It was on Monday 5th October 1936 when some 200 unemployed men set off from Jarrow – a north of England town on the River Tyne in County Durham – to walk to London.  Before they set off there was a special service of blessing at Christ Church in the centre of town – a […]

It was in January 1947 that a British Government’s cabinet sub-committee decided, in response to an apprehension of American isolationism and fears of Britain losing its great power status, to resume British efforts to build nuclear weapons. A key part of this project, of course, was the need to have a location to test them! […]

October has arrived and the world is changing.  The awareness and observation of this change has been noted, and recorded, and described across the world.  Here in Britain the Chambers Book of Days for 1864 describes the country: The woods never look more beautiful than from the close of last month to the middle of […]

It was Sunday 30th September 1951 and big crowds had gathered for the final moments of the Festival of Britain which was officially ending – where it began – at the South Bank in London. The massed bands of the Brigade of Guards played as the Union flag and the Festival flag were taken down […]

There is a perk on this day if you are interested. By tradition one may sleep late on St Michael’s Day! This tradition says that:          ‘Nature requires five and Custom gives seven; Laziness takes nine, and Michaelmas eleven.’ 29th September is one of the four days of the year on which quarterly rents are/were traditionally […]

Friday 28th September 1923 was the day that the Radio Times, price 2d, was first published. It had all began in that spring when John Reith, the BBC’s first Director General, had received an ultimatum from the Newspaper Publishers Association that warned/threatened him that ‘unless the Corporation paid a significant fee, none of its NPA […]

It was on Wednesday 25th September 1963 that the most hotly anticipated report in British history hit the shelves.  Official reports – known as Blue Books – are usually dull affairs but this one was different – VERY DIFFERENT.  Public interest was so great, remarked ‘The Spectator’ newspaper that the Stationary Office “opened half an […]