Workers at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London remove scaffolding from the Victoria Tower. The image appeared in
on the 20th of March, 1954. The Illustrated London News
, via the British Newspaper Archive. The Londonist
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3rd December 1950: A wounded chaplain is photographed conducting a memorial service over the snow-covered bodies of dead US Marines.
The image was taken during the
Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War.
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The newly established New Amsterdam Ballet in rehearsal under the direction of Mascha ter Weeme. 24th September 1959.
Two years later the company would merge with Nederlands Ballet to form today’s Dutch National Ballet, directed by
Sonia Gaskell until 1969.
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This is the 21st September edition of New York’s
Sunday News from 1958, announcing that US civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been stabbed in the chest the day before, at Blumstein’s Department Store in Harlem.
The attacker was a woman named Izola Curry, and the crime surprised many as she was African American.
Surgery was required to removed the knife, and King stayed in hospital for almost two weeks.
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7th August 1957: The tail of an airship sticks up in the air after it was brought down by a nuclear test in Nevada, USA.
The downing of the (unmanned) ship came at the height of tensions during the
Cold War, at a time Russian/Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, infamous for carrying out Stalinist purges in Ukraine, was repeatedly threatening the West with nuclear annihilation.
928 nuclear tests were held
at the site in Nevada. The frequent mushroom clouds, seen for miles, became Las Vegas tourist attractions.
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A jeep stuck up a tree. From the collection of the National Library of Australia, Canberra.
On the 18th of January, 1951
Mount Lamington in Papua New Guinea, just north of Australia, began to erupt.
The worst of the devastation came three days later when a violent blast led to the deaths of some 3000 people, and left more than 5000 homeless.
The following year Australian vulcanologist
Tony Taylor was awarded the George Cross for his work during the disaster.
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January 1953: Evelyn Stillwell teaches a ballet class in Sarasota, Florida, USA.
Photographed by Charles Barron.
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