day in 1909

Edward Lear died #OnThisDay in 1888

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Artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, Edward Lear died on 29th January 1888. Edward Lear is probably now best known for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks. There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, ‘It is just as I feared! Two Owls and a Hen, Four Larks…… Continue reading Edward Lear died #OnThisDay in 1888

Long running musical opened on Broadway #OnThisDay in 1964

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On January 16th 1964, the musical “Hello, Dolly!” opened on Broadway beginning a run of 2,844 performances. The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, with four Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into the 1969 film Hello Dolly! that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won…… Continue reading Long running musical opened on Broadway #OnThisDay in 1964

Born #OnThisDay in 1904 – photographer Cecil Beaton

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 Fashion photographer Portrait photographer War photographer Diarist Painter Interior designer Academy Award–winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE 14 January 1904 – 18 January 1980 Thanks for reading my blog today.

Metropolis premiered #OnThisDay in 1927

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Fritz Lang’s epic science-fiction drama, Metropolis, premiered in Berlin on 10 January 1927. The original cut of Metropolis has been lost and for decades only shorter versions of the film could be seen. However, over the years, various elements of footage have been rediscovered and in 2010 a new restoration was released on DVD and…… Continue reading Metropolis premiered #OnThisDay in 1927

Celebrate 5 amazing people born #OnThisDay

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What a great day January 8th is for celebrating the birth of these amazing people. 1. Born on January 8th 1947 in Brixton, London. 2. Born on January 8th 1942 in Oxford. 3. Born on January 8th 1937 in Tiger Bay, Cardiff. 4. Born on January 8th 1924 in Tottenham, London. 5. Born on January…… Continue reading Celebrate 5 amazing people born #OnThisDay

Amy Johnson died #OnThisDay in 1941

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Aged only twenty seven years, Amy Johnson became a celebrity after her exciting solo flight to Australia in 1930. When Amy landed at Port Darwin she was described as looking sunburnt and tired but smiling. Wearing khaki shorts and a green sun helmet she was soon flying on to Sidney. From Sidney, Amy flew to…… Continue reading Amy Johnson died #OnThisDay in 1941