Monthly Archives: January 2018

Marlene Dietrich starts living a life of her own.

On the strength of The Blue Angel’s international success that we saw last week, Marlene was given a chance for a crack in Hollywood. Her first film there was Morocco, a 1930’s romantic drama that she shared with Gary Cooper and Adolphe Menjou who had served as a captain in the US Army ambulance service […]

The death of a great Prime Minister

Three days ago I was telling the story of the 1st World War and the Prime Minister of the time.  Today we tell the story of another World War Prime Minister – Sir Winston Churchill –and his involvement in the first one and his control – and perhaps saving – the second one and his […]

Single men are required for the conflict.

It was on Thursday 27th January 1916 that Britain’s parliament passed the Military Service Act – an Act that introduced compulsory conscription for all single men between the ages of 18 and 41. The Great War was edging into its third year of conflict when British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith introduced the first military conscription […]

Robert Burns – and his night!

In 1864 he original Chambers Book of Days wrote:  ‘Robert Burns, the Scottish poet, first saw the light on this day, the 25th January 1759, in a small cottage by the wayside near the Bridge of Doon, two miles from Ayr.  A wonderful destiny was that of the peasant’s babe born that day – a […]

A husband; a daughter and the beginning of Fame.

Last time we left Marlene, in 1922, being sacked four weeks after getting a job playing the violin in a pit orchestra for silent films at a Berlin cinema! In 1923 Marlene met Rudolf Sieber, a film professional who helped her land a part in the German 1923 silent film Tragedy of Love where she […]

It’s January 1966 and the future of the Monte Carlo rally is put into doubt.

January 22, 2018 · by talkinghistory2013 · in 20th century, 20th century conflict, 20th century sport, Cars · Leave a comment ·Edit It was in 1909 that, at the ‘request’ of Prince Albert of Monaco, the Automobile Club de Monaco started planning a car rally.  The participants would start at points all over Europe and […]

Two Kings and a Queen

It was on Wednesday, 19th January 1831 that Charles Greville, considered by many to be the greatest English diarist after Pepys, began musing about the health of England’s King who was also the King of Handover. King William IV had become England’s King on 26th June 1830 following the death of his elder brother King […]