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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Romance.com.au (run by Harlequin/HarperCollins)
up, if you’d like to read them. has the first two chapters of my book
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6th August 1942:
reports on The Daily Express’ front page Stalin’s genocide in Ukraine, sharing photos of the dead and dying that were sneaked out of the Soviet Union. Unlike many Kremlin-friendly Western publications of the time, the newspaper chose to report on the genocide that claimed the lives of up to ten million people.
In Ukraine the Holodomor took place from 1932-33, when the food and crops of ethnic Ukrainians were confiscated and the people deliberately starved to death, to be replaced with colonial Russians.
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English novelist Emily Brontë, of
Wuthering Heights Heights fame, was born on the 30th of July, 1818.
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An engraving by Hendrik Hondius portrays a similar outbreak in the 1560s.
In July of 1518,
dancing mania – a phenomenon that occurred across Europe for several centuries – hit Strasbourg, Alsace (France). Approximately four-hundred people danced themselves to exhaustion, and even to their deaths.
The plague began when a woman named Mrs Troffea began to dance in the street.
At the time, it was decided that the people could be cured with more dancing, and so musicians were hired to encourage them – which resulted in more deaths.
One modern-day theory suggest that consumption of fungi containing psychoactive chemicals (similar to LSD) was to blame.
Mass hysteria has also been suggested.
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The opening ceremony in 1911.
The Royal Military College, Australia’s army officer training establishment, was officially opened in Duntroon, Canberra on the 27th of June, 1911.
Governor-General, Lord Dudley presided over the ceremony. The college was built on the land surrounding the Campbell family homestead.
The college was so new at the outbreak of the First World War that the first officers had not completed their training when Australia joined the conflict in early August, 1914.
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