Carl Hubert de Villeneuve’s 1820s sketch.
The last sighting of a
Japanese wolf – a subspecies of the grey wolf – was recorded in Nara Prefecture on the 23rd of January, 1905.
In the century before, during the
Meiji Restoration, killing the wolves had become a national policy.
A memorial statue now stands in the village of
Higashiyoshino, where the last wolf was seen.
The animal is now considered extinct.
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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.
History, Military, On This Day, Photography, US History
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Early French filmmaker
Gabriel Veyre premiered À travers l’Indochine (1° série). Embarquement d’un boeuf à bord d’un navire ( Through Indochina (1st series). Bull being loaded on a ship) in Lyon.
It was part of a series recorded in Tonkin (present-day Vietnam) between 1899 and 1900.
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17th September 1945: Soldiers of the Australian 2/31st Battalion pass through
Bandjermasin in Borneo as they take responsibility for the island after the surrender of Japan in the Second World War. It was reported they were given an enthusiastic welcome by the locals.
The island of Borneo was
under Japanese occupation from the end of 1941. Bandjermasin is now part of Indonesia.
From the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
Australia, History, Military, On This Day, Photography, Vintage, World War Two
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Freed Korean “
Comfort Women” – women forced to work as sex slaves for the Empire of Japan during the Second World War – talk to US soldiers in a photograph dated the 14th of August, 1944.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of women from Asia, as well as several hundred from the Netherlands and Australia, were treated this way.
Here is the official caption of the photograph:
“Three Korean “comfort girls” (captured in Burma), photographed while being interrogated by Capt. Won Loy Chan (San Francisco, California), Tech. Sgt. Robert Honda (Hawaii) and Sgt. Hirabayashi (Seattle, Washington), all of the G-2 Myitkyina Task Force of the U.S. Army.”
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US President Richard Nixon’s
historic visit to China in 1972 resulted in significant changes in relations between the two countries.
During the visit, Nixon and his wife attended a performance of the communist ballet
. The ballet, based on a 1961 film of the same name, which itself was based on a book, was staged on the Red Detachment of Women 22nd of February, 1972.
Red Detachment of Women, one of only a few ballets permitted in China during the Cultural Revolution, is still in the repertoire of the National Ballet of China.
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The Christian Martyrs Of Nagasaki
(painted 16th-17th century).
5th of February, 1597, a group of Catholics were executed by crucifixion in Nagasaki, Japan.
The victims were four Spaniards, one Mexican, one Indian (all Franciscan missionaries), three Japanese Jesuits, and seventeen Japanese members of the Third Order of St Francis (including children).
The atrocity was carried out on the orders of
Generations later it was discovered that Japan had a community of underground
“hidden Catholics” who had not been discouraged by the persecution.
The Catholic church of Nagasaki
was ground zero when the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945 at the end of the Second World War.
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22nd December 1937: Locals in Nanking, China clean up after the retreat of the Chinese army. The image appeared in a January 1938 edition of Japanese news picture magazine Asahi Graph. Japan had defeated China in the Battle of Nanking earlier in the month.
promises that civilians wouldn’t be harmed, by the time the image was published Japanese soldiers had killed between 40 000 and 300 000 people in what would become known as the Rape of Nanking, or the Nanking Massacre.
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A village in a Korean valley burns on the 7th of November, 1950 as troops from C Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) look on. They are searching for enemy soldiers.
17 000 Australians served in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953.
The image is from the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
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I’m flying to Beijing today, and will be gone just over a week. Posts should continue going up, but I might not be around to see them!