Posts Tagged “on this day”

Coupon Monday: Rationing is introduced in Britain on this day in 1940

Posted on January 8th, 2016 by Violet

On the 8th of January 1940 rationing was introduced in Britain. With over 70% of the food supply imported before WWII, the government decided to safeguard against any plots to starve Britain into submission by introducing the rationing scheme. The Ministry of Food’s explanation for the scheme was published in a number of newspapers: The new […]

Pluto discovered and nearly named Percival

Posted on February 18th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Pluto was discovered on 18 February 1930, though the Nottingham Evening Post reported that the planet was very nearly given a different name. The article states that Atlas, Prometheus, Tempus, Marconi and even Percival were considered as potential names. Nottingham Evening Post – Thursday 10 April 1930 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy […]