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#738 Monica Dickens / Denis Thatcher - 10 May 1915

Monica Dickens

Monica Dickens, MBE (10 May 1915 – 25 December 1992) was an English writer, the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens. She wrote a number of children’s books; the Follyfoot series of books followed on from her earlier adult novel Cobbler’s Dream, and were the basis of a children’s TV series, also called Follyfoot, produced by Yorkshire Television. 190 more words


What it means to be of Armenian Apostolic faith today

“[…] I yearn for my Cilicia; the land where I first saw the light […]”

It is that time of the year, the month of April, when the world commemorates the 1.5 million Armenians who perished in the Armenian Genocide of 1915. 998 more words


On This Day (April 7)…Happy Birthday, Billie Holiday!

The jazz singer Eleanora Fagan, known professionally as Billie Holiday, was born on this day in 1915.

Holiday singing onstage. Retrieved from here.

A young Holiday began singing along with records of such jazz legends as Louis Armstrong before transitioning to nightclubs in Harlem in her teens. 95 more words

Music History

The Tragedy of War

My research into the men named on Carshalton war memorial uncovered some sad stories, but one particularly tragic one in my eyes is that of Frederick Baldwin. 454 more words


March 2020 Update

SS Persia leaving the Thames
(c) P&O Heritage Collection http://www.pandoheritage.com
After a painting by William Lionel Wyllie

I completed the story text of the sinking of SS Persia by U-38 on a very special date – 30th December last year, 2019, exactly 104 years to the day since the tragic event. 383 more words

[10/25/15] Alexander blanks Detroit with three-hitter in World Series Game 7

BY JOHN JOHNSON / Grand National Tribune

DETROIT (Monday, Oct. 25, 1915) –- Pete Alexander proved up to the task on Monday, firing a three-hit shutout in the deciding seventh game of the World Series and striking out five on 122 pitches as the Philadelphis Phillies blanked the Detroit Tigers 5-0 at Navin Field. 306 more words

Author John Johnson