Monthly Archives: February 2017

The ‘birth’ of Nylon

It was on Thursday 28th February 1935 that Wallace Hume Carothers, the leader of organic chemistry at the DuPont Experimental Station, was credited with the invention of nylon. This silky material was first used commercially in a nylon-bristled toothbrush in 1938. It was first introduced as a fabric at the New York World’s Fair in […]

Nikita Khrushchev takes charge

It was early on the morning of Saturday 25th February 1956 when Nikita Khrushchev emerged as the dominant leader of the USSR when he delivered what became known as the “Secret Speech” to a closed session of the Soviet Congress. The speech lasted some four hours as he demolished Joseph Stalin’s reputation while he told the […]

It’s best to drive carefully

Can you trust what you read?  No – don’t answer that!  I was reading through my Chambers Book of Days’ – dinner was a while yet – when I came across an entry that told me that, on  Saturday 25th February 1899,‘The first driver to die in a car accident was one F R Sewell, […]

Aladdin’s Cave at the Sale-Room – step 2

A couple of weeks ago – Wednesday 8th February to be precise – I posted some details on ‘Aladdin’s Cave at the Sale-Room’.  At the end of that post I said that I had not been able to check so-far as to what was sold and how much it brought in, and said that I […]

An island awakening

On Friday 21st February 1947 Edie Rutherford, a South African housewife and Socialist, living in Sheffield, wrote in her diary: ‘So the Government wants women back in industry, whole time or part time. I shudder at the thought. Willing though I am to do my bit; the memory of crowded trains, standing around waiting for […]

The Illustrated Police News

The Illustrated Police News was a weekly illustrated newspaper which was one of the earliest British tabloids. It featured sensational and melodramatic reports and illustrations of murders and hangings and was a direct descendant of the execution broadsheets of the 18th century.  First published in 1864 it was inspired by The Illustrated London News, which […]

He died in a butt of Malmsey wine

It was on Wednesday 18th February 1478 that George, Duke of Clarence – lover of Malmsey wine and the younger brother of the devious King Edward IV – died. ‘So what?’ you might say. Well – if King Edward was devious, George was evil.  Blind ambition and disloyalty underpinned his many attempts to take the […]