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Elvis Presley, regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, died #OnThisDay in 1977. He was just 42.

Here he is opening the last chapter of The Colour of Time.
Ginger Alden, his girlfriend, discovered him in an unresponsive state on a bathroom floor.

Presley is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music.
Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.
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Emiliano Zapata Salazar, leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, the main leader of the peasant revolution in the state of Morelos, and the inspiration of the agrarian movement called Zapatismo was born #OnThisDay in 1879.
A revolutionary from an early age, in 1897 he was arrested because he took part in a protest by the peasants of his village against the hacienda (plantation) that had appropriated their lands.
In 1909 his leadership skills were already well known, and he was summoned to his village of birth, Anenecuilco, where he was elected as the village’s council board president.
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#OnThisDay in 1969 - Photographer Iain Macmillan takes one of the most recognizable images of the 20th century, in the middle of Abbey Road in London.

The photo shows all the members of The Beatles crossing the road on a zebra crossing.
Behind the scenes
A less-known figure caught in the photograph standing on the sidewalk watching the group was an American tourist named Paul Cole.
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Mata Hari was born #OnThisDay in 1876.

She was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during WWI.

"My dance is a sacred poem in which each movement is a word and whose every word is underlined by music."
"The temple in which I dance can be vague or faithfully reproduced, for I am the temple."
"A harlot? Yes, but a traitoress, never!"

— Phrase attributed to Mata Hari during the trial.
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#OnThisDay in 1965 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting.
In this photograph taken in the Oval Office on January 18, 1964, by Yoichi Okamoto, Lyndon B. Johnson meets with a group of civil rights leaders - among them, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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#OnThisDay in 1943 – Jewish prisoners stage a revolt at Treblinka, one of the deadliest of Nazi death camps where approximately 900,000 persons were murdered in less than 18 months.
On August 2, 1943, prisoners quietly seized weapons from the camp armory, but were discovered before they could take over the camp.

Hundreds of prisoners stormed the main gate in an attempt to escape.

Many were killed by machine-gun fire.
More than 300 did escape -- though two-thirds of those who escaped were eventually tracked down and killed by German SS and police as well as military units.
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(Colorized by me) The Warsaw Uprising started #OnThisDay in 1944.

It was a major World War II operation by the Polish underground resistance, led by the Home Army (Armia Krajowa), to liberate Warsaw from German occupation.
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Although the exact number of casualties is unknown, it is estimated that about 16,000 members of the Polish resistance were killed and about 6,000 badly wounded. In addition, between 150,000 and 200,000 Polish civilians died, mostly from mass executions.
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#OnThisDay in 1941 – Under instructions from Hitler, Hermann Göring orders Reinhard Heydrich to "submit to me as soon as possible a general plan of the administrative material and financial measures necessary for carrying out the desired Final Solution of the Jewish question."
With the onset of Operation Barbarossa, mobile killing units of the SS, the Einsatzgruppen, and Order Police battalions were dispatched to the occupied Soviet Union for the express purpose of killing all Jews.
During the early stages of the invasion, Himmler himself visited Białystok in the beginning of July 1941, and requested that, "as a matter of principle, any Jew" behind the German-Soviet frontier was to be "regarded as a partisan".
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Otto von Bismarck died #OnThisDay in 1898.

Colorized by me.
Bismarck was born in 1815 at Schönhausen, a noble family estate west of Berlin in the Prussian province of Saxony.
The year before his death, Bismarck predicted:

"One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans."
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In the early morning of July 23rd, police raided an unlicensed bar known as The Blind Pig. This raid would be the spark that caused one of the bloodiest riots in American history, the #Detroit Race Riot of 1967. #OnThisDay
Detroit experienced over three days of unrest that resulted in 43 deaths, 1000 people injured, 7200 people arrested, and hundreds of families displaced from their homes. While the raid ignited the riot, the underlying causes went much deeper.
The summer of 1967 was known as the “Long Hot Summer.” All across America, race riots were erupting in urban cities. In Detroit, the riot was the culmination of Black residents anger over police brutality, disenfranchisement and lack of housing and economic opportunities.
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#OnThisDay in 1942 - About 254,000 Warsaw Ghetto Jews (or at least 300,000 by different accounts) were sent to Treblinka during the Grossaktion Warschau. The vast majority was murdered there between Tisha B'Av (July 23) and Yom Kippur (September 21) of 1942.
During the Grossaktion, Jews were terrorized in daily round-ups, marched through the ghetto, and assembled at the Umschlagplatz station square for the so-called "resettlement to the East" (Umsiedlung).
From there, they were sent aboard overcrowded Holocaust trains to the extermination camp in Treblinka.
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Thread : #OnThisDay in 2008, Muralitharan picks 800th Test wicket off last ball of his career

P Ojha on Strike.
Muralitharan bowling.
Jayawardene pulling off a diving catch.

He made history with his final ball in Test cricket by becoming the first bowler to reach 800 wickets.
When Muttiah Muralitharan announced his intention to retire from Tests before the first match against India, in Galle, he had 792 wickets.

By the end of day three he took the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar and moved to 793. #Srilanka
But at the end of the 4th day Sri Lankan bowlers took 12 wickets, and 5 of them going to Murali.

On the final day, with India following on, VVS Laxman guided the tail, seeking a draw while Sri Lanka pushed for a win and those two wickets for Murali.
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This weekend is the 50th anniversary of the #Apollo11 moon landing and, of course, there are N.J. connections. Here we go ... 1/7
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin grew up in Montclair, N.J. Reporter @karen_yi tells the story of a hometown hero: 2/7
It was the 8th inning of a tie game at Yankee Stadium when legendary announcer Bob Sheppard told the crowd Apollo 11 had landed. Columnist @StevePoliti revisits that moment:

Where were you? #Apollo50th 3/7
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Billie Holiday died #OnThisDay in 1959. She was only 44.

It's an absolute privilege for me to be able to work on some of her most stunning photos and videos and present them in color for the first time. Soon! #Billie

Coming out soon.
Melding archive, drama, animation and still images, BILLIE will capture the complexity of a legend through the eyes of the woman whose obsession would lead to her own mysterious, untimely death.
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The Romanov family and several of their retainers are executed by a Bolshevik firing squad #OnThisDay in the basement of the Ipatiev House in Siberia.

In The Colour of Time you can read more about it and see a photo of the aftermath in color.
The family was shot, bayoneted and stabbed. The execution lasted about 20 minutes. Future investigations calculated that a possible 70 bullets were fired.
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#OnThisDay in 1933 – The Nazi eugenics begins with the proclamation of the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring that calls for the compulsory sterilization of any citizen who suffers from alleged genetic disorders.
"For the purposes of this law, any person will be considered as hereditarily diseased who is suffering from any one of the following diseases: –

(1) Congenital Mental Deficiency,
(2) Schizophrenia,
(3) Manic-Depressive Insanity,
(4) Hereditary Epilepsy,
(5) Hereditary Chorea
(6) Hereditary Blindness,
(7) Hereditary Deafness,
(8) Any severe hereditary deformity."
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Frida Kahlo died #OnThisDay in 1954, aged 47, in Coyoacán, Mexico.

Her last drawing was a black angel. It was accompanied by the last words she wrote, "I joyfully await the exit – and I hope never to return – Frida"
The official cause of death was pulmonary embolism, although no autopsy was performed. The nurse, who counted Kahlo's painkillers to monitor her drug use, stated that she had taken an overdose the night she died.
Kahlo's death mask on her bed in La Casa Azul.
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Four conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln were hanged #OnThisDay in 1865: Lewis Powell, David Herold, George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt.

I colorized all of them a few years ago, Booth included.

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Colorized by me: Paris street in the June Days Uprising, taken #OnThisDay in 1848.

This photograph became the first known instance of photojournalism.
Rue Saint-Maur.
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#OnThisDay 75 years ago, Operation Bagration begun. Following the most successful deception operation in #WWII which utterly deceived the Germans as to the size and location of the Soviet summer offensive, the Red Army destroyed Army Group Centre.
The giant offensive saw 1.2 million Soviet troops, supported by 4 thousand tanks, 24 thousand artillery pieces, and 5.4 thousand aircraft attack 4 German armies.
Army Group Centre had been stripped of its mobile reserves, as German High Command believed that the Soviet attack would fall in the south. Half a million combatants and 300 thousand non-coms became trapped by the Soviet advance. Largest defeat in the history of the German army.
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The 60-year reign of Queen Victoria, which was commemorated as the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria was celebrated #OnThisDay in 1897. The procession followed a route six miles long through London and included troops from all over the empire.

- Photo colorized by me for TCOT.
On June 20th the Queen wrote in her journal: “This eventful day, 1897 has opened, and I pray God to help and protect me (...) God will surely help me on! How well I remember this day sixty years ago when I was called from my bed by dear Mama to receive the news of my accession!”
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#OnThisDay in 1937, the first Russia-US non-stop transpolar flight took off from Moscow. “If we are the first to establish an air link over the pole between the Old World and the new, it will be a record, but we are not primarily seeking records."
- Valery Chkalov, June 17, 1937
The pilot was Soviet celebrity Valery Chkalov, the most famous of “Stalin’s Falcons”. Chkalov was a son of a Volga boatman and a daring pilot.
The aircraft, ANT-25 was designed by the genius Andrei Nikolayevich Tupolev. Revolutionary design, included the fuel tanks in the wings for the first time. The proportion of wings to the fuselage resembled a glider, allowing the plane to fly huge distances without refuelling.
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#OnThisDay 75 years ago June 15, 1944 the Battle of Saipan began with 8,000 Marines from the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions making an amphibious assault on the well defended island. #USMC #SemperFidelis #Marines Full version on YouTube
Operation Forager, was the code name name of the Mariana and Palau Islands campaign which included the Battle of Saipan on June 15, 1944. At 0700 8,000 Marines from the 2nd & 4th Marine Divisions launched an amphibious assault on the heavily defended island. #USMC #DDaySaipan75
Dad was with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. Previously on Tarawa he commanded an Infantry platoon and was wounded by a sniper towards the end of the battle but managed to walk away. On Saipan he was on Battalion Staff as the S2 Officer and was not as lucky...
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#OTD #OnThisDay from Himmler's Appt Book, June 8, 1941: Himmler arrived at the office this Sunday morning and had an intriguing meeting with SS-Obersturmbannführer Bender at 1145.
Bender was the Superior SS- and Police Judge on Himmler's staff. Himmler in particular was interested in a penal unit of the SS-Totenkopf Division.
This had been established as a punishment unit by Theodor Eicke the first Commander of the concentration camps to avoid incarcerating them in the camps themselves.
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