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le-squelette-joyeuxtitled Le Squelette Joyeux in 1898. It features a skeleton that dances joyously even as it falls apart and puts itself back together.

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On this day: Dressing a Communist

Italian fashion designer Angelo Litrico cutting fabric for a jacket for the secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev. 26th October 1957

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26th October 1957: Italian fashion designer Angelo Litrico is photographed cutting fabric for a jacket for Nikita Khrushchev. Khrushchev held the title of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 until 1964.

The designer, born the eldest of twelve children in Sicily in 1927, found international fame dressing political figures on both sides of the Cold War standoff.

On this day 80 years ago

This image is of Manhattan, New York on the 26th of October, 1938. It shows 20th Street between Second and First Avenues.

While the USA marked the introduction of minimum wage laws that month, Nazis were marching into the Sudetenland and expanding the Nuremberg Laws to ban Jews from many public spaces, while the Imperial Japanese Army was overtaking Canton in China.

East_20th_St_northside_towards_1st_Ave_1938East 20th Street between 2nd Avenue and 1st Avenue, looking east towards 1st Avenue, in Manhattan, New York City in 1938

 

 

On this day: the Battle of Agincourt

Morning of the Battle of Agincourt, 25th October 1415. By Sir John Gilbert (1817–1897). Painted 1884. 100 Years War

Morning of the Battle of Agincourt, 25th October 1415.

The Battle of Agincourt, part of the Hundred Years’ War between England and France and both kingdoms’ allies, was fought on the 25th of October, 1415, and resulted in an English victory.

This painting depicting the beginning of the battle was created by Sir John Gilbert in 1884.

On this day: British women prepare for invasion

The_British_Army_in_the_United_Kingdom_1939-45_Second World War Two 23rd October 1941 Women of Britains Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) operate a rangefinder during anti-aircraft

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23rd October 1941: Women of Britain’s Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) operate a rangefinder during anti-aircraft training on the beach of Weybourne in Norfolk, England.

Weybourne was considered to be at serious risk of invasion during the Second World War, and the region was prepared accordingly.

The ATS was formed in 1938, and existed until 1949, when it was incorporated into the Women’s Royal Army Corps.

On this day: Australian soldiers off to war

“E”_Company_at_Fort_Macquarie_October_18th,_1914_(18663775908) Syndey New South Wales Australia First World One World War One

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“E” Company at Fort Macquarie October 18th, 1914.

Fort Macquarie, in the Australian state of New South Wales, was located at Bennelong Point, where the Sydney Opera House stands today.

Australia committed to the First World War from the outset, with preparations beginning even before Britain declared war on Germany in early August of 1914.

100 Years Ago in Belgium

The_Capture_of_Ostend,_October_1918_Q19247Damage to buildings in Gare Maritime, Ostend, blown up by the Germans before the evacuation of 17th October 1918. First world war. World War One

The coastal city of Ostend in Belgium – along with much of the rest of the country – was occupied by the Germans during the First World War. As the war began drawing to an end in October of 1918, the Germans destroyed buildings as they retreated on the 17th of October.