Tag: twentieth century history

The Forgotten Earthquake of 1966

Earthquakes are a constant reminder to all of us, of the volatility of our planet. Millions of people, especially those […]

Revolution and the tale of the Granma.

Shortly before 5.00am on the 2nd of December 1956, a small shabby boat named the Granma ran aground in a […]

A history of the First World War: No.5 Mobilisation and the groundswell of enthusiasm.

I often wonder if the belligerent powers of the First World War had a magical crystal ball to see into […]

A history of the First World War: No.4 Austria bombs Belgrade and all hell breaks loose.

“One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans (1888)” –Otto Von […]

A history of the First World War: No.3 The blame game and some thoughts on the July crisis of 1914.

“What decided the German government to prepare for an eventual European War was a crisis that was brewing not in […]

A history of the First World War: No.2 Vienna, the scourge of Belgrade/The rise of the assassin/ The aftermath and the anti-Serb riots

Was it coincidental that the young group of Serbian nationalist chose to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand on the 28th June 1914 […]

Remembering Jack: A Little Over a Thousand Days In Office.

Every President wants to be remembered with an amazing record in office. We call this a legacy. John F. Kennedy’s […]

Hollywood’s Darling meets Soviet Premier

On the 19th September 1959, Marilyn Monroe was preparing to meet the Soviet premier Nikita Krushchev, while camped out in […]