Henry Wood was born #OnThisDay in 1869

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Sir Henry Joseph Wood (3 March 1869 – 19 August 1944) was an English conductor best known for his association with London’s annual series of promenade concerts known as The Proms. In 1893 a new concert hall opened in London. The hall could seat over two thousand people and the sound quality was the best…… Continue reading Henry Wood was born #OnThisDay in 1869

On This Day in 1939 the first Anderson Shelter was erected.

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I’m not so old that I can remember WW2 first hand! But Anderson shelters were to be found during my childhood in use as garden sheds. Indeed, an Anderson shelter is still in use as a garden shed in the house next door to my very elderly aunt. When we visited her as children in…… Continue reading On This Day in 1939 the first Anderson Shelter was erected.

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 Canterbury Tales #OnThisDay 1397

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#OnThisDay April 17th 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer narrated The Canterbury Tales for the first time to the court of Richard II. Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour Of which vertu engendred is the flour, Whan Zephirus eek with his…… Continue reading The Canterbury Tales #OnThisDay 1397

Publication Day in 1925 for The Great Gatsby

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First published by Scribner’s in April 1925, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald received mixed reviews and sold poorly; in its first year, the book sold only 20,000 copies. Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. However, the novel experienced a revival during World War II, and…… Continue reading Publication Day in 1925 for The Great Gatsby

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova born #OnThisDay in 1937

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Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova is a retired Russian cosmonaut, engineer, and politician. She is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than 400 applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. Before her recruitment as a cosmonaut, Tereshkova was a textile-factory assembly worker and an amateur…… Continue reading Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova born #OnThisDay in 1937