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.
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
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
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.
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
Thomas William Hicks also known as Tommy Steele was born on this day in 1936. Tommy Steele is reputed to be Britain’s first teen idol and rock-and-roll star. In 1957 his rendition of “Singing the Blues” catapulted Tommy to the top of the hit parade. Although the whistling in the accompaniment is really irritating! One…… Continue reading #OnThisDay in 1936 Thomas William Hicks was born #TommySteele
#OnThisDay in 1915 Francis Albert Sinatra was born. Of all the many Frank Sinatra Youtube videos, I think this is one of the best. For You https://youtu.be/5GpHZ1nTCcQ Thanks for reading my blog today.
Hermione Gingold was an English actress whose distinctive drawling, deep voice was a result of the nodes on her vocal cords she developed in the 1920s and early 1930s. https://youtu.be/8MHrLXUmlJ4 A successful child actress, Hermione Gingold went on to act in comedy, drama and experimental theatre as well as broadcasting on the radio. Her greatest…… Continue reading Celebrate the birth of Hermione Gingold #OnThisDay in 1897
Octavia Hill was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire on 3rd December 1838. the eighth daughter of James Hill, a prosperous corn merchant and former banker. Read more about Octavia’s early life here. After her father was declared bankrupt and suffered mental health problems, Octavia, her mother and siblings re-located to Finchley, London. Read more about Octavia’s…… Continue reading 5 Portraits of Octavia Hill born #OnThisDay in 1838.
Ada Lovelace who died #OnThisDay in 1852 was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. More information about the Analytical Engine. In 2017 Ada Lovelace Day was celebrated on October 10th. 10 interesting facts about Ada Lovelace including some you may not have…… Continue reading 4 websites about Ada Lovelace who died #OnThisDay in 1852.