International travel entered the jet age when the world’s first jet airliner made its maiden flight 65 years ago today, on May 2nd 1952.
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Today we’re returning to our series looking at curious English phrases and expressions – things we might say and understand the meaning of without really knowing where they come from.
If you are of a certain vintage you will no doubt have learnt at school of the seaborne voyages of Norwegian adventurer and anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl.
The first – and so far only – female Speaker of the House of Commons was elected to the 70-year-old post 25 years ago today, on April 27th, 1992.
Before April 26th, 1986, hardly anyone outside Ukraine was familiar with the name of ‘Chernobyl’, a name which has since become synonymous with the spectre of nuclear disaster.