US troops stand in the Rizal Baseball Stadium in Manila in the Philippines on the
16th of February, 1945.
The Japanese had occupied the country for nearly three years. Two weeks before this image was taken, the Battle of Manila began, a fight for liberation that killed over 100 000 civilians and razed the city to the ground.
A combined force of American and Filipino troops finally defeated Japan at the beginning of March.
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Big Freeze of 1963, the United Kingdom shivered through an infamous winter that began in 1962. It was one of the coldest winters in history.
This photograph is dated the 14th of February, and was taken in the
London Borough of Barnet, in the city’s north.
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Victorian-era Valentine’s Day card from the Museum of London.
10th February 1945: Residents of the Philippines run from suburbs burned by the Japanese during the Battle of Manila.
The battle ran from the 3rd of February to the 3rd of March, when combined American and Filipino forces liberated the country from nearly three years of Japanese control.
Over 100 000 civilians were killed before victory was achieved.
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The Borovansky Ballet, an Australian company that was a pioneer for major dance companies in the country today, as featured in the
Australian Women’s Weekly on the 8th of February, 1956. The images are from their production of The Nutcracker.
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Pope Pius IX, head of the Catholic Church, died in the
Apostolic Palace in Rome on the 7th of February, 1878.
Photographed in the 1860s
Born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti in 1792, the Italian port town of
Senigallia, Pius IX became the longest-running elected Pope in the history of the Catholic Church, with a papacy that lasted for over thirty-one years, from the 16th of June, 1846 until his death.
The Pope was
beatified on the 3rd of September, 2000.
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As depicted by English-born artist William Strutt in 1864.
One of the worst bushfire disasters in recorded Australian history, the Black Thursday fires took place on the 6th of February, 1851, in the colony of Victoria.
Severe drought in 1850 helped to create the conditions ideal for bushfires. An estimated maximum temperature of 47 °C and strong winds on the day of the disaster magnified the situation.
It is believed the fire started when two
bullock drivers left burning logs unattended.
The disaster claimed the lives of twelve people and many animals, and caused significant damage to the countryside.
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