… in 1939, Hitler’s armies invaded Poland, officially starting the Second World War.
…in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the American Constitution was officially ratified, giving women the right to vote.
…in 1847, Charlotte Brontë sent a manuscript of Jane Eyre to her publisher in London. Due to the misogyny of the time, Charlotte wrote under the pseudonym ‘Currer Bell,’ so that her work would be taken more seriously. Her sisters, Emily and Anne, did the same, writing as ‘Ellis Bell’ and ‘Acton Bell’.
…in 1692, five people were hanged in Salem, Massachussetts after being convicted of witchcraft. Fourteen more were executed for the crime that year, and a further 150 were imprisoned.
… in 1977, Elvis Presley died of a heart attack in his Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.
RIP the King of Rock and Roll.
… in 1940, the Battle of Britain began. This was the first major battle to be fought solely in the air. Lasting from July to October, defeat would have meant the invasion of Britain and a very different conclusion to the Second World War. Instead, the allies’ victory marked a significant turning point in the war.