14th November 1926: A ceremony is held in Warsaw, Poland to unveil the monument to composer Frédéric Chopin. Chopin was born near the Polish capital in 1810, dying in Paris in 1849.
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Strongheart, a German Shepherd, was born on the 1st of October, 1917. Originally trained as a police dog for Germany in World War One, he went on to become a movie star in America.
Originally named Etzel von Oeringen, his owner fell into poverty at the end of the war and sent him to the United States in 1920, where he was renamed at the suggestion of a studio.
Brawn of the North
Strongheart’s film credits include 1921’s The Silent Call and 1922’s Brawn of the North.
His last film was 1927’s The Return of Boston Blackie.
As the star of a book in 1926.
The dog was accidentally burnt by studio lights, which caused him to develop a tumour. He died in June 1929.
There were three movements of North America’s most infamous racist group, the Ku Klux Klan.
The second wave ran from around 1915 to 1944, and one of their aims was to “preserve American culture” by stopping European immigration (which was happening at a higher rate because of the two World Wars) into both the United States and Canada.
In this period, the US version of the KKK was supremely anti-Irish and anti-Italian (amongst other nationalities), and anti-Catholic. The Canadian version was concerned with trying to stop immigration from Eastern Europe, in an attempt to preserve Canada’s “British culture”.
Because of these racist views, St Patrick’s Day was a target.