On this day: a dictator and his pet

Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini photographed with his pet lion cub, Ras on the 16th of February, 1924. He would run Italy for another twenty-one years before being captured and executed alongside his mistress Clara Petacci. His wife was elsewhere at the time.



On this day: the 1924 Winter Olympics

1924 Winter Olympics Chamonix France Poster

The first Winter Olympics opened in Chamonix, France on the 25th of January, 1924.

Though both Figure Skating and Ice Hockey had featured in Summer Games in the past, there’d never been an official event for winter sport before.

Sonja Henie Ice Skater

This was the first Olympics Sonja Henie, who I (accidentally – no matter what people have thought in the past!) share my name with skated. She was eleven at the time, and got nowhere in the 1924 competition, but she would go on to win gold at the next three Games and then have a successful movie career.