Tag Archives: Twentieth Century

100 Words, 100 Days: Day 66. On Downton Abbey and Period Dramas.

What better way to learn about history than to check out quality televised period dramas. Last weekend saw the return to our screens of the excellent Downton Abbey, the kind of programming the British seem to do so well.

The first series began with the sinking of the Titanic and ended with the outbreak of World War I. These historic events are seen through the eyes of well-written characters that live and work in the stately manor of Downton Abbey.

As a writer, I find it challenging and refreshing to see history unfold through fictional characters.Who says television doesn’t educate?

 

 

On This Day…15 September

15 September 2010

Whatever Wednesday brings you, may it be filled with blessings, love and buckets-load of hard cash.

Cash is king in my book.

So what happened on this day down through the years? Lots, let me tell you, lots. Let’s start with…

1776 – American Revolutionary War: British forces land at Kip’s Bay during the New York Campaign.

1830 – The Liverpool to Manchester railway line opens.

1831 – The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.

1940 – World War II: The climax of the Battle of Britain, when the Royal Air Force shoots down large numbers of Luftwaffe aircraft.

1959 – Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.

1981 – The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C, 150 years after it’s initial run.

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2008 – Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

Birthdays today include:

American actor Tommy Lee Jones, 64.

The same age as ex-controversial film director, Oliver Stone. I wonder what Wall Street II will be like.

The English comedian Jimmy Carr is 38.

Roald Dahl’s granddaughter Sophie, model and author, is 33.

Two years ago today, Richard Wright, founding member of Pink Floyd lost his battle with cancer. Today’s On This Day is dedicated to him. Rest in peace, Richard.