The Nutcracker, 1950s.

This 1950s image shows dancers of the Borovansky Ballet in the snow scene from The Nutcracker. The company, created by Czech immigrant Edouard Borovansky and his wife Xenia in the 1940s, was used as the basis for The Australian Ballet, which was founded in 1962.

From the National Library of Australia, Canberra.

The Nutcracker Snow Scene 1950s Christmas Czech- born Australian ballet dancer, choreographer and director. AHe and his wife settled in Australia where they established the Borovansky Ba

On this day: Ballet in 1956

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.
Borovansky Ballet's Nutcracker published in The Australian Women_s Weekly 8th February 1956.

The most successful woman in Olympic history.

Ukrainian gymnast Larisa Latynina was born in Kherson in December, 1934. The most successful woman in Olympic history. Eighteen medals Eighteen events.

Ukrainian gymnast Larisa Latynina was born in Kherson in December, 1934. After her father was killed in the Battle of Stalingrad she was raised by her illiterate mother.

Originally a ballet dancer, after switching to gymnastics she went on to compete at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games.

Larisa_Latynina-croppedUkrainian gymnast Larisa Latynina was born in Kherson in December, 1934. The most successful woman in Olympic history. Eighteen medals Eighteen events.

Winning a medal in every event available to female gymnasts at all three Games, she became the most successful woman in Olympic history with eighteen medals, including nine gold.

She is one of only a handful of gymnasts who returned to the sport after having a child. At the time she kept her pregnancy a secret from coaches and Soviet officials.

Ukrainian gymnast Larisa Latynina was born in Kherson in December, 1934. black and white

Until US swimmer Michael Phelps recently overtook her, she was also the most successful Olympic athlete of any gender.

On this day: the SS Andrea Doria collided with the MS Stockholm in 1956

The SS Andrea Doria sinking after being struck by the SS Stockholm in 1956. Half of the ship's lifeboats are still onboard, a result of the severe list that developed after the ship was struck.Andrea_Doria_USCG_1

The Andrea Doria shortly before sinking.

On the 25th of July, 1956, the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collided with the MS Stockholm in heavy fog, just south of Nantucket Island. The accident killed fifty-one. Though the bigger of the two, the Andrea Doria would go on to capsize and sink, while the heavily damaged Stockholm managed to sail to New York.

Andrea Doria July 26, 1956. Taken from the Navy transport William H. Thomas.

The Andrea Doria the dawn after the collision.

The ''MS Stockholm'' following the collision with the SS ''Andrea Doria'' in 1956.

The Stockholm damaged after the crash.