Mount Pinatubo, in the Philippines, explodes in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century.
The Great Smog of ’52 was a severe air-pollution event that affected London during December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants mostly from the use of coal to form a thick layer of smog over the city. It lasted from Friday 5 December to Tuesday 9 December 1952, and then dispersed quickly after a change of weather. Continue reading “1952 – The Great Smog of ’52”