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1934

Dust storm sweeps across eastern states

On this day in 1934, a massive storm sends millions of tonnes of topsoil flying from across the parched Great Plains region of the United States as far east as New York, Boston and Atlanta. At the time the Great Plains were settled in the mid-1800s, the land was covered by prairie grass, which held moisture in the earth and kept most of the soil from blowing away even during dry spells. By the ... Read more >

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1970

Monty Python team stay in hotel that inspired Fawlty Towers

Sadly, the exact date may never be known. But between May 11th and May 22nd 1970, members of the Monty Python comedy team spent time in Torquay, Devon filming sketches and inserts for their television show. John Cleese and other Pythons were accommodated at the Gleneagles Hotel for the duration of the filming, run by a gentleman named Donald Sinclair.

Mr Sinclair was so rude, objectionab... Read more >