In the days before alarm clocks, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people. They were known as knocker-uppers. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers windows in Limehouse Fields, London. 1870-1945.
On 6 August the US attacked the Japanese city of Hiroshima with an atomic bomb in a bid to end the second world war. Seventy years after the devastating power of nuclear weapons was first demonstrated, nine states retain them in their arsenals