Queen Elizabeth preparing to knight subjects in Aden,
Yemen on the 27th of April, 1954. Prince Philip stands to the side.
Eight years later
civil war broke out in Yemen. The conflict lasted more than eight years, from 1962 to 1970.
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The funeral procession of US President Abraham Lincoln arrives in Albany, New York on the
25th of April, 1865.
Lincoln had been assassinated ten days earlier, and his body was taken by train to a number of locations in the United States to lay in state.
The train actually arrived in Albany at 10:55pm, and left the next day, following a public viewing. His final resting place was Springfield, Illinois.
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Today is Anzac Day, Australia and New Zealand’s major day to recognise the military. Australia’s national service takes place at the War Memorial here in Canberra, and we often go to visit the museum afterwards (my father is a veteran).
Of course, this year is a significant one, as it is a hundred years since the First World War ended.
This year is also significant in Australia, as in Canberra and a number of other cities women veterans will be marching together. Why? Because in recent years they have been suffering abuse from strangers who accuse them of wearing their father’s medals – apparently many people still refuse to believe women can serve!
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This image is from the Queensland, Australia town of
Canungra on the 25th of April, 1937. People lay wreaths at the Honour Board at the School of Arts on Anzac Day, the day to commemorate Australia’s and New Zealand’s fallen soldiers.
The hall in the picture burnt down during the Second World War.
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The German city of Cologne
is seen in ruins on the 24th of April, 1945, as the Second World War drew to an end. Though is was hit by Allied bombs a number of times, Cologne Cathedral still stands.
The city suffered heavy damage over the course of the war, and had come under Allied control in early March.
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Minister for the Australian Army, the
Honourable F.M. Forde, is photographed inspecting members of the Australian Women’s Army Service in Northam, Western Australia on the 20th of April, 1943.
AWAS was formed in August of 1941, two years into Australia’s participation in the Second World War. Tens of thousands of women served in various positions in the Australian Army, including several hundred who were sent to New Guinea.
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earthquake hit San Francisco, USA on the 18th of April, 1906. The fires that it sparked lasted days and devastated the city.
This image shows the community rallying together in the middle of the destruction.
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Near Okinawa on the 11th of April, 1945, the
USS was hit by a Japanese kamikaze attack – a suicide mission in the style used by the Japanese military during the Second World War. Missouri
The battleship only sustained minor, superficial damage, but the pilot was killed. The ship’s American captain insisted on giving him a funeral with full military honours.
It is estimated nearly four-thousand Japanese pilots
died this way in the war’s Pacific Theatre.
Missouri is now famous for being the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan later that year, the event that ended the war.
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British writer Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of
, is photographed here in New York City on the 10th of April, 1922. Sherlock Holmes
Also in the picture are his second wife, Jean, and the children he had by her. Doyle, who was almost sixty-three at the time, married for the second time almost immediately after the death of his first wife.
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This photograph of Danish soldiers was taken on the 9th of April, 1940, the date of the German invasion of Denmark.
Two of these seven soldiers were killed later that day.
During the occupation
King Christian X became a prominent figure of defiance, seen riding unaccompanied through the streets of Copenhagen.
The Nazis occupied the country until the Allied victory on the 5th of May, 1945.
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