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Billie Holiday was born #OnThisDay in 1915.

I'm DYING to show you the beautiful images I'm colorizing for the upcoming documentary! I didn't know much about her but since I started working on the film I became obsessed with her. She was incredible.…
I'm obsessed with one of her dogs too
This is Pepe (given to her by Ava Gardner). He became her best friend and companion in her last days of drug addiction.
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Douglas MacArthur died #OnThisDay in 1964.

Photo: He is seated in the original chair of the old lord of the St. Benoit Chateau, France. September 19, 1918.
MacArthur received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign, which made him and his father Arthur MacArthur Jr. the first father and son to be awarded the medal.
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Yuri Gagarin died #OnThisDay in 1968. He became the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed one orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.
Yuri Gagarin was born 9 March 1934 in the village of Klushino, near Gzhatsk (renamed Gagarin in 1968 after his death). His parents worked on a collective farm: Alexey Ivanovich Gagarin as a carpenter and bricklayer, and Anna Timofeyevna Gagarina as a milkmaid.
Like millions of people in the Soviet Union, the Gagarin family suffered during Nazi occupation in World War II. Klushino was occupied in November 1941 during the German advance on Moscow, and an officer took over the Gagarin residence.
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2. Today I'm going to share stories of thousands of people whose future was stolen by the failed policies/oppression/corruption of🇺🇸🇬🇧🇫🇷mafia states I urge all nations to support the democratic aspirations of all 🌍& not let🇺🇸🇬🇧🇫🇷continue with shit policies!
1. Today I'm going to share stories of thousands of people whose future was stolen by the failed policies/oppression/corruption of🇺🇸🇬🇧🇫🇷MafiaStates I urge all nations to support the democratic aspirations of all🌍& not let🇺🇸🇬🇧🇫🇷continue with shit policies!
By @PressTV
US airstrike kills 14 members of one family in #Afghanistan
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Albert Einstein was born #OnThisDay in 1879.
This is Elsa Einstein, the second wife and cousin of Albert Einstein.
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#OnThisDay 7 yrs ago 2 Palestinian cousins, Amjad Mahmad Awad (18) & Hakim Mazen Awad (17) murdered a Jewish family in their beds. They stabbed to death a mother Ruth (35), father Udi (36), 2 young boys Yoav (11) & Elad (4) and decapitated a baby girl, Hadas (3 months).

The #Fogel family massacre was so horrific even Palestinian Authority Pres. Mahmoud Abbas and PM Salam Fayyad condemned the attack. Still, the Palestinian govt has paid over $132,000 to the killers as a REWARD. This Pay-for-Slay policy must be stopped.…
Pay-for-Slay refers to the Martyrs Fund paid by the Palestinian Authority. It pays lifetime salaries to terrorists and it pays a lot. In 2017 the PA paid $345M in blood money - equal to half the $693 million that the PA receives as foreign aid. This is a moral outrage.
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Anne Bonny was born #OnThisDay in sometime around 1700. She was an Irish pirate operating in the Caribbean, and one of the most famous female pirates of all time. #InternationalWomensDay
It is recorded that Bonny had red hair and was considered a "good catch" but may have had a fiery temper; at age 13, she supposedly stabbed a servant girl with a knife.
She married a poor sailor and small-time pirate named James Bonny. James hoped to win possession of his father-in-law's estate, but Bonny was disowned by her father. Anne's father did not approve of James Bonny as a husband for his daughter, and he kicked Anne out of their house.
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Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement was born #OnThisDay in 1802.
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“Feb. 11 marks the historic victory of the anti-monarchic revolution in 1979 when nationwide protests by Iranian people toppled Shah’s dictatorship known for his notorious secret police, SAVAK, Evin prison, and the lavish spending of his corrupt regime.” -Soona Samsami #FreeIran
"The Iranian people never desired a theocracy. They wanted a democracy. Throughout all these years, but especially since 2017, the Iranian people have demanded change.” - Soona Samsami #FreeIran #OnThisDay #FreeIran2019
“In 1979, Khomeini had to establish his unpopular theocracy through intimidation, suppression of free speech, a foreign war, elimination of political parties, and a trend of human rights violations that has made the Iran regime into a pariah.” - Soona Samsami #FreeIran #OnThisDay
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#OnThisDay in 1863, Frederick Douglass spoke at The Cooper Institute in New York City. He addressed the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Lincoln about 5 weeks before: "I congratulate you, upon what may be called the greatest event of our nation’s history... 1/7
(issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation), if not the greatest event of the century… In the hurry and excitement of the moment, it is difficult to grasp the full and complete significance of President Lincoln’s proclamation. 2/7
The change in attitude of the Government is vast and startling. For more than sixty years the Federal Government has been little better than a stupendous engine of Slavery and oppression, through which Slavery has ruled us, as with a rod of iron. 3/7
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#OnThisDay, the Morosco Theatre opened in 1917 in Times Square in a moment where it seemed as if the theater bubble would never burst. But the Depression Era was not kind to Broadway: many theaters near the Morosco were converted to movie houses, turned to burlesque, or closed.
As stars who had made a name for themselves onstage left New York for Hollywood’s silver screen, institutions like the Morosco had less and less leverage to justify their existence in the face of developers’ forceful attempts to redevelop the Times Square area.
The Morosco Theatre, along with the Bijou, Helen Hayes, Astor, and Gaiety Theatres, were victims of the “Great Theatre Massacre of 1982” in which several historic theaters were demolished to make way for a 50-story hotel.
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Winston Churchill died #OnThisDay in 1965. Churchill was an accomplished amateur artist and took great pleasure in painting. He found a haven in art to overcome the spells of depression which some say he suffered throughout his life.
Churchill's best-known paintings are impressionist landscapes, many of which were painted while on holiday in the South of France, Egypt or Morocco.
Using the pseudonym "Charles Morin", he continued his hobby throughout his life and painted hundreds of paintings, many of which are on show in the studio at Chartwell as well as private collections.
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Rasputin was born #OnThisDay in 1869.
... aaaaand this is the creepiest photo you will ever see.
I have my colorization of Rasputin on the wall of my studio....
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Mathew Brady, Civil War photographer, died #OnThisDay in 1896.

Brady opened his own studio in New York in 1844, and photographed Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and Abraham Lincoln, among other public figures.
During the war, Brady spent over $100,000 to create over 10,000 plates. He expected the US government to buy the photographs when the war ended. When the government refused to do so he was forced to sell his New York City studio and go into bankruptcy.
Congress granted Brady $25,000 in 1875, but he remained deeply in debt. The public was unwilling to dwell on the gruesomeness of the war after it had ended, and so private collectors were scarce.
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Amelia Earhart was declared dead #OnThisDay in 1939.

She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

(The photo is from The Colour of Time
Earhart was the daughter of Samuel "Edwin" Stanton Earhart and Amelia "Amy". She was born in Atchison, Kansas, in the home of her maternal grandfather, Alfred Gideon Otis, who was a former federal judge, the president of the Atchison Savings Bank.
According to family custom, Earhart was named after her two grandmothers, Amelia Josephine Harres and Mary Wells Patton. From an early age, Amelia was the ringleader while her sister Grace Muriel Earhart (1899–1998), two years her junior, acted as the dutiful follower.
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#OnThisDay in 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first flight with a powered aircraft.
"Orville sold the family company but remained involved in aeronautics until his own death in 1948, by which time aircraft had crossed oceans, broken the sound barrier and dropped atomic bombs."


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I’m an avid history geek 🤓 and I got this idea from @GippersChutzpah!
My follower count is currently stuck in the mid ages. I’ll tweet some Jewish history milestones from along the years, according to my follower count. So come on, I’m 4 followers short of the first story...
On 13/12/1204, Moshe Ben Maimon AKA #Maimonides (Greek) and Ha’Rambam (Hebrew), died at 69 in Egypt.
A Philosopher, Physician, Astronomer and one of most important #Jewish Scholars of all times.
Buried in Tiberias @Israel, upon final request to be buried in the ancient homeland
WOW! 3 followers away from yet another milestone of #JewishHistory!
So far we learned about some pogroms 😠(1171 France, 1190 England) and Maïmōnídēs dying 😢(1204 Egypt).
JewishHistory is filled with sorrow and darkness but it gets better in the 2nd half of the 20th century 😉
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#OnThisDay, as the world marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, here's an alarming report about #Iran.
In #Iran, 180,000 young girls are forced to wed each year.

Hundreds of girls under the age of ten are registered as married.

"Humanity must pledge to bring an end to all the wrongs being imposed against women, especially in countries such as Iran. The 21st century is no place for such continuing atrocities."

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#OnThisDay in 1934, the universe produced a collection of organic molecules called Carl Sagan ❤️
“People in the past said the Martian environment was probably too severe for life. In my view that's an exceedingly provincial conclusion.”

In 1972, we had this in-depth conversation with Carl Sagan about life on Mars:
“It can be dangerous to believe things just because you want them to be true. You can get tricked if you don't question yourself and others, especially people in a position of authority.”

How Carl Sagan described death to his young daughter:
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Sigmund Freud died #OnThisDay in 1939.
Freud was born to Jewish parents in the Moravian town of Freiberg, in the Austrian Empire (later Příbor, Czech Republic), the first of eight children. Both of his parents were from Galicia, in modern-day Ukraine.
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#OnThisDay, as the devout William Rosecrans galloped to the rear and, in his own words, “prostrated myself in spirit at the feet of our Crucified Lord and implored His most Sacred heart to pity us,” George Thomas was NOT in the mood for pity. He was too busy building a line.
Rosecrans was a complex dude and a titan of his era, but at Chickamauga, his wild temperament got the best of him and he became one of the few men on Earth who could say, “I was outgeneraled by Braxton Bragg.” (It hurts just to type that. Let’s give Longstreet the credit.)
As his right wing crumbled, Rosecrans beat feet to Chattanooga, where he was helped from his horse “faint and ill, stunned by sudden calamity.” An observer said: “Chickamauga is as fatal a name in our history as Bull Run.”

Only someone forgot to tell George Thomas.
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To mark the 40th anniversary of the #CampDavidAccords, check out our collection of more than 250 documents--totaling more than 1,400 pages--of intelligence provided to President Carter leading up to the Sept. 1978 Middle East Peace Accords at Camp David.
After 12 days of talks at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin & Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed the #CampDavidAccords on Sept. 17, 1978.

The declassified documents in CIA’s collection cover the period from January 1977 through March 1979 & detail diplomatic developments throughout the region following the #CampDavidAccords.

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#OnThisDay in 1963, Dr. King stood atop the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his famed “I Have a Dream” speech.
Still not free. #FreedomForward
Let's rise to the sunlit path of racial justice. #FreedomForward
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Crime against humanity Part1
Have you ever seen this #video?
Nouri Maliki's (former prime minister of #Iraq) Special Forces carried out the operation in cooperation with the Iranian Regime to slaughter 52 Iranian dissidents on Sep 1st, 2013 in Camp Ashraf
Crime against humanity Part2
Maliki's barbarian assassins attacked Ashraf-city in #Iraq and slaughtered 52 Iranian refugees, the members of #PMOI #MEK
A shocking documentary about the massacre in Camp Ashraf Part 1
Crime against humanity by Maliki's forces and slaughtering 52 Iranian refugees by the order of #Khamenei
Sep. 1st, 2013
#PMOI #MEK #Iran
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