CII in impromptu history lesson

The CII has had its greatest membership growth since 1935, the professional standards body proclaimed proudly this week.

The press release accompanying the news helpfully pointed out that King George V was on the throne in 1935, presumably to emphasise how long ago it was.

Backchat suggests a few other notable events of that year to help fix the date in our minds. 1935 saw Hitler violate the Treaty of Versailles by introducing conscription, while German Jews were stripped of their citizenship rights by the Nuremberg Race Laws.

Italy invaded Abyssinia while Persia formally changed its name to Iran.

1935 also saw senator and social reformer Huey Long finish a fifteen and half hour speech to the US Senate.

On a more light-hearted note the board game Monopoly was first released by the Parker Brothers that year.