Pope Pius IX, head of the Catholic Church, died in the
Apostolic Palace in Rome on the 7th of February, 1878.
Photographed in the 1860s
Born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti in 1792, the Italian port town of
Senigallia, Pius IX became the longest-running elected Pope in the history of the Catholic Church, with a papacy that lasted for over thirty-one years, from the 16th of June, 1846 until his death.
The Pope was
beatified on the 3rd of September, 2000.
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This photograph shows Italian sailors arriving in Tripoli, the capital of the North African land of Libya, on the 5th of October, 1911.
Italy and Turkey
fought a war in the region from late September, 1911 until October, 1912. The conflict resulted in an Italian victory, and the Kingdom of Italy captured what was to become known as Italian Libya.
Italy lost control of Libya in 1943, when losing ground to the Allies in the Second World War.
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The region of
Nervesa della Battaglia in northern Italy was retaken from the Austro-Hungarians in June of 1918.
This photograph was taken as Italian forces returned to the region to survey the destruction.
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The recovered wreckage in 2007. X
On the 27
th of June, 1980, Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 disappeared from the sky during a flight from Bologna to Palermo, Italy.
The plane crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea, killing all eighty-one people on board.
While it was concluded by British investigators that a bomb on the aircraft caused the disaster, to this day Italian officials insist a missile was fired at the plane.
The disaster occurred in the middle of a wave of terrorist acts to hit Italy (such as the
Bologna Bombing), fuelled by far left and right-wing groups in the country’s north.
This photograph, dated the 24th of June, 1918, shows Italian troops at 10am, waiting for battle.
They are in the
of Nervesa, in the northern Italian Veneto region, an area that was largely destroyed in battle in the days immediately before. commune
The soldiers retook the region from the Austro-Hungarians.
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Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini stands on the balcony of the
Palazzo Venezia in Rome to declare war on France and Great Britain on the 10th of June, 1940.
Meanwhile, in Turin in the north of the country, people gather in a piazza to listen to the declaration on the radio.
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This photograph is from Easter in 1865, which fell on the 16th of April. Pope Pius IX conducts Easter Mass in St Peter’s Square in Rome.
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