Chronography of events from 1 January 1920 to 31 December 1929

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31/12/1929, Tuesday (-5,607) Pope Pius XI condemned co-education as harmful to Christian training.

29/12/1929, Sunday (-5,609) William Maybach, German car designer, died aged 83.

22/12/1929. Sunday (-5,616) (1) The All-India National Congress demanded Indian independence.

(2) China and Russia agreed to withdraw troops from the border as their dispute over the eastern railway ended.

16/12/1929, Monday (-5,622) Ivor Allchurch, footballer, was born.

12/12/1929, Thursday (-5,626) Alberto da Costa Pereira, Portuguese footballer, was born.

11/12/1929, Wednesday (-5,627) Sir Kenneth MacMillan, dancer and choreographer, was born

10/12/1929, Tuesday (-5,628) Harry Crosby, wealthy American poet and publisher, died aged 31 from a self-inflicted gunshot.

9/12/1929, Monday (-5,629) Bob Hawke, Australian Labour Prime Minister 1983-91, was born.

8/12/1929. Sunday (-5,630) Hitler�s Nazi Party won municipal elections in Bavaria.

7/12/1929, Saturday (-5,631) (India, Islam) Agha Khan 1I1 was married at a private ceremony in Aix les Bains, France, to a former candy store clerk and dressmaker. He was founder and first President of the all-India Muslim League.

6/12/1929, Friday (-5,632) US marines were sent to Haiti to quell a revolt there.

5/12/1929, Thursday (-5,633) 94 mph winds swept across Britain, killing 26 people.

4/12/1929, Wednesday (-5,634) The House of Lords voted 43 to 21 against the UK resuming diplomatic relations with the USSR.

3/12/1929, Tuesday (-5,625) President Hoover delivered his first State of the Union speech to Congress.

2/12/1929. Monday (-5,636) Britain got its first 22 public phone boxes.

1/12/1929. Sunday (-5,637) Major Thames floods.


30/11/1929, Saturday (-5,638) (Russia, China) Soviet planes bombed the Manchurian town of Pokutu.

29/11/1929. Friday (-5,639) US Admiral Richard Byrd, with pilot Bernt Balchen, became the first to fly over the South Pole.

24/11/1929, Sunday (-5,650) Georges Clemenceau, Prime Minister of France, died.

21/11/1929. Thursday (-5,647) Henry Ford raised workers wages in all his car plants.

20/11/1929, Wednesday (-5,648) First exhibition of work by Salvador Dali.

19/11/1929, Tuesday (-5,649) Sean Kelly, cycling champion, was born in Waterford, Ireland.

17/11/1929, Sunday (-5,651) Nikolai Bukharin, Head of the Third International since 1926 and a potential rival to Joseph Stalin, was expelled from the Soviet Communist party.

13/11/1929, Wednesday (-5,655) (1) The Toronto stock market crashed.

(2) The Bank for International Settlements was founded.

12/11/1929, Tuesday (-5,656) Grace Kelly, US actress, was born.

11/11/1929, Monday (-5,657) Anti-Japanese occupation protests in Korea.

9/11/1929, Saturday (-5,659) Imre Kertesz, writer, was born.

7/11/1929, Thursday (-5,661) The Museum of Modern Art opened in New York on a rented space on 5th Avenue, Manhattan.

6/11/1929, Wednesday (-5,662) The Week in Westminster was first broadcast on UK radio.

5/11/1929, Tuesday (-5,663) Christopher Davidge, rower, was born.

3/11/1929, Sunday (-5,665)

2/11/1929, Saturday (-5,666) The first News Theatre Cinema opened in New York, the Embassy.

1/11/1929, Friday (-5,667) The Pony Club movement was founded in Britain.


31/10/1929, Thursday (-5,668) (Canada, Morals) Nova Scotia voted to repeal Prohibition. This left Prince Edward Island as the only �dry� region in Canada.

30/10/1929, Wednesday (-5,669) General Election in Ontario. The Conservatives, led by Howard Ferguson, won with an increased majority.

29/10/1929, Tuesday (-5,670) The Montreal stock market crashed.

28/10/1929, Monday (-5,671) The London stock market crashed.

27/10/1929, Sunday (-5,672) Elections in Czechoslovakia were won by the Republican Party of Agricultural and Smallholder Peoples.

26/10/1929, Saturday (-5,673) All London buses to be painted red. Earlier trials with yellow and red proved unpopular.

25/10/1929, Friday (-5,674) Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr stated that business was good and prospects bright.

24/10/1929. Thursday (-5,675) New York stock market crash. See 22/5/1933. The Stock market opened to brisk selling and as the ticker tape was unable to cope with the volume of shares trading (12 million shares were traded that day), prices fell further, and worried investors sold more as prices fell. By 11.30 am. There was total chaos on the market. There were eleven suicides from ruined investors in New York alone. On 28/10/1929 the London Stock Exchange also fell sharply, and New York stocks fell further on 29/10/1929.

23/10/1929, Wednesday (-5,676) A sudden and unanticipated rush of selling hit the New York stock market.

22/10/1929, Tuesday (-5,677) The Brazilian airline Panair do Brasil began operation as NYRBA do Brasil S.A.

21/10/1929, Monday (-5,678) (1) Irish rural electrification received a boost when the Shannon hydroelectric scheme began operating this day. Until now only about a third of Dublin and a quarter of Cork had electricity; the new scheme, at a cost of �5 million, would greatly increase the electricity supply.

(2) The BBC began transmitting regional services.

(3) In Egypt, the Wafd Nationalist Party won the elections.

18/10/1929, Friday (-5,681) Violeta Chamorro, President of Nicaragua, was born.

15/10/1929, Tuesday (-5,684) Nadir Khan was proclaimed King of Afghanistan, after Emir Amanullah fled the country on 22/5/1929.

14/10/1929, Monday (-5,685) The R101 airship went on its first trials above London from its Cardington hangar in Bedfordshire.The airship was 732 feet long and held 5 million cubic feet of hydrogen; power was from 5 diesel engines.

13/10/1929, Sunday (-5,686) Walasse Ting, Chinese-American poet, was born in Shanghai. He died in 2010.

12/10/1929, Saturday (-5,687) (1) The last British troops left the Rhineland, moving out of their base in Wiesbaden.

(2) Magnus Magnusson, British writer and TV presenter of the quiz show Mastermind, was born in Reykjavik, Iceland.

11/10/1929, Friday (-5,688) Graham Roberts, actor, was born.

10/10/1929, Thursday (-5,689) (Astronomy) Irvin Shapiro was born in New York City, USA. In 1971 he researched quasars.

8/10/1929, Tuesday (-5,691)

3/10/1929. Thursday (-5,696) The name of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes was changed to Yugoslavia. The name change was an attempt to eradicate longstanding historical divisions within the country.

2/10/1929, Wednesday (-5,697) Britain set up a committee to consider the establishing of National Parks.

1/10/1929, Tuesday (-5,698) Britain resumed diplomatic relations with Soviet Russia.


30/9/1929, Monday (-5,699) The first experimental TV broadcast was made by the BBC.

29/9/1929, Sunday (-5,700) Lata Mangeshkar, musician, was born.

28/9/1929, Saturday (-5,701) In India, marriage of girls aged under 14 was banned by the Sarda Act.

27/9/1929, Friday (+5,702) Barbara Murray, English actress, was born.

26/9/1929, Thursday (+5,703) John Schrober became chancellor of Austria.

25/9/1929, Wednesday (-5,704) Jimmy Doolittle, champion US aviator, performed the first �blind flight�, taking off, flying a set course and landing again all under a fabric hood so he couldn�t see outside the plane.

24/9/1929. Tuesday (-5,705) Workers in the USSR were given 2 days off a week.

23/9/1929, Monday (-5,706) The $1.5 million, 21,000-seat St. Louis Arena opened.

22/9/1929. Sunday (-5,707) Communists and Nazis fought on the streets of Berlin.

20/9/1929, Friday (-5,709) Anna Meara, actress, was born.

17/9/1929, Tuesday (-5,712) Stirling Moss, motor racing champion, was born.

16/9/1929. Monday (-5,713) Bolivia and Paraguay signed an agreement to end their 10 month border dispute.

15/9/1929, Sunday (-5,714) Murray Gell-Mann, US physicist who researched sub-atomic particles, was born.

12/9/1929, Thursday (-5,717) (1) (Aviation) AH Orlebar, UK, set a new aviation speed record of 357.75 mph.

(2) KLM airlines now instituted a regular, fortnightly, service between Amsterdam and Jakarta. The 9,500 mile route included 18 stops, including Istanbul, Baghdad, Karachi, Calcutta (Kolkata) and Bangkok.

10/9/1929. Tuesday (-5,719) A British seaplane reached a record speed of 355.8 mph.

9/9/1929. Monday (-5,720) Heavy fighting between Russia and China on their border.

6/9/1929, Friday (-5,723)

5/9/1929. Thursday (-5,724) Aristide Briand, the French Prime Minister, proposed a United States of Europe.

4/9/1929, Wednesday (-5,725) The German airship Graf Zeppelin completed its 20-day round the world trip from Friedrichshafen on the shore of lake Constance via Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Lakehurst.

3/9/1929. Tuesday (-5,726) The New York Stock Exchange reached a new high of 381.17.


31/8/1929, Saturday (-5,729)

25/8/1929. Sunday (-5,735) Britain declared martial law in Jerusalem as Arabs and Jews continued fighting. Arabs killed 8 Jews and then burned whole streets of houses; the rioting was sparked by Arab hostility to Jewish access to the Wailing Wall, situated in the heart of Arab east Jerusalem. Order was not restored by the British until 31/8/1929.

24/8/1929, Saturday (-5,736) Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader, was born.

23/8/1929, Friday (-5,737) Zoltan Czibor, Hungarian footballer, was born.

19/8/1929, Monday (-5,741) Sergei Diaghilev, Russian impresario, died.

16/8/1929, Friday (-5,744) Helmut Rahn, West German footballer, was born.

14/8/1929, Wednesday (-5,746) Gene Scott, TV evangelist, was born (died 21/2/2005).

9/8/1929, Friday (-5,751) Jeff Butterfield, rugby player, was born.

8/8/1929, Thursday (-5,752) Ronald Biggs, great train robber, was born in Lambeth, south London.

7/8/1929, Wednesday (-5,753) James Pilditch, designer, was born.

6/8/1929, Tuesday (-5,754) Britain and Egypt agreed a draft treaty for the withdrawal of British troops from Egypt, except from the Canal Zone.

5/8/1929, Monday (-5,755) Millicent Garrett Fawcett, British feminist activist, died aged 82.

4/8/1929, Sunday (-5,756) Kishore Kumar, Indian actor, was born.

3/8/1929, Saturday (-5,757) Emile Berliner, US inventor of the flat phonographic record, died.

2/8/1929, Friday (-5,758) (Railways) The first Trans-Australian Railway, N-S, was completed.

1/8/1929, Thursday (-5,759) Syd Gregory, Australian cricketer, died.


31/7/1929, Wednesday (-5,760) World Boy Scouts jamboree opened at Arrowe Park, Merseyside.

30/7/1929, Tuesday (-5,761) Christine McGuire, American singer, was born.

29/7/1929, Monday (-5,762) Britain�s Foreign Secretary, Arthur Henderson, had talks with his Soviet counterpart about restoring Anglo-Soviet diplomatic relations.

28/7/1929, Sunday (-5,763) Jacqueline Onassis, widow of President Kennedy, was born in Southampton, New York State, as Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.

27/9/1929, Saturday (-5,764) In France, Raymond Poincare resigned due to ill health. Aristide Briand became Prime Minister.

26/9/1929, Friday (-5,765) Marc Lalonde, Canadian politician (30th Minister of Finance), was born in �le Perrot, Quebec.

25/7/1929. Thursday (-5,766) Pope Pius XI became the first Pope for 59 years to leave the Vatican. The creation of the Papal state under the Lateran treaties had clarified the politico-legal position of the Pope, who until then had been a virtual prisoner within the Vatican.

21/7/1929, Sunday (-5,770) The Puymorens rail tunnel, France, 5.5 km long, opened.

17/7/1929. Wednesday (-5,774) Russia broke off diplomatic relations with China and began to mobilise troops on the border.

16/7/1929, Tuesday (-5,775) In Dublin, the Censorship of Publications Act came into force, to control obscenity.

15/7/1929, Monday (-5,776) Hugo von Hoffmannsthal, Austrian author, died aged 55.

14/7/1929, Sunday (-5,777) Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer, anthropological writer, died.

12/7/1929, Friday (-5,779)

10/7/1929, Wednesday (-5,781) Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew arrived in Eng;land having flown from Australia in the record time of 12 days, 21 hours and 18 minutes.

9/7/1929, Tuesday (-5,782) Gerhard Hanappi, Austrian footballer, was born.

7/7/1929, Sunday (-5,784) Transcontinental Air Transport Company began the first coast to coast air service in the USA. The company soon became Trans World Airlines (TWA).

5/7/1929, Friday (-5,786) Tony Lock, cricketer, was born (died 30/3/1995).

4/7/1929, Thursday (-5,787) In London, 12 paintings of nudes by DH Lawrence were seized by police, after complaints from the public.

3/7/1929, Wednesday (-5,788)

2/7/1929, Tuesday (-5,789) The Giichi Tanaka Government inJapan fell.

1/7/1929. Monday (-5,790) Britain refused Leon Trotsky asylum.


29/6/1929, Saturday (-5,792)

27/6/1929, Thursday (-5,794) In Turkey, President Kemal outlawed Communist propaganda.

26/6/1929. Wednesday (-5,795) The Japanese government signed the anti-war Kellogg-Briand pact, the last government to sign it.

25/5/1929, Tuesday (-5,796)

24/6/1929, Monday (-5,797) Sybil Queenie Newall, archery champion, died.

23/6/1929, Sunday (-5,798) June Carter Cash, singer, was born.

16/6/1929, Sunday (-5,805) Bramwell Booth, second General of the Salvation Army, died.

14/6/1929, Friday (-5,807) Journalist Arthur Schrieber became the first stowaway on na transatlantic flight.

12/6/1929. Wednesday (-5,809) Birth of Anne Frank, Dutch Jewish schoolgirl who wrote her famous dairies before going to her death in a Nazi concentration camp.

10/6/1929, Monday (-5,811) Margaret Bondfield became the first British woman Cabinet Minister when she was appointed Minister of Labour.

8/6/1929. Saturday (-5,813) At The Hague, Germany�s war debts were rescheduled. Germany was no longer required to pay for the reconstruction of France�s war-damaged provinces. The Young Plan, named after its American author Owen Young, removed controls on the German economy. However Germany must still repay �1.65 billion over the next 40 years, including �2 million a year that Britain insists upon to cover its American debt. Militant Germans, including the Nazis, demonstrated against these payments. The Plan was intended to strengthen the position of the Weimar Government but instead undermined it further.

7/6/1929. Friday (-5,814) The Papal State, extinct since 1870, was revived as the Vatican City State in Rome under the Lateran Treaty.

6/6/1929, Thursday (-5,815) Sunil Dutt, actor, was born.

4/6/1929, Tuesday (-5,817)


31/5/1929, Friday (-5,821) The Ford Motor Company signed an agreement with the USSR to produce cars there. The USSR wanted to create jobs in the automotive industry, and Henry Ford believed that he could undermine Communism by introducing capitalism there. The first Ford cars assembled in the USSR were only completed in 1932.

30/5/1929. Thursday (-5,822) UK General Election. Labour secured its first Parliamentary majority � see 22/1/1924. The Labour Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald, running Britain�s second Labour government, appointed Margaret Bondfield as Britain�s first woman minister. She was Minister of Labour, a key post, given the lengthening dole queues Britain faced. Labour won 288 seats, the Conservatives 260.

26/5/1923, Sunday (-5,826)

22/5/1929, Wednesday (-5,830) In Italy, Mussolini banned beauty contests as immoral.

21/5/1929, Tuesday (-5,831) (1) Lord Roseberry, British Liberal Prime Minister, died.

(2) King Alexander I of Yugoslavia used his dictatorial powers to ban the Croat Party and other political factions.

19/5/1929, Sunday (-5,833)

17/5/1929, Friday (-5,835) Branislav Zebec, Yugoslav footballer, was born.

16/5/1929, Thursday (-5,836) The first Academy Awards were presented in Hollywood, by the Academy�s President, Douglas Fairbanks.

13/5/1929, Monday (-5,839) Burt Bacharach, composer, was born,

7/5/1929, Tuesday (-5,845)

5/5/1929. Sunday (-5,847) In Bombay a curfew was imposed to quell Hindu-Moslem fighting.

4/5/1929, Saturday (-5,848) Audrey Hepburn, actress, was born.

3/5/1929. Friday (-5,849) Severe civil unrest in Berlin.

2/5/1929, Thursday (-5,850)

1/5/1929, Wednesday (-5,851) Communists in Berlin attacked policemen. Three days of clashes ensued, with 15 dead.


30/4/1929, Tuesday (-5,852) Ernst Streeruwitz was appointed Chancellor of Austria.

29/4/1929, Monday (-5,853) The future Liberal Party leader, Jeremy Thorpe, was born.

26/4/1929. Friday (-5,856) The first non-stop flight from England to India of 4,130 miles in 50 hours 37 minutes was made by two RAF officers. They were Squadron leader A G Jones-Williams and Flight Lieutenant N H Jenkins.

24/4/1929, Wednesday (-5,858) Denmark elected a socialist government.

22/4/1929, Monday (-5,860) Britain�s first municipal airport opened, at Chat Moss, Manchester.

20/4/1929. Saturday (-5,862) The first Italian Parliament composed exclusively of Fascists led by Benito Mussolini was opened by King Victor Emmanuel III.

17/4/1929, Wednesday (-5,865) James Last, composer, was born.

15/4/1929, Monday (-5,867) Chancellor Winston Churchill, in his budget, abolished the 325-year-old tea duty, knocking 4d off the price of a pound of tea.

14/4/1929. Sunday (-5,868) (1) The first air mail from India arrived at Croydon.

(2) The Monte Carlo Grand Prix was run for the first time, 76 laps round the narrow streets and harbour of Monte Carlo.

12/4/1929, Friday (-5,870)

11/4/1929. Thursday (-5,871) (1) Germany refused asylum to Leon Trotsky.

(2) Popeye the cartoon character first appeared in a comic strip in a New York newspaper.

10/4/1929, Wednesday (-5,872) Michael Hawthorn, motor racing champion, was born (died 27/1/1959).

9/4/1929, Tuesday (-5,873)

6/4/1929, Saturday (-5,876) Willis Hall, playwright, was born (died 7/3/2005).

5/4/1929, Friday (-5,877) (Science) Ivar Glaever, Norwegian-US physicist, was born in Bergan, Norway. In 1973 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on superconductors and semiconductors.

4/4/1929. Thursday (-5,878) The engineer Carl Benz, who built the first internal combustion car, died aged 84.

2/4/1929, Tuesday (-5,880)

1/4/1929, Monday (-5,881) Milan Kundera, writer, was bron.


31/3/1929, Sunday (-5,882) Easter Sunday.

30/3/1929, Saturday (-5,883) The first commercial air service between London and Karachi began.

27/3/1929, Wednesday (-5,886)

25/3/1929, Monday (-5,888) Tim Brookshaw, champion jockey, was born (died 8/11/1981).

24/3/1929. Sunday (-5,889) Mussolini�s single party Fascist state claimed it had won 99% of the vote in elections.

23/3/1929, Saturday (-5,890) Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes (3 minutes, 59.4 seconds), was born in Harrow, London.

22/3/1929, Friday (-5,891)

21/3/1929, Thursday (-5,892) First performance in London of Ralph Vaughan William�s opera Sir John in Love, based on Shakespeare�s play The Merry Wives of Windsor.

20/3/1929. Wednesday (-5,893) The French military commander Marshal Ferdinand Foch died aged 68.

17/3/1929, Sunday (-5,896) The Spanish Government closed Madrid University because of student political agitation.

11/3/1929. Monday (-5,902) Major H O D Seagrave reached 231.36 mph in his racing car at Daytona Beach.

10/3/1929. Sunday (-5,903) Egyptian women were granted limited rights of divorce.

8/3/1929, Friday (-5,905)

6/3/1929, Wednesday (-5,907) David Sheppard, cricketer, was born.

5/3/1929, Tuesday (-5,908) David Buick, founder of the Buick motor company, died.

4/3/1929. Monday (-5,909) Herbert Hoover was inaugurated as the President of the USA.

3/3/1929, Sunday (-5,910) Streatham to Wimbledon via Haydons Lane, was electrified


27/2/1929, Wednesday (-5,914) Patricia Ward, tennis player, was born (died 22/6/1985).

21/2/1929. Thursday (-5,920) France refused asylum to Leon Trotsky, Stalin�s most feared opponent, now exiled from the USSR.

18/2/1929, Monday (-5,,923) The First Academy Awards, known as Oscars from 1931, were announced.

17/2/1929, Sunday (-5,924) The first in-flight movie was shown, on an internal flight in the USA.

16/2/1929, Saturday (-5,925) The New York Stock Exchange posted widespread losses after the Federal Reserve Advisory Council's warning about speculators the previous day.

15/2/1929. Friday (-5,926) German unemployment was over 3 million. In 1926 it had been 2 million, falling to around 1.3 million in 1927 and 1928.

14/2/1929. Thursday (-5,927) The St Valentines Day Massacre took place in Chicago. Seven members of Bugsy Moran�s gang were machine-gunned to death by a rival gang.

13/2/1929, Wednesday (-5,928)

12/2/1929, Tuesday (-5,929) Lillie Langtry, US actress, died.

11/2/1929. Monday (-5,930) The 109 acres of the Vatican in Rome were made an independent state under the Lateran Treaty, which was signed by Benito Mussolini and Pietro Gasparri, Pope Pius XI.

9/2/1929, Saturday (-5,932)

7/2/1929, Thursday (-5,934) Hindu-Muslim riots in Bengal.

6/2/1929, Wednesday (-5,935) Germany ratified the Kellogg-Briand anti-war pact.

5/2/1929, Tuesday (-5,936) �amon de Valera was arrested for entering Northern Ireland.

4/2/1929, Monday (-5,937) The first Green Belt area was approved, a five-mile wide strip near Hendon.

3/2/1929, Sunday (-5,938) Val Doonican, singer, was born.


31/1/1929. Thursday (-5,941) Leon Trotsky was expelled from Russia by Stalin. He found asylum in Mexico.

29/1/1929, Tuesday (-5,943) General Motors car company purchased Opel.

24/1/1929, Thursday (-5,948) Wilfred Baddeley, tennis player, died.

20/1/1929, Sunday (-5,952) In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking ,movie filmed outdoors, was released.

17/1/1929, Thursday (-5,955) The cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man, created by Elzie Crisler Segar, first appeared in the comic strip Thimble Theatre.

16/1/1929, Wednesday (-5,956) In Russia, Comintern Chief Bukharin was forced from office.

15/1/1929, Tuesday (-5,957) (1) US civil rights leader Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, son of a Baptist pastor.

(2) The USA ratified the Kellogg-Briand anti-war pact.

14/1/1929, Monday (-5.958) Amanullah Khan of Afghanistan, facing revolt, abdicated and left the throne to his brother Inayatullah Khan.

13/1/1929, Sunday (-5,959) Wyatt Earp, American lawman and hero of the OK Corral, died peacefully aged 81.

12/1/1929, Saturday (-5,960) The Cascade Tunnel, USA, 12 km, long, was opened.

11/1/1929, Friday (-5,961)

10/1/1929, Thursday (-5,962) (Newspapers) Tin Tin first appeared in Le Vingtieme Siecle, Belgium.

9/1/1929, Wednesday (-5,963) (Medical) Fleming treated his assistant Stuart Craddock for an infection by washing it out with a penicillin solution; this cleared the infection.

6/1/1929, Sunday (-5,966) (Yugoslavia) King Alexander I of Yugoslavia (born 1888, ruled 1921-34) became dictator.

1/1/1929. Tuesday (-5,971) (1) In the UK, there were now 3.6 telephones per 100 people.

(2) The Polish airline, LOT was founded.


20/12/1928. Thursday (-5,983) (1) Harry Ramsden started his first fish and chip restaurant in a hut near Bradford, West Yorkshire, which soon became the most famous in the world.

(2) The UK recognised the Kuomintang government of China.

17/12/1928, Monday (-5,986) Jean Cherry Drummond, writer, was born (died 11/3/2005).

12/12/1928, Wednesday (-5,991) In Romania, the Peasant�s Party won elections.

11/12/1928, Tuesday (-5,992) Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian author, was born.

10/12/1928, Monday (-5,993) In London, the new Underground Station at Piccadilly Circus opened.

9/12/1928, Sunday (-5,994)

7/12/1928, Friday (-5,996) Noam Chomsky, US social scientist, was born.

6/12/1928, Thursday (-5,997) Border clashed between Bolivia and Paraguay over the Chaco region began.

5/12/1928, Wednesday (-5,998) Wilhelm Miklas was elected President of Austria, succeeding Michael Hainish.

3/12/1928, Monday (-6,000)

1/12/1928, Saturday (-6,002) Arthur Gore, tennis champion, died (born 2/1/1868).


30/11/1928, Friday (-6,003) Emilio Portes Gil was sworn in as President of Mexico.

29/11/1928, Thursday (-6,004) In Britain the Government was concerned at the rising toll of road accidents. In 1927 there were 133,943 accidents and 5,329 deaths on Britain�s roads. The number of private cars was just 200,000 in 1920 but forecast to reach one million by 1930. However anyone aged 17 could drive with no more than a self-certification of physical fitness. The speed limit of 20 mph was widely ignored. Motoring had been the preserve of the wealthy but the Austin Seven car, introduced in 1921, cost just �225, within the reach of many people.

28/11/1928, Wednesday (-6,005)

27/11/1928, Tuesday (-6,006) John Conroy, hockey player, was born (died 9/11/1985).

26/11/1928, Monday (-6,007) (1) The first twins to be born by Caesarean section in Britain were delivered in Manchester.

(2) (Food) Otto Rohwedder patented a bread slicing machine, He first began work on this concept in 1912; bakers responded that sliced bread would quickly go stale, and slices could be stolen. Therefore a wrapping was necessary. Rohwedder suffered various setbacks including serious illness and a fire in 1917 that destroyed his work. He only secured financial backing for his work in 1922.

23/11/1928, Friday (-6,010)

22/11/1928, Thursday (-6,011) In Britain, the ten shilling and one pound notes went into circulation,

21/11/1928, Wednesday (-6,012) Hermann Sudermann, German author, died.

20/11/1928, Tuesday (-6,013) John Disley, athlete, was born.

19/11/1928, Monday (-6,014)

18/11/1928, Sunday (-6,015) Otar Gordeli, Georgian composer, was born in Tbilisi (died 1994)

17/11/1928, Saturday (-6,016) Lala Rajpat Raj, Indian politician, died.

16/11/1928, Friday (-6,017) Dick Gamble, ice hockey player, was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (died 2018)

15/11/1928, Thursday (-6,018) Emmanuel Mercer, horse racing champion, was born (died 26/9/1959).

12/11/1928, Monday (-6,021) Grace Kelly, US actress, was born (died 1982)

10/11/1928, Saturday (-6,023) Hirohito was enthroned as the 124th Emperor of Japan, continuing a line dating back to 660 BCE. He ruled until his death in 1989, aged 87.

9/11/1928, Friday (-6,024) Anne Sexton, poet, was born.

8/11/1928, Thursday (-6,025)

7/11/1928, Wednesday (-6,026) Bob McIntyre, motorcycle racer, was born.

6/11/1928. Tuesday (-6,027) Herbert Hoover, Republican, was elected 31st President of the USA.

5/11/1928. Monday (-6,028) Mount Etna erupted.

4/11/1928, Sunday (-6,029) The Nicaraguan general election was held; Jos� Mar�a Moncada was elected president.

3/11/1928. Saturday (-6,030) Turkey abolished the use of the Arabic script and adopted the Roman alphabet.


30/10/1928, Tuesday (-6,034) (1) The Col de Braus rail tunnel, France, 6 km long, opened.

(2) Static pictures were first transmitted by radio. Receivers required a special device called a Fultograph, attached to the radio set. This utilised a revolving drum upon which a stylus marked half-tone lines on special paper. The result was about as good as a mediocre picture in an underfunded local newspaper, and the device never became popular.

28/10/1928, Sunday (-6,036) Lawrence Reilly, footballer, was born.

25/10/1928, Thursday (-6,039) Marion Ross, actress, was born.

15/10/1928. Monday (-6,049) The German airship Graf Zeppelin, captained by Hugo Eckener, completed its first transatlantic flight.It flew from Friedrichshafen, Germany, to Lakehurst in New York.

14/10/1928, Sunday (-6,050) Jose hector Rial, Argentinean footballer, was born.

13/10/1928, Saturday (-6,051)

12/10/1928. Friday (-6,052) The first iron lung was used at the Boston Children�s Hospital, Massachusetts.

11/10/1928, Thursday (-6,053) The LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin departed Friedrichshafen with 20 passengers and 40 crew, bound for the United States.

10/10/1928. Wednesday (-6,054) The King and Queen opened the new Tyne road bridge.

8/10/1928, Monday (-6,056) John Brockway, champion swimmer, was born.

6/10/1928. Saturday (-6,058) Chiang Kai-Shek became President of Nationalist China.

1/10/1928. Monday (-6,063) Stalin�s first Five Year Plan began. The idea was for rapid industrialisation of the USSR, especially in coal, iron, oil, steel, and machine building. Output of consumer goods was����������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������also to rise sharply. Agriculture was to be collectivised, which meant disempowering the wealthy rural peasantry, or Kulaks. On 5/1/1930 Stalin sent thousands of government agents to the Russian countryside to persuade the Kulaks to join the new collectives. Under Stalin�s scheme, every poor farmer who turned his land over to the collective would be allowed to own a house, stable, garden, and one car, and to keep the income from any sales of garden vegetables.


22/9/1928, Saturday (-6,072) Donald Cockell, boxer, was born in Battersea, London (died 18/7/1983).

20/9/1928, Thursday (-6,074) In Rome the supreme legislative body, the Chamber of Deputies, was taken over by the Fascists.

19/9/1928. Wednesday (-6,075) The first cartoon talking picture, Walt Disney�s Steamboat Willie, with Mickey Mouse (originally called Mortimer Mouse), was shown in New York.

18/9/1928, Tuesday (-6,076) The airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin entered service.

17/9/1928, Monday (-6,077) A hurricane hit Lake Okeechobee, Florida, USA drowning some 2,000 people.

16/9/1928,Sunday (-6,078) In Glasgow the P&O liner Viceroy of India was launched; she was the first to have oil-fired electric turbines.

15/9/1928. Saturday (-6,079) Alexander Fleming reported the discovery of penicillin.

14/9/1929, Friday (-6,080) Italo Svevo, writer, died.

13/9/1929, Thursday (-6,081)

12/9/1929, Wednesday (-6,082) KLM airlines now instituted a regular, fortnightly, service between Amsterdam and Jakarta. The 9,500 mile route included 18 stops, including Istanbul, Baghdad, Karachi, Calcutta (Kolkata) and Bangkok.

11/9/1928, Tuesday (-6,083) In New York the world�s first television drama was broadcast. It was a 40 minute two-character play called The Queen�s Messenger.

9/9/1928, Sunday (-6,085) Mavis Steele, bowls champion, was born.

4/9/1923, Tuesday (-6,090) Dick York, actor, was born.

1/9/1928. Saturday (-6,093) Zogu was proclaimed King Zog I of Albania.


31/8/1928, Friday (-6,094) First performance in Berlin of the opera Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera), with music by Kurt Weill, adapting John Gay�s The Beggar�s Opera (1728) to the setting of 1920s Soho, London.

29/8/1928, Wednesday (-6,096)

28/8/1928, Tuesday (-6,097) (1) In Britain the Dangerous Drugs Act (1925) was amended to make the use of cannabis illegal.

(2) The Benguela Railway opened in Angola, for copper exports.

27/8/1928. Monday (-6,098) In Paris, 15 nations signed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, outlawing war. The USSR signed the pact on 6/9/1928.

26/8/1928, Sunday (-6,099) Actress Barbara Stanwyck and vaudeville comedian Frank Fay were married in St. Louis.

25/8/1928, Saturday (-6,100) Anfield�s famous Kop terrace at Liverpool football ground opened.It was probably named after the Battle of Spion Kop in the Boer War (1899-1902); �kopje� means �small hill�.

21/8/1928, Tuesday (-6,104) Christopher Brasher, athletics champion, was born in Guyana.

19/8/1928, Sunday (-6,106) (1) Greek elections produced a victory for the Liberals under Venizelos.

(2) Lord Haldane, who founded the Territorial Army in 1908, died in London.

16/8/1928, Thursday (-6,109) Sheila Lerwill, athlete (high jump) was born.

14/8/1928. Tuesday (-6,111) (1) The world�s first scheduled television programmes were broadcast by WRNY in New York.

(2) The world�s first coach service to have sleeping bunks began, between London and Liverpool.

12/8/1928, Sunday (-6,113) Leos Janacek, Czech composer, died aged 74.

10/8/1928, Friday (-6,115) British cigarette smoking was rising fast. In 1924 the country consumed 77,458,000 lbs of tobacco, up from 23,766,000 lbs in 1907, according to figures from the Imperial economic Committee. In 1927 Britons consumed 3.4 lbs of tobacco per head. All the increase was from cigarettes; pipe smoking and cigars have declined. Cigarette sales were boosted by marketing techniques such as free cards, and cigarette smoking had become a powerful symbol of female emancipation. Younger females also saw the habit as romantic. However some doctors were concerned about links to the rise in various cancers.

8/8/1928, Wednesday (-6,117) Peter Keenan, boxer, was born in Glasgow.

6/8/1928, Monday (-6,119) Andy Warhol, US artist, was born.

2/8/1928, Thursday (-6,123) Italy signed a 20 year treaty of friendship with Ethiopia.

1/8/1928, Wednesday (-6,124) The Morris Minor car was launched.


28/7/1928, Saturday (-6,128) The 9th Olympic Games opened in Amsterdam.

26/7/1928, Thursday (-6,130) Stanley Kubrick, US film director, was born (died 1999).

24/7/1929, Tuesday (-6,132) Oriana Fallaci, journalist, was born.

23/7/1928, Monday (-6,133) (Astronomy) Vera C Rubin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1973, with W Kent, she established that the Milky Way has a proper motion of around 500 km / second relative to distant galaxies.

22/7/1928. Sunday (-6,134) Japan severed all relations with China.

21/7/1928, Saturday (-6,135) Ellen Terry, British actress, died.

20/7/1928, Friday (-6,136)

19/7/1928, Thursday (-6,137) China annulled the �unequal treaties� formerly made with European powers.

18/7/1928, Wednesday (-6,138) (Rail Tunnels) The Somport Tunnel, 7,874 metres long, opened between France and Spain.

17/7/1928, Tuesday (-6,139) Alvaro Obregon, newly-elected President of Mexico, was assassinated before taking office. Congress appointed Emilio Portes Gil as successor.

10/7/1928, Tuesday (-6,146)

7/7/1928, Saturday (+6,149) Sliced bread was first produced.

6/7/1928, Friday (-6,150) The first all-talking feature film, Lights of New York, was presented at The Sound Theatre, New York.

5/7/1928, Thursday (-6,151)

4/7/1928, Wednesday (-6,152) Giampiero Boniperti, Italian footballer, was born.

3/7/1928. Tuesday (-6,153) (1) In Greece, Eleutherios Venizelos was again appointed Prime Minister, following his return in March.

(2) The first TV sets went on sale in the USA, at $75 each. John Logie Baird made the first colour TV transmission, from the Baird Studios, London.

2/7/1928, In Britain women aged 21 and over got the vote, equalising the age of suffrage with men. This had not happened on 6/2/1918 as women, after the First World War, outnumbered men and there were fears that a specifically women�s Party would emerge and dominate politics. By 1928 it was clear that this would not happen.

1/7/1928, Sunday (-6,155) Alvaro Obregon was elected President of Mexico.


30/6/1928, Saturday (-6,156)

28/6/1928, Thursday (-6,158) In Germany, Hermann Muller, Social Democrat, was appointed Chancellor following the resignation of Wilhelm Marx on 13/6/1928.

27/6/1928, Wednesday (-6,159) In Poland, after elections, Kazimierz Bartel replaced Pilsudski as Prime Minister. However Pilsudski remained Minister of Defence.

24/6/1928, Sunday (-6,162) France devalued the Franc against the US Dollar.

20/6/1928, Wednesday (-6,166) During a heated debate in the Yugoslav Parliament, a Serb deputy pulled a gun and shot dead three Croat members, including the opposition leader. Shortly afterwards, the King of Yugoslavia declared a �royal dictatorship�, superseding Parliament.

18/6/1928. Monday (-6,168) (1) Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer who was the first to reach the South Pole in 1911, was lost in the North Sea after a flying accident..

(2) American aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly the Atlantic. She and her two male companions landed safely in Wales.

16/6/1928, Saturday (-6,170) (Arctic) Arctic Norwegian explorer Roald Engelbregt Amundsen died in a plane crash whilst searching for shipwreck victims.

15/6/1928. Friday (-6,171) A race between a train and a plane from London to Edinburgh was won by the train, the �Flying Scotsman�.

14/6/1928. Thursday (-6,172) (1) Birth of the Argentine revolutionary, Che Guevara, at Rosario, Argentina.

(2) Emmeline Pankhurst, suffragette, born 13/2/1858, died.

13/6/1928, Wednesday (-6,173) In Germany, Chancellor Wilhelm Marx resigned.

12/6/1928, Tuesday (-6,174)

11/6/1928, Monday (-6,175) Alan Paterson, athletics (high jump), was born.

10/6/1928, Sunday (-6,176) Maurice Sendak, writer, was born.

9/6/1928, Saturday (-6,177)

8/6/1928, Friday (-6,178) (1) Charles Kingsford-Smith and Captain Ulm completed the first flight across the Pacific, landing at Brisbane, Australia.They had taken off from Oakland, California, and flew via Hawaii and Fiji in their plane, the Southern Cross.

(2) Beijing fell to Nationalist forces under Chiang Kai Shek, ending the Chinese civil war.

7/6/1928, Thursday (-6,179) Ken (Robert) McKinlay, speedway champion, was born.

4/6/1928, Monday (-6,182) Dr Ruth Westheimer, writer, was born.


29/5/1928. Tuesday (-6,188) In the USA, the Chrysler and Dodge motor companies merged.

24/5/1928, Thursday (-6,193) William Trevor, novelist,, was born.

21/5/1928. Monday (-6,196) In Italy, Catholics were told to disassociate themselves from Fascism.

20/5/1928, Sunday (-6,197) In Germany, Socialists won the elections. The result was, Social Democrats rose from 131 seats to 153, to become the largest party but without an overall majority. Centre Party, 62 seats. Communists, 54 seats. German National People�s Party, 73 seats. German People�s Party, 45 seats. Nazis, 12 seats.

17/5/1928, Thursday (-6,200)

15/5/1928. Tuesday (-6,202) Australia began the flying doctor service. It began at Cloncurry, Queensland; the first doctor was Dr Vincent Welsh.

12/5/1928. Saturday (-6,205) The Italian electorate was reduced from 10 million to 3 million, under Mussolini. Now only men who paid taxes of 100 lira or more could vote, and women had no vote at all.

7/5/1928. Monday (-6,210) In Britain, women aged between 21 and 30 won equal suffrage in elections. This was known as the �flapper�s vote�. The women�s voting age in Britain had previously been 30.

4/5/1928, Friday (-6,213) Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was born.

3/5/1928, Thursday (-6,214) Chinese Nationalist forces suffered major losses against the Japanese.

2/5/1928. Wednesday (-6,215) Croydon Airport officially opened.

1/5/1928. Tuesday (-6,216) Ebenezer Howard, founder of the New Towns movement, knighted in 1927, of Letchworth and Welwyn Garden City, died in the latter town.


30/4/1928, Monday (-6,217)

28/4/1928, Saturday (-6,219) Yves Klein, painter, was born.

27/4/1928. Friday (-6,220) The Piccadilly Theatre, London, opened.

26/4/1928, Thursday (-6,221) Madame Tussauds waxworks museum re-opened on Marylebone Road, after its previous address in Baker Street burnt down.

25/4/1928, Wednesday (-6,222) Cy Twombly, US-Italian painter and sculptor, was born.

24/4/1928, Tuesday (-6,223) Thomas Docherty, footballer, was born.

23/4/1928, Monday (-6,224) Okke Jager, Dutch theological writer, was born.

22/4/1928. Sunday (-6,225) (1) In French elections Right-wing Parties won 325 out of the 610 seats.

(2) Earthquake in Corinth left 50,000 homeless.

21/4/1928, Saturday (-6,226) Jack Evans, Welsh-Canadian ice hockey player, was born.

20/4/1928, Friday (-6,227) Archaeologist Gerard Stanley Hawkins was born in Norfolk, England,

19/4/1928. Thursday (-6,228) The Japanese occupied Shantung, China.

17/4/1928, Tuesday (-6,230)

10/4/1928, Tuesday (-6,237) English writer Stanley John Weyman died, aged 72.

9/4/1928. Monday (-6,238) Turkey abolished Islam as the State religion.

8/4/1928, Sunday (-6,239) Easter Sunday.

7/4/1928, Saturday (-6,240) (China) Chinese Nationalists launched an offensive to capture Beijing.

6/4/1928, Friday (-6,241) In Italy, handshaking was banned as it was deemed unhygienic.

3/4/1928, Tuesday (-6,244)


31/3/1928, Saturday (-6,247) (Switzerland) Gustave Ador, Swiss statesman (born 23/12/1845) died.

30/3/1928, Friday (-6,248) (Aviation) M de Bernardi, Italy, set a new aviation speed record of 318.64 mph.

28/3/1928. Wednesday (-6,250) France shortened its term of compulsory military service to one year.

25/3/1928, Sunday (-6,253) (1) James Lovell, American astronaut, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.

(2) The Purley to Caterham railway was electrified.

24/3/1928, Saturday (-6,254) Lloyds Building, Leadenhall Street, London, was opened by King George V.

22//3/1928, Thursday (-6,256)

20/3/1928, Tuesday (-6,258) James Packard, founder of the Packard car company, died.

19/3/1928, Monday (-6,259) In Britain, the Revised Book of Common Prayer was published.

16/3/1928, Friday (-6,262) In Egypt, the Nationalist leader Nahas Pasha became Prime Minister.

13/3/1928, Tuesday (-6,265) In Los Angeles, 450 died when a dam burst.

12/3/1928, Monday (-6,266) US playwright Edward Albee was born (died 2016).

3/3/1928, Saturday (-6,275) Gabriel Garcia Marquez, writer, was born.

1/3/1928, Thursday (-6,277) Vitamin F was discovered by US scientist Dr Herbert Evans.


27/2/1928, Monday (-6,280) The Moffat rail tunnel, USA, 9.997 km long, opened on the Denver-Glenwood Springs line.

26/2/1928, Sunday (-6,281) Fats Domino, US pianist, was born.

24/2/1928, Friday (-6,283)

23/2/1928, Thursday (-6,284) Vasili Lazaref, cosmonaut, was born.

22/2/1928. Wednesday (-6,285) Mr Bert Hinkler arrived in Port Darwin, having set a record time for the flight from England, 15 � days.

21/2/1928, Tuesday (-6,286)

20/2/1928. Monday (-6,287) Britain recognised the independence of the Kingdom of Transjordan (now Jordan).

19/2/1928. Sunday (-6,288) A new world land speed record of 206.35 mph was set by Malcolm Campbell in the US.

15/2/1928. Wednesday (-6,292) (1) Herbert Harry Asquith, Liberal Prime Minister in the UK from 1908 to 1916, died.

(2) The Oxford English Dictionary was completed after 70 years of work.

12/2/1928. Sunday (-6,295) The British colony of Malta gained Dominion status.

9/2/1928, Thursday (-6,298) Rinus Michels, football manager, was born (died 3/3/2005)

6/2/1928. Monday (-6,301) 50,000 fled as Communists raided Peking.

1/2/1928. Wednesday (-6,306) In the USA, Dr Herbert Evans discovered vitamin E.


30/1/1928, Monday (-6,308) Croydon Aerodrome began operations, see 29/3/1920 and 2/5/1928.

29/1/1928, Sunday (-6,309) General Earl Haig, WW I Commander and founder of the British Legion, died in London. He was buried at Dryburgh Abbey.

28/1/1928, Saturday (-6,310)

26/1/1928, Thursday (-6,312) Roger Vadim, film director and actor, was born.

25/1/1928, Wednesday (-6,313) Edvard Shevardnadze, Soviet Foreign Minister under Gorbachev, was born.

23/1/1928, Monday (-6,315) Jeanne Moreau, actress, was born.

21/1/1928, Saturday (-6,317) George Washington Goethals, American, chief engineer of the Panama Canal, died.

18/1/1928, Wednesday (-6,320) The first passenger flight by Pan-American Airlines,

17/1/1928, Tuesday (-6,321) Vidal Sassoon, English hair stylist, was born in London.

16/1/1928, Monday (-6,322)

14/1/1928. Saturday (-6,324) Clashes between Italians and tribesmen in Libya, 100 tribesmen killed.

13/1/1928. Friday (-6,325) Allied military control in Bulgaria ended.

12/1/1928, Thursday (-6,326) The Italian press was banned from reporting suicides or sensational crimes

11/1/1928. Wednesday (-6,327) Thomas Hardy, English poet and novelist, author of Tess of the D�Ubervilles, died in his native Dorset aged 87.

10/1/1928. Tuesday (-6,328) (1) Stalin purged his opponents. Many were arrested by his security police, the OGPU, and sent to exile in Siberia.Trotsky was exiled from the USSR.

(2) Aviators Hood and Moncrieff were lost whilst attempting the first flight across the Tasman Sea, from Australia to New Zealand.

8/1/1928, Sunday (-6,330)

7/1/1928. Saturday (-6,331) Fourteen people drowned when the River Thames flooded parts of London, including the Palace of Westminster. A sudden thaw swelled the river as high tides and strong winds also drove up water levels.

6/1/1928, Friday (-6,332) Italian Finance Minister Giuseppe Volpi banned industries from taking out foreign loans without government approval.

5/1/1928. Thursday (-6,333) The first over 65s in the UK received their State Pensions. The sum was 10 shillings a week.

Walter Mondale, US Vice-President, was born in Ceylon, Minnesota.

4/1/1928, Wednesday (-6,334) Severe flooding hit large areas of England.

3/1/1928, Tuesday (-6,335) US troops went to Nicaragua to fight the Sandinistas.

2/1/1928, Monday (-6,336) Daily Service was first broadcast on radio in the UK.

1/1/1928, Sunday (-6,337) Nearly 250,000 domestic slaves in the British Protectorate of Sierra Leone were freed by decree of 1927.


31/12/1927, Saturday (-6,338) (1) In Britain the Electricity Supply Act provided for the setting up of a Central Electricity Board, which will create a uniform national supply via a national grid. At the time, there were many small competing power companies, delaying the spread of electrification, and only about 10% of UK homes could run the new electrical gadgets such as vacuum cleaners.

(2) The use of the lance was abandoned by the British Army, except for ceremonial purposes.

27/12/1927, Tuesday (-6.,342) First performance in New York of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II�s musical Show Boat.

25/12/1927, Sunday (-6,344) A White Christmas in London.

23/12/1927, Friday (-6,346) John Cockett, hockey player, was born.

19/12/1927, Monday (-6,350) In China, 600 Communists were executed by the Nationalists.

15/12/1927, Thursday (-6,354) China broke off diplomatic relations with the USSR. This was after an attempted Communist uprising in Guangzhou.

14/12/1927. Wednesday (-6,355) Chiang Kai Shek�s forces suppressed an attempted Communist coup in Canton.

13/12/1927, Tuesday (-6,356) Christopher Plummer, actor, was born

12/12/1927, Monday (-6,357) Honor Blackman, actress, was born.

10/12/1927, Saturday (-6,359) As greyhound racing grew in popularity, London�s third racecourse opened, at Wembley, to join those at Haringey and White City. Harringey stadium closed in 1987 to make way for a Sainsbury superstore.

5/12/1927, Monday (-6,364) King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was born iu Cambridge, Massachusetts.

3/12/1927, Saturday (-6,366) Andy Williams, singer, was born.

2/12/1927, Friday (-6,367) Ford�s Model A car went on sale as the successor to the Model T.

1/12/1927, Thursday (-6,368) Chiang Kai Shek (also, Jiang Jieshi) married Song Meiling (Sung Mei Ling), a wealthy and Christianised US educated member of one of China�s wealthiest families. He had earlier divorced his previous wife.


22/11/1927, Tuesday (-6,377) 200 unemployed Welsh miners marched to London, but Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin refused to meet them.

18/11/1927. Friday (-6,381) The head of the International Football Association announced the creation of a World Cup.

15/11/1927, Tuesday (-6,384) Trotsky and Zinoviev were expelled from the Communist Party, USSR.

14/11/1927, Monday (-6,385) The Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party voted to expel both Trotsky and Zinoviev from membership, along with 81 of their associates. The resolution became effective on December 2, when the Fifteenth Congress of the CPSU purged 93 other Party members associated with the "Trotsky-Zinoviev faction"

13/11/1927, Sunday (-6,386) The Holland Tunnel, linking New York City to New Jersey, was opened.

12/11/1927. Saturday (-6,387) (1) The first automatic telephone exchange opened, in Holborn, London.

(2) The first London to Brighton veteran car rally, sponsored by the Daily Sketch.It was won by John Bryce, from amongst 51 competitors.

11/11/1927, Friday (-6,388) France and Yugoslavia made a friendship treaty.

10/11/1927. Thursday (-6,389) General Motors announced the largest dividend in history, US$ 62million.

9/11/1927, Wednesday (-6,390) Rebellion in the Lithuanian city of Taurag� by citizens dissatisfied with President Antanas Smetona, 209 people were convicted of charges arising from the insurrection, and eleven were executed.

8/11/1927, Tuesday (-6,391) Nguyen Khanh, Prime Minister of South Vietnam, was born.

7/11/1927, Monday (-6,392)

5/11/1927. Saturday (-6,394) The UK�s first set of automatic traffic lights began operating, at the Prince Square crossroads in Wolverhampton.

4/11/1927, Friday (-6,395) (Aviation) M de Bernardi, Italy, set a new aviation speed record of 297.83 mph.

1/11/1927, Tuesday (-6,398)


30/10.1927, Sunday (-6,400) Admiral Paul Kondouriotis, the President of Greece, survived an assassination attempt by a 25-year-old waiter. Zafioios Goussies shot President Kondouriotis in the head as the he was leaving a conference of Greece's mayors in Athens.

29/10/1927, Saturday (-6,401) Russian archaeologist Peter Kozlof discovered the tomb of Genghis Khan.

28/10/1927, Friday (-6,402) The Monte Orso rail tunnel, Italy, 7.5 km long, opened. Also the Vivola tunnel, Italy, 7 km long, opened. Also the Monte Massico rail tunnel, Italy, 5.5 km long, opened.

23/10/1927, Sunday (-6,407)

19/10/1927, Wednesday (-6,411) Francis Birtles left London on the first overland trip to Australia by car. He arrived in Sydney on 15/7/1928.

18/10/1927. Tuesday (-6,412) Dancing bears were banned from the streets of Berlin.

17/10/1927, Monday (-6,413) Norway elected its first Labour government.

16/10/1927, Sunday (-6,614) The first remnant of Peking Man, a tooth, was found by palaeontologist Anders Birger Bohlin at Chou K'ou Tien (Zhoukoudian), under sponsorship of Davidson Black, who gave it the scientific name Sinanthropus pekinensis. More remains would be discovered over the next ten years, and reclassified as Homo erectus pekinensis, estimated to be more than 300,000 years old.

15/10/1927. Saturday (-6,415) (1) Britain�s Public Morals Committee attacked the use of contraceptives for �causing poor hereditary stock�.

(2) Iraq made its first oil strike, at Kirkuk.

14/10/1927, Friday (-6,416) Dieudonne Costas and Joseph Le Brix became the first persons to fly an airplane across the South Atlantic Ocean, and the first to make an east-to-west transatlantic crossing, departing Saint-Louis, Senegal and arriving in Port Natal, Brazil 21 hours and 15 minutes later, at 11:40 pm local time.

13/10/1927, Thursday (-6,417) Britain�s first veteran car rally took place.It was organised by the Daily Sketch, and took place in London, with 43 entrants.

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6/10/1927. Thursday (-6,424) The first full length talking picture, The Jazz Singer, opened in New York. The soundtrack was almost entirely music. The biggest problem with sound movies was synchronising speech with mouth movements.

5/10/1927. Wednesday (-6,425) The Labour Party voted to nationalise the coal mines at its party conference at Blackpool.


27/9/1927, Tuesday (-6,433) Romano Scarpa, comic book illustrator, was born.

22/9/1927. Thursday (-6,438) Sierra Leone abolished domestic slavery.

19/9/1927, Monday (-6,441) A Communist uprising in Guangdong (Canton) was easily crushed. However under a new leader, Mao Zedong, it would develop into a stronger Party based on peasant support.

16/9/1927. Friday (-6,444) President Von Hindenburg repudiated German responsibility for the Great War (World War One).

14/9/1927, Wednesday (-6,446) US dancer Isadora Duncan, aged 49, was strangled to death when her long scarf became tangled in the rear wheel of a sports car.

8/9/1927, Thursday (-6,452) In Edinburgh, theTrades Union Congress voted to cut ties with Soviet trades unions.

7/9/1927, Wednesday (-6,453) (China) Mao Tse Tung led a Communist uprising in the rural province of Hunan.

5/9/1927, Monday (-6,455) Malcolm Allison, footballer, was born in Dartford, England.

2/9/1927, Friday (-6,458) (Turkey) Mustafa Kemal made Turkey a one-party state.

1/9/1927, Thursday (-6,459) (Atomic) German physicist Werner Karl Heisenberg formulated his famous Uncertainty Principle � the more one knows about the position of a subatomic particle, the less one knows about its motion, and vice versa.


27/8/1927, Saturday (-6,464) (Women�s Rights, Canada) Emily Gowan Murphy (maiden name Ferguson, born 14/3/1868 in Cookstown, Ontario), petitioned the Canadian Government to have women recognised as full legal �persons�. She had been instrumental in passing the Dower Act (1911),giving women a share in their husband�s property, and in 1916 Murphy had been appointed as the first woman magistrate in the British Empire. However on her first day as magistrate, a lawyer challenged her appointment as illegal as she was not a �person� under Canadian law. Murphy began a legal battle to overturn this law, petitioning the Canadian Government this day. On 14/3/1928 the Supreme Court of Canada decided against Murphy and four other campaigners, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, Henrrietta Muir andLouise McKinney. The�Famous Five� took their case to the British Privy Council, where they finally won on 18/10/1929. Murphy died of diabetes in 1933.

18/8/1927, Thursday (-6,473) (USA) Rosalynn Carter, wife of Jimmy Carter, 39th US President, was born in Plains, Georgia, as Rosalynn Smith.

13/8/1927, Saturday (-6,478) HermannAlbert, German musicologist, died in Stuttgart (born 25/3/1871, Stuttgart).

12/8/1927, Friday (-6,479) Eamon de Valera took his seat in the Irish Dail.

7/8/1927, Sunday (-6,484) The Peace Bridge opened between Canada and the USA.

1/8/1927, Monday (-6,490) The Nanchang Army uprising against the Kuomintang. The Chinese Communist Party considers this the date of the founding of the Red Army.


24/7/1927, Sunday (-6,498) The Menin Gate, a memorial at Ypres to the soldiers of the British Empire, was unveiled by Lord Plumer.

23/7/1927, Saturday (-6,499) An exhibition housing estate opened to the public in Weissenhof, near Stuttgart, Germany. Designed by 16 leading Modernist architects, the flats were high-standard but cheap through use of prefabricated components.

20/7/1927, Wednesday (-6,502) King Ferdinand of Romania died, aged 61. He was succeeded by his nephew, 5-year old Michael I.

18/7/1927, Monday (-6,504) (1) The Somport rail tunnel, 8 km long, between France and Spain, opened.

(2) The first motor races were held at the Nurburgring, Germany.

16/7/1927, Saturday (-6,506) Robert Evans, footballer, was born in Glasgow.

15/7/1927. Friday (-6,507) Vienna faced a General Strike as Socialists rioted. The left wing was upset that Austrian courts were much more lenient on offences committed by right-wing offenders, even up to murder.

14/7/1927, Thursday (-6,508) The Prince of Wales opened the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh, It now contains the names of over 100,000 Scots who died in both World Wars.

13/7/1927, Wednesday (-6,509)

11/7/1927. Monday (-6,511) The LNER (London and North Eastern Railway) inaugurated a non-stop service between London and Newcastle on Tyne. On 1/5/1928 the LNER inaugurated the longest non-stop train service in the world, from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh, 392 � miles. The 392 mile journey took 7 hours, 27 minutes.

10/7/1927, Sunday (-6,512) In Ireland, Kevin O�Higgins, Nationalist Minister, was assassinated. This brought denunciation on the Republicans, and the Irish Dail passed the Public Safety Act. This declared revolutionary societies to be treasonable, and gave the Irish Government increased security powers.

9/7/1927, Saturday (-6,513) John Drew, US actor, died in San Francisco, California (born 13/11/1853 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

8/7/1927, Friday (-6,514)

7/7/1927. Thursday (-6,515) Christopher Stone became the first disc jockey on British radio when he presented his record round up from Savoy Hill.

6/7/1927, Wednesday (-6,516) The Church of England approved revisions to the Book of Common Prayer.

5/7/1927, Tuesday (-6,517) (Chemistry) Karl Martin Leonhard Albrecht Kossel, German biochemist, was born in Heidelberg.

4/7/1927, Monday (-6,518) Gina Lollobrigida, Hollywood actress, was born.

3/7/1927, Sunday (-6,519) Ken Russell, film director, was born.


29/6/1927, Wednesday (-6,523) Piero Dorazio, artist, was born (died 17/5/2005)

23/6/1927. Thursday (-6,529) Britain passed the Trades Disputes Act, making sympathetic strikes illegal. This was a consequence of the General Strike, to support the miners, which began on 3/5/1926.

20/6/1927, Monday (-6,532) (1) Fighting between Communists and Fascists in Hyde Park, London.

(2) Greyhound racing began at London�s White City Stadium.

(3) Naval disarmament conference began, between UK, USA, and Japan.The conference ended on 4/4/1927 without agreement.

19/6/1927, Sunday (-6,533) Karel Kupka, Czech composer, was born in Rychvald.

18/6/1927, Saturday (-6,534) (Food) Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956) took out a patent for �flash-freezing� of fish. Whilst cold storage of food was known beforehand, if it was only frozen slowly some spoilage of taste and appearance still occurred. Birdseye noticed that fish caught in winter and left exposed to freezing winds retained their taste as the froze quickly, His machine flash froze food under high pressure.

17/6/1927, Friday (-6,535) Alan Prescott, rugby player, was born.

16/6/1927, Thursday (-6,536) Thomas Graveney, cricketer, was born.

15/6/1927, Wednesday (-6,537) The flight from Amsterdam to Jakarta now took 15 days (see 10/1924, Aviation) each way.

14/6/1927, Tuesday (-6,538) British author Jerome K Jerome died.

10/6/1927, Friday (-6,542) Ladislav Kubala, footballer, was born in Hungary.

5/6/1927, Sunday (-6,547) Thomas Harris, rugby player, was born.

4/6/1927. Saturday (-6,548) In Indonesia, Ahmed Sukarno founded the Indonesian Nationalist Party.

3/6/1927, Friday (-6,549) The first Ryder Cup Golf Match between the UK and USA was held in Worcester, Massachusetts. The USA won.

2/6/1927, Thursday (-6,550)

1/6/1927, Wednesday (-6,551) London�s new Regent Street was opened by King George V.


31/5/1927. Tuesday (-6,552) The last �tin lizzie�, came off the production line, almost unchanged since the model was introduced as the Model T Ford in 1908. 15,007,003 Model Ts were produced. It was replaced by the Model A. The Model T had become outdated, and Ford had lost first place in the market to General Motors. The first Model T made in 1908 cost US$ 850 but by 1927 they cost under US$ 300. Ford had also lost sales to the second hand market; other car manufacturers countered this by changing the model slightly each year.

29/5/1927, Sunday (-6,554)

27/5/1927, Friday (-6,556) Tomas Masaryk was re-elected President of Czechoslovakia.

26/5/1927, Thursday (-6,557) The 15 millionth Model T Ford was produced at the Ford Highland Park, Michigan, factory/ This marked the end of production for this model.

25/5/1927, Wednesday (-6,558) Robert Ludlum, spy novelist, was born.

24/5/1927. Tuesday (-6,559) Britain severed relations with the USSR amid allegations of subversion and espionage throughout the British Empire. On 9/6/1927 the USSR executed 20 people accused of being British spies.

23/5/1927, Monday (-6,560)

22/5/1927, Sunday (-6,561) Earthquake in China killed 200,000.

21/5/1927. Saturday (-6,562) Charles A Lindbergh completed the first solo Atlantic flight. He took off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, flew his monoplane Spirit of St Louis for 33 � hours, and landed at Le Bourget airfield, Paris. Landing in Paris, he won the US$ 25,000 prize for the first solo flight across the Atlantic.

20/5/1927. Friday (-6,563) Britain recognised the independence of Saudi Arabia, under the Treaty of Jeddah.

16/5/1927, Monday (-6,567) Nilton Santos, Brazilian footballer, was born.

14/5/1927. Saturday (-6,569) The BBC broadcast its first cricket commentary, from the Essex vs. New Zealand match at Leyton, east London.

11/5/1927, Wednesday (-6,572) (Road Traffic) Francis Davis filed a patent for power steering of vehicles. Whilst cars at the time did not need this technology, the heavier trucks and buses of the 1920s did. Additionally, uneven roads could jar the steering, causing the drover to experience �wheel fight�. General Motors took out a licence on the new invention; however the Depression caused them to delay plans for its use until 1941. By then World War Two caused further delays, and the technology was not fitted to passenger cars until 1951 by Chrysler.

9/5/1927. Monday (-6,574) Parliament House, Canberra, opened. Canberra became the new capital of Australia, replacing Melbourne.

2/5/1927, Monday (-6,581) (Medical) Ernest Henry Starling, English physiologist, died at sea near Kingston, Jamaica.

1/5/1927, Sunday (-6,582) The first airline cooked meals were served, from a galley aboard the Imperial Airways Silver Ewing London to Paris flights. The galley could serve up to 18 passengers.


29/4/1927, Friday (-6,585) William Slater, footballer, was born.

27/4/1927, Wednesday (-6,586) Coretta Scott |King, writer, writer, was born.

26/4/1927, Tuesday (-6,587) Philomena Garvey, golfer, was born.

24/4/1927, Sunday (-6,589)

22/4/1927, Friday (-6,591) Start of the Great Mississippi Flood, until 5/5/1927. 246 people were killed.

21/4/1927. Thursday (-6,592) The National Museum of Wales opened in Cardiff.

19/4/1927, Tuesday (-6,594) The US actress Mae West was convicted of obscenity for writing, producing and directing a Broadway musical called Sex. The play had already been running for a year and been seen by 325,000 peoplebefore the New York Police Department closed it down.

17/4/1927, Sunday (-6,596) Easter Sunday.

16/4/1927, Saturday (-6,597) Pope Benedict XVI was boorn.

14/4/1927, Thursday (-6,599) the first Volvo car was manufactured in Gothenburg, Sweden

7/4/1927, Thursday (-6,606) The comedian A Dolan was televised in Whippany, New Jersey, making him the first televised comedian.

6/4/1927, Wednesday (-6,607) Chinese police raided the Soviet Embassy in Beijing, seizing incriminating evidence of subversion. Several Communist leaders were later executed.

5/4/1927, Tuesday (-6,608) (Italy, East Europe) Hungary signed a �Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation� with the Italian leader, Mussolini. Hungary needed allies, and Italy strengthened its influence in the Danube Basin.

2/4/1927, Saturday (-6,611) The Oxford and Cambridge boat race was first broadcast.


29/3/1927. Tuesday (-6,615) A new land speed record of 203.841 mph was set by Major Harry Seagrave at the Daytona Beach racetrack, Florida.

27/3/1927, Sunday (-6,617) Mstislav Rostropovich, cellist, was born (died 27/4/2007).

26/3/1927. Saturday (-6,618) The Gaumont British Film Corporation was founded.

24/3/1927, Thursday (-6,620) In China, the Guomindang took Shanghai. Jiang Jeishi now began negotiations with wealthy Shanghai bankers and turned on his former Communist allies.

21/3/1927. Monday (-6,623) The victorious army of Chiang Kai-Shek entered Shanghai. In April 1927 he mounted an offensive against trade unionists and Communists, driving them into the countryside.

14/3/1927, Monday (6,630) Founding of Pan-American World Airways (Pan-Am) to carry airmails between Key West (Florida) and Havana (Cuba).

11/3/1927, Friday (-6,633) Ron Todd, leader of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) was born (died 30/4/2005).

10/3/1927, Thursday (-6,634) Robert Kearns, inventor of the intermittent windscreen wiper system for vehicles in 1967, was born,

8/3/1927 Tuesday (-6,636) Archaeologists discovered a 5,000-year-old manicure kit in Iran.

3/3/1927, Thursday (-4,641) John Parry Thomas, motor car racer, died.

1/3/1927, Tuesday (-6,643) Harry Belafonte, singer, was born.


28/2/1927, Monday (-6,644) In Britain severe gales with wind speeds up to 160 kph / 102 mph.

22/2/1927, Tuesday (-6,650)

21/2/1927, Monday (-6,651) Erma Bombeck, writer, was born.

20/2/1927, Sunday (-6,652) French fashion designer Hubert Taffin de Givenchy was born.

15/2/1927, Tuesday (-6,657)

9/2/1927, Wednesday (-6,663) Norman Adams, artist, was born (died 10/3/2005).

8/2/1927. Tuesday (-6,664) The revised book of common prayer introduced sex equality to the Church of England wedding service.

7/2/1927, Monday (-6,665) Emile Coue, French psychotherapist, died at Nancy.

5/2/1927, Saturday (-6,667)

4/2/1927. Friday (-6,668) Malcolm Campbell set a new world land speed record of 174.224 mph in his car, Bluebird, on Pendine Sands.

3/2/1927, Thursday (-6,669) In Portugal, a revolt began against dictator General Carmona; the revolt was defeated on 13/2/1927.


31/1/1927, Monday (-6,672) 12,000 British troops were ordered to China to defend British nationals in Shanghai, where the civil war was posing a threat to foreigners.

29/1/1927. Saturday (-6,674) In London the Park Lane Hotel opened, the first with en-suite bathrooms.

24/1/1927, Monday (-6,679) The British Medical Association warned that cancer deaths, especially of the chest and tongue, had risen sharply in the past 20 years. Smoking had become much more popular over this period.

22/1/1927. Saturday (-6,681) The BBC broadcast its first football match; between Arsenal and Sheffield United.The result was a draw, 1-1.

21/1/1927, Friday (-6,682) Telly Savalas, American film actor who played �Kojak�, was born in Garden City, New York.

20/1/1927, Thursday (-6,683) Geoffrey Atkins, British rackets player, was born.

15/1/1927. Saturday (-6,688) (1) Winston Churchill met Mussolini in Italy.

(2) Founding of the Boeing Air Transport Company, to carry airmail between San Francisco and Chicago.

10/1/1927, Monday (-6,693) The futuristic film Metropolis, by Fritz Lang, premiered. It was the most expensive silent film made so far, costing 7 million German Marks, equivalent to US$ 200 million in 2005.

9/1/1927. Sunday (-6,694) Greta Garbo and John Gilbert-real life lovers � shocked cinemagoers in New York by their uninhibited kissing in the silent film Flesh and the Devil.

8/1/1927. Saturday (-6,695) The first scheduled flight from London to Delhi arrived in India.

7/1/1927. Friday (-6,696) (1) The transatlantic telephone service between London and New York began. The charge was �15 for three minutes.

(2) The Harlem Globetrotters basketball team was founded.

1/1/1927. Saturday (-6,702) (1) In China the Kuomintang established a government at Hankow.

(2) The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, came into being. It had formerly been the British Broadcasting Company.

(3) Hungary reformed its currency with a new unit, the Pengo, equivalent to 12,500 paper Crowns. The country had suffered rampant inflation in the early 1920s, and the League of Nations now helped with economic reconstruction.


29/12/1926, Wednesday (-6,705) Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian poet, died.

25/12/1926. Saturday (-6,709) Emperor Hirohito ascended the Japanese throne after the death of his father Emperor Yoshihito.He died in January 1989 after 62 years as Emperor.

20/12/1926, Monday (-6,714) Sir Geoffrey Howe, British Conservative politician, was born.

15/12/1926. Wednesday (-6,719) The Italian fascist party adopted the Roman symbol of authority, the fasces, or bundle of sticks, and origin of the word �fascist,, as its symbol.

6/12/1926. Monday (-6,728) The impressionist painter Claude Monet died as a recluse in Coventry, aged 86.


27/11/1926. Saturday (-6,737) (1) Vesuvius erupted.

(2) Italy and Albania signed the Treaty of Tirana, effectively making Albania an Italian Protectorate. Britain formally recognised the Treaty, angering France, who saw the Balkans as their sphere of influence.

26/11/1926, Friday (-6,738) Karl Mullen, rugby player, was born.

23/11/1926, Tuesday (-6,741)

20/11/1926. Saturday (-6,744) The Commonwealth was born out of the British Empire. Britain decided that the self-governing dominions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Newfoundland should have equal status with Britain as members of a �commonwealth of nations�. Ireland also became independent. The status of India was unchanged.

19/11/1926. Friday (-6,745) British striking miners returned to work, after a six-month strike, agreeing to work longer hours in return for no pay cut.

16/11/1926, Tuesday (-6,748)

13/11/1926, Saturday (-6,751) In Italy, Mario de Bernardi set a new seaplane speed record of 246 mph.

12/11/1926, Friday (-6,752) Nationalist revolt against Dutch rule in Java, Indonesia.

11/11/1926, Thursday (-6,753) The UScommercial broadcaster NBC(National Broadcasting Company) was founded

9/11/1926, Tuesday (-6,755)

8/11/1926, Monday (-6.756) (Communism, Italy) Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci was jailed. He had started the Italian Communist Party in 1921, and by 1924 was party leader and heading the fight against Mussolini�s Fascism. He was imprisoned as part of a fascist crackdown on its opponents, and in 1928 Gramsci�s prison term was extended to 28 years. In prison in Rome he wrote Prison Notebooks, detailing his theory of cultural hegemony, the process whereby the working class take on the values and interests of the middle and upper classes. Gramsci argued that the working class needed to develop its own distinctive culture before a true Communist revolution was possible, this process requiring intellectuals from the working class to create this culture. He died in prison in 1937 and his sister in law, Tatiana, smuggled his works out of the prison and sent them in a diplomatic bag to Moscow. His writings were not published until after World War Two had ended.

7/11/1926, Sunday (-6,757) Dame Joan Sutherland, opera singer, was born.

5/11/1926, Friday (-6,759)

4/11/1926, Thursday (-6,760) Queen Astrid of Belgium (1905-35), daughter of Charles of Sweden and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, married Leopold III, Crown Prince of Belgium, who became King of Belgium on 23/2/1934.Mother of King Baudouin I of Belgium, she was killed in a car accident near Kussnacht, Switzerland.

3/11/1926, Wednesday (-6,761) Annie Oakley, sharpshooter, died.

2/11/1926. Tuesday (-6,762) Imperial Chemical Industries, ICI, was formed, from the merger of four companies; Brunner Mond, Nobel Industries, United Alkali and BritishDyestuffs.


31/10/1926. Sunday (-6,764) (1) The USA magician and escapologist Harry Houdini died, aged 52. He was born as Ehrich Weisz in Hungary and adopted his later name from the conjuror Robert Houdin whose autobiography he read as a young boy. .Determined to match Houdin�s achievements and to haul his family out of poverty, Houdini ran away to New York to begin a life in magic and entertainment which would enthral thousands. He escaped from handcuffs in an underwater nailed packing crate, and later exposed many psychic frauds. Whilst giving a lecture on spiritualism in Montreal, Houdini was asked if he could withstand a blow to the abdomen. Before he had a chance to prepare himself, Houdini was struck three times by a student. Despite this he managed to perform again, but died of peritonitis in a Detroit hospital a few days later.

(2) Jimmy Savile, British radio and TV presenter, was born in Leeds, Yorkshire.

(3) An attempt was made on Mussolini�s life. This gave him the excuse to remove more civil liberties.

23/10/1926, Saturday (-6,772) In Russia, Leon Trotsky and Zinoviev were ousted from the Politburo.

18/10/1926, Monday (-6,777) Chuck Berry, US singer, was born.

16/10/1926, Saturday (-6,779) A troopship exploded on the Yangtze River, China, killing 1,200 people.

15/10/1926, Friday (-6,780) Ignaz Seipel formed a Christian Socialist Government in Austria, replacing Rudolf Ramek.

14/10/1926. Thursday (-6,781) In Britain, AA Milne published the first Winnie the Pooh, children�s book. It was inspired by his son Christopher Robin�s love for a bear in London Zoo called Winnipeg.

13/10/1926, Wednesday (-6,782)

12/10/1926, Tuesday (-6,783) Nikita Simonian, Russian footballer, was born.

11/10/1926. Monday(-6,784) Children�s Hour started on BBC Radio.

10/10/1926, Sunday (-6,785) Oscar Brown Jr, entertainer, was born (died 29/5/1925)

7/10/1926. Thursday (-6,788) Mussolini decreed the Fascist party to be the State Party; all opposition was banned.

3/10/1926, Sunday (-6,792) At Chiswick, London, Violet Percy became the first woman to run a marathon. She took 3 hours 4o minutes.

2/10/1926, Saturday (-6,793) In Poland, Jozef Piludski became Prime Minister.

1/10/1926, Friday (-6,794) Alan Cobham made a round the world flight in 58 days.


28/9/1926, Tuesday (-6,797) Ford opened a sales office in Alexandria, Egypt.

26/9/1926, Sunday (-6,799) Two Lufthansa Junker planes completed a round trip from Berlin to Beijing and back, having departed on 24/7/1926.

25/9/1926, Saturday (-6,800) Italy began a campaign against the Mafia in Sicily.

23/9/1926, Thursday (-6,802) John Coltrane, jazz musician, was born.

20/9/1926, Monday (-6,805) Frederick Winter, champion jockey, was born.

15/9/1926, Wednesday (-6,810) �Jelly Roll� Morton and his band, the Red Hot Peppers, released their first record. Their blend of ragtime with brass band style was a key stage in the development of jazz.

14/9/1926, Tuesday (-6,811) Michel Butor, French novelist, was born.

12/9/1926, Sunday (-6,813) David Valentine, rugby player, was born (died 14/8/1976).

8/9/1926. Wednesday (-6,817) The League of Nations voted to admit Germany as a member. On 11/9/1926 Spain left the League in protest at Germany joining.

7/9/1926. Tuesday (-6,818) Spain left the League of Nations after being denied a permanent seat on the council.

6/9/1926, Monday (-6,819) In China, Chiang Kai Shek captured Hankow.

4/9/1926, Saturday (-6,821)

3/9/1926, Friday (-6,822) Alison Lurie, US writer, was born.

2/9/1926, Thursday (-6,823) Italy agreed a treaty with Yemen; Italy was attempting to control the eastern coast of the Red Sea.

1/9/1926, Wednesday (-6,824) (1) Civil marriage was established in Turkey.

(2) Adbur Rahman Biswas, President of Bangladesh, was born.


31/8/1926, Tuesday (-6.825)

30/8/1926, Monday (-6,826) General Motors New Zealand began operations, at Petone.

29/8/1926. Sunday (-6,827) A Nazi Party rally was held at Nuremberg.

23/8/1926, Monday (-6,833) Rudolf Valentino, Hollywood film star, died.

20/8/1926, Friday (-6,836) William Trew, rugby player, died.

17/8/1926, Tuesday (-6,839) George Melly, jazz musician, was born (died 5/7/2007).

13/8/1926. Friday (-6,843) Cuban revolutionary and leader Fidel Castro was born near Biran, the son of a sugar planter.

7/8/1926. Saturday (-6,849) The first motor racing Grand Prix in Britain was held at Brooklands, with the winning car averaging 71.61 mph.The race was over 110 laps, or 287 miles.

6/8/1926, Friday (-6,850) American Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel. It took her 14 hours 30 minutes to complete the crossing.

5/8/1926. Thursday (-6,851) Houdini, the famous escapologist and magician, survived for 1 � hours in a bronze coffin in a hotel swimming pool in Los Angeles.

4/8/1926, Wednesday (-6,852) Umberto Nobile was feted in Rome for his part in the recent North Pole expedition, as 20,000 filled the square in front of the Palazzo Chigi.

3/8/1926. Tuesday (-6,853) Britain�s first traffic lights went into operation in Piccadilly Circus, London.


31/7/1926, Saturday (-6,856)

26/7/1926, Monday (-6,861) The French Government made Roquefort Cheese a geographically-protected brand, passing a law that this cheese can only be made in the limestone caves of Roquefort, near Toulouse. This was the first law of its kind.

24/7/1926. Saturday (-6,863) The first greyhound racing track was opened by Brigadier Critchley, at Belle Vue in Manchester.

15/7/1926, Thursday (-6,872) In Vienna, 2 Right-wing militia men were acquitted of murder., this led to riots between Socialist and Right wing groups in which 85 protestors and 4 policemen died.

14/7/1926, Wednesday (-6,873) Harry Dean Stanton, actor, was born.

12/7/1926, Monday (-6,875) Gertrude Bell, writer, was born.

10/7/1926, Saturday (-6,877) Kenneth Richmond, wrestler, was born.

8/7/1926, Thursday (-6,879) Elisabeth Kubler Ross, psychiatrist, was born.

7/7/1926, Wednesday (-6,880) John Cronshey, speed skater, was born.

6/7/1926, Tuesday (-6,881) A White man was speared by an indigenous Australian,because the White man was beating the Australianwith a whip. This provoked a killing spree of some 100 indigenous Australians by Australian police.

4/7/1926, Sunday (-6,883) Alfredo di Stefano, Spanish footballer, was born in apoor suburb of Buenos Aires.


30/6/1926, Wednesday (-6,887) (Biology) Paul Berg was born in New York City, USA. In 1974 he recommended a halt to genetic engineering experiments.

29/6/1926. Tuesday (-6,888) In Italy, Mussolini increased the working day by one hour.

28/6/1926, Monday (-6,889) In Canada, W L MacKenzie King resigned as a result of the Canadian Customs scandal. Arthur Meighen formed a Liberal Government,

19/6/1926, Saturday (-6,898)

14/6/1926, Monday (-6,903) Mary Cassatt, artist, died.

12/6/1926. Saturday (-6,905) Brazil left the League of Nations.

11/6/1926, Friday (-6,906) Maiden flight of the Ford 4AT trimotor plane.

10/6/1926, Thursday (-6,907) Spanish architect Gaudi y Cornet died. His most famous building is the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona.

9/6/1926, Wednesday (-6,908) Sanford Ballard Dole, Hawaiian statesman (born 23/4/1844 in Honolulu) died in Honolulu.

7/6/1926, Monday (-6,910)

5/6/1926, Saturday (-6,912) At the Treaty of Angora, Turkey accepted the Brussels line, setting the northern boundary of Iraq, and including Mosul within Iraq.Turkey was to receive a share of oil revenues from Mosul for the next 25 years, and to be compensated for public works carried out around Mosul.

4/6/1926, Friday (-6,913) Frederick Spofforth, Australian cricketer, died.

3/6/1926, Thursday (-6,914) Allan Ginsberg, US poet, was born.

2/6/1926, Wednesday (-6,915) Jonas Staugaitis was elected head of the Seimas in Lithuania.

1/6/1926, Tuesday (-6,916) Marilyn Monroe, American film actress, was born in Los Angeles, California, as Norma Jean Baker.


31/5/1926, Monday (-6,917) In Poland, the Parliament elected Jozef Piludski as leader, but he declined to take the office. On 1/6/1926, Ignace Moscicki was elected in his place.

30/5/1926, Sunday (-6,918) Christine Jorgensen, campaigner for trans-gender rights, was born,

25/5/1926, Tuesday (-6,923) Jazz musician Miles Davis was born.

23/5/1926, Sunday (-6,925) In Morocco, the French seized Rif, and the rebel leader Abd El Krim surrendered.

16/5/1926, Sunday (-6,932) Eamon de Valera, former President of Sinn Fein, inaugurated the new political party of Fianna Fail (�Soldier of Destiny�) at the La Scala theatre in Dublin. His main aim was the reunification of Ireland.

15/5/1926, Saturday (-6,933) Peter Shaffer, English playwright, was born (died 1926).

14/5/1926, Friday (-6,934) Josef Pilsudski seized power in a military coup in Poland.

13/5/1926, Thursday (-6,935)

12/5/1926. Wednesday (-6,936) (1) Striking miners in Britain resolved to carry on alone, after the TUC called off a general strike in support. See 1/5/1926.

(2) Roald Amundsen flew in the airship Norge over the North Pole. They had left Spitsbergen on 11/5 and landed on 14/5/1926 at Teller, Alaska.

11/5/1926, Tuesday (-6,937) Eamon de Valera resigned as leader of Sinn Feinn.

10/5/1926. Monday (-6,938) Striking UK miners grew angry as the army moved food from the docks by rail (see 1/5/1926). The Flying Scotsman was derailed in Northumberland, partly because the volunteer driver refused to heed warnings that the track ahead had been lifted. No serious injuries were caused, but the miners responsible got prison sentences of up to eight years.

9/5/1926, Sunday (-6,939) Richard Byrd, American explorer, made the first flight over the North Pole, with pilot Floyd Bennett.

8/5/1926, Saturday (-6,940) The naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough was born.

5/5/1926, Wednesday (-6,943) Professor John Vaughan, agricultural scientist, was born (died 17/5/2005)

3/5/1926, Monday (-6,945) The General Strike began in Britain.

2/5/1926, Sunday (-6,946) In Nicaragua, a revolt against the new President, Emiliano Chamorro, was underway. This day US troops landed in Nicaragua to protect US personnel and property interests there.

1/5/1926. Saturday (-6,947) (1) In Britain, a coal strike began over proposed pay cuts and longer working hours by the mine owners, faced with a slump in the coal trade (see 25/7/1925). The miners were locked out, and voted overwhelmingly for strike action. The first General Strike In British history began on 4/5/1926 when the TUC (Trades Union Congress) voted to back the striking miners. There were worries about a Communist revolution in Britain. On 11/5/1926 the engineering and shipworkers unions called their men out on strike, but at this time negotiations were going on to end the strike. The TUC agreed to government terms but the miners did not. The TUC called off the General Strike on 12/5/1926 leaving the miners on their own. Many trains were run by volunteers, especially undergraduates and rail enthusiasts, and troops took over the unloading of food at London�s docks (see 10/5/1926). Students also drove lorries, trams, and buses, the illegality of this being ignored. On 23/6/1927 the Trades Disputes Act was passed, outlawing sympathetic strikes. The Trade Union movement suffered a setback; membership had been falling from a peak of 8.3 million in 1920 to 5.3 million in 1926, and further fell to 4.3 million by 1933. See 12/5/1926.

(2) Lufthansa began one of the world�s first passenger night routes, from Berlin to Konigsberg, using radio beacons.


28/4/1926, Wednesday (-6,950) Harper lLe, writer, was born.

26/4/1926, Monday (-6,952) In the USA, actress Mae West was arrested for �corrupting the morals of youth� with her play, Sex.

25/4/1926, Sunday (-6,953) First performance in Milan of Giacomo Puccini�s opera Turandot.

24/4/1926. Saturday (-6,954) Germany signed a friendship treaty with the USSR.

21/4/1926. Wednesday (-6,957) Queen Elizabeth II, crowned 1952, was born at 17 Bruton Street London. She was then called Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, the eldest daughter of George VI.

11/4/1926, Sunday (-6,967) Luther Burbank, botanist, died.

9/4/1926, Friday (-6,969) Hugh Hefner, publisher of Playboy, was born.

8/4/1926, Thursday (-6,970) Jurgen Moltmann, German theologian, was born.

7/4/1926. Wednesday (-6,971) (Italy) Mussolini survived an assassination attempt. Violet Gibson, Irish aristocrat, shot him but only managed to graze his nose.

6/4/1926, Tuesday (-6,972) (Ireland) The Northern Ireland politician, MP for Antrim, Ian Paisley was born.

5/4/1926, Monday (-6,973) Stan Levey, jazz drummer, was born (died 19/4/2005)

4/4/1926, Sunday (-6,974) Easter Sunday.

3/4/1926, Saturday (-6,975) (1) (Italy) In Italy the Ballilla, a Fascist youth organisation, was founded.

(2) (Space exploration) Virgil Grissom, third man in space, was born.

2/4/1926. Friday (-6,976) (India) In India, riots broke out between Hindus and Moslems. On 4/4/1926 martial law was declared in Calcutta.


30/3/1926, Tuesday (-6,979) (Space exploration) American physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard successfully tested the world�s first liquid-propellant rocket. It reached a height of 56 metres and attained a speed of 97 kilometres per hour.

24/3/1926, Wednesday (-6,985) Safeway opened stores in Maryland, USA.

16/3/1926, Tuesday (-6,993) US physicist Robert Goddard launched the first liquid fuel rocket, in Massachusetts. It rose to 12.5 metres.

13/3/1926. Saturday (-6,996) (Germany) Germany was refused a place on the League of Nations Council.

12/3/1926, Friday (-6,997) Freddie Williams, speedway champion, was born.

11/3/1926, Thursday (-6,998) (Ireland) Eamon de Valera resigned as leader of Sinn Feinn.

9/3/1926, Tuesday (-7,000)

7/3/1926, Sunday (-7,002) Ernst Ocwirk, Austrian footballer, was born.

6/3/1926. Saturday (-7,003) (1) Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the US Federal Bank, was born.

(2) Fire destroyed the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford on Avon. Only a blackened shell was left.

1/3/1926, Monday (-7,008)


28/2/1926, Sunday (-7,009) The Selsdon to Woodside railway was electrified. Lewisham to New Beckenham was electrified. The Bromley North branch was electrified. The Addiscombe branch was electrified.

27/2/1926, Saturday (-7,010) David H Hubel, neuroscientist, was born.

25/2/1926, Thursday (-7,012) Franco became Spain�s youngest General, at age 33.

23/2/1926, Tuesday (-7,014)

18/2/1926, Thursday (-7,019) An Anglo-Persian oil treaty was signed, giving another 25-year oil exploration contract to the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.

17/2/1926, Wednesday (-7,020) Polygamy was prohibited in Turkey.

16/2/1926, Tuesday (-7,021) John Schlesinger, English actor, was born (died 2003).

12/2/1926. Friday (-7,025) Mussolini outlawed strikes in Italy.

10/2/1926, Wednesday (-7,027) Germany applied to join the League of Nations, Brazil and Spain blocked Germany�s admission, in protest at the plan to give Germany a seat on the Council, which they thought they should have instead.

9/2/1926, Tuesday (-7,028) Dr Garret Fitzgerald, Irish Prime Minister, was born in Dublin.

8/2/1926. Monday (-7,029) Germany applied to join the League of Nations.

6/2/1926, Saturday (-7, 031)

3/2/1926. Wednesday (-7,034) Czech became the official language of Czechoslovakia.

2/2/1926, Tuesday (-7,035) Giscard D�Estang, French President, was born.


30/1/1926. Saturday (-7,038) British troops ended a 7-year occupation of the Rhineland.

27/1/1926. Wednesday (-7,041) Scottish inventor John Logie Baird, aged 38, demonstrated the principle of transmitting moving images by radio. The demonstration was to members of the Royal Institution, at his workshop in Soho, London. He called this �television�.

26/1/1926, Tuesday (-7,042) The Shipping Forecast was first broadcast on radio.

25/1/1926, Monday (-7,043) British surgeon Sir Berkeley Moynihan said cancer of the tongue is partly caused by smoking.

24/1/1926,Sunday (-7,044) The Week�s Good Cause was first broadcast on radio.

22/1/1926, Friday (-7,046)

21/1/1926, Thursday (-7,047) Sennar Dam, on the Nile, was completed.

20/1/1926, Wednesday (-7,048) Patricia Neal, actress, was born.

15/1/1926, Friday (-7,053) Maria Schell, actress, was born.

12/1/1926. Tuesday (-7,056) In Paris, the Pasteur Institute announced the discovery of an anti-tetanus vaccine.

8/1/1926. Friday (-7,060) The new King, Ibn Saud, 43, renamed Hejaz as Saudi Arabia.

7/1/1926, Thursday (-7,061) The Royal Academy of Italy was created.

6/1/1926. Wednesday (-7,062) The German airline Lufthansa was founded.

5/1/1926. Tuesday (-7,063) In the UK the Widow's Pension began to be paid at Post Offices.

4/1/1926, Monday (-7,064) In Bulgaria a moderate Government took power, and offered an amnesty to all political prisoners except Communists.

3/1/1926, Sunday (-7,065) In Greece, Pangalos assumed dictatorial powers; in April 1926 he was elected President.

1/1/1926, Friday (-7,067) The nationalist government was established in China.


21/12/1925. Monday (-7,078) Battleship Potemkin, a film by Sergei Eisenstein, opened in the USSR.

18/12/1925. Friday (-7,081) Work began on the Mersey Road Tunnel, Liverpool.It opened on 18/7/1934.

17/12/1925, Thursday (-7,082) The siege of Jeddah ended in victory for Ibn Saud.

16/12/1925, Wednesday (-7,083) The League of Nations voted to uphold the Brussels Line, dividing Mosul villayet, see 21/11/1925, 29/10/1924.

15/12/1925, Tuesday (-7,084)

14/12/1925, Monday (-7,085) First performance in Berlin of Alban Berg�s opera Wozzeck.

13/12/1925, Sunday (-7,086) Reza Khan was proclaimed Shah of Iran.

12/12/1925. Saturday (-7,087) The world�s first motel opened in San Luis Obispo, California, starting a trend for overnight stops by motorists in individual accommodation.

8/12/1925, Tuesday (-7,091) Sammy Davis Junior, US actor, was born.

6/12/1925, Sunday (-7,093) Italy agreed the frontier of Libya with Egypt.

5/12/1925, Saturday (-7,094) Medina capitulated to Ibn Saud.

4/12/1925, Friday (-7,095) The Italian Chamber of Deputies passed a law allowing the government to regulate rates of industrial production based on the needs of the country.

3/12/1925. Thursday (-7,096) Stanley Baldwin signed an agreement fixing the Northern Irish frontier with the Irish Free State. See 10/11/1925.

2/12/1925, Wednesday (-7,097) Julie Harris, actress, was born in Grosse Point, Michigan (died 2013)

1/12/1925, Tuesday (-7,098) The Peace of Locarno was signed (by UK, France, Italy, and Germany), guaranteeing peace and existing national frontiers in Europe.


30/11/1925, Monday (-7,099) The US sent warships to Hankow, China, to stop attacks by Communist Chinese on foreigners.

29/11/1925, Sunday (-7,100) Parliamentary elections were held in Uruguay. The National Party won the most seats but various factions of the Colorado Party formed a majority.

28/11/1925, Saturday (-7.101) The newly-rebuilt Madison Square Garden indoor arena opened in New York.

27/11/1925, Friday (-7,102) Aristide Briand formed a Government in France.

26/11/1925, Thursday (-7,103) The Republic of Mongolia was proclaimed, formally ending the feudal monarchy.

25/11/1925, Wednesday (-7,104) (1) In Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, as part of his Westernisation program, outlawed the traditional fez and substituted western hats.

(2) In Britain, 12 Communists arrested in October 1925 were jailed for sedition.

23/11/1925, Monday (-7,106)

21/11/1925, Saturday (-7,108) The Permanent Court of International Justice agreed to the Brussels Line, dividing Mosul villayet, see 29/10/1924, and 16/12/1925.

20/11/1925, Friday (-7,109) British MPs approved a 4-month prison sentence and �50 fine for drunk-driving.

17/11/1925, Tuesday (-7,112) Rock Hudson, US actor, was born.

15/11/1925, Sunday (-7,114) In Ireland the Legion of Mary was founded by Frank Duff, civil servant and former active member of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, to combat drunkenness, prostitution, crime and disease. Members went to the poorest parts of Dublin to advise women living in poverty and degradation.

14/11/1925, Saturday (-7,115) The first Surrealist art exhibition opened in Paris.

13/11/1925, Friday (-7,116) The South African Government called for more segregation of Black people.

11/11/1925, Wednesday (-7,118)

10/11/1925, Tuesday (-7,119) In Dublin, Eoin McNeill resigned from the boundary commission set up under the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 to determine the Northern Irish border, see 10/5/1924. A leaked report and map in the Morning Post of 7/11/1925 indicated that, contrary to the expectations of the Dublin Government, the commission had recommended only very minor changes to the border. Northern Ireland would lose parts of south Armagh, south-west Fermanagh and west Tyrone, and gain small parts of Donegal and Monahan. Overall, Northern Ireland would lose just 1.8% of its population and 3.7% of its territory. Fearing defeat in the Dail, Irish Government leaders sought agreement with the London Government to suppress the commission�s report. Dublin had hoped for a major diminution of Northern Ireland, making it economically unviable so the remainder of it would have to join the South. See 3/12/1925.

9/11/1925. Monday (-7,120) The German Schutzstaffel, or Protection Squad (SS), was formed.

8/11/1925, Sunday (-7,121) The Democratic Party won a majority in Portuguese elections, gaining 83 of the 163 seats.

7/11/1925, Saturday (-7,122) Mary Duggan,cricketer, was born (died 10/3/1973).

6/11/1925, Friday (-7,123) Khai Dinh, Emperor of Vietnam, died.

5/11/1925. Thursday (-7,124) In Italy, Mussolini banned all left-wing parties

4/11/1925, Wednesday (-7,125)

1/11/1925, Sunday (-7,128) The Buster Keaton film Go West opened.


31/10/1925, Saturday (-7,129) Persian Majles deposed the Shah, Sultan Ahmad.

30/10/1925. Friday (-7,130) In his workshop in London, John Logie Baird achieved the first TV pictures using a dummy�s head. He then persuaded a 15 year old office boy, William Taynton, to sit in front of the camera to become the first live person captured on TV.

29/10/1925, Thursday (-7,131) Greek troops withdrew from Bulgaria, on orders from the League of Nations.

25/10/1925, Sunday (-7,135) General Emiliano Chamorro Vargas seized power in acoup. Vargas became President 1/1926.

23/10/1925, Friday (-7,137) Johnny Carson, TV presenter, was born (died 23/1/2005).

22/10/1925. Thursday (-7,138) Border dispute flared between Greece and Bulgaria.

20/10/1925, Tuesday (-7,140)

19/10/1925, Monday (-7,141) Ancient sea shells were discovered in the Sahara Desert, proving it had once been underwater.

18/10/1925. Sunday (-7,142) French fleet bombards Damascus following a Druze insurrection that began on 18/7/1925.

16/10/1925, Friday (-7,144) (1) France and Germany concluded the Locarno Treaty, guaranteeing their mutual frontier. Italy and Britain also signed.Germany reaffirmed its renunciation of Alsace-Lorraine and guaranteed not to attack France or Belgium.Russia feared the Locarno Treaty meant an alliance of western powers against it, see 24/4/1926.

(2) Britain began regular broadcasts to Continental Europe, on a weekly basis.

13/10/1925, Tuesday (-7,147) Future Conservative leader, Margaret Thatcher, was born as Margaret Roberts.She was born in Grantham, the daughter of a grocer. She was Prime Minister 1979-90.

12/10/1925, Monday (-7,148) Germany and the USSR signed a commercial treaty.

11/10/1925, Sunday (-7,149) Richard Burton, Welsh actor who was married to Elizabeth Taylor twice, was born this day.

10/10/1925, Saturday (-7,150) James Buchanan Duke, US industrialist, (born in Durham, North Carolina, 23/12/1856) died in New York.

5/10/1925, Monday (-7,155) The Locarno Conference opened, to decide the German border and future of the Rhineland.

3/10/1925, Saturday (-7,157) Gore Vidal, US writer, was born (died 2012).

2/10/1925, Friday (-7,158) London�s iconic red double-decker buses went into service. See 9/4/1909.


30/9/1925, Wednesday (-7,160)

29/9/1925, Tuesday (-7,161) In Britain, white lines were to be painted on roads to reduce accidents.

28/9/1925, Monday (-7,162) Robert Braithwaite, champion shooter, was born.

27/9/1925, Sunday (+7,163) Construction of the Nurburgring motor racing circuit, Getrmany, began.

25/9/1925, Friday (-7,165) John Kendall-Carpenter, rugby player, was born (died 23/5/1990).

16/9/1925, Wednesday (-7,174) Charles Haughey, Irish Fianna Fail politician and Prime Minister, was born.

12/9/1923, Saturday (-7,178)

8/9/1925, Tuesday (-7,182) Peter Sellers, comic TV actor, was born.

7/9/1925. Monday (-7,183) (1) Laura Ashley, clothes designer, was born (died 1985).

(2) Anti-British rioters were shot in Shanghai. Protests had begun in May over working conditions in Japanese owned factories in Shanghai, and British police shot and killed demonstrating workers on 30/5/1925.


27/8/1925, Thursday (-7,194) Nathaniel Lofthouse, footballer, was born.

20/8/1925. Thursday (-7,201) Rome�s underground railway opened.

18/8/1925, Tuesday (-7,203) Terry Allen, British boxer, was born (died 8/4/1987).

16/8/1925. Sunday (-7,205) Charlie Chaplin�s film Gold Rush was premiered in America.

13/8/1925, Thursday (-7,208) Benny Bailey, jazz trumpeter, was born (died 14/4/2005)

12/8/1925. Wednesday (-7,209) Norris and Ross McWhirter, the British twins who founded the Guinness Book of records, were born. After the Bible, it is the best selling book in the world (2002). Ross McWhirter was murdered by the IRA.

11/8/1925, Tuesday (-7,210)

8/8/1925. Saturday (-7,213) The first national congress of the Klu Klux Klan opened in Washington, with a big Klan march.

7/8/1925. Friday (-7,214) The Summer Time Act in the UK was made permanent. See 17/5/1916.

6/8/1925, Thursday (-7,215) Loretta Perfectus Walsh, first active-duty woman to serve in the United States Navy, died aged 29 of tuberculosis.

5/8/1925, Wednesday (-7,216) The first public meeting of Plaid Cymru, the Welsh Nationalist Party. Founder-member Saunders Lewis planned a wholly-Welsh-speaking summer school at Machynlleth to open in August 1926.

4/8/1925, Tuesday (-7,217) Noel Westwood and GL Davies left Perth to complete the first circumnavigation of Australia by car. The returned to Perth on 30/12/1925.

2/8/1925, Sunday (-7,219) Alan Whicker, widely-travelled TV reporter, was born in Cairo, Egypt.


28/7/1925, Tuesday (-7,224) Juan Alberto Schiaffino, Uruguayan footballer, was born.

26/7/1925, Sunday (-7,226) William Jennings Bryan, US Democratic Party orator and prosecutor in the Scopes �Monkey Trial�, born 19/3/1860 in Salem, Illinois, died in Dayton, Tennessee.

25/7/1925. Saturday (-7,227) The railworker�s, transport, and seamen�s unions supported the mine workers against pay cuts and longer hours (see 30/6/1925). On 31/7/1925 the UK government offered a subsidy to the mine owners to enable them to continue with existing wages. Discussions between the mine owners, mine workers, and a government commission continued until April 1926 (see 30/4/1926).

24/7/1925. Friday (-7,228) Insulin (patented 12/6/1922) was first used to successfully treat a patient, 6 year old Patricia Cheeseman, at Guy�s Hospital London.

22/7/1925, Wednesday (-7,230)

21/7/1925, Tuesday (-7,231) In the USA, John Thomas Scopes was fined US$100 for teaching Darwin�s Theory of Evolution at a school in Tennessee, where it was illegal to tech ideas that contradicted the Old Testament. The conviction was later overturned.

19/7/1925, Sunday (-7,233) Italian cyclist Ottavio Bottecchia won the Tour de France for the second straight year.

18/7/1925, Saturday (-7,234) Insurrection by the Druze in Syria, against French rule.

17/7/1925, Friday (-7,235) Lovis Corinth, German painter, died.

16/7/1925, Thursday (-7,236) Iraq�s first elected Parliament met in Baghdad.

15/7/1925, Wednesday (-7,237) Harry Dean Stanton, actor, was born.

14/7/1925, Tuesday (-7,238) (Aviation) Captain Girier of France set a new aviation flight length record of 2,930 miles

13/7/1925. Monday (-7,239) French troops begin to withdraw from the Rhineland.

12/7/1925, Sunday (-7,240) (1) The first veteran car rally was held, in Munich.

(2) The Herne Hill to Shortlands railway was electrified. Raynes Park to Effingham Junction via Epson was electrified.

11/7/1925, Saturday (-7,241) France and Spain agreed to coordinate their efforts in the Rif War.

10/7/1925, Friday (-7,242) (1) The TASS news agency was founded in Russia.

(2) The Scopes trial began in Dayton Tennessee.Mr Scopes, a science teacher, was accused of teaching evolution and so breaching State laws against teaching ideas contradicting the Bible.The real issue was the role of the State in determining the religious nature of school education.The outcome was inconclusive.Scopes was found guilty on 21/7/1925 but the US$100 penalty was set aside on a technicality.

9/7/1925, Thursday (-7,243) In Dublin, Oonagh Keogh, 22, became the first female member of a stock exchange.

7/7/1925, Tuesday (-7,245)

6/7/1925, Monday (-7,246) Bill Haley, musician, was born.


30/6/1925. Tuesday (-7,252) The British mining industry faced a crisis. During 1923 and 1924 German coal exports had been halved because of French occupation of the Ruhr following a reparations dispute between France and Germany. Settlement of this, and a return to the Gold Standard by Britain at a rate which effectively raised UK export prices by 10% mean that in the first 6 months of 1925 the UK coal industry made a loss of �2.1 million. On 30/6/1925 the mine workers were given a month�s notice of the cancellation of a pay award made in 1924 and the option of returning to an 8 hour day or further wage cuts ranging from 13% to 38%. Even after the 1924 pay rise, miners� wages were very low, in real terms lower than they had been in 1914. The Miners Union rejected the pay cut and the longer hours. See 25/7/1925.

29/6/1925. Monday (-7,253) South Africa passed laws, the Mines and Works Act, excluding �Coloured, Indian, and Black people from all skilled jobs. In the late 19th century, skilled mining jobs in South Africa could only be filled by Whites. By the 1920s Black people had acquired the necessary skills for these jobs, and White employees feared their wages would be undercut, so they lobbied the Government for these racist laws.

28/6/1925, Sunday (-7,254)

27/6/1925, Saturday (-7,255) Michael Dummett, British campaigner for racial equality, was born (died 2011).

26/6/1925, Friday (-7,256) Coup in Greece; General Theodoros Pangalos seized power.

23/6/1925, Tuesday (-7,259)

20/6/1925. Saturday (-7,262) In Germany, a wireless telephone for cars was demonstrated.

19/6/1925, Friday (-7,263) Bank robber Everett Bridgewater and two accomplices were arrested in Indianapolis, Indiana.

18/6/1925. Thursday (-7,264) France accepted German proposals for a security pact. Hitler�s Mein Kampf was published.

17/6/1925, Wednesday (-7,265) Geneva arms Conference closed.

12/6/1925, Friday (-7,270)

8/6/1925, Monday (-76,274) Barbara Bush, wife of US President Bush, was born.

7/6/1925, Sunday (-7,275) Karl Weschke, landscape painter, was born (died 20/2/2005).

6/6/1925. Saturday (-7,276) Walter P Chrysler founded the Chrysler Motor Company in Detroit.

5/6/1925, Friday (-7,277)

3/6/1925, Wednesday (-7,279) The 100,000th Chevrolet was manufactured.

2/6/1925. Tuesday (-7,280) The Canadian government claimed all land between Greenland and Alaska up to the North Pole.


30/5/1925. Saturday (-7,283) (1) King George V opened the Great West Road at Brentford, London. It was seen as a model for post-War development.

(2) The British colony of Southern Rhodesia became self-governing; its assembly met for the first time.

26/5/1925, Tuesday (-7,287) George Adams, US historian (born 3/6/1851) died.

24/5/1925, Sunday (+7,291) William Park, golfer, died.

23/5/1925, Saturday (-7,290) British publishing magnate Sir Edward Hulton died after falling off his penny-farthing bicycle.

22/5/1925, Friday (-7,291) Sir John French, British general who led the British Expeditionary Force in France and Belgium, died.

19/5/1925, Tuesday (-7,294) Malcolm X, US militant Black civil rights leader, was born in Omaha, Nebraska, as Malcolm Little.

14/5/1925, Thursday (-7,299) Henry Rider Haggard, English writer, died aged 69.

12/5/1925, Tuesday (-7,301) Alfred, Lord Milner, British statesman, died aged 71.

11/5/1925. Monday (-7,302) Direct telephone communication between London and Rome began for the first time.

10/5/1925, Sunday (-7,303) William Massey, Prime Minister of New Zealand, died.

9/5/1925, Saturday (-7,304)

8/5/1925, Friday (-7,305) Ali Hassan Mwinyi, President of Tanzania, was born.

7/5/1925, Thursday (-7,306) William Lever, Viscount Leverhulme, British entrepreneur and founder of the Lever Brothers corporation, died.

5/5/1925, Tuesday (-7,208)

4/5/1925, Monday (-7,309) Geneva Conference on arms traffic and the use of poison gas inwar opened.

3/5/1925, Sunday (-7,310) Robert Jonquet, French footballer, was born.

2/5/1925, Saturday (-7,311)

1/5/1925. Friday (-7,312) Cyprus became a British Crown Colony. It had been annexed by Britain from Turkey in 1914 when Turkey supported Germany in World War One.


30/4/1925. Thursday (-7,313) The Distillers Whisky Group was formed.

28/4/1925. Tuesday (-7,315) Britain returned to the Gold Standard. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Winston Churchill, told the House of Commons he will not renew the Act of 1919 which suspended the Standard. Symbolically, this measure signalled a return to pre-War stability and a Victorian era in which Britain was pre-eminent. However Cambridge economist John Maynard Keynes warned that the USA was not actually adhering to a Gold Standard; it was manipulating the price of gold, at great expense, to ensure it stayed level with the US Dollar. For Britain to return to the Standard meant subjugating UK economic policy to that of the USA.

25/4/1925. Saturday (-7,318) Hindenburg became President of Germany. He won 48.5% of the popular vote, against 42.5% for Wilhelm Marx of the Centre Party.

24/4/1925, Friday (-7,319) James Dickinson, footballer, was born (died 8/11/1982).

20/4/1925, Monday (-7,232) Herbert Lawford, tennis champion, died (born 15/5/1851).

16/4/1925. Thursday (-7,327) In Turkey, the Kurdish uprising ended.

15/4/1925, Wednesday (-7,328) Sir James Barrie donated the copyright of Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London.

14/4/1925, Tuesday (-7,329) John Singer Seargant, US painter, died aged 69.

13/4/1925, Monday (-7,330) Henry Ford set up the USA�s first aerial freight service, running between Detroit and Chicago.

12/4/1925, Sunday (-7,331) Easter Sunday.

11/4/1925, Saturday (-7,332) Abd el-Krims Rifkabylen defeated the French army in Morocco.

10/4/1925, Friday (-7,333) In France, Paul Painleve became Prime Minister after the defeat of Edouard Herriot.

9/4/1925, Thursday (-7,334) Tom Jackson, British union leader, was born.

8/4/1925. Wednesday (-7,335) (1) The Australian Government and the British Colonial Office offered low interest rate loans for Britons to emigrate to Australia; the aim was for 450,000 Britons a year to migrate to Australia over the next 10 years. In the first decade of the 20th century, an average 284,000 Britons emigrated annually, mostly to the USA or the Dominions.

(2) Italian Catholic bishops banned scantily clad or bare legged women from churches.

7/4/1925, Tuesday (-7,336) (Biology) Charles Yanofsky was born in New York City, USA. In 1967 he helped crack the DNA code for proteins.

6/4/1925. Monday (-7,337) The first in-flight movie was shown; The Lost World.

5/4/1925, Sunday (-7,338) The Belgian Workers Party won parliamentary elections.

4/4/1925, Saturday (-7,339) Dorothy Alison, actress, was born.

3/4/1925, Friday (-7,340) Anthony Wedgewood Benn, British Labour politician, was born.

2/4/1925, Thursday (-7,341) France and Turkey agreed on the autonomy of Alexandretta.

1/4/1925, Wednesday (-7,342) (Jewish, Universities) The Hebrew University at Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, was opened by Lord Balfour.


31/3/1925, Tuesday (-7,343) The Philadelphia Daily News began publication.

30/3/1925, Monday (-7,344) Rudolf Steiner, Austrian educator who founded the Anthroposophical Society, died aged 64.

29/3/1925. Sunday (-7,345) Japan passed a Bill for universal male suffrage.

28/3/1925, Saturday (-7,346) In the Boat Race, the Oxford boat sank.

27/3/1925, Friday (-7,347) Double Chase won the 84th Grand National horse race at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England.

26/3/1925, Thursday (-7,348) Hindenburg was elected President of Germany.

25/3/1925. Wednesday (-7,349) (1) The new fast London-Southend road was opened.

(2) The Tattenham Corner branch line was electrified.

24/3/1925, Tuesday (-7,350) Quazi Nuruzzaman, Bangladeshi guerrilla commander, was born (died 2011)

23/3/1925. Monday (-7,351) US Tennessee law prohibited the teaching of evolution.

22/3/1925, Sunday (-7,352) Radio broadcasting began in Japan.

21/3/1925, Saturday (-7,353) (Sport) Merle Keagle, US baseball player, was born.

20/3/1925, Friday (-7,354) Lord Curzon, British statesman, died aged 66.

19/3/1925. Thursday (-7,355) Britain established a large naval base at Singapore. This reinforced links with the British colonies such as Hong Kong, but Japan saw it as a threat.

18/3/1925, Wednesday (-7,356) A series of tornadoes killed 792 and injured 13,000 in the US Midwest.

15/3/1925, Monday (-7,358)

13/3/1925, Friday (-7,361) British MPs approved the Summer Time Bill, making annual daylight saving time permanent,

12/3/1925, Thursday (-7,362) In China, Kuomintang leader Dr Sun Yat Sen died.General Chiang Kai Shek became the new leader. Discontent within China at the Unequal Treaties with Western powers grew, and China started a boycott of British trade and shipping.

2/3/1925. Monday (-7,372) Austria introduced a new currency, the schilling.


28/2/1925. Saturday (-7,374) (1) Kurdish uprising in Turkey. The rebellion ended on 16/4/1925.

(2) Friedrich Ebert, Social Democrat President of the German Republic, died. He had been pilloried buy the extreme Right in Germany who had accused him of treason since he was appointed in 1919. He was replaced by war hero Hindenburg (see 25/4/1925).

27/2/1925, Friday (-7,375) Hitler spoke at a Nazi meeting at a Munich beer hall.

26/2/1925, Thursday (-7,376)

25/2/1925, Wednesday (-7,377) Kurdish rebellion broke out in Turkey.

24/2/1925, Tuesday (-7,378) Joseph Rowntree, chocolate manufacturer in York, died in that city.

22/2/1925, Sunday (-7,380)

21/2/1925, Saturday (-7,381) The New Yorker was first published, founded by Harold Ross.

20/2/1925, Friday (-7,382) Robert Altman, film director, was born

17/2/1925, Tuesday (-7,385)

15/2/1925, Sunday (-7,387) Eric Brown, golfer, was born.

14/2/1925. Saturday (-7,388) The ban on the Nazi Party in Bavaria was lifted.

9/2/1925, Monday (-7,393)

4/2/1925, Wednesday (-7,398) Robert Koldeway, the archaeologist who excavated Babylon, died.

3/2/1925, Tuesday (-7,399) (Electrical) Oliver Heaviside, English physicist and electrical engineer, died in Paignton, Devon.

1/2/1925, Sunday (-7,401) Ahmed Bey Zogu became President of Albania.


30/1/1925, Friday (-7,403) Jim Driscoll, boxer, died (born 15/12/1880).

26/1/1925, Monday (-77,407) Paul Newman, US actor, was born.

25/1/1925, Sunday (-77,408) General Motors Brazil was organised.

23/1/1925, Friday (-77,410)

21/1/1925, Wednesday (-7,412) Benny Hill, English comedian, was born in Southampton.

20/1/1925, Tuesday (-7,413) The UK and China made the Treaty of Peking.

18/1/1925, Sunday (-7,415)

17/1/1925, Saturday (-7,416) US President Coolidge, in an address to the Society of American newspaper Editors, stated �The business of America is business� as he set out his policy of reducing taxes, especially on the middle class. He opposed any write down of British and French War Debt to the USA.

16/1/1925, Friday (-7,417) Trotsky was dismissed as Soviet War Commissar.

15/1/1925, Thursday (-7,418) (1) After a month of intense political negotiations in Germany, Hans Luther (Independent) succeeded Wilhelm Marx as Chancellor, and Gustav Stresemann became Foreign Minister.

(2) In China, strikes at Shanghai were suppressed by British and French troops. This sparked revolutionary unrest, and US troops now arrived to protect their nationals and economic interests.

14/1/1925, Wednesday (-7,419) Yukio Mishima, writer, was born.

9/1/1925, Friday (-7,424)

7/1/1925, Wednesday (-7,426) Gerald Durrell, naturalist, was born.

6/1/1925, Tuesday (-7,427) John DeLorean, car industry entrepreneur, was born (died 19/3/2005)

5/1/1925. Monday (-7,428) Mrs Nellie Taylor Ross became governor of Wyoming, the first woman Governor in the USA. This followed the death of her husband.

3/1/1925. Saturday (-7,430) Mussolini assumed full dictatorial control in Italy.He nominated his cabinet on 5/1/1925.

1/1/1925. Thursday (-7,432) Norway�s capital, Christiana, reverted to its historic name of Oslo.


29/12/1924, Monday (-7,435) John D Rockefeller donated US$ 1 million to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

28/12/1924, Sunday (-7,436) Milton Obote, President of Uganda, was born.

24/12/1924. Wednesday (-7440) Albania was declared a republic.

21/12/1924, Sunday (-7,443) Christy O�Connor, golf champion, was born.

20/12/1924. Saturday (-7,444) (Germany) Adolf Hitler was freed from prison on parole after serving just 8 months of his jail term for high treason.

19/12/1924, Friday (-7,445)

18/12/1924, Thursday (-7,446) Pope Pius XI denounced the USSR.

17/12/1924, Wednesday (-7,447) Clifton Pugh, artist, was born.

9/12/1924, Tuesday (-7,455)

8/12/1924, Monday (-7,456) (Innovation, Music) The Theremin, the world�s first electronic musical instrument, was patented in Germany by Lev Sergievitch Termen, a Russian cellist and electronic engineer, born in St Petersburg in 1896 (died 1993). It worked on the heterodyne principle, that a combination of two radio high frequency sound waves could combine to produce a lower frequency audible sound equal to the difference, As the high frequency waves varied, so did the audible sound. The presence of a human body altered the radio waves, which was how the machine could produce changing sounds as a hand was waved over it. The machine was later superseded by the Moog Synthesiser.

7/12/1924, Sunday (-7,457) (Germany) In German elections, the Communists (45 seats) lost ground to the Social Democrats (131 seats). The Conservative Nationalists also gained (103 seats) whilst the Nazis slumped to 14 seats. The Centre Party won 69 seats.

5/12/1924, Friday (-7,459) In Italy, Mussolini commenced comprehensive press censorship.

3/12/1924, Wednesday (-7,461) (Chemistry) Louis Marie Hilaire Bernigaud, comte de Chardonnet, French chemist, died in Paris.

2/12/1924, Tuesday (-7,462) The UK and Germany signed a trade pact.

1/12/1924, Monday (-7,463) Communists staged a failed coup attempt in Estonia.


30/11/1924, Sunday (-7,464) (1) (Germany) The last French and Belgian troops left the Ruhr.

(2) Radio photographs were first transmitted from Britain to the USA.

29/11/1924, Saturday (-7,465) The composer Puccini died in Brussels.

28/11/1924, Friday (-7,466)

27/11/1924, Thursday (-7,467) The first Macy�s Thanksgiving Parade was held in New York City.

26/11/1924. Wednesday (-7,468) The Communist party of the USSR denounced Trotsky.

25/11/1924, Tuesday (-7,469)

21/11/1924, Friday (-7,473) The new Conservative Government of Britain repudiated a treaty made by the previous Labour administration with the USSR.

20/11/1924, Thursday (-7,474) Kurds in Turkey rebelled; they were suppressed with considerable force.

19/11/1924, Wednesday (-7,475) The British Governor-General of Sudan was assassinated in Cairo. Egypt was claiming the right to rule the territory.

15/11/1924, Saturday (-7,479) Jakub Schikaneder, Bohemian painter, died (born 27/2/1855).

8/11/1924, Saturday (-7,486) The Irish Government offered an amnesty to those involved in the civil conflict between IRA and Government. See 12/1/1922.

7/11/1924, Friday (-7,497) Germany announced its first balanced budget since the war.

6/11/1924. Thursday (-7,488) The new Conservative Prime Minister of Britain, Stanley Baldwin, appointed Winston Churchill as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

5/11/1924, Wednesday (-7,489) The last Manchu Emperor, Pu-Yi, 18, was evicted from his palace in Beijing by the Christian warlord Feng Xuyiang who took control of the city. Pu-Yi had been compelled to abdicate in 1912, when he was aged 6, by the Revolutionary Government in Nanking after the Wuchang uprising, ending 268 years of Manchu rule and over 2000 years of imperial tradition. He was allowed to continue living in his palace in the Forbidden City, and was temporarily restored to the throne by General Xun�s coup in 1917, but was dethroned after 12 days. Pu-Yi now sought refuge in the Japanese concession at Tien-Tsin.

4/11/1924. Tuesday (-7,490) (1) Texas elected its first woman State Governor.

(2) Calvin Coolidge was re-elected President of the USA

3/11/1924, Monday (-7,491) Feng Yuxiang's troops entered Tianjin.

2/11/1924. Sunday (-7,492) The first crossword appeared in a British newspaper, the Sunday Express. It was bought from an American paper, operated by C W Shepherd, where crosswords had appeared 11 years earlier, see 21/12/1913.

1/11/1924, Saturday (-7,493) (1) Eamon de Valera was jailed for one month for entering Northern Ireland illegally. He was a devout Roman Catholic and Britain did not want him proselytising in Protestant Northern Ireland. See 16/7/1924.

(2) The British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, London, closed (opened 23/4/1924).


30/10/1924, Thursday (-7,495)

29/10/1924, Wednesday (-7,496) The Council of Brussels drew the Brussels Line, dividing the villayet of Mosul into Turkish and Iraqi areas.See 21/11/1925, 16,12,1925.

28/10/1924. Tuesday (-7,497) France recognised the USSR.

25/10/1924, Saturday (-7,500) In China, President Tsao Kun resigned.

20/10/1924, Monday (-7,505) Ibn Saud seized control of Mecca, defeating the Hashemites.

12/10/1924, Sunday (-7,513) French writer Anatole France died.

10/10/1924, Friday (-7,515) Ed Wood, flim producer, was borm.

9/10/1924. Thursday (-7,516) Britain�s minority Labour government fell after a vote of censure in the Commons; the vote was 364 against the Government, 198 in favour. On 29/10/1924 the Conservatives won a large victory following a scare over the �Zinoviev letter�. This was a forged letter allegedly from Moscow, urging a Communist revolution in Britain. A General Election was held on 30/10/1924 and the result was 413 seats to the Conservatives, against 151 for Labour and 40 for the Liberals. Stanley Baldwin became Prime Minister.

7/10/1924, Tuesday (-7,518) The British Labour Party banned Communists from becoming members.

4/10/1924, Saturday (-7,521) Charlton Heston, the film star in Ben Hur, was born.

3/10/1924, Friday (-7,522) In Arabia, King Hussein abdicated as King of Hejaz in favour of his son, Ali.

2/10/1924, Thursday (-7,523) Trotsky took command of the Red Army in Georgia.

1/10/1924. Wednesday (-7,524) US Democrat and 39th President James Earl (Jimmy) Carter, peanut farmer, was born in Plains, Georgia.


30/9/1924, Tuesday (-7,525) Truman Capote, writer, was born.

29/9/1924, Monday (-7,526)

28/9/1924, Sunday (-7,527) Lieutenants Smith and Nelson, in US Army Douglas airplanes, completed the first circumnavigation of the globe.They flew a total of 26,103 miles, with 57 stops.

27/9/1924, Saturday (-7,528) Following Mexican elections, Plutarcho Calles became President of Mexico. He took office on 1/12/1924.

25/9/1924, Thursday (-7,530)

18/9/1924. Thursday (-7,537) Mohandas Ghandi, serving 6 years in prison for sedition, began a 21-day hunger strike, to try and dissuade Hindus and Moslems from rioting.

17/9/1924, Wednesday (-7,538) Italy abrogated the Treaty of Rapallo (made 12/11/1920).

16/9/1924, Tuesday (-7,539) Lauren Bacall, Hollywood actress, was born.

15/9/1924, Monday (-7,540) The BBC began broadcasting from Belfast.

5/9/1924, Friday (-7,550) In Chile, a military junta took power.

2/9/1924, Tuesday (-7,553) Daniel Arap Moi, President of Kenya, was born.

1/9/1924, Monday (-7,554) The Dawes Plan was implemented in Germany. It was drafted by Charles G Dawes, a Chicago banker. Under it, a new Reichsmark was issued at one billion old marks. The Reichsbank was now under Allied control. German reparations were rescheduled, and the Allied loaned Germany 800 million gold Marks. Ne wtaxes were introduced, and inflation began to subside. Political stability followed, and support for extremist Parties declined.


30/8/1924, Saturday (-7,556) The German Reichsbank was made independent of the government.It issued a new currency, the ReichsMark, at 1,000,000 million old Marks to the new currency.

17/8/1924. Sunday (-7,569) French and Belgian troops agreed to withdraw from the Ruhr within 1 year following Germany�s agreement on war reparations.

16/8/1924, Saturday (-7,570) The Allies and Germany accepted the Dawes Plan, for a revised timetable of reparations.

14/8/1924, Thursday (-7,572)

13/8/1924, Wednesday (-7,573) Severe flooding in China, 50,000 killed.

12/8/1924, Tuesday (-7,574) Derek Shackleton, cricketer, was born.

8/8/1924, Friday (-7,578) A ten-nation summit agreed a plan drawn up by US banker Charles Dawes, designed to assist Germany�s economy and fulfil reparation payments.

3/8/1924, Sunday (-7,583) Polish-born UK author Joseph Conrad died.

2/8/1924, Saturday (-7,584) James Arthur Baldwin, Us Black writer, was born.


25/7/1924, Friday (-7,592) Pierre Maurice Gy, French chemist, was born in Paris (died 5/11/2015).

21/7/1924, Monday (-7,596) Don Knotts, actor and comedian, was born.

20/7/1924, Sunday (-7,597) Robert D Maurer, who invented the optical fibre, was born.

19/7/1924. Saturday (-7,598) Liverpool Cathedral was consecrated, although it was not yet finished. Construction had begun in 1904.

16/7/1924, Wednesday (-7,601) Eamon de Valera was released after 11 months in Kilmainham Prison. Hundreds of other activists continued to be held, many without trial. Free State troops continued to carry out raids and arrests, causing much bitterness. See 1/11/1924, 8/11/1924.

13/7/1924, Sunday (-7,604) Alfred Marshall, British economist, died aged 81.

11/7/1924. Friday (-7,606) Hindus and Muslims rioted in Delhi.

8/7/1924, Tuesday (-7,609) Adolf Hitler resumed leadership of the Nazi Party.

5/7/1924, Saturday (-7,612) The 8th Olympic games opened in Paris. Germany did not attend.

4/7/1924, Friday (-7,613) Caesar�s Salad made its debut, at the Caesar�s Place Restaurant, Tihuana, Mexico, owned by US citizen Caesar Cardini.

2/7/1924, Wednesday (-7,615)

1/7/1924, Tuesday (-7,616) Inauguration of the first regular transcontinental air mail service in the USA.


30/6/1924, Monday (-7,617) In South Africa, J B Hertzog, Nationalist leader, formed a Government with Labour support, following the defeat of J C Smuts� South African Party in elections.

28/6/1924, Saturday (-7,619) Italian racing car driver Luigi Musso was born.

25/6/1924, Wednesday (-7,622) Britain said it would not relinquish control over the Sudan, despite Egyptian demands for it to do so.

23/6/1924, Monday (-7,624) The seeding system was introduced for competitors at Wimbledon.

20/6/1924, Friday (-7,627) Audie Murphy, writer, was born.

14/6/1924, Saturday (-7,633) The 10 millionth Ford car was manufactured.

13/6/1924, Friday (-7,634) Gaston Doumergue became the 13th President of France.

12/6/1924, Thursday (-7,635) George Bush, Republican and US President, was born in Milton, Massachusetts.

11/6/1924, Wednesday (-7,636) The French President, Millerand, resigned. He had been accused by the radical Socialist Party leader Edouard Herriot of being too Right-wing, when the President should be neutral. On 13/6/1924 Gaston Doumergue became the new French President and on 14/6/1924 Herriot became the new Prime Minister.

10/6/1924, Tuesday (-7,637) Italian socialist leader Giacomo Matteotti was assassinated by Mussolini�s fascists. He had replaced Filippo Turati as leader of Italy�s reformed Socialist Party, and on 30/5/1924 he denounced the Italian elections of April 1924, in which Mussolini�s Fascists had done well, as fraudulent.

9/6/1924, Monday (-7,638) Ed Farhat, professional wrestler, was born in Lansing, Michigan (died 2003)

8/6/1924. Sunday (-7,639) George Mallory, on his third attempt to conquer Everest, was seen for the last time at a point 800 feet from the summit.

7/6/1924, Saturday (-7.,640) Dolores Gray, US actress, was born in Chicago (died 2002)

6/6/1924, Friday (-7,641) The German Reichstag approved the Dawes Plan by a 247�183 vote.

5/6/1924, Thursday (-7,642) The UK Government appointed a Northern Ireland representative to the Border Commission, see 10/5/1924.

4/6/1924, Wednesday (-7,643) Anti-government forces in Albania took Shkoder.

3/6/1924, Tuesday (-7,644) German novelist Franz Kafka died, aged 40, in a sanatorium at Kierling, near Vienna, after a seven year battle with tuberculosis.

2/6/1924, Monday (-7,645) The US now allowed indigenous Indians to become full citizens. Indigenous Indian, Learned Hand, became the first Native American judge of the US Court of Appeals, serving until 1956.

1/6/1924, Sunday (-7,646) Raymond Poincare resigned as Prime Minister of France.


31/5/1924. Saturday (-7,647) China recognised the USSR.

26/5/1924. Monday (-7,652) The US cut immigration quotas from an annual 3% of the number of that nationality already in the US (enacted 1921) to 2%, and excluded Japanese citizens entirely. Japan protested.

12/5/1924, Monday (-7,666) Tony Hancock, English comedian, was born (died 1968).

11/5/1924, Sunday (-7,667) In French elections the Left bloc emerged with the largest number of seats, 287 out of 581.

10/5/1924, Saturday (-7,668) Under the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty (6/12/1921) a Boundary Commission was to determine the borders of Northern Ireland. The Irish Government believed that such a commission would give them at least 3 of the 6 Northern counties, and an economically unviable North would then join the South. Now the Northern Irish Government refused to appoint a member to the commission. Both the London and Dublin governments could fall over this issue. However on 5/6/1924 the UK Government appointed a representative for Northern Ireland. See 20/11/1925.

8/5/1924, Thursday (-7,670) Afrikaans became the official language of South Africa.

4/5/1924, Sunday (-7,674) In elections to the German Parliament (Reichstag), the Nationalists made gains, winning 95 seats, as did the Communists with 62 seats. The Social Democrats won 100 seats and the Centre Party had 65 seats. For the first time the National Socialist (Nazi) Party entered Parliament, with 32 seats.

3/5/1924, Saturday (-7,675) Robert Kenneth Tyrell, founder of Tyrell Formula One Constructor, was born.

1/5/1924, Thursday (-7,677) MG registered its octagon logo as a trademark.


28/4/1924, Monday (-7,680) (1) Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia�s first President, was born in Lubwa.

(2) The US sent troops to Honduras amidst electoral unrest.

24/4/1924. Thursday (-7,684) Train ferry service between Harwich and Zeebrugge was opened by King George V.

23/4/1924. Wednesday (-7,685) King George V opened the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium, London. It closed on 1/11/1924.

22/4/1924, Tuesday (-7,686)

21/4/1924, Monday (-7,687) Eleonora Duse, Italian actress (born Lombardy, Italy, 3/10/1859) died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

20/4/1924, Sunday (-7,688) (1) Easter Sunday. Turkey continued its modernisation plan, with the abolition of tithes and the shortening of military service.

(2) The interchange at Camden Town between the City and South London Lines and the Northern Line to Golders Green, Highgate, came into use.

18/4/1924, Friday (-7,690)

16/4/1924. Wednesday (-7,692) The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film corporation was formed by merger.

15/4/1924, Tuesday (-7,693) The Japan Times called for a boycott of California if the United States passed the Immigration Act, putting the blame for the bill on that State.

14/4/1924, Monday (-7,694) Louis Sullivan, US architect, died in Chicago.

13/4/1924, Sunday (-7,695) Calvin Coolidge was nominated as US Presidential candidate by the Republican Party

12/4/1924, Saturday (-7,696)

11/4/1924, Friday (-7,697) In Danish elections, Social Democrats formed a Government after winning 55 seats to the Liberals 44, Radicals with 20, and Conservatives with 28.

10/4/1924. Thursday (-7,698) The first crossword puzzle book was published in New York.

6/4/1924. Sunday (-7,702) Mussolini�s Fascist Party won a sweeping victory in the Italian general election. However there was widespread voter intimidation so the vote was not free and fair.

4/4/1924, Friday (-7,704) The BBC broadcast its first radio programmes for schools.

3/4/1924, Thursday (-7,705) Marlon Brando, US Hollywood actor, was born.

1/4/1924. Tuesday (-7,707) (1) Adolf Hitler was jailed for 5 years for his part in the abortive Munich beer hall putsch.

(2) The first gramophone to automatically change records went on sale, produced by HMV.

(3) Britain�s national airline, Imperial Airways, was created by amalgamating four smaller aviation companies. These were Handley Page Transport, Daimler Airway, Instone Airline and British Marine Air Navigation. These four companies were unprofitable, and the government realised that, as in other countries, they way forward was a national carrier, with strong financial support from public funds.


28/3/1924, Friday (-7,711) Total was founded as the Compagnie Fran�aise des P�troles (CFP), the "French Petroleum Company". Petroleum was seen as vital in the case of a new war with Germany.

25/3/1924, Tuesday (-7,714) Greece was proclaimed a Republic, as conformed by plebiscite on 13/4/1924. Admiral Pavlos Koundouriotis became President.

15/3/1924. Saturday (-7,724) The first Egyptian Parliament opened.

7/3/1924, Friday (-7,732) Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, sculptor, was born (died 22/4/2005).

4/3/1924, Tuesday (-7,735) Happy Birthday to You, a song written by two US teachers, the sisters Patty and Mildred Hill, first appeared in print in a book by Robert H Coleman.

3/3/1924, Monday (-7,736) Mustafa Kemal formally abolished the caliphate, and exiled all memnbers of the House of Osman. This ended the Ottoman Dynasty, founded in 1290.

2/3/1924, Sunday (-7,737) The Turkish National Assembly abolished the caliphate, disestablishing the Islamic religion.


26/2/1924, Tuesday (-7,742) Adolf Hitler was charged with treason for his part in the abortive Munich beer hall putsch.

22/2/1924, Friday (-7,746) (Medical) Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt, English physician, died in Cambridge.

21/2/1924, Thursday (-7,747) Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, was born.

20/2/1924, Wednesday (-7,748) Gloria Vanderbilt, clothing designer and entrepreneur, was born.

19/2/1924, Tuesday (-7,749) Lee Marvin, actor, was born.

18/2/1924, Monday (-7,750)

15/2/1924, Friday (-7,753) (Aviation) The world�s first �control tower� was inaugurated at le Bourget Airport, Paris. A tower with a commanding view of the airport now enabled aircraft movements to be directed by an officer with binoculars.

14/2/1924, Thursday (-7,754) The Computing-Tabulating-recording Company (see 15/6/1911) changed its name to IBM, International Business Machines.

13/2/1924, Wednesday (-7,755)

12/2/1924, Tuesday (-7,756) Calvin Coolidge became the first US President to deliver a speech on radio.

11/2/1924, Monday (-7,757) (Medical) Jacques Loeb, German-US physiologist, died in Hamilton, Bermuda,

9/2/1924, Saturday (-7,759)

8/2/1924. Friday (-7,760) The first execution by gas chamber, in Carson City�s Nevada State Prison. Chinese gang member Gee John�s execution took some six minutes after the hydrocyanic gas was introduced.

7/2/1924, Thursday (-7,761) Italy recognised the USSR.

6/2/1924. Wednesday (-7,762) The USA granted full citizenship to American Indians.

5/2/1924. Tuesday (-7,763) The BBC �pips� or time signals, were heard for the first time. They were set by a clock at Greenwich.

4/2/1924, Monday (-7,764) Close of the 1st Winter Olympic Games at Chamonix, France.

3/2/1924, Sunday (-7,765) Woodrow Wilson, Democrat and 28th President of America from 1913 to 1921, also Nobel Prize winner, died and was buried in Washington Cathedral.

2/2/1924, Saturday (-7,766) Elfi von Dassanowsky, singer and pianist, was born in Vienna, Austria (died 2007)

1/2/1924. Friday (-7,767) Britain�s Labour Government recognised the USSR.


31/1/1924, Thursday (-7,768) Japanese Prime Minister Kiyoura Keigo dissolved the National Diet and called for new elections. A brawl broke out during the morning session over accusations that the government had failed to protect a train that prominent opposition leaders were riding on when it was pelted with rocks and timbers

30/1/1924, Wednesday (-7,769) Lloyd Alexander, author, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (died 2007)

29/1/1924. Tuesday (-7,770) The ice cream cone making machine was patented by Carl Taylor.

28/1/1924, Monday (-7,771) Campaigning began for a general election in Italy. Benito Mussolini addressed 10,000 Blackshirts in the Palazzo Venezia in Rome, predicting complete victory at the polls and declaring that the Fascists were "ready to kill or die."

27/1/1924. Sunday (-7,772) (1) Mussolini signed a pact with Yugoslavia, and Italy annexed the free city of Fiume.

(2) Rauf Denktash, Turkish-Cypriot politician, was born,

26/1/1924. Saturday (-7,773) Petrograd was renamed Leningrad.

25/1/1924. Friday (-7,774) The first Winter Olympics were held, at Chamonix, France.

24/1/1924, Thursday (-7,775) All non-Fascist Trades Unions were banned in Italy.

23/1/1924, Wednesday (-7,776) Ramsay McDonald formed Britain�s first Labour Government (without an overall majority). Philip Snowden became Chancellor of the Exchequer.

22/1/1924. Tuesday (-7,777) The Labour Party won 288 seats against the Conservatives 266, but had no overall majority as the Liberals held 59. Ramsay MacDonald became Britain�s first Labour Prime Minister, succeeding the Conservative, Stanley Baldwin. See also 26/7/1945. The first Labour government in Britain was elected. King George V sent for Ramsay MacDonald (born 12/10/1866) following the Conservative defeat on a censure motion in the Commons the previous day. The state of the Commons was then, previous to the election, Conservative 259 seats, Labour 191, and Liberals 159. Labour secured its first UK Parliamentary majority on 30/5/1929.

The new Labour government was to prioritise unemployment; slum clearance and house building would also be tackled.

21/1/1924. Monday (-7,778) (1) Vladimir Illitch Lenin died, aged 53. The middle-class lawyer who made a revolution on behalf of the workers died of a series of debilitating strokes. A power struggle then ensued between Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin, who won.

(2) The Chinese Kuomintang Congress admitted the Communists.

20/1/1924, Sunday (-7,779) Legion Ascot motor speedway opened in ||Los Angeles.

16/1/1924, Wednesday (-7,783) The BBC broadcast the first play written specifically for radio, Danger, by Richard Hughes.

12/1/1924, Saturday (-7,787) General Motors began manufacturing vehicles in Copenhagen; the first time they had made vehicles outside the USA.

11/1/1924, Friday (-7,788) Eleutherios Venizelos accepted the Premiership of Greece under the National Assembly.

10/1/1924, Thursday (-7,789)

9/1/1924, Wednesday (-7,790) In Germany, Rhineland secessionist leader Heinz was assassinated.

8/1/1924, Tuesday (-7,791) Ron Moody, actor, was born.

7/1/1924. Monday (-7,792) Direct communication by transatlantic cable and land wire was opened by the Western Union Telegraph Company between London and Chicago.

1/1/1924, Tuesday (-7,798)


31/12/1923. Monday (-7,799) The chimes of Big Ben were broadcast by the BBC for the first time.

28/12/1923. Friday (-7,802) Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, who designed the 300 metre Eiffel Tower, Paris, died aged 91.

27/12/1923, Thursday (-7,803) Emperor Hirohito of Japan narrowly escaped assassination.

25/12/1923, Tuesday (-7,805)

23/12/1923, Sunday (-7,807) The BBC began regular radio broadcasts for entertainment, as opposed to information.

22/12/1923, Saturday (-7,808) John Ebdon, TV broadcaster, was born (died 19/3/2005)

21/12/1923, Friday (-7,809)

19/12/1923, Wednesday (-7,811) King George II left Greece at the request of the ruling Revolutionary Committee.

18/12/1923, Tuesday (-7,812) The International Zone of Tangier was set up.

17/12/1923. Monday (-7,813) The Greek Army deposed King George II.

15/12/1923, Saturday (-7,815)

12/12/1923, Wednesday (-7,818) John Pulman, snooker champion, was born.

10/12/1923, Monday (-7,820) The Kraft Company started as National Dairy Products Corporation (National Dairy), formed on December 10, 1923, by Thomas H. McInnerney.

9/12/1923, Sunday (-7,821) Meggie Albanesi, British actress, died aged 24.

8/12/1923. Saturday (-7,822) In the UK 8 women were now MPs. The British general election resulted in a hung Parliament. The Conservatives, standing on a platform of protectionist tariffs to reduce unemployment, lost seats, finishing with 258 seats. Labour had 191 seats, and the Liberal had 159 seats.

6/12/1923, Thursday (-7,824) Jim Eanes, musician, was born (died 21/11/1995).

3/12/1923, Monday (-7,827) Trevor Bailey, English cricketchampion, was born.

2/12/1923, Sunday (-7,828) Maria Callas, Greek-US soprano singer, was born.


25/11/1923. Sunday (-7,835) The first transatlantic wireless broadcast from the UK to the USA was made.

20/11/1923, Tuesday (-7,840) Nadine Gordimer, writer, was born.

18/11/1923, Sunday (-7,842) Alan Shepard, the first US astronaut in space, was born in East Derry, New Hampshire.

15/11/1923. Thursday (-7,845) (1) Rampant German inflation peaked with the Mark worth 4,200,000 Million to the US Dollar, and 10,000,000 Million to the UK Pound � if you could find anyone willing to change your marks for dollars. It had been 4.2 to the Dollar in 1914, 350,000 to the pound (1 pound was 5 dollars) on 1/6/1923, and 622,000 to the pound on 22/6/1923. A loaf of bread cost 63 pfennigs in 1918, and 250 pfennigs in January 1923. But by July 1923 a loaf cost 3,465 pfennigs, and by November 1923, 201,000 million marks. Workers were paid twice a day and by the evening a loaf of bread would cost what a house was worth in the morning.

Money had effectively become worthless; trade was done by barter. Middle class families with cash in the bank had been ruined. The problem had been that, after French troops occupied the Ruhr to enforce war reparations, the German Government began to print marks in huge numbers. German industry was unable to produce the goodsto match the vast increase in money supply. On 15/11/1923 Germany introduced the Rentemark, tied to the country�s real estate. Each rentemark was worth 1,000 million old marks.

(2) Poland was also in the grip of hyperinflation, though not as bad as Germany�s. The Polish mark went from 9.8 to the US$ in November 1918 to 580 by end-December 1920, and to 17,800 to the US$ by December 1922. By November 1932 the rate stood at 2,300,000 Polish Marks to the US$.

14/11/1923, Wednesday (-7,848) Italy passed a law stating that the Party winning the greatest number of votes in an election would automatically receive two thirds of the seats.

13/11/1923, Tuesday (-7,847) In Italy, Mussolini introduced a Bill giving women the vote.

11/11/1923, Sunday (-7,849)

9/11/1923. Friday (-7,851) The Munich beer hall putsch marked the start of Hitler�s rise to power in Germany. This putsch against the Bavarian Government failed and Hitler was arrested on 11/11/1923 in a village outside Munich and imprisoned.Hitler then spent several months in prison in Landsberg Am Lech, Bavaria, where he dictated part of his Mein Kampf to Rudolf Hess.

6/11/1923, Tuesday (-7,854) (Clothing) The Schick dry shaver the first practical electric shaver, was patented.

4/11/1923, Sunday (-7,856) Alfred Heineken, brewer and businessman, was born.

1/11/1923, Thursday (-7,859) Victoria de los Angeles, soprano singer, was born (died 14/1/2005).


31/10/1923, Wednesday (-7,860) A severe heatwave began at Marble Bar, Western Australia. It lasted for 160 days, with temperatures rising to 37.8 C (100F).

30/10/1923, Tuesday (-7,861) Andrew Bonar-Law, Canadian-born UK Prime Minister, died.

29/10/1923. Monday (-7,862) Mustapha Kemal proclaimed Turkey a Republic and himself as its first President, called Kemal Ataturk.

27/10/1923, Saturday (-7,864) French troops occupied Bonn and Wiesbaden.

24/10/1923, Wednesday (-7,867) Sir Robin Day, TV interviewer, was born this day.

23/10/1923, Tuesday (-7,868) A Communist uprising occurred in Hamburg.

22/10/1923, Monday (-7,869) Communists in Hamburg led by Ernst Thalmann were secretly called on to mobilise.

21/10/1923, Sunday (-7,870) The world�s first planetarium opened, in Munich.

18/10/1923, Thursday (-7,873) Eileen Sheridan, champion cyclist, was born.

16/10/1923, Tuesday (-7,875) General Francisco Franco of Spain, aged 30, married Maria del Carmen Polo y Martinez Valdez, aged 23, in Oviedo.

12/10/1923. Friday (-7,879) The Turkish capital was officially moved from Istanbul to Ankara.

11/10/1923, Thursday (-7,880) The German Mark reached 10,000 million to the UK Pound.

10/10/1923. Wednesday (-7,881) Rhodesia, formerly administered by the British South African Company, became a self-governing British colony.

8/10/1923, Monday (-7,883)

5/10/1923, Friday (-7.,886) Jock Stein, footballer, was born (died 11/9/1985).

4/10/1923, Thursday (-7,887) Charlton Heston, US actor, was born

3/10/1923, Wednesday (-7,888)

1/10/1923, Monday (-7,890) The German mark reached 242,000,000 to the US$


30/9/1923, Sunday (-7,891) A German uprising in Dusseldorf against French occupation of The Ruhr.

29/9/1923. Saturday (-7,892) The British mandate in Palestine officially began.

28/9/1923. Friday (-7,893) (1) Ethiopia joined the League of Nations.

(2) The Radio Times was first published.

27/9/1923. Thursday (-7,894) Martial law was proclaimed in Germany, under Article 48 of the Constitution.

22/9/1923, Saturday (-7,899)

17/9/1923, Monday (-7,904) Hank Williams, musician, was born.

15/9/1923, Saturday (-7,906) As the German economy deteriorated, the German Bank Rate was raised to 90%.

14/9/1923, Friday (-7,907) In Spain, Miguel Primo de Rivera became dictator, ruling under King Alfonso XIII.

12/9/1923, Wednesday (-7,909) The garrison at Barcelona mutinied. In response, General Primo, with the approval of King Alfonso XIII, suspended the constitution and instituted a military government.

10/9/1923. Monday (-7,911) (Ireland) The Irish Free State was admitted to the League of Nations.

9/9/1923, Sunday (-7,912) (Medical) Daniel Carleton Gajdusek was born in Yonkers, New York, USA. In 1966 he succeeded in transferring kuru, a disease of the central nervous system thought to be spread by cannibalism, to chimpanzees. This was the first time a viral disease of the central nervous system had been transferred from humans to another species.

8/9/1923, Saturday (-7,913)

6/9/1923, Thursday (-7,915) King Peter of Yugoslavia was born.

5/9/1923, Wednesday (-7,916) (Aviation) Sadi Lecointe, France, set a new aviation altitude record of 35,242 feet.

4/9/1923. Tuesday (-7,917) Birth of Birmingham politician Lord Howell, Britain�s first Minister for Sport.

3/9/1923, Monday (-7,918) The US recognised the Mexican government.

2/9/1923, Sunday (-7,919) Hitler fiercely denounced the Weimar Republic.

1/9/1923. Saturday (-7,920) (Earthquake, Japan) An earthquake magnitude 7.9 in Japan left the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama in ruins and killed over 300,000 people. The epicentre was just outside Tokyo. Half of Tokyo�s houses were destroyed, a million of its people made homeless, and 132,807 killed in Tokyo alone. Altogether 143,000 died and 2.5 million were made homeless.


31/8/1923. Friday (-7,921) Italy seized the Greek island of Corfu. This followed an incident in which an Italian General and 4 members of his staff were shot whilst determining the Albanian-Greek border on 27/8/1923.Mussolini saw the incident as a national insult.Greece appealed to the League of Nations on 3/9/1923, and under pressure from France and the UK, Italy withdrew from Corfu on 27/9/1923.Greece was compelled to pay a considerable indemnity to Italy.

29/8/1923, Wednesday (-7,923) British film director and actor Sir David Attenborough was born.

27/8/1923, Monday (-7,925) (Ireland) In Irish elections, Cumann na nGaedheal won 63 seats; the anti-Treaty Republicans won 44 seats.

23/8/1923, Thursday (-7,929) The last Allied troops left Istanbul..

22/8/1923, Wednesday (-7,930 (Aviation)) Maiden flight of the Witteman-LewisXNBL-1. This long-range bomber was then the world�s largest plane.

21/8/1923, Tuesday (-7,931) In London, a 7-week dockworkers strike ended.

19/8/1923, Sunday (-7,933)

17/8/1923. Friday (-7,935) The defence treaty between Japan and the UK (see 30/1/1902 and 23/8/1914) was replaced by a four power agreement between the USA, France, Japan, and the UK.

16/8/1923, Thursday (-7,936) (Jewish) Shimon Peres, Prime Minister of Israel 1984-86, was born in Poland.

15/8/1923, Wednesday (-7,937) (Ireland) Eamon de Valera was arrested by Irish Free State troops; released 16/7/1924.

14/8/1923, Tuesday (-7,938)

13/8/1923. Monday (-7,939) (Turkey) Mustapha Kemal, (Ataturk), was elected President of Turkey.

12/8/1923, Sunday (-7,940) Streseman became German Chancellor.

11/8/1923, Saturday (-7,941)

10/8/1923, Friday (-7,942) (Germany) Civil unrest began in Germany; strikes and riots, until 13/8/1923.

9/8/1923, Thursday (-7,943) (Ireland) In Ireland, the 1923 Land Law Act, introduced by Agriculture Minister Paul Hogan, reformed landholdings in favour of tenants. This Act completed the work of William Gladstone, British Prime Minister, who in 1870 introduced legislation allowing tenant farmers to borrow two thirds of the price of buying their landholding from the government, to be repaid with interest over 35 years. Hogan�s Act made compulsory the sale of all land still owned by landlords. Rents fixed before 1911 were reduced by 35%, those fixed after 1911 by 30%. All rent arrears pre-1920 were cancelled and rent arrears post 1920 were reduced by 25%. Current sub-tenants were recognised as legitimate owners and further subdivision or subletting of land was made illegal.

7/8/1923, Tuesday (-7,945)

6/8/1923, Monday (-7,946) (Germany) In Germany, Gustav Stresemann was appointed Chancellor following the sudden resignation of Wilhelm Cuno. Stresemann formed a coalition Government.

5/8/1923, Sunday (-7,947) (Singapore) C V Devan Nair, President of Singapore, was born.

4/8/1923, Saturday (-7,948) (Rail Tunnel) The Otira Tunnel, New Zealand, 8.563 km long, opened on the Christchurch-Brunner line, South island.

3/8/1923, Friday (-7,949) (USA) John Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) became 30th (Republican) President of the USA, going on to win the election of 1924.He declined to stand for election in 1928 but retired, just before the Wall Street crash.

2/8/1923, Thursday (-7,950) (USA) Warren Harding, American Republican and 29th President from 1921, died in San Francisco on return from a trip to Alaska, aged 57.The remainder of his term was completed by Calvin Coolidge.

1/8/1923, Wednesday (-7,951) Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, was born in Shibuya, Tokyo (died 2000)


31/7/1923, Tuesday (-7,852) Jimmy Evert, US tennis coach (father of Chris Evert), was born in Chicago, Illinois (died 2015).

30/7/1923, Monday (-7,953) (Antarctic) The Ross Dependency in Antarctica was created, under New Zealand rule.

29/7/1923, Sunday (-7,954) Albert Einstein lectured in pacifism in Berlin.

28/7/1923, Saturday (-7,955) In Australia, New South Wales Premier Sir George Fuller ceremonially turned the first sod in the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

27/7/1923, Friday (-7,956) (Broadcasting) The BBC radio transmission station at Daventry opened.

26/7/1923, Thursday (-7,957) (Innovation, TV) John Logie Baird patented a system for transmitting pictures by �mechanical television�. The transmitter and receiver both had a spinning disc with 24 holes; pictures were sent by photoelectric cells. The principle was the same as making repeated static images �move� by rapidly flicking the pages of a book; the persistence of images in the human eye gives the illusion of motion. Unfortunately the picture quality was mediocre, the flickering gave viewers a headache, and the intense light needed to film anything was exhausting for the cast.

25/7/1923, Wednesday (-7,958) (Railway disasters) 100 killed in Bulgarian train crash.

24/7/1923. Tuesday (-7,959) (Turkey) The Treaty of Lausanne was signed. This restored Adrianople to Turkey after the Greco-Turkish was of 1923. Turkey regained the territories lost after World War One, including the eastern Aegean and Armenia.

20/7/1923, Friday (-7,963) Francisco �Pancho� Villa, Mexican revolutionary leader, born 1878, son of a farm worker, was shot dead. His killers were members of the Herrera family, four of whom Pancho had executed during the Revolution.

18/7/1923, Wednesday (-7,965) In Britain, the Matrimonial Causes Act gave women equality in divorce cases.

16/7/1923. Monday (-7,967) Mussolini banned gambling in Italy.

15/7/1923, Sunday (-7,968) Regular passenger flights between Moscow and Gorki (Nizhniy-Novgorod), 420 km, began.

13/7/1923, Friday (-7,970) Britain made sales of alcohol to under-18s illegal.

10/7/1923, Tuesday (-7,973) All non-Fascist Parties in Italy were abolished.

7/7/1923, Saturday (-7,976) (Innovation) John Harwood patented the first self-winding wristwatch. Self-winding watches already existed but they were bulky fob-watches. The concept was to use a small swinging weight to wind the timepiece.

2/7/1923, Monday (-7,981) London dock workers went on strike (until 21/8/1923).

1/7/1923, Sunday (-7,982) The German Mark reached 160,000 to the US$.Pre 1914 it had been 4.20; during 1922 the rate fell from 162 to over 7,000 to the US$.


30/6/1923. Saturday (-7,983) The Klu Klux Klan claimed to have a million members. Founded after Black slaves gained freedom in the American Civil War, it gradually widened its targets to include Jews, Catholics, foreigners; anyone not Protestant and White. It was disbanded in 1869 but revived in 1915, under its �imperial wizard�, a dentist called Hiram Evans.

22//6/1923, Friday (-7,991)

16/6/1923, Saturday (-7,997) Ronald Flockhart, motor racing champion, was born (died 12/4/1962).

15/6/1923. Friday (-7,998) Earthquake in Iran killed 20,000.

14/6/1923, Thursday (-7,999) ex-Prime Minister Stamboliski of Bulgaria was shot whilst trying to �escape�. On 9/6/1923 he had been ejected in a coup, after his policies had antagonised the military.

12/6/1923, Tuesday (-8,001) Fa�ade was performed at the Aeolian Hall, London. English poet Edith Sitwell recited her poems to William Walton�s accompanying music.

10/6/1923. Sunday (-8,003) (1) Switzerland and Liechtenstein formed a customs union.

(2) Robert Maxwell, newspaper owner, was born in Solotvino, eastern Czechoslovakia, as Ludvick Hoch (died 1991).

9/6/1923, Saturday (-8,004) In Italy, the Vatican ordered the Catholic Party to disband, and many of its members joined Mussolini�s Fascist party. The Catholic Party, or Partito Popolare Italiano (Italian People�s Party), had been formed in 1919;before then the Vatican had forbidden Catholics to vote. In Italian elections in 1919 and in 1921 the Catholic Party received 20% of the vote, second only to the Italian Socialist Party. Following Mussolini�s victory in 1922 Cardinal Gasparri, the Vatican�s Secretary of State, made a deal with Mussolini that the Catholic Church would support him; in return Mussolini would restore the historic privileges of the Catholic Church in Italy. In 1927 Mussolini was baptised as a Catholic, and in 1929 he signed the Lateran Treaty, making the Vatican a separate sovereign State. He also made Catholicism the State religion of Italy, and paid the Vatican 750 million lire as compensation for the Vatican�s loss of the ancient Papal States territory in Italy.

8/6/1923, Friday (-8,005) In the UK, wives were now allowed to divorce their husbands for adultery.

6/6/1923, Wednesday (-8,007)

4/6/1923, Monday (-8,009) In Spain, the Archbishop of Saragossa was murdered.

3/6/1923, Sunday ((-8,010) In Italy, Mussolini approved a Bill giving women the vote.


31/5/1923, Thursday (-8,013) Prince Ranier III, prince of the House of Grimaldi, was born in Monaco.

28/5/1923, Monday (-8,018) Gyorgy Ligeti, Hungarian composer, was born (died 2006).

27/5/1923. Sunday (-8,017) The inaugural first 24 hours of the Le Mans car race ended today.

26/5/1923, Saturday (-8,018) The annual Le Mans 24-hour race for sports cars was first held, on the Sarthe circuit. The winners, Andre Lagache and Rene Leonard, averaged 57.2 mph.

25/5/1923, Friday (-8,019) The State of Transjordan, now Jordan, became independent.

24/5/1923, Thursday (-8,020) Republicans opposed to the Anglo Irish Treaty of 1921 unconditionally surrendered to the Irish Free State Government, ending a period of civil conflict within Ireland.

23/5/1923, Wednesday (-8,021) (Aviation) Sabena airline Belgium, was set up.

22/5/1923. Tuesday (-8,022) Stanley Baldwin became Conservative Prime Minister after the resignation of Andrew Bonar Law due to illness. Baldwin was to serve as PM for three terms.See 23/10/1922.

20/5/1923, Sunday (-8,024) Bonar Law, UK Prime Minister, resigned due to illness.

15/5/1923, Tuesday (-8,029) Richard Avedon, photographer, was born.

11/5/1923, Friday (-8,033) (Education-schools) Stowe House public school, Buckinghamshire, opened.

8/5/1923, Tuesday (-8,036) Britain protested to Russia about their anti-British propaganda.

3/5/1923, Thursday (-8,041) The first nonstop flight across the USA was completed, after 27 hours in the air, when John McCready and Oakley Kelly landed in California.

2/5/1923, Wednesday (-8,042) The BBC radio programme �Woman�s Hour� began.

1/5/1923, Tuesday (-8,043) William Steel, footballer, was born (died 13/5/1982).


30/4/1923. Monday (-8,044) The US only permitted alcohol consumption on ships 3 miles or more out at sea.

29/4/1923, Sunday (-8,045) Irvin Kershner, film director, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (died 2010)

28/4/1923. Saturday (-8,046) The first major sporting event was held at Wembley Stadium; the FA Cup Final.

27/4/1923, Friday (-8,047) After the death of IRA Chief of Staff Liam Lynch (see 10/4/1923), Eamon de Valera called off his armed struggle against the Treaty that partitioned Ireland. Speaking to his Republican followers, termed �irregulars� or �rebels� by the Irish Free State Government, de Valera said �Further sacrifice of life would now be in vain. Military victory must be allowed for to rest for the moment with those who have destroyed the Republic�. The struggle had taken 4,000 lives and cost �30 million in damage to property. Republicans had regarded the entire State apparatus of the Free State government, courts, police, judges, illegal and therefore legitimate military targets. In turn the Free Government had reacted with a strong crackdown on the IRA.

26/4/1923, Thursday (-8,048) King George V, then the Duke of York, married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in Westminster Abbey.

24/4/1923, Tuesday (-8,050)

23/4/1923, Monday (-8,051) In Italy, the Catholic Party quit from Mussolini�s Government.

22/4/1923, Sunday (-8,052) Bettie Page, pin-up model, was born.

21/4/1923, Saturday (-8,053) John Mortimer, barrister, was born.

20/4/1923, Friday (-8,054)

19/4/1923, Thursday (-8,055) (USA) The Yankee Stadium, new York, opened.

18/4/1923, Wednesday (-8,056) Yankee Baseball Stadium opened in The Bronx, New York City. It was the first such building of its kind, and the name �stadium� was meant to hark back to ancient Greek athletic arenas.

15/4/1923, Sunday (-8,059)

13/4/1923, Friday (-8,061) Don Adams, actor, was born.

11/4/1923, Wednesday (-8,063) In Britain, the Conservative Government suffered a Commons defeat, by 145 votes to 138, on a motion on ex-servicemen.

10/4/1923, Tuesday (-8,064) Liam Lynch, head of the IRA, died in police custody after being wounded in fighting with Free State troops. See 27/4/1923.

3/4/1923, Tuesday (-8,071)

1/4/1923, Sunday (-8,073) Easter Sunday.


31/3/1923, Saturday (-8,074) Rioting German workers at the Krupps works in Essen in French-occupied Ruhr were shot by French troops.

30/3/1923, Friday (-8,075) Milton Acorn, poet / writer, born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada (died 1986).

29/3/1923, Thursday (-8,076) (Aviation) RL Maughan, USA, set a new aviation speed record of 236.59 mph.

28/3/1923, Wednesday (-8,077) The Italian Air Force was created.

27/3/1923, Tuesday (-8,078) (1) The astronomer and broadcaster Patrick Moore was born in Pinner.

(2) Sir James Dewar, Scottish scientist, inventor of the vacuum flask, died aged 80.

26/3/1923. Monday (-8,079) (1) The world�s first inter-urban motorway opened, in Italy. It was formally opened by the King of Italy on 21/9.1924. It ran from Milan to Varese and the Lombardy Lakes.

(2) Regular daily weather forecasts began to be broadcast on BBC radio. See 14/11/1922.

25/3/1923, Sunday (-8,080) (Astronomy) Kenneth Lynn Franklin was born in Alameda, California. In 1955 he and Burke detected radio emissions from Jupiter.

24/3/1923. Saturday (-8,081) The salt tax in India was restored.

23/3/1923, Friday (-8,082) Cutty Sark Scotch whisky was introduced.

22/3/1923, Thursday (-8,083) Marcel Marceau, mime artist, was born.

21/3/1923. Wednesday (-8,084) Scientists in Paris claimed smoking is beneficial.

18/3/1923, Sunday (-8,087)

15/3/1923, Thursday (-8,890) Fuad I was proclaimed King of Egypt.

14/3/1923. Wednesday (-8,891) The Allies recognised Vilna and East Galicia as Polish.

12/3/1923, Monday (-8,093) The foundation stone of the Australian Federal Parliament Building at Canberra was laid.

9/3/1923. Friday (-8,096) Vladimir Illitch Lenin retired from the Bolshevik leadership of the USSR because of a second stroke.

5/3/1922, Monday (-8,100) The US States of Nevada and Nevada introduced old age pensions.

4/3/1922, Sunday (-8,101) In the USA the �Teapot Dome� scandal emerged. Secretary of the Interior Albert B Fall resigned as a Senate Committee investigated alleged unlawful leasing of Government oil reserves and other matters. In 1929 Fall was sentenced to 1 year in prison, also fined.

3/3/1923. Saturday (-8,102) The US magazine Time was first published. Republican-leaning, the magazine was to condense the news for time-pressed Americans, and could be distributed by rail in a country with no true national newspaper.

2/3/1923, Friday (-8,103) (1) In Britain the Matrimonial Causes Bill, passed by 231 votes to 27, changed the inequality whereby a man could divorce his wife simply for adultery, but a woman had to prove cruelty or desertion as well.

(2) Cardinal Basil Hume, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster from 1976, was born.

1/3/1923, Thursday (-8,104) The Czechoslovak national airline, CSA, was set up.


28/2/1923, Wednesday (-8,105) Charles Durning, actor, was born.

24/2/1923, Saturday (-8,109) The Flying Scotsman train began scheduled 4-hour services between Kings Cross, London, and Edinburgh, at a record 100 mph.

22/2/1923, Thursday (-8,111) Bleddyn Williams, rugby player, was born.

21/2/1923, Wednesday (-8,112) In Italy the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Vincenzo Cardinal Vanutelli, said �Mussolini had been chosen to save the nation and restore her fortune.

17/2/1923. Saturday (-8,116) Tutankhamen�s tomb opened by the Egyptologist Howard Carter. Carter was born in Swaffham, Norfolk, on 9/5/1873, and joined the British � sponsored archaeological survey of Egypt at the age of 17. He died in London in 1939.

15/2/1923, Thursday (-8,118) (Aviation) Sadi Lecointe, France, set a new aviation speed record of 233.03 mph.

13/2/1923, Tuesday (-8,120) Charles �Chuck� Yeager, American pilot, first to fly at supersonic speed, was born.

12/2/1923, Monday (-8,121) Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film director, was born.

11/2/1923, Sunday (-8,122) A US intervention army left Honduras.

10/2/1923. Saturday (-8,123) William Konrad Von Roentgen, German physicist who discovered X rays in 1895, died.

9/2/1923, Friday (-8,124) The Soviet national airline, now called Aeroflot, was established; then known as Dobrolet.

5/2/1923, Monday (-8,128)

3/2/1923, Saturday (-8,130) (Ireland) Arson campaign began in the Irish Free State.

2/2/1923, Friday (-8,131) (Australia) In Australia, Prime Minister Hughes was forced to resign. Stanley Bruce formed a coalition Government from the Nationalist and Country Parties.

1/2/1923. Thursday (-8,132) Inflation in Germany continued; �1 was now worth 220,000 Marks. On 2/1/1922 �1 had been worth 30,000 Marks.


31/1/1923, Wednesday (-8.133) Hungary was admitted to the League of Nations.

30/1/1923, Tuesday (-8,134) Arthur Kinnaird, footballer, died (born 16/2/1847).

27/1/1923. Saturday (-8,137) The German Nazi Party held its first rally, in Munich.

20/1/1923, Saturday (-8,144) All US troops withdrawn from Germany.

19/1/1923, Friday (-8,145) Jean Stapleton, actress, was born.

17/1/1923, Wednesday (-8,146)

15/1/1923, Monday (-8,148) Lithuania seized Memel from the occupying Allied forces.

14/1/1923, Sunday (-8,150) Fascist voluntary militia officially approved in Italy.

13/1/1923, Saturday (-8,151) The US Senate agreed to take in 25,000 Armenian orphans.

12/1/1923 Friday (-8,152) Germany protested at the occupation of the Ruhr (see 11/1/1923) and ceased all coal reparations shipments to France.The French erected customs posts and economically divided the region from the rest of Germany.This was a serious blow to the German economy, especially after the loss of the industrial Upper Silesia to Poland.The resultant economic disruption hit the German economy and its currency began to collapse.See 31/7/1925.

11/1/1923. Thursday (-8,153) (1) Germany defaulted on reparations payments (see 26/12/1922), and French and Belgian troops occupied Essen and The Ruhr.

(2) Constantine, King of the Hellenes, died of a brain haemorrhage in Palermo (born 2/8/1868).

10/1/1923, Wednesday (-8,154) The last US troops left Germany.

9/1/1923. Tuesday (-8,155) Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand author, died aged 34.

8/1/1923, Monday (-8,156) John Wardle, cricketer, was born (died 23/7/1985).

3/1/1923, Wednesday (-8,161) Death of Czech satirical writer Jaroslav Hasek.

1/1/1923, Monday (-8,163) (1) Britain�s railways were regrouped according to the Railways Act of 1921. The railways had been nationalised during the War, but ambitious plans for electrification and redevelopment had been abandoned in favour foa return to private ownership. However the multiple overlapping companies of pre-War Britain were now organised into four regional monopolies, the Great Western, the London and North Western, the London and North eastern, and the Southern.

(2) A French pilot set a new air speed record of 217 mph.

(3) 100 acres of Ken Wood Estate were bought for the nation to extend Hampstead Heath.


30/12/1922. Saturday (-8,165) Soviet Russia was officially renamed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or USSR.

28/12/1922, Thursday (-8,167) Stan Lee, comics artist who created Spiderman and The Incredible Hulk, was born.

24/12/1922, Sunday (-8,171) (Broadcasting) The first play written for radio, The Truth About Father Christmas, was broadcast by the BBC.

23/12/1922, Saturday (-8,172) Birth of Helmut Schmidt, German Chancellor.

22/12/1922, Friday (-8,173) (USA) New York�s last horse-drawn fire engine was taken out of service.

20/12/1922, Wednesday (-8,175)

17/12/1922, Sunday (-8,178) The last British troops left Dublin.

16/12/1922, Saturday (-8,179) The Reparation Commission accused Germany of intentional shortfalls in wood and coal deliveries to France.See 11/1/1923.

15/12/1922, Friday (-8,180) Franco-Canadian trade agreement signed.

14/12/1922, Thursday (-8,181) Royal Dutch Shell struck oil near Lake Maracaibo.

13/12/1922, Wednesday (-8,182) Hannes Hafstein, Prime Minister of Iceland, died.

10/12/1922, Sunday (-8,185)

8/12/1922, Friday (-8,187) Lucian Freud, artist, was born

7/12/1922, Thursday (-8,188) The Northern Ireland Parliament voted against inclusion in the Irish Free State.

6/12/1922, Wednesday (-8,189) In Ireland. Tim Healy was appointed Governor-General.

5/12/1922. Tuesday (-8,190) The Irish Free State was officially proclaimed. The last British troops left on 17/12/1922.

1/12/1922, Friday (-8,195) Jozef Pilsudski, President of Poland, resigned.


28/11/1922. Tuesday (-8,197) First skywriting achieved.

27/11/1922, Monday (-8,198) Demetrio Castillo Duany, 66, Cuban revolutionary, soldier and politician, died.

26/11/1922. Sunday (-8,199) (1) The tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen was discovered by Howard Carter and his patron, Lord Carnarvon.

(2) Birth of the American cartoonist Charles Schultz. At an arts instruction school in St Paul, Minnesota, Schultz asked fellow student Charlie Brown if he could use his name . He also used Brown�s moon-face looks to create the friendly loser-kid in the comic strip Peanuts, which featured in some 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries, translated into 21 languages. Schultz died in Santa Rosa, California, in 2000.

25/11/1922, Saturday (-8,200) The Italian Parliament granted Mussolini temporary emergency powers to force through reforms.

24/11/1922, Friday (-8,201) In the Irish Free State, leading Republican Erskine Childers was executed for possession of a firearm.

23/11/1922, Thursday (-8,202) Lord Carnarvon arrived in Egypt to see the archaeological excavations he was funding..

22/11/1922, Wednesday (-8,203) Wilhelm Cuno succeeded Wirth as German Chancellor.

21/11/1922. Tuesday (-8,204) Ramsay MacDonald was elected leader of the Labour Party.

20/11/1922, Monday (-8,205) John Leach, table tennis champion, was born.

19/11/1922, Sunday (-8,206) Unemployed hunger marchers demonstrated in Trafalgar Square in London.

18/11/1922, Saturday (-8,207) Marcel Proust, writer, died.

17/11/1922, Friday (-8,208) Siberia voted for union with the USSR.

16/11/1922. Thursday (-8,209) In Britain, the Tories under Bonar Law won the General Election with a majority of 77. The Conservatives got 345 seats. Labour won 142 to become the main opposition party for the first time, and the Liberals had 117 seats.

15/11/1922, Wednesday (-8,210) Marcel Proust, French writer, died aged 51.

14/11/1922. Tuesday (-8,211) The British Broadcasting Corporation began daily news broadcasts from 2LO in The Strand, London. This had formerly been Marconi�s London broadcasting station. At 6pm the news was read by Arthur Burrows, once at normal speed and once at slow speed. See 14/2/1922, 18/10/1922 and 26/3/1923.

13/11/1922, Monday (-8,212) Charles Bronson, US actor, was born.

12/11/1922, Sunday (-8,213) Italy formally annexed Libya.

11/11/1922, Saturday (-8,214) Kurt Vonnegut Jr, science fiction writer, was born.

10/11/1922, Friday (-8,215)

8/11/1922, Wednesday (-8,217) Dr Christian Barnard, South African surgeon who pioneered heart transplants, was born in Beaufort West, Cape Province.

7/11/1922. Tuesday (-8,218) In US Congressional elections, the Republican majority was reduced.

4/11/1922, Saturday (-8,221) Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered a stairway near the tomb of Ramses II. Excavations now halted until Howard�s financial backer, Lord Carnarvon, arrived.

1/11/1922. Wednesday (-8,224) (1) Mustafa Kemal announced a new Turkish Republic.

(2) The first radio licences went on sale in Britain. They cost 10 shillings (50p). They were abolished on 1/2/1971. Some people built their own radios; others bought them from the BBC, costing between �2 and �4, with headphones.


31/10/1922, Tuesday (-8,225) (1) Mussolini�s supporters organised a mass rally in Rome.

(2) Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, was born.

30/10/1922. Monday (-8,226) Benito Mussolini took power in Italy.

29/10/1922, Sunday (-8,227) King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy invited Mussolini to travel to Rome from Milan to form a government. Mussolini�s Fascist Party had been founded in March 1919, and was dissolved on 28/7/1943.

28/10/1922, Saturday (-8,228) King Victor Emmanuel III refused the request of Prime Minister Luigi Facta to declare martial law, on advice from generals that the army might disobey orders to fire on the Fascists. The king instead invited Mussolini to come to Rome to discuss the political situation.

27/10/1922, Friday (-8,229) A referendum in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) decided against a union with South Africa.

26/10/1922, Thursday (-8,230) King George V dissolved parliament and called new elections for November 15.

25/10/1922, Wednesday (-8,231) The last Japanese troops left Vladivostok.With all anti-Bolshevik forces gone, Soviet rule was established there.

24/10/1922, Tuesday (-8,232) (1) A mass rally of 40,000 Fascists at Naples.

(2) George Cadbury, English chocolate manufacturer and social reformer, died in Birmingham aged 83.

23/10/1922, Monday (-8,233) A Bonar Law became UK Conservative Prime Minister, succeeding Austin Chamberlain.He was replaced by Stanley Baldwin on 22/5/1923, becoming the shortest term of office in the 20th century.

22/10/1922, Sunday (-8,234) Lyman Abbott, US author, died (born 18/12/1835)

21/10/1922, Saturday (-8,235) Juan Bautista Vicini Burgos became the provisional president of the Dominican Republic as the U.S. administration of the country formally ended.

20/10/1922, Friday (-8,236) Lieutenant Harold Harris became the first person to avoid death by using a parachute in a real emergency.

19/10/1922, Thursday (-8,237) At the Carlton Club Meeting, in Britain, the Tories decided to quit the coalition with the Liberals.

18/10/1922. Wednesday (-8,238) The BBC, the British Broadcasting Company, was officially formed, at Marconi House, The Strand, London (2LO). See 14/11/1922.

17/10/1922, Tuesday (-8,239) Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, was born in Montreal, Quebec (died 2012)

16/10/1922, Monday (-8,240) (Railway Tunnels) The world�s longest main-line railway tunnel, the Simplon II under the Alps, 21 km, was completed after four years work.

13/10/1922, Friday (-8,243) (Greece-Turkey) The Armistice of Mudanya ended the Greek-Turkish War. Relations between Ankara and the Allies were settled, and the Allies now allowed Turkish troops to enter Istanbul.

8/10/1922, Sunday (-8,248) Nils Liedholm, Swedish footballer, was born.

7/10/1922, Saturday (-8,249) The first woman senator was sworn in in the USA.

6/10/1922. Friday (-8,250) Alcohol was banned on all US ships in port.


27/9/1922. Tuesday (-8,260) Following Greece�s defeat in Turkey, King Constantine abdicated (see more at 18/3/1913). He was succeeded by King George II.

18/9/1922. Monday (-8,268) Hungary applied to join the League of Nations.

13/9/1922, Wednesday (-8,273) (Climate) A record temperature of 58 C, or 136.4 F, was recorded at El Azizia, Libya.

11/9/1922. Monday (-8,275) (Jewish) The British Mandate in Palestine began; Britain took over rule from the Ottoman Turks.

10/9/1922, Sunday (-8,276) (USA) Bernard Bailyn, US historian, was born.

9/9/1922, Saturday (-8,277) (1) (Turkey) The Turkish Army entered Smyrna, and its Christians fled in chaos.Central Smyrna was burnt on 13/9/1922.

(2) (Ireland) The Irish Dail, meeting under heavy guard, elected William T Cosgrave as President, to succeed Arthur Griffith.

8/9/1922, Friday (-8,278) Sid Caesar, comedian, was born.

7/9/1922, Thursday (-8,279)

5/9/1922, Tuesday (-8,281) (Aviation) American aviator James Doolittle made the first coast to coast flight across the USA, taking 21 hours 19 minutes.

4/9/1922, Monday (-8,282) (Germany, Poland) Silesia voted to remain with Prussia.

1/9/1922, Friday (-8,285)


30/8/1922, Wednesday (-8,287) Lionel Murphy, Australian Judge, was born.

26/8/1922. Saturday (-8,291) Turkey began an offensive against Greece to recover land lost after World War One. The Russian government was sending military aid to Turkey. On 9/9/1922 Greece lost Smyrna, ending its presence on the eastern Aegean coast. Turkish forces now threatened British forces occupying the southern Dardanelles at Chanak; the British government authorised an ultimatum to Turkey, but the local British commander delayed its delivery until local Turkish agreement to respect the British zone had been secured.As the Greek Army retreated it burnt Turkish towns.

25/8/1922, Friday (-8,292) William T Cosgrave became head of the provisional government of the Irish Free State, replacing Arthur Griffith who died of a brain haemorrhage on 12/8/1922.

24/8/1922. Thursday (-8,293) Arabs at Nablus rejected the British Mandate for Palestine.

22/8/1922, Tuesday (-8,295) Michael Collins, 31, Prime Minister of the Provisional Irish Government, was killed in a Republican ambush in west Cork.

16/8/1922, Wednesday (-8,301) Peter I of Yugoslavia died at 77, and was succeeded by his 33-year old son, Alexander I.

15/8/1922, Tuesday (-8,302) End of a coal strike in the USA (began 1/4/1922).

14/8/1922, Monday (-8,303) Lord Alfred Harmsworth, British newspaper publisher who launched the London Evening News, Daily Mirror, and The Times, died.

12/8/1922, Saturday (-8,305) Arthur Griffith, President of the Dail of the Irish Free State, died unexpectedly.

6/8/1922, Sunday (-8,311) Freddie Laker, British airline operator, was born.

4/8/1922, Friday (-8,313) Fighting in Italy between Fascists and Socialists in several cities; disturbances continued until 8/8/1922.

2/8/1922. Wednesday (-8,315) Death of Alexander Graham Bell, aged 75, at his home near Baddock, Nova Scotia. He was born on 3/3/1847 and patented the telephone on 7/3/1876. Many others had been working on the idea of sending speech by wire but Bell was the first to succeed. With his assistant Thomas Walsop, Bell began making improvements to the telegraph system, and formed the Bell Telephone Company in 1872. Bell also invented the photophone transmission of sound, precursor of fibre-optics, as well as techniques of teaching speech to the deaf.

1/8/1922, Tuesday (-8.316) Britain distributed the Balfour Note to the rest of the Allies, stating that Britain would only attempt to recover from its European debtors the same amount as the US was seeking to recover from Britain as a War Loan. This placed the burden of moral responsibility for war damages squarely on the USA.


31/7/1922, Monday (-8,317) General Strike in Italy began in protest at the weakness of the State in the face of Fascist agitators. Fascists used the Strike as a pretext to seize power on several cities, including Milan and Genoa.

30/7/1922, Sunday (-8,318) Anti-Treaty rebels in Ireland occupied Tipperary; Irish National troops recaptured it.

29/7/1922. Saturday (-8,319) The Allies forbade Greece to occupy Constantinople.

28/7/1922, Friday (-8,320) Jacques Picard, undersea explorer, was born.

18/7/1922, Tuesday (-8,330)

14/7/1922, Friday (-8,334) French President Millerand escaped an assassination attempt.

13/7/1922, Thursday (-8,335) Montenegro joined Yugoslavia.

12/7/1922, Wednesday (-8,336) Michael Ventris, scholarly writer, was born.

11/7/1922, Tuesday (-8,337)

9/7/1922, Sunday (-8,339) At Alamed, California, USA, Johnny Weismuller became the first person to swim 100 metres in under 1 minute.

7/7/1922, Friday (-8,341) Pierre Cardin, fashion designer, was born.

2/7/1922, Sunday (-8,346) Ralph Samuelson, 18, used the first water skis which he had invented at Lake Pepin, Minnesota.


28/6/1922, Wednesday (-8,350) Irish Free State forces began bombarding the Four Courts. This event marks the start of the Irish Civil War.

24/6/1922, Saturday (-8,354) German Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau, aged 54, was murdered by anti-Semitic nationalists.

22/6/1922, Thursday (-8,356) Marshall Sir Henry Wilson, former chief of the General Staff and an Irishman, was shot dead by IRA gunmen, acting without IRA authority. Sir Wilson had been in favour of a British reoccupation of Ireland.

16/6/1922, Friday (-8,362) In the first elections in the Irish Free State, pro-Treaty Sinn Fein won 58 seats, anti-treaty Sinn Fein won 36 seats, and others took 34 seats.

15/6/1922, Thursday (-8,363) Alan Hunter, author, was born (died 26/2/2005).

12/6/1922, Monday (-8,366) (1) The Mallory expedition succeeded in getting within 3,200 feet of the summit of Everest.

(2) Insulin, the treatment for diabetes, was patented by Frederick Banting. See 27/7/1921 and 24/7/1925.

10/6/1922, Saturday (-8,368) Judy Garland, US actress, was born.

5/6/1922, Monday (-8,373) Jack Hale, champion swimmer, was born in Hull.

2/6/1922, Friday (-8,376) Denis Horgan, athletics (shot put), died (born 18/5/1871).


31/5/1922, Wednesday (-8,378) (Ireland) The Royal Ulster Constabulary was formed.

30/5/1922, Tuesday (-8,379) (Sea-Canal) The P&O liner Egypt sank off Ushant after a collision.

29/5/1922. Monday (-8,380) Minimum postage for letters reduced to 1 � d.

28/5/1922, Sunday (-8,381)

27/5/1922, Saturday (-8,382) Christopher Lee, English actor, was born.

26/5/1922, Friday (-8,383) (Chemistry) Ernest Solvay, Belgian chemist, died in Brussels.

25/5/1922, Thursday (-8,384) Lenin was disabled my a major stroke.

24/5/1922, Wednesday (-8,385) Russia signed a trade agreement with Italy.

22/5/1922, Monday (-8,387)

19/5/1922, Friday (-8,390) In Russia the Young Pioneer Movement was established as an equivalent to the Boy Scouts.

17/5/1922, Wednesday (-8,392) English racing car driver Dorothy Levitt died aged 40.

15/5/1922. Monday (-8,394) Germany ceded Upper Silesia to Poland.

14/5/1922, Sunday (-8,395) William Abraham, British Labour politician from south Wales (born 1842) died.

12/5/1922, Friday (-8,397) Roy Salvadori, motor racing champion, was born.

10/5/1922. Wednesday (-8,399) Dr Ivy Williams became the first woman to be called to the English Bar.

3/5/1922, Wednesday (-8,406) Len Shackleton, footballer, was born.

2/5/1922, Tuesday (-8,407) Harry Whittle, athlete (hurdles0, was born (died 11/5/1990)


22/4/1922, Saturday (-8,417) Charles Mingus, musician, was born.

16/4/1922. Sunday (-8,423) (France/Germany, Russia) Easter Sunday. Germany restored relations with the USSR, signing the Second Treaty of Rapallo. Secretly, the USSR agreed to let Germany build and test weapons in Soviet territory that were forbidden within Germany under the Treaty of Versailles.

13/4/1922, Thursday (-8,426) In Dublin, anti-Treaty Republicans seized the Four Courts

10/4/1922, Monday (-8,429) Detroit firemen used horse-drawn fire-fighting rigs for the last time.

7/4/1922, Friday (-8,432) (Aviation) The first collision between airliners. A Farman Goliath operated by French airline Grands Express flew into the path of a Daimler Airways DH 18 over Foix, northern France.

5/4/1922, Wednesday (-8,434) Thomas Finney, footballer, was born.

4/4/1922, Tuesday (-8,435) In Brussels, Armand Jeanns was sentenced to death for betraying nurse Edith Cavell to the Germans.

3/4/1922, Monday (-8,436) (Russia) Stalin was appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party.

2/4/1922, Sunday (-8,437) (Aviation) Jack Sanderson became the world�s first airline steward, on the London-Paris route.

1/4/1922, Saturday (-8,438) Ex-Emperor Charles of Hungary died in Madeira (see 29/10/1921).


31/3/1922, Friday (-8,439) In Britain, the Irish Free State Bill received the Royal Assent.

24/3/1922. Friday (-8,446) Only 3 of the 32 horses in the Grand National finished the race.

21/3/1922. Tuesday (-8,449) (Railways) Queen Mary opened the new Waterloo Station, London.

20/3/1922. Monday (-8,450) President Harding recalled US troops from the Rhineland.

18/3/1922. Saturday (-8,452) (India) Ghandi was jailed for 6 years for civil disobedience.

15/3/1922, Wednesday (-8,455) (Egypt) Britain abolished its protectorate over Egypt and recognised its independence. Ahmed Fuad became King of Egypt.

14/3/1922, Tuesday (-8,456) Socialists and Fascists clashed in Rome.

13/3/1922, Monday (-8,457)

12/3/1922, Sunday ( -8,458) (South Africa) White Nationalists seized control of The Rand, South Africa�s industrial area, in protest at job losses as Whites lost their jobs to cheaper Black labour.

11/3/1922, Saturday (-8,459) (India) Ghandi was arrested at Ahmedabad.

8/3/1922, Wednesday (-8,462) (Weather) 100 mph winds battered England�s south coast.

3/3/1922, Friday (-9,467) (Japan) Over 1,000 Japanese Burakumin (a hereditary class of social outcasts, who performed menial and despised tasks such as slaughterers, executioners and tanners) formed the Suiheisha, or National Levellers Association. They appealed for equal Human Rights in Japanese society. Their numbers grew to over 40,000, but they became notorious for kidnappings and mock trials of those believed to have discriminated against the Burakumin. Eventually growing Japanese Nationalism forced the Suiheisha to disband in 1940.

1/3/1922, Wednesday (-8,469) Russia signed a trade agreement with Sweden.


26/2/1922, Sunday (-8,472) Britain and France concluded a 20-year alliance.

25/2/1922, Saturday (-8,473) The French murderer Henri Landru, known as Bluebeard, was guillotined. He had killed 10 women after luring them to his flat by dating adverts in newspapers.

24/2/1922, Friday (-8,474) Richard Hamilton, English painter, was born (died 2011).

23/2/1922, Thursday (-8,475)

21/2/1922, Tuesday (-8,477) John Porter, champion jockey, died (born 2/3/1838).

20/2/1922, Monday (-8,478) Referendum in Vilna favoured joining Poland.

18/2/1922,Saturday (-8,480) The notorious Black and Tans were disbanded, following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. They had acquired ill repute for their brutal treatment of suspected IRA members.

15/2/1922. Wednesday (-8,483) (1) A cycle of reciprocal violence spread fear across Ireland, North and South. In Belfast Loyalists threw a bomb at a group of Catholic children, killing 6, in revenge for the murder of four policemen in Clones, County Monaghan. The IRA had launched a terrorist offensive in January 1922. In Belfast, Catholics bombed trams bound for the shipyards, where many Protestants worked.

(2) The first session of the Permanent Court of International Justice was held in The Hague, Netherlands.

14/2/1922. Tuesday (-8,484) Marconi began first regular radio broadcasts from England (Writtle, Essex). This invention had been patented by Marconi on 22/6/1896. See 14/11/1922.

13/2/1922, Monday (-8,485) Francis Pym, British politician, was born.

11/2/1922. Saturday (-8,487) Honduras became an independent Republic.

9/2/1922, Thursday (-8,489) James Laker, cricketer, was born (died 23/4/1986).

8/2/1925, Wednesday (-8,490) Jack Lemmon, actor and film director, was born.

7/2/1925, Tuesday (-8,491)

6/2/1922, Monday (-8,492) (1) The Limitation of Armaments Conference at Washington ended.

(2) Pope Pius XI acceded.

5/2/1922. Sunday (-8,493) The Readers Digest was first published, in the USA.

4/2/1922, Saturday (-8,494) Japan agreed to return the Shandong Peninsula to China, whilst retaining some mines and commercial interests.

3/2/1922, Friday (-8,495)

2/2/1922, Thursday (-8,496) First publication of Ulysses, by James Joyce.

1/2/1922, Wednesday (-8,497) Death of the Japanese statesman Yamagata Aritomo (born 14/6/1838). He played a key role in the rise of Japan as a military power in the early 20th century. He was Chief of Staff during the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-05. Because of this War he developed the �Plan of National Defence� in case of another war with either Russia or America. This Plan formed the basis of Japan�s entry into World War Two. Yamagata died in disgrace after public censure for meddling in the Crown Prince�s marriage.


31/1/1922, Tuesday (-8,498) In Germany, Walter Rathenau was appointed Foreign Minister.

24/1/1922, Tuesday (-8,505) Cornelius Franklin, footballer, was born in Stoke on Trent.

22/1/1922, Sunday (-8,507) Pope Benedict XV (258th Pope) died. Pope Pius XI (259th Pope) acceded 6/2/1922 (died 1939)

21/1/1922, Saturday (-8,508) The Irish Parliament approved the Free State Treaty.

17/1/1922, Tuesday (-8,512) Betty White, actress, was born.

15/1/1922, Sunday (-8,514) (1) In France, Raymond Poincare formed a Government in France, following Aristide Briand�s resignation on 12//1/1903.

(2) A provisional Irish Free State Government was formed.

14/1/1922, Saturday (-8,515) (Italy) Antonino Gullotti, Italian Christian Democrat politician, was born/

13/1/1922, Friday (-8,516) At a conference at Cannes, the Allies agreed to postpone Germany�s reparation payments.

12/1/1922, Thursday (-8,517) The UK Government declared an amnesty for Irish political prisoners. See 8/11/1924.

11/1/1922, Wednesday (-8,518) Leonard Thompson became the first patient to be treated with insulin for his diabetes, at Toronto General Hospital. He lived for another 13 years before dying of pneumonia at age 27.

10/1/1922, Tuesday (-8,519) Arthur Griffith was elected President of the newly formed Irish Free State.

9/1/1922, Monday (-8,520) In Ireland, de Valera, who opposed the Treaty, resigned as President of the Dail (Parliament).

8/1/1922, Sunday (-8,521) Jan Nieuwenhuys, Dutch painter, was born.

7/1/1922, Saturday (-8,522) The Irish Dail voted 64 votes 57 to accept the Anglo-Irish Treaty, see 6/12/1921.

6/1/1922, Friday, (-8,523) (Mathematics) Jakob Rosanes, Ukrainian-German mathematician, died.

5/1/1922. Thursday (-8,524) The British explorer Ernest Shackleton died on the island of South Georgia. He was on an expedition to Enderby Land, Antarctica.

4/1/1922, Wednesday (-8,525) (Britain) 80 acres of Hartlepool devastated by a major fire.

3/1/1922, Tuesday (-8,526) Siegmund Nissel, German musician, was born.

2/1/1922. Monday (-8,527) As inflation soared in Germany, �1 bought over 30,000 German Marks. See 1/2/1923.

1/1/1922, Sunday (+8,528)


31/12/1921, Saturday (-8,529)

30/12/1921, Friday (-8,530) Kenneth Jones, rugby player, was born.

29/12/1921, Thursday (-8,531) MacKenzie King, Liberal Party, became Prime Minister of Canada.

25/12/1921, Sunday (-8,535) Ghandi organised a successful mass boycott of the Prince of Wales as he arrived in Calcutta.

22/12/1921, Thursday (-8,538) US Congress set aside US$ 20 million for food aid to starving children in the USSR. Famine in Russia claimed some 3 million lives. Russia was humiliated by having to accept US-organised food distribution within Russia itself. Subsequently, the Russians employed by the US food distributors came under Soviet Government suspicion and many were killed in future purges.

16/12/1921, Friday (-8,544) French composer and organist Camille Saint-Saens died aged 86.

15/12/1921. Thursday (-8,545) Germany sought a moratorium on reparations.

14/12/1921, Wednesday (-8,546) A (somewhat dubious) plebiscite resulted in the retention by Hungary of the Sopron district, which would otherwise have gone to Austria.

10/12/1921, Saturday (+8,550) Albert Einstein received the Nobel Prize for Physics, for his work on Relativity.

6/12/1921. Tuesday (-8,554) Under the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Britain granted the 26 counties of Southern Ireland dominion status within the Empire, as the Irish Free State. 6 of the 9 counties of Ulster remained part of the United Kingdom. Britain retained certain naval bases within Southern Ireland. See 7/1/1922 and 25/4/1938. Many Irish Republicans were outraged by this Treaty which they saw as a sell-out and this anger led to the Irish Civil War 1922-23.

1/12/1921, Thursday (-8,559) The US Navy airship Goodyear became the first such craft to fly using helium gas. This was much safer than hydrogen; however the gas was then only found within the US, and for military reasons its use was denied to other countries. Use of hydrogen in 1937 caused the Hindenburg airship disaster in 1937, and finally doomed airships as a means of transport.


29/11/1921, Tuesday (-8,561) London suffered a severe smog, with pollution so bad that inside cinemas on Stoke Newington the projector lamp could not illuminate the screen.

27/11/1921, Sunday (-8,563) Alexander Dubcek, Czechoslovak politician, was born in Uhrovek (died 1992)

25/11/1921. Friday (-8,565) Hirohito became Regent in Japan.

23/11/1921, Wednesday (-8,567) In the US, President Harding banned doctors from prescribing beer.

22/11/1921. Tuesday (-8,568) Britain recognised the independence of Afghanistan, under the Anglo-Afghan Treaty, signed by the Dobbs Mission in Kabul.

21/11/1921. Monday (-8,569) Troops were sent to quell rioting in Belfast.

17/11/1921, Thursday (-8,573) The Polish Constitution was established.

15/11/1921, Tuesday (-8,575) James Johnson, figure skating champion, died.

12/11/1921, Saturday (-8,578) The Limitation of Armaments Conference began in Washington.

11/11/1921, Friday (-8,579) The British Legion held its first Poppy Day.

10/11/1921, Thursday (-8,580) The US Marine Corps was founded.

9/11/1921, Wednesday (-8,581) Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.

7/11/1921, Monday (-8,583) Benito Mussolini, the 38 year old son of a blacksmith from the Romagna, became leader of the Italian National Fascist Party, with its 35 seats in Parliament. Black-shirted Fascist sqaudristi roamed the country disrupting Communist meetings.

5/11/1921, Saturday (-8,585) Reverend Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first woman ordained as a pastor, was born.

4/11/1921. Friday (-8,586) The German currency began to collapse.

3/11/1921, Thursday (-8,587) Charles Bronson, actor, was born.


29/10/1921, Saturday (-8,592) Ex-Emperor Charles was expelled from Hungary after he mounted a further failed coup bid; he moved to Madeira where he died on 1/4/1922.

25/10/1921, Tuesday (-8,596) King Michael of Romania was born, son of King Carol II.

23/10/1921. Sunday (-8,598) John Boyd Dunlop, who invented pneumatic tyres, died in Dublin, Ireland.

21/10/1921. Friday (-8,600) Anglo-Irish peace talks began.

20/10/1921, Thursday (-8,601) France recognised the Turkish Government in Ankara.

19/10/1921, Wednesday (-8,602) Portuguese PM Antonio Granjo was assassinated.

18/10/1921. Tuesday (-8,603) Russia granted independence to the Crimea.

17/10/1921, Monday (-8,604) Ludwig III, King of Bavaria, died.

15/10/1921, Saturday (-8,606)

14/10/1921, Friday (-8,607) (Germany) Demolition of the great fortress of Heligoland was completed.

13/10/1921, Thursday (-8,608) (Russia, Turkey)Turkey, Russia, and the Caucasian Republics signed a treaty in Kars.Turkey retained Kars, Ardahan, and Artvin, and Russia took Batum.

12/10/1921, Wednesday (-8,609) (Germany, Poland) The Council of the League of Nations awarded the upper two thirds of Silesia to Poland (along with most of its coal mines and steelworks). Germany reluctantly accepted the decision.

11/10/1921, Tuesday (-8,610) (Ireland) The first Republican Court sat in Dublin

10/10/1921, Monday (-8,611) (India) Ghandi set fire to a large pile of foreign-made clothing in Mumbai.

8/10/1921, Saturday (-8,613)

5/10/1921, Wednesday (-8,616) World Series baseball games received radio coverage for the first time. Many more fans could now follow the game, increasing its popularity.

4/10/1921. Tuesday (-8,617) League of Nations rejected Russian entry.

2/10/1921, Sunday (-8,619) Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury 1980-1991, was born (died 2000).


30/9/1921. Friday (-8,621) French troops pulled out of the Ruhr.

27/9/1921, Tuesday (-8,724) German composer Engelbert Humperdinck died.

26/9/1921, Monday (-8,625) (Aviation) Sadi Lecointe, France, set a new aviation speed record of 205.24 mph.

25/9/1921, Sunday (-8,626) Sir Robert Muldoon, Prime Minister of New Zealand 1975-84, was born.

24/9/1921, Saturday (-8,627)

22/9/1921. Thursday (-8,629) The Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia joined the League of Nations.

21/9/1921, Wednesday (-8,630) (Germany) Large explosion at German factory near Mannheim; 2,000 killed or injured.

13/9/1921, Tuesday (-8,638)

11/9/1921, Sunday (-8,640) The Klu Klux Klan took control of a university faculty in Atlanta, Georgia, for the purposes of teaching �Americanism�.

10/9/1921. Saturday (-8,641) Completion of the first motorway (autobahn) in Germany. The 6 �mile (10 km) route ran from Grunwald, Berlin, to the suburb of Wannsee, was exclusively for motor vehicles, and had controlled limited access. It had been planned in September 1909 and was nearly complete when the outbreak of World War One delayed its completion. Intended to double as a motor racing track, it has a loop at either end where competitors could turn round without stopping. It had 2 carriageways 26 feet wide and a 26 feet wide grassed central reservation, and ten concrete flyovers spanned it. Known as the Avus Autobahn, it is still in use today as route 115.

9/9/1921, Friday (-8,642) Charlie Chaplin arrived at Waterloo Station, London, on the boat train from Southampton, to a rapturous welcome. He was staying at the Ritz Hotel, socially a million miles from his childhood days in Lambeth.

8/9/1921, Thursday (-8,643) Harry Secombe, Welsh actor and comedian, was born.

7/9/1921. Wednesday (-8,644) The first Miss America beauty contest was held in Atlantic City.The winner was 15 year old, blonde, Margaret Goorman, of Washington DC.

6/9/1921, Tuesday (-8,645) Five female councillors in Poplar faced jail for refusing to set a domestic rate (property tax). Labour-controlled Poplar, led by George Lansbury, objected to a central rate equalisation scheme which, it says, meant poor areas like Poplar paid more than wealthier areas.

4/9/1921, Sunday (-8,647)

1/9/1921, Thursday (-8,650) In the USA, the Klu Klux Klan now had over 4 million members.


31/8/1921, Wednesday (-8,651) The Trench Incline, Telford, linking the Shrewsbury Canal up to the Wombridge Canal, was closed.

30/8/1921, Tuesday (-8,652)

26/8/1921, Friday (-8,656) The former German Finance Minister, Mathias Erzberger, was assassinated by a nationalist gang.

25/8/1921. Thursday (-8,657) Peace treaty (Treaty of Berlin) signed between Germany and the USA.

24/8/1921. Wednesday (-8,658) An R38 airship crashed into the Humber at Hull, killing 44 of the 49 crew and passengers.

23/8/1921. Tuesday (-8,659) (1) The 1921 Census of Britain showed the population had increased by almost 2 million to 42,767,530. 7.4 million of these lived in London. War losses affected the total, but the loss due to emigration was greater. Women exceeded men by 2 million, much the same as in 1911.

(2) Emir Faisal was crowned King of Iraq with British consent. However he then asserted his independence from Britain, demanding independent nation status rather than British mandate status. In October 1921 a compromise was reached under which Iraq became independent but tied to Britain for the duration of the mandate, till 1930. After 1930 Iraq accepted a continued British presence at the airbases of Basra and Habbaniya, useful staging posts en route to India. Iraq remained a political client of Britain until 1958 when King Feisal II was overthrown in a coup.

20/8/1921, Saturday (-8.662)

19/8/1921, Friday (-8,663) Gene Roddenbury, TV producer, was born.

17/8/1921, Wednesday (-8,665) G R Elton, British historian, was born (died 1994)

16/8/1921. Tuesday (-8,666) (1) The Times exposed as a fake the �Protocols of the Elders of Zion�, which purported to be a manifesto for a Jewish conspiracy for world domination.

(2) (Yugoslavia) King Peter of Yugoslavia died at Belgrade. Peter�s son, Alexander I (1888-19340, for whom Peter had been Regent from 4/12/1918, became King, ruling until his death in 1934. Alexander I faced the impossible task of reconciling the Catholic and westernised Croats and Slovenes with the majority Balkan Orthodox Serbs, and continued outrages in Parliament led him to assume dictatorial powers in 1929.

15/8/1921. Monday (-8,667) Government control of Britain�s railways ended.

14/8/1921. Sunday (-8,668) De Valera rejected Dominion status for Ireland.

11/8/1921, Thursday (-8,671) Alex Hailey, US author of Roots, was born.

5/8/1921, Friday (-8,677) Mustafa Kemal became ruler of Turkey and Supreme Commander of the army.

4/8/1921, Thursday (-8,678) Lenin asked the world for help in overcoming the famine in Russia.

3/8/1921, Wednesday (-8,679) The first aerial crop spraying took place at Troy Ohio, to clear a catalpa grove infested with leaf caterpillars. Powdered arsenate of lead was sprayed over the trees. 99% of the insects were killed.

2/8/1921. Tuesday (-8,680) Death of the Italian tenor Enrico Caruso, whose funeral in Naples was attended by 50,000 people.


31/7/1921, Sunday (-8,682)

29/7/1921 Friday (-8,684) (Germany) Hitler became President of the National Socialist Party.

28/7/1921, Thursday (-8,,685) (India) The All-India Congress Party voted to boycott a visit to India by the Prince of Wales, and also urged a boycott of imported cloth.

27/7/1921. Wednesday (-8,686) (Medical) Insulin was isolated by Dr Frederick Banting at the University of Toronto medical School, helped by his assistant Charles Best, and tested on a de-pancreatised dog the same day. It was first used successfully on a human on 11/1/1922. See 12/6/1922.

26/7/1921, Tuesday (-8,687)

23/7/1921. Saturday (-8,690) (China) The first congress of the Chinese Communist Party was held in Beijing.

22/7/1921, Friday (-8,691) (Ireland) A truce was called in the �Troubles� in Ireland.

21/7/1921, Thursday (-8,692) (Morocco) The Spanish army was defeated by Moroccan nationalists at Annual.The Spanish sustained over 12,000 casualties.Adb-E-Krim, nationalist leader, was eventually defeated by a Franco-Spanish force in 1926. Abd E Krim was held on the island of Reunion till 1947 but was then given permission to live in France.However he succeeded in escaping to Egypt where he became an inspiration to Arab nationalism generally.

19/7/1921, Tuesday (-8,694)

18/7/1921, Monday (-8,695) (Space exploration) John Glenn, US astronaut and first man to orbit the Earth, was born in Cambridge, Ohio.

17/7/1921, Sunday (-8,696) (Medical) Alick Isaacs was born. In 1957, along with Jean Lindenmann, he discovered interferons, chemicals produced by the human body to fight viruses.

14/7/1921, Thursday (-8,699) Leon Garfield, children�s writer, was born.

11/7/1921. Monday (-8,702) (1) (Ireland) The British Government and Sinn Fein agreed a truce.

(2) (Iraq) The Iraqi Council of State unanimously voted for Faisal to be King.

10/7/1921. Sunday (-8,703) (Mongolia) Mongolia declared its independence as a People�s Republic, becoming the world�s second Communist state after Russia.

8/7/1921. Friday (-8,705) King George V opened the King George V Dock in east London.

6/7/1921, Wednesday (-8,707) Nancy Reagan, wife of President Reagan, was born as Nancy Davis.

1/7/1921, Friday (-8,712) Britain passed the Safeguarding of Industries Act. This permitted the use of selective import tariffs to prevent dumping by foreign manufacturers.


29/6/1921, Wednesday (-8,714) Lady Randolph Churchill, American mother of Winston Churchill, died.

26/6/1921, Sunday (-8,717) In Italy, Prime Minister Giolitti fell. He was succeeded by Ivanoe Bonomi.

23/6/1921, Thursday (-8,720) Emir Faisal arrived at Basra, after an Iraqi plebiscite showed 96% approval for his appointment as King of Iraq.

22/6/1921, Wednesday (-8,721) The British Labour Party decided against affiliating with the Communists.

21/6/1921, Tuesday (-8,722) Jane Russell, US actress, was born.

17/6/1921, Friday (-8,726)

12/6/1921. Sunday (-8,731) Last Sunday deliveries by British postmen.

11/6/1921, Saturday (-8,732) Michael Meyer, English writer, was born.

10/6/1921, Friday (-8,733) Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was born on the Greek island of Corfu.

9/6/1921, Thursday (-8,734) Maria Luis Drago, Argentine statesman (born 6/5/1859 in Buenos Aires) died in Buenos Aires.

8/6/1921, Wednesday (-8,735) Sheila Ryan, US actress, was born.

7/6/1921, Tuesday (-8,736) The new Northern Ireland Parliament opened in Belfast. Sir James Craig was the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.

6/6/1921. Monday (-8,737) London�s Southwark Bridge was opened by King George V.

5/6/1921, Sunday (-8,738) (Italy, East Europe) Italy and Yugoslavia signed an agreement over control of Fiume.

4/6/1921, Saturday (-8,739) In the US, floods killed 500 in eastern Colorado.

2/6/1921, Thursday (-8,741)

1/6/1921, Wednesday (-8,742) (China) The Chinese Communist Party was founded.


31/5/1921, Tuesday (-8,743) A mob of White thugs attacked the Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a thriving Black business district existed.

30/5/1921, Monday (-8,744) Anti-Jewish riots in Palestine.

29/5/1921, Sunday (-8,745) Voters in Salzburg province Austria overwhelmingly voted in a plebiscite to be incorporated into Germany. The results of the election, which had been conducted despite warnings from Chancellor Michael Mayr and from the Allied Supreme Council, were not recognized by Austria as binding.

28/5/1921, Saturday (-8,746) In Germany, Chancellor Wirth appointed industrialist WalterRathenau as Minister for Reconstruction, including responsibility for reparations.

27/5/1921. Friday (-8,747) Anti-Bolshevik forces took Vladivistok.

26/5/1921, Thursday (-8,748) Hal David, musician, was born.

25/5/1921. Wednesday (-8,749) (1) Sinn Fein burned down the Dublin Customs House.

(2) Miss Olive Clapham qualified as Britain�s first woman barrister.

24/5/1921, Tuesday (-8,750) In Southern Irish elections, Sinn Fein did well.

23/5/1921. Monday (-8,751) British troops entered Alexandria, Egypt, to quell nationalist rioting.

22/5/1921. Sunday (-8,752) The US city of Chicago planned to fine women for wearing short skirts and exposed arms.

21/5/1921, Saturday (-8,753) Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist and human rights campaigner, was born.

20/5/1921, Friday (-8,754) Germany and China resumed diplomatic relations.

19/5/1921. Thursday (-8,755) The USA introduced quotas for immigration, setting these at 3% of the each nationality in the US as it was in 1910. This favoured the British, Irish, Scandinavians, and Germans, and worked against the southern Europeans and Asians. The measure was backed by organised labour, worried about unemployment, by reformers worried about the poverty and slums in the US, and by those who felt that the Asian races were inferior to Europeans.

14/5/1921. Saturday (-8,760) (1) The British Legion was founded in London by Earl Haig. It was renamed the Royal British Legion in 1971.

(2) Fascists won 35 seats in Italian elections.

8/5/1921. Sunday (-8,766) Sweden abolished capital punishment.

6/5/1921, Friday (-8,768) Germany and Russia signed a peace treaty.

5/5/1921, Thursday (-8,769) Coco Chanel�s Chanel no. 5 Perfume was launched.