26th October 1957: Italian fashion designer Angelo Litrico is photographed cutting fabric for a jacket for Nikita Khrushchev. Khrushchev held the title of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 until 1964.
The designer, born the eldest of twelve children in Sicily in 1927, found international fame dressing political figures on both sides of the Cold War standoff.
This image is of Manhattan, New York on the 26th of October, 1938. It shows 20th Street between Second and First Avenues.
While the USA marked the introduction of minimum wage laws that month, Nazis were marching into the Sudetenland and expanding the Nuremberg Laws to ban Jews from many public spaces, while the Imperial Japanese Army was overtaking Canton in China.
The Battle of Agincourt, part of the Hundred Years’ War between England and France and both kingdoms’ allies, was fought on the 25th of October, 1415, and resulted in an English victory.
This painting depicting the beginning of the battle was created by Sir John Gilbert in 1884.
23rd October 1941: Women of Britain’s Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) operate a rangefinder during anti-aircraft training on the beach of Weybourne in Norfolk, England.
Weybourne was considered to be at serious risk of invasion during the Second World War, and the region was prepared accordingly.
The ATS was formed in 1938, and existed until 1949, when it was incorporated into the Women’s Royal Army Corps.
This photograph is titled:
“E” Company at Fort Macquarie October 18th, 1914.
Fort Macquarie, in the Australian state of New South Wales, was located at Bennelong Point, where the Sydney Opera House stands today.
Australia committed to the First World War from the outset, with preparations beginning even before Britain declared war on Germany in early August of 1914.