Mini-Post | William John Bankes (1786-1855)

William John Bankes, by Henry Bone, after George Sanders (Saunders). Pen and Ink, 1821 (1812). Creative Commons licence, image courtesy NPG London (NPG D17608). William John Bankes was once described as “the father of all mischief” by his friend Lord Byron: the traveller, collector and draughtsman was an MP before he inherited his family estate…

Mini-Post | “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, the Beatles

On this day in 1964, the Beatles got their first number one hit in the US with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" - the song that kicked off Beatlemania in America. (Also one of my favourites by them!)⁠ Written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon in the basement of Jane Asher's parents' house (McCartney's…

Mini-Post | Cassandra Austen

Born on the day in 1773, Cassandra Austen was the most beloved elder sister of Jane Austen.⁠The affection between the two sisters, according to their relation Anne Lefroy, "passed the common love of sisters; and it had been so from childhood". They went to school together, were immersed in a clever and artistic family, and…

Mini-Post | The Golden Gate Bridge

Construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge on this day in 1933. ⁠ The entrance to San Francisco Bay received the name the “Golden Gate” in 1846 by Captain John C. Fremont. He was inspired by the “Golden Horn”, a great harbour in the Byzantine Empire. ⁠ San Francisco’s population grew due to the Gold…