This Week in 1935: 7-13th April

A few choice news stories that appeared in The Times this week in 1935…

7-13th April:

Mid-April saw the first use of cat’s-eyes on British roads. 1935 was a year of road safety; with the introduction of the 30m/p/h speed limit, compulsory driving tests, and research into the most efficient methods of reducing deaths on roads. It was calculated in The Times this week that 238, 946 people died in road accidents in 1934 and that 200 children had been killed since the start of the new year.

This was also a week of extreme weather, on both sides of the Atlantic. Great Britain finally thawed out after having been covered under a blanket of snow since the previous month. What came now was heavy rain, flooding roads and houses. Mississippi was hit by a powerful tornado and the mid-west of America was suffering from continuous dust storms, the drifts high enough to cover fences and carts.


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