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today’s holiday/commemoration: Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin (2015)


Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin (2015)

On February 19, 1942, Japanese bomber and fighter planes conducted a devastating air raid on the town of Darwin, the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory. As a tribute to honor the dead and those who defended Darwin, an annual commemoration is held in Bicentennial Park by the Cenotaph, a monument to those slain in World War I. At 9:58 AM, the exact time the attack began, a World War II air raid siren sounds. During some observances, Australian regiments will reenact the attack: ground units fire their guns, and fighter planes perform fly-bys over the memorial site. More… Discuss

B/W Historic Photos: Mount Vesuvius eruption in the midst of WWII, as captured by American pilots, March 1944 — Classic Pics (@classicepics)


TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: PIERRE BOULLE (1912)


Pierre Boulle (1912)

At the start of WWII, engineer Pierre Boulle enlisted in the French Army. Later, while a secret agent for the Free French, he was captured and imprisoned in a labor camp, an experience that inspired him to write his acclaimed work of historical fiction The Bridge over the River Kwai. Its 1957 film adaptation won seven Oscars, including one for screenplay that was awarded to Boulle since the actual writers had been blacklisted as communist sympathizers. What other famous novel did he pen? More… Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: KONSTANTINOS KARAMANLIS (1907)


Konstantinos Karamanlis (1907)

One of the most important political figures in the history of modern Greece, Karamanlis helped rebuild Greece’s economy while serving in various posts after WWII. Chosen as prime minister in 1955, he formed a government and a new conservative party, the National Radical Union. In 1960, he established an independent republic on Cyprus to ease tensions with Britain and Turkey over the island. He resigned in 1963 and lived in exile in Paris until 1974. What finally brought him back to Greece? More… Discuss