On this day: Stalin sends Ukrainians to Siberia

The people of western Ukraine being deported to Siberia by Stalin_s government. 1940s.

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This weekend marks the seventieth anniversary of Stalin’s mass deportation of Ukrainians to Siberia. In the west of the country entire villages were cleared of ethnic Ukrainians. In just one day over 76 000 people were deported.

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On this day: A Royal Wedding

The wedding of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh took place on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London.

The future Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh were married in Westminster Abbey in London on the 20th of November, 1947. The wedding took place at 11:30am.

Wedding dress of Wedding dress of Elizabeth II. Photo taken on her wedding day, 20 November 1947.

British designer Norman Hartnell created the dress, which was bought with ration coupons, as rationing was still in place following the Second World War.

On this day: Al Capone dies

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Capone circa 1935

On the 25th of January 1947 infamous American gangster Al Capone died of cardiac arrest following a stroke.

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Capone’s death certificate

I’ve always known about this, as this is the day my father was born, and when he was younger he thought it was very cool it happened on the same day (like a typical little boy who liked playing cops and robbers!).

Though he was known for his crimes, to some he was viewed as a modern-day Robin Hood who helped the poor. However, he did spend time in Alcatraz, the notorious US prison.