A few dates to note

Posted by Tory Historian Tuesday, August 24, 2010 , , ,

Tory Historian has, once again, been out of action and, therefore, a few dates have not been noted. August 21 was the anniversary of the birth of the last Hanoverian king, William IV and August 22 was the anniversary of the death, in battle, of the last Plantagenet King, Richard III. Tory Historian seems to have written about him several times (far too often some readers might say). Here is the link to all the postings on the subject.

August 24 marks the anniversary of the birth in 1724 of George Stubbs, whose wonderful "Whistlejacket" can be seen above.

Above all, however, August 24 is the seventieth anniversary of the first German bomb dropped on the City of London. It was not the beginning of the Blitz - that came later - and the bomb was probably not aimed at the City but at some aircraft factories in South London. Still, this occasioned a highly popular (in England) return raid on Berlin in which 10 people were killed. The general feeling was that a bombing war was going to happen, no matter what, and there was no real need to worry about it. This opinion was to change during the Blitz as the full horror of it developed.


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