67 posts about 20th century on this blog
Monday 19 July 2010, 13:39
Thirty-five years ago today: the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. A dashing young chap from north Wales sits in his Formula One car at the front of the grid. A Welsh speaker on pole position, a Welsh flag emblazoned on his crash helmet.
Thomas Maldwyn Pryce may not be a household name, but he was faster...
Monday 12 July 2010, 09:19
Most people remember Sir Alexander Fleming as the man who, on 3 September 1928, discovered penicillin. Yet the part played in the discovery by his friend and colleague Merlin Pryce, a Welshman from the Merthyr area, should never be underestimated.
Indeed, there are many who say that it was Pryce who...
Thursday 8 July 2010, 12:00
Seventy years ago the first rumblings of what is today known as the Battle of Britain commenced. By May 1940 German forces had overrun Belgium, the Netherlands and northern France. Hitler's goal was now fixed on destroying Britain's Royal Air Force and the invasion of Great Britain.
Many remember the...
Friday 25 June 2010, 11:51
Sixty years ago thousands of British servicemen went to war in a far away land. On 25 June 1950 communist-backed North Korean forces invaded South Korea, triggering a global military conflict just five years after the cessation of the Second World War.
Following the division of the Korean peninsula...
Monday 14 June 2010, 10:00
Scott may not have been the best of organisers - or always the most understanding of leaders - but there is no denying the heroism of the man and of his team of explorers and adventurers...
Monday 7 June 2010, 12:07
Most people who are interested in history like to get in touch with the past - by reading about people and events, by visiting historical sites, by looking at and holding artefacts.
Artefacts don't just exist in museums and these days it is easier than you ever thought possible to find a piece of the...
Wednesday 24 February 2010, 11:39
Tredegar House in Newport was, for years, the family seat of the Lords Tredegar, one of the richest families in Wales. In December 1924 the disappearance of Gwyneth, daughter of Courtanay Morgan, then holder of the Tredegar title, caused a furore in the country.
Gwyneth, always something of a wild child...
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