Category Archives: 20TH CENTURY HISTORY

On this day: Lockerbie tragedy

On this day: Lockerbie tragedy


23 years ago, 270 people died when Pam Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. The victims of the terrorist bombing will be remembered during an annual ceremony at the Lockerbie Cairn in Arlington National Cemetery.

The portrait of Matthew Henson

The portrait of Matthew Henson

Matthew Alexander Henson was born in 1866 to freeborn sharecroppers. When he was four the family moved from Maryland to Washington DC, but he was still a youth when his parents, Lemuel and Caroline, died. He was sent to live with his uncle, who payed for his education until he died. After his uncles death, Matthew got a job as a dishwasher at “Janey’s Home-Cooked Meals Cafe”

Pétain’s France

Pétain’s France

France’s defeat by Germany in June 1940 brought the collapse of the Third Republic and heralded the start of the authoritarian Vichy regime. its head, Phillipe Pétain, was a WWI general renowned as the victor of Verdun. France was initially divided into two zones: a northern zone occupied by the Germans, whose base was Paris; and the southern so-called “free” zone, whose administrative centre was Vichy. In November 1942, the German occupation extended to the whole country.

Sit-down strike in Flint, 1936

Sit-down strike in Flint, 1936

Conditions in Flint before the strike were very, very depressing for working people. We had a large influx of workers come into the city from the deep South. They came north to find jobs, because there was no work back home. They came with their furniture strapped on old jalopies and they’d move into the cheapest housing that they could find.

The British secret service from 1918 to 2009

The British secret service from 1918 to 2009

The end of the First World war saw a great reduction in the size, scope and remit of the intelligence service. In 1919 the Secret Service Committee was created to look at the organisation and direction of British intelligence.