On this day: a protest in England

An anti-fascist march in Leicester, England on the 24th of August, 1974. Communists are amongst those in the protest.

 March_against_racialism,_Leicester,_England,_1974 Anti-fascist march in Leicester, 24th August 1974.

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On this day: a President Resigns

Oliver F. Atkins' photo of Nixon leaving the White House shortly before his resignation became effective, 9th August 1974.

These images, taken by Oliver F. Atkins on the 9th of August, 1974, show US President Richard Nixon leaving the White House after resigning. The resignation came into effect shortly after.

Nixon-departOliver F. Atkins_ photo of Nixon leaving the White House on Marine One shortly before his resignation became effective, August 9, 1974.

Republican Nixon gave up the Presidency following the Watergate scandal, in which he tried to cover up his involvement in a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube

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According to Google, today is the 40th anniversary of the Hungarian-invented Rubik’s Cube. Originally called the Magic Cube, it was created by Budapest-born Ernő Rubik.

It’s actually a little difficult to pinpoint the “birthday”, as it went through many phases, stages and versions before coming to be the frustrating and addictive toy it is today.

 First Rubik's Cube World Championship, Budapest, June 5, 1982. Stamp of Hungary, 1982.

Hungarian commemorative stamp for the first Rubik’s Cube World Championship, which was held in Budapest on the 5th of June, 1982.

As a child of the Eighties, there was always at least one of these things around when I was growing up. We never actually tried to complete it; we just like fiddling with the silly thing!