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1994 U.S.A. John Wayne Gacy Executed

1994 : John Wayne Gacy ( The Killer Clown ) is executed in Illinois for the murders of 33 young men and boys he had raped and murdered between 1972 and his arrest in 1978.

1941 England Rudolf Hess

1941 : Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission, he was captured by British forces and held by the British for the remainder of the war. In 1945 Rudolf Hess was taken before the Trial of the Major War Criminals during the Nuremberg Trials where he was found guilty of (1) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of crime against peace, (2) Planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression and other crimes against peace. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and committed to Spandau Prison where he died in 1987.After 1966 for the next 20 years Hess was the sole remaining inmate of Spandau Prison, because the Soviet Union would not allow leniency. His main companion was warden Eugene K. Bird, with whom he formed a close friendship. Bird wrote a 1974 book titled "The Loneliest Man in the World" about his relationship with Hess during the 30 years of his imprisonment.

1965 Warren Buffet Gains Controlling Interest In Berkshire-Hathaway

1965 : Following three years of buying stock in Berkshire-Hathaway Warren Buffet gains a controlling interest in the company the shares were trading at less than $20.00 per share. Warren Buffet expands Berkshire-Hathaway into the insurance industry and other investments and as of the beginning of 2008 Class A shares were selling for over $150,000 per share making them the highest-priced shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

Current Trading Price:

November 9th 2009: $95,295.00 so although took a hit during stock market crash still seems like was good investment when bought for $20.00 per share.

April 5th 2021: $395,535.00

1924 U.S.A. J. Edgar Hoover

1924 : J. Edgar Hoover is appointed by President Calvin Coolidge to be the Sixth director of the Bureau of Investigation (BOI), the name is changed in 1936 and J. Edgar Hoover becomes the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and served until 1972.

Born This Day In History 10th May

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Fred Astaire

Born: May 10th 1899, Omaha, NE

Died: June 22th, Los Angeles, CA

Known For : Fred Astaire was an American actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the most influential dancer in the history of film. He Starred in 10 Broadway and West End musicals, made 31 musical films including Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936), and Shall We Dance (1937) Holiday Inn (1942), Easter Parade (1948) and The Band Wagon (1953) ,His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years

1940 Battle of France Begins

1940 : Germany and Italy begin the battle for France beginning on 10th May and ending on June 25th, at which point Germany put the non-democratic government collaborating with Germany, Vichy Government in control of the country. The battle of France was a major victory for the Axis Powers and part of the battle involved Dunkirk where British and Allied forces were separated from the main body of the French defenses by the German advance causing the evacuation of 192,226 British and 139,000 French soldiers who were rescued by a hastily assembled fleet of 860 boats which included fishing boats, pleasure craft and RNLI lifeboats.

2007 U.S.A. Santa Catalina Island

2007: A fire breaks out in the hills north and west of the city of Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California burning over 4000 acres and a number of buildings but the fire was bought under control before the city of Avalon was threatened. The fire bought back memories from the fire on the island which is only 22 miles long and eight miles wide at its greatest width in 1915 which destroyed half of the buildings on the Island including six hotels and several clubs.

1926 Great Britain General Strike

1926 : With the general strike in England bringing the country to a standstill many believe that the bolshevists are behind the strike and have infiltrated British trade unions, the general strike is now in it's 8th day and many are hoping a compromise can be reached.

1929 U.S.A. Graf Zeppelin Airship

1929 : Following the success of the Graf Zeppelin Airship more are planned for purchase as a passenger line between Honolulu and Los Angeles at a cost of $1,000,000.

1933 Germany Book Burning

1933 : In Germany, Nazis start burning books considered to be un-German.

1937 Great Britain King George Coronation

1937 : With the forthcoming coronation of King George in 2 days time as the King of England, the government and the royal family clash over royal representation at the forthcoming Duke of Windsors marriage to Mrs Warfield now that her decree absolute is final. The Royal family wishes to have the Duke of Kent present at the wedding but the government feels this would be unwise, some compromise will be reached or the government will be seen as dictating to the Royal family.

1940 England Winston Churchill

1940 : Winston Churchill becomes the leader of a coalition government after Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said he was stepping aside following German forces invading Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg by air and land.

1946 England United States of Europe

1946 : Winston Churchill has made a speech urging a United States of Europe including Germany as he believes this will help to create a common bond between Europeans and for future trade.

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Donovan Phillips Leitch

Born: May 10th, 1946 Glasgow, Scotland

Known For : The singer-songwriter rose to popularity during the 1960s playing a unique mix of folk, psychedelic, pop, and rock music. He was originally popular amongst the British folk scene but gained mainstream success worldwide with hits like "Sunshine Superman," "Mellow Yellow," and "Hurdy Gurdy Man." Donovan faded in popularity during the 1970s and 1980s. During the 1990s he collaborated with well-known rap producer Rick Rubin on an album. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014.

Visit our 1950's Music Page

Popular Music from the 1950s, Genres including Rock 'n' Roll, Traditional Pop, Country, Rhythm & Blues, top songs and artists from each year Includes a description of each Genre and the top performers and songs for each year in the Fifties

Fifties Music

1964 U.S.A. Smoking Linked to Heart Disease

1964 : A new study has linked smoking to an increase in Heart Attack for the first time , the study shows that blood clots faster after smoking . The findings were announced by The American Cancer Society.

1967 UK Rolling Stones

1967 : Two members of the Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appear before magistrates in Chichester, West Sussex, charged with drug offences. Both plead not guilty and are released on bail to appear for trial at West Sussex Quarter Sessions on 22 June. On June 29th, Mick Jagger was found guilty of possession of amphetamines and Keith Richards was found guilty for allowing cannabis to be smoked in his home.

1970 U.S.A. Bodybags

1970 : Vice President Agnew has accused the television networks of manufacturing the news for the sake of sensationalism with regards to the War in Vietnam ( how times have changed today the news stations are not allowed to show bodybags )

1981 France Francois Mitterand

1981 : Socialist Francois Mitterand combining moderates and the communist party in France has won in France ending 2 decades of Conservative rule starting with Charles De Gaulle.

1990 China Tiananmen Square Protesters Released

1990 : The People's Republic of China announces the release of 211 people arrested during the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Born This Day In History 10th May

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Sylvain Wiltord

Born: May 10th, 1974, Neuilly-sur-Marne, France

Known For : A French football player. He has been retired since 2012 but he previously played as a winger or striker for a number of French teams, and Arsenal. He has been in the French national side (in Euro 2000 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup) for whom he has scored 26 goals.

Price Basket

2008 to 2020

Since 2008 to 2020 each year we have created our own Inflation basket which includes a mix of 30 + items including food, goods and services, one of the many things it shows is inflation as measured by basic food and just 1 gallon of gas is vastly different compared with any government produced figures

Our Pricebasket showing inflation of food etc. from 2008 to 2020

1994 U.S.A. Annular Eclipse of the Sun

1994 : The annular eclipse of the sun by the moon was visible in a number of cities in the United States.

1994 South Africa Nelson Mandela

1994 : The inauguration ceremony for South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela takes place in the Union Buildings amphitheater in Pretoria attended by politicians and dignitaries from more than 140 countries around the world.

1998 Northern Ireland Good Friday Peace Agreement

1998 : Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and other members of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the republican IRA, vote to accept the Good Friday peace agreement.

2005 U.S.A. Pension Plan Cancellation United Airlines

2005 : A federal bankruptcy judge approved United Airlines' plan for cancellation of its pension plan, the largest such default in U.S. corporate history.

2007 Pope Visits Brazil

2007 : Pope Benedict XVI began a trip to Brazil, marking the first visit to a Latin American country since he became the Pope in 2005.

2009 Gas Explosion In Moscow

2009 : A gas line exploded in the Russian capital of Moscow, creating a blast that set a building on fire. At least five people were injured as a result of the explosion, and the city had over thirty fire-fighting teams working on getting the blaze under control.

2010 US Singer Dies

2010 : Iconic American singer Lena Horne passed away at the age of ninety-two. Horne, a prominent player during the civil rights era, became known as the first African-American sex-symbol and actively fought against racial discrimination during her singing and acting career, which lasted over sixty years.

2011 Chad's President Re-Elected

2011 : Idriss Deby, the president of Chad, was re-elected for his fourth term with eighty-nine percent of the vote and a sixty-four percent voter turnout. Opposition leaders boycotted the vote saying that the country needed electoral reforms. Deby seized power in a military coup over twenty years before and changed Chad's constitution in 2004 to get rid of the two-term limit for presidents. Deby had also faced two attempted coups in recent history.

2012 Pioneer Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon Dies

2012 : Vidal Sassoon, a pioneer in the hairdressing field, died of natural causes at the age of eighty-four in Los Angeles. Sassoon was known for creating short geometric haircuts and is the creator of the popular "bob" style cut. Sassoon hosted a list of celebrity clients and many of his cuts were shown off by the biggest fashionistas of the 1960s.

2013 Turkey PM Accuses Syria of Chemical Weapons

2013 : The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stated that he had proof that Syria had been using chemical weapons against opposition forces. He had also said that the Turkish intelligence had come to the conclusion that the Syrian government had used at least two-hundred chemical missiles and there were missile remains and patients from Syria with chemical weapon wounds.

Todays Fun Info

From our 1955 Page

Cost of Living 1955 - How Much things cost

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 0.28%

Yearly Inflation Rate UK 3.5%

Average Cost of new house $10.950.00

Average wages per year - $4.130.00

Minimum Hourly Rate $1.00

Average Monthly Rent $87.00 per month

Average Cost of a new car $1,900.00

gallon of Gas 23 cents

Ladies Swim Suits $12.95

Black and White TV $99.95

Average House Price UK - 2,064

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From our 1920 Home Furnishings Page

1920s Furniture.

High Speed Hand Operated 1920s Washing Machine

Hand Operated Washing Machine

Price: $19.25

The High Speed Wizard a High Speed Hand Operated 1920s Washing Machine






  • Oil Wick Cooking Stove

    Late 20s Oil Wick Cooking Stove

    Price: $32.95

    As you can see this is not only much cheaper than the Gas/ Wood-Coal Burning Oven and hob, it was also more practical in rural areas who did not have gas and during the winter would struggle to keep firewood / coal dry. Oil was an important part of the rural way of life offering heating, light, cooking and more because of it's easy storage .


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