India and Pakistan Gain Independence from British Rule

In August 1947, the British Parliament passed the Indian Independence Act, making India and Pakistan separate and sovereign nations.


National Archives (UK): Cabinet Papers, India Gains Independence India and Pakistan Win Independence

I think of the formation of nations as being something that happened long, long ago. Nations are supposed to be permanent entities. Yet I can remember the Berlin wall coming down, I’m aware that what used to be Czechoslovakia is now The Czech Republic and Slovakia, and when I sing Yakko’s World (I can do the whole thing, just not as fast as Rob Paulson) I’m well aware that there are many inaccuracies due to change over time. (He updated it in 2017.)

My awareness of Indian Independence (I learned while creating this post that Pakistan happened at the same time) initially came from watching a movie about Gandhi, and from various mentions in Bollywood films. An interesting point I learned while studying history was that other nations followed their example.

I’m really hoping to get as many different nationalities in the comments of this post as possible. Hopefully friends in India and Pakistan will chime in!


What are your memories of this event? How did people around you react to the event and the aftermath?


Doctor Who

Doctor Who originally ran from 1963 to 1989, gaining a significant cult following. The show was relaunched in 2005 and is still being produced in 2018, with a new actor playing the lead role every few years.


Wikipedia: Doctor_Who

BBC: Doctor Who

I grew up with Doctor Who, watching it as a child with my dad, who had been watching it since the 80’s. I kind of fell away from it for a while, but as a teenager I once again started watching the show. I started again partly because of the pop culture surrounding it in my school. Everyone watched it, talked about it, “fangirled” over it, and it drew me back in. I also love learning about some of the history behind the fan base; how cons got started, how my father made his old cosplays, how some of the older doctors came back in various adventures later. It made me, and still makes me, feel like I belong to something bigger and more adventuresome than I could ever hope to achieve in the “real world”, and I think that is why I am so drawn to it.

Jessica Johnson

What does Doctor Who mean to you? Are you a fan of the new, the old, or both?

Development: Television

In the middle of the twentieth century, televisions were a rare luxury item. By the end of the twentieth century, almost every home in the developed nations had one.


Image: The Science Museum Group Collection. Creative Commons. History of Television

Wikipedia. History of Television

My mother can remember going over to a relative’s house because they had a television and most people didn’t. In my own childhood, although most shows were broadcast in color (and only had been for a few years) we had a black-and-white set. It was a huge console, about six feet across, although the screen itself was less than thirty inches. As a piece of furniture, the only larger piece in the living room was the couch.

Sometime in the mid seventies, we got a color television. We got NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and maybe one or two others. We had to get up to change the channel. My sister and I were limited to how much television we could watch each day. We would often pool our time, agreeing on one show and sharing time on others. Star Trek was usually the first thing we agreed on!

Today, my eighteen-year-old and ten-year-old daughters don’t care too much about television. They both prefer YouTube, watching whatever catches their eye whenever they want to. My teen does like a few shows such as AFV and The Voice, and we are showing our ten-year-old classic shows such as Mr. Ed and The Dick VanDyke Show. It’s a big culture shock to her.


Do you remember your family’s first television? Do you watch shows as they air, or do you have a different way to watch?

The Beatles Arrive in America

On February 7, 1964, the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 U.S. with I Want to Hold Your Hand arrived in the United States.

Sources: This Day in History: Beatles Arrive in New York

Wikipedia. The Beatles: Beatlemania and the touring years

Note: Although intuitively would be the best source for information, the site does not contain historical details or a timeline of events.

My own childhood memories of the Beatles were larger than life. I was a baby when they broke up, but their music remained prominent on the radio my entire life. Even now, my 10 and 18 year old daughters know many of their songs by heart.

When I first heard about the Beatles’ arrival in America, it was already part of history. Seeing the screaming young women in the old film clip, I instantly knew that there was something fantastic about this particular group that set them apart from everyone else.

As an adult, I heard a theory that those women were screaming so enthusiastically because some marketing person told them to. I have no idea whether that’s true, but it does make me eager to hear the answers to this question.



What memories do you have of this event? Did your enthusiasm and that of other people in your life match the level we see in historical footage?

Victory in Europe

On May 8, 1945, Germany surrendered to the Allied Forces. This signaled the end of fighting in Europe in the Second World War.


The Canadian Encyclopedia. VE Day

Wikipedia. Victory in Europe Day

Although this happened before I was born, I remember my father telling me about his memories of this. He was a young boy in Canada. His older brother showed up in his classroom and informed the teacher that they were going home because there was victory in Europe and the day had been declared a holiday.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to convince my father to add his personal recollection here.


What memories do you have of this event? How did you and the people in your life feel about it?