Elsewhere in 1925

January 3 – Benito Mussolini makes a pivotal speech in the Italian Chamber of Deputies. Historians now trace this speech to the beginning of Mussolini's dictatorship.

January 3 – Benito Mussolini makes a pivotal speech in the Italian Chamber of Deputies. Historians now trace this speech to the beginning of Mussolini’s dictatorship.

January 27–February 1 – The 1925 serum run to Nome (the “Great Race of Mercy”) relays diphtheria antitoxin by dog sled across the U.S. territory of Alaska, to combat an epidemic.

February 21 – The cover date of the very first issue of The New Yorker.

March 4 – Calvin Coolidge is sworn in for a full term as President of the United States, in the first inauguration to be broadcast on radio.

March 18 – The Tri-State Tornado, the deadliest in U.S. history, rampages through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people and injuring 2,027

April – The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes opens in Paris, giving a name to the Art Deco style.

April 10 – F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby

April 20 – Iranian forces of Rezā Shāh occupies Ahvaz and arrests Sheikh Khaz’al.

April 28 – Presenting the budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill announces Britain’s return to the gold standard.

May 5 – Dayton, Tennessee, biology teacher John T. Scopes is arrested for teaching Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

June 13 – Charles Francis Jenkins achieves the first synchronized transmission of pictures and sound, using 48 lines and a mechanical system in ”the first public demonstration of radiovision”

July 18 – Adolf Hitler publishes Volume 1 of his personal manifesto Mein Kampf.

July 21 – In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100.

August 8 – The Ku Klux Klan demonstrates its popularity by holding a parade with an estimated 30,000-35,000 marchers in Washington DC.

October 1 – Mount Rushmore National Memorial is dedicated in South Dakota.

October 2 – In London, John Logie Baird successfully transmits the first television pictures with a greyscale image.

October 5–16 – The Locarno Treaties are negotiated.

November 14 – The first Surrealist art exhibition opens in Paris.

November 26 – Prajadhipok (Rama VII) is crowned as King of Siam.

November 28 – The weekly country music-variety radio program Grand Ole Opry is first broadcast on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, as the ”WSM Barn Dance”.

The Centuries of Sound Pub Quiz Round

I’ve been in a couple of pub quizzes over Zoom recently, and have put together a round of my own to share with friends & family. Now I’ve done it a couple of times, I thought I might as well share it for anyone to use. Feel free to adapt to suit, or just play it yourself and see how well you do.

Here are clips of ten tracks. For each track they should guess the year and the country. The years are from the following list, none are duplicates, but there is one extra.


…and here are the countries. Again, none is a duplicate, but there is one extra.

South Africa
West Germany

Here is the mp3 with each clip, or you can stream it below.




Each clip is worth 10 points – half a point for the correct year, half a point for the correct country.


Keep scrolling down for the answers.

















1. Kraftwerk – Ananas Symphonie (West Germany, 1973)
2. B-Complex – Beautiful Lies (Slovakia, 2009)
3. Elias and His Zig-Zag Flutes – Ry-Ry (South Africa, 1958)
4. Chakra – Free (Japan, 1981)
5. Grupo De ‘La Alegria’ – El Tambor De La Alegria (Cuba, 1928)
6. Fanfare Ciocarlia – Sirba de la Lasi (Romania, 1999)
7. Jean Jacques Perrey – E.V.A. (France, 1968)
8. Zabelle Panosian – Mir Khor Babge Kerezman (Armenia, 1917)
9. Herivelto Martins – Grande Otelo Praça Xi (Brasil, 1941)
10. Groucho Marx – The Laws Of My Administration (USA, 1933)



1921 in Film

The Kid


The Haunted Castle (Schloss Vogeloed)


The Haunted House


Destiny (Der müde Tod)


The Sheik


Buried Treasure


Journey into the Night (Der Gang in die Nacht)


The Playhouse


Never Weaken


Die Bergkatze (The Wild Cat)


The Goat


The Boat


A Sailor-Made Man


L’Atlantide (Missing Husbands)




Leaves from Satan’s Book (Blade af Satans bog)


Les Trois Mousquetaires (The Three Musketeers)


El Dorado


Little Lord Fauntleroy


Through the Back Door


The Idle Class


The Ace of Hearts


Miss Lulu Bett


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse


The Phantom Carriage (Korkarlen)


The Mechanical Man (L’uomo meccanico)


Seven Years Bad Luck


The Affairs of Anatol


Tol’able David


The Lucky Dog


The Nut



Centuries of Sound and Vision

A new decade, a new project for Centuries of Sound. From now on I’ll be sporadically uploading video versions of the mixes. Eventually these will be a knitting together of contemporary films with the audio from the mixes. For the first ten or so, it’s a bit difficult to achieve this, as you will see – so I won’t make a fuss about these until I make one I actually think really works, maybe around the late 1890s.

Here is the first one, an illustration of the first mix.

CoS on Geopats: Virtual Expats

Earlier this month I did an interview about the show and my life as an expat for an excellent show called ‘Geopats’ – here is the blurb from their site

Has music ever soothed your soul and made you feel connected again? Yes, me too. And it sounds like the same happened to James when he was an expat for well over a decade. He is back in his home country now so his perspective on his time in the Czech Republic and China are especially poignant. As is the origin story for his intensely researched and impressively sounding podcast, Centuries of Sound.

The episode can be found here – https://geopats.podbean.com/e/expat-isolation-music-with-james-errington-centuries-of-sound-podcast/ – or on any good podcast app by searching for ‘Geopats’

There are also extensive show notes on the show host’s websites, including many links.


1920 in Film

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

One Week


Haunted Spooks

Anna Boleyn

The Flapper

The Golem: How He Came into the World

Within Our Gates

High and Dizzy


Convict 13

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Mollycoddle

The Last of the Mohicans

The Penalty

Way Down East



Huckleberry Finn

Outside the Law

Excuse My Dust

The Round-Up

The Restless Sex

The Mark of Zorro

Why Change Your Wife?


Nomads of the North

Something to Think About


CoS on Your Podcast or Mine

I did an interview on Your Podcast or Mine, where I talk about the show, the process of making it and my favourite podcasts. The interview can be found by searching for ‘Your Podcast or Mine’ wherever you get your podcasts, or you can stream it by following the link below.


Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 15 (1907)

Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 12th October 2019

Place: Cambridge 105fm

Audio historian DJ James Errington takes you on another time travel adventure, this time to hear some original sounds from 1907, including some wonderful stuff from Enrico Caruso, a few original vaudeville routines and some very premature Christmas cheer.

Listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps – or, as it’s too late to do any of these things, just stream it below.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 14 (1906)

Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 14th September 2019

Place: Cambridge 105fm

Another journey back in time with James Errington bringing you original historic recordings, this time from 1906, the year of the San Francisco earthquake. We have a brace of songs from the brilliant Bert Williams, plenty of music hall and vaudeville, and a performance of Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag from Sousa’s Band.

Listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps – or, as it is now too late to do any of these things, listen using the facility below.

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