On this day 18th April

On this day 18th April

On the 18th April 1945 Sir John Ambrose Fleming died aged 95. Fleming was an English electrical engineer who invented the first thermionic valve. This was a vacuum tube with two electrodes in which the electrons flowed from filament to anode only.

On this day 16th April

On this day 16th April

On this day in 1942 the island of Malta was awarded the George Cross in recognition of the gallantry of the island’s population during the siege of Malta which began in 1940. Malta was strategically important to the Allies and needed to be defended and resupplied at all costs.

On this day 15th April

On this day 15th April

On this day in 1912 more than 1,500 people died in the sinking of the Titanic. More than 700 survived owing their escape to the newest communications technology of the time: wireless telegraphy.

On this day 13th April

On this day 13th April

On this day in 1743 Thomas Jefferson was born in the Colony of Virginia. Jefferson born a British citizen was the third president of the US and primary draftsman of the Declaration of Independence.

On this day 12th April

On this day 12th April

On this day in 1944 a West African Chindit Brigade was airlifted into central Burma. The Chindits were a large-scale, long-range jungle penetration group that mounted major raids on the Japanese forces