On this day: Gene Tierney dies

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American film and stage actress Gene Tierney died on the 6th of November, 1991. Born in 1920, she was days from her seventy-first birthday when she died of emphysema.

Known both for her beauty and her acting ability, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Leave Her to Heaven (1945).

Like too any people of her era, her death was caused by a lifetime of smoking. Unlike many others, the reason she took up smoking was in an attempt to deepen her voice. “I sound like an angry Minnie Mouse,” she claimed as the reason.

Bombing of Wall Street, 1920.

The Wall Street bombing occurred at 12:01 pm on Thursday the 16th of September, 1920 in the Financial District of New York City.

At noon, a horse-drawn wagon passed by lunchtime crowds on Wall Street in New York City and stopped across the street from the headquarters of the J.P. Morgan bank at 23 Wall Street, on the Financial District’s busiest corner. Inside, 100 pounds (45 kg) of dynamite with 500 pounds (230 kg) of heavy, cast-iron sash weights exploded in a timer-set detonation sending the slugs tearing through the air.

Thirty-eight people were killed and one hundred and forty-three injured.

Though nobody was ever convicted of the crime, public sentiment at the time quickly led to people placing the blame on the Soviets or other Communists.

However, investigators and modern historians believe the attack was most likely carried out by Galleanists (Italian anarchists).

Damage from the bombing is still visible on 23 Wall Street.

The aftermath of the bombing.

The Wall Street bombing occurred at 1201 pm on Thursday, September 16, 1920, in the Financial District of New York City. The blast killed 38 and seriously injured 143.

The writing on the side of the picture reads: Dead in front of Morgan’s 1/16/20

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On this day: Russia invades Azerbaijan

27th April, 1920, and Russia was in the process of building up their egos and their empire (sorry, their Socialist Republic).

 Красная_армия_в_Баку,_май_1920_гRussia invading Baku May 1920

According to the Russian historian A.B. Shirokorad, the Soviet invasion of Azerbaijan was carried out using a standard Bolshevik template: a local revolutionary committee starts real or “virtual” worker riots and requests support from the Red Army.

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That’s pretty much what they did in Ukraine THIS YEAR. Russian tactics are scary because #1 they don’t change and #2 they WORK.