Category 20th century men
Although the 2nd World War began with Nazi Germany’s attack on Poland in September 1939, the United States did not fully enter the war until after the Japanese bombed the American fleet in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, on 7th December 1941. The 1940 and 1941 conflict in Europe had received help and support from the USA […]
The British Prime Minister; a German Chancellor and a USA Ambassador in the background while we listen to music!
We now read and write today in the year 2018 – but for today I want to take you back 80 years to the year 1938 and see what was happening in Britain. On 17th January 1938 Joseph P Kennedy had been appointed United States Ambassador to the UK while, on 20th February, Anthony Eden […]
For a great many the 1930s were remembered for mass unemployment with unemployment in Britain at the start of 1933 at 22.8%. However, by January 1936 it had eased to 13.9% and in 1938 it was down to around 10%. There was still a semi-permanent depression area in the North of England, Scotland and South […]
The day is Thursday 29th June 1950 and a game of football is taking place. It’s not quite like the games that have been/are being played in Russia as I write. This was the 1950 FIFA World Cup that was held in Brazil from 24th June to 16th July. It was the first World Cup […]
One of the pioneers of the raucous, rapid-fire, eight-to-the-bar piano style described as ‘BOOGIE’ was Jimmy Yancey. Born in Chicago in 1896 he worked in vaudeville as a singer and tap dancer – starting at the age of 6 – before taking up the piano in 1915. Although he did not make a recording until […]
It’s the second decade of the 20th century and the world continues to develop and change. At this time Great Britain was at the centre of the world’s largest empire, a beneficiary of colonial resources and trade. It occupied territory on four different continents and was at the centre of a vast trading and commercial […]