On the 26th September 1923, German Chancellor Gustav Stresemann ended passive resistance in the Ruhr and resumed the payment of First World War reparations. By doing so he was able to slow down the economic...
The world’s first submarine transatlantic telephone cable system was inaugurated. Known as Transatlantic No. 1 or TAT-1, the £120 million system actually consisted of two identical cables to allow transmission in each direction. Prompted by... Read More
On the 24th September 1946, Clark Clifford and George Elsey presented a report to President Truman in which they recommended “restraining and confining” Soviet influence. The report helped to shape Truman’s decision to follow a... Read More
The first recorded naval battle featuring artillery took place in the first naval engagement of the Hundred Years’ War. The Battle of Arnemuiden saw five slow but stable single-masted English cogs face 48 galleys of... Read More
On the 22nd September 1980, the longest conventional war of the 20th Century began when Iraq launched an invasion of Iran. The Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, dubbed it the ‘Whirlwind War’ in which he expected... Read More
Cecil Chubb became the last private owner of Stonehenge, having bought the Neolithic monument at auction. Chubb grew up four miles away from the famous stones in the English village of Shrewton, where his father... Read More
On the 20th September 1066, Harald Hardrada – the Viking king – defeated his northern English enemies at the Battle of Fulford. The defeat of Harold Godwinson’s northern earls was disastrous for the new English... Read More
The Illuminations at the British seaside resort of Blackpool were turned on for the first time. The Illuminations, which continue to be an annual light festival, have grown considerably since their inception. Now stretching for... Read More