Category 20th century men

The world was changing – and perhaps not for the better

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 […]

A great man retires

It was on this day – Tuesday 5th April 1955 – that Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying that: ‘The Right Honourable Sir Winston Churchill had an audience with the Queen and tendered his resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.  Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept.’ The BBC reported that: […]

We were over the top of the world first

The the 29,029-foot-high summit of Mount Everest was first conquered on foot by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary in 1953.  BUT – it had been two decades earlier – on Monday 3rd April 1933 – that Everest had been conquered by air! With the financial backing of philanthropist Lady Houston, the Houston Everest Expedition took off […]

Let’s take a test

It was in 1903 under the ‘Motor Car Act’  that Britten’s Driving Licenses were introduced.  Whilst these drivers had to have a driving licence, they were not required to prove that they could drive!  That wasn’t too bad, though, because there weren’t too many drivers around. However, as more and more were out on the […]

The aftermath of Marlene Dietrich’s life

It was on Saturday 6th May 1992 that Marlene Dietrich died of renal failure at her flat in Paris – she was 90.  Her funeral ceremony was conducted at La Madeleine in Paris, a Roman Catholic Church on Sunday 14th May 1992 and her funeral service was attended by approximately 1,500 mourners in the church […]

Robert James [Bob] Fitzsimmons – the fighting Englishman

It was on Wednesday 17th March 1897 that Englishman Robert James [Bob] Fitzsimmons became heavyweight champion of the world when he defeated ‘Gentleman’ Jim Corbett at Carson City in Nevada, U.S.A.  This venue was at the first open-air arena built especially for boxing and Bob won by knockout in the 14th round.  A reporter at […]

Catching up on other stories

Have you ever planned to do things and then suddenly realise that the time has moved on faster than you have?  Well, something like that has happened to me – and I can blame Marlene Dietrich for it.  No, that’s not fair, but I hope you have enjoyed her story so far. So what should […]