On this day…

Katarina Witt

East German figure skating star Katarina Witt is photographed here on the 9th of January, 1982. She was sixteen years old when the picture was taken.

Witt went on to win both the World and European titles that year. Two years later she won her first of two Winter Olympic gold medals, at the Sarajevo Games.

Christmas Eve and Koliada

Today is Christmas Eve by the old calendar, and is still celebrated by millions of people around the world, especially in Eastern Europe.

The 6th of January is also the date of the beginning of Koliada, an ancient Slavic winter festival that predates Christianity. The festival is now incorporated into Christmas festivities.

Koliada in the Mogilev region of Belarus at Christmastime in 1903.

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The festival in Lviv, Ukraine.

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On this day: Britain’s Infamous Winter

Called the Big Freeze of 1963, the United Kingdom shivered through an infamous winter that began in 1962. It was one of the coldest winters in history.

This photograph is dated the 14th of February, and was taken in the London Borough of Barnet, in the city’s north.

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North_Finchley_High_Road_geograph-3384741-by-Ben-BrooksbankView southward at Kenver Avenue, near Tally-Ho Corner. That winter the snow in London lasted for two months. 14th February 1963

January 1959

These aerial images of Alnwick Castle and the town of Alnwick blanketed in snow were taken in January of 1959.

Alnwick Castle is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, and was built following the Norman Conquest, with parts of the castle dating to around 1096.

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Aerial view of Alnwick, Northumberland, January 1959 Alnwick Castle England Britain Black and White Vintage

Winter 1916

Pow_Winter_Recreation_Art_IWMART17084 German Prisoners of War Recreation Alexandra Palace London 1916 First World War One

This painting, from the collection of the Imperial War Museum, shows German prisoners of war playing in the snow outside Alexandra Palace in London.

At the beginning of the First World War the area housed Belgian refugees, but as the war continued it was transformed into an internment camp for Germans and Austrians.

On this day: London Frozen

This photograph, dated the 2nd of January, 1962 shows ice and snow at East Finchley station in London’s north. The next winter the United Kingdom suffered one of the coldest winters on record.

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