Monday 22nd July 1946 was the first day after the introduction of bread rationing in Britain. The country had been told that the ration would be on a varying scale for differing types of workers and for children of different ages. For the ordinary adult it would be nine ounces of bread per day, part […]

Tuesday 21st July 1960 saw the winner of the very first Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race reach ‘home’. 115 people had expressed an interest in taking part in the race.  In the end there had been eight entries but just five actually took part!  In fact only four were at the starting line on 11th June […]

Friday 20th July 1956 saw a song about the above, age old, question at number one in the UK popular music charts. Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers were asking the question ‘Why do fools fall in love?’ Frankie – then aged 12 – had written the song with a friend 12 months earlier.  They were […]

Sunday 19th July 1545 was the day that the Mary Rose, flagship of King Henry VIII’s fleet, sank off Portsmouth 34 years after coming into service.  The wreck was located in 1971, raised and is now a museum that attracts visitors from across the world. The reason why she sank, however, remains a matter for […]

It was on Thursday 18th July 1872 that the Royal Assent was given to the ‘Parliamentary and Municipal Elections (Ballot) Bill’. Put simply – from now on each individual vote would be cast in secret. This was a fundamental change to an age old process. No longer would those entitled to vote have to identify […]

It was on Tuesday 17th July 1917 that the British Royal Family formally adopted the name ‘Windsor’ in the place of ‘Saxe-Coburg-Gotha’. ‘The Cornishman’ newspaper carried a typical statement of the facts with the heading: THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR – RENUNCIATION OF SAXE-COBURG. ‘A Proclamation was signed at the Privy Council at Buckingham Palace on […]

It was on Thursday 16th July 1970 that the first national dock strike in Britain since 1926 began.  In total it involved around 47,000 dockworkers across the country. Seeking to raise their basic wage from £11 a week, British Dockers’ representatives had voted 48 to 32 in favour of strike action the previous day. As […]