Article: Japan marks 70th anniversary of Battle of Okinawa

#AceHistoryNews On this Day June.23:
Japan marks 70th anniversary of Battle of Okinawa.


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Article: Hitler’s invasion of Russia: From the archive, 23 June 1941

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Hitler’s invasion of Russia: From the archive, 23 June 1941


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Article: First Night History

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First Night Design | Quotation #1 – Rose Macaulay

First Night Design

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The beautiful Jane Morley from View from a French Hillside has nominated me to take part in a quote challenge, which requires three quotes over three days and the tagging of three other blogs each day. If you want to revel in glorious photography (available as greeting cards) taken in an around her French home, I can highly recommend a visit to her blog. There’s a tea room, and a boutique — Galerie de La Maison — attached should you find yourself in South West France!

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My first quote is from the British writer Rose Macaulay [1881-1958] and is one that I stencilled in old gold around the petrol green wall of the bathroom in my second London flat. I say it to myself every time I look at the mess around me!


“At the least, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.”

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First Night Design | Quotation #2 – Motele in Auschwitz

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Following Jane Morley‘s tagging of me for this challenge, my second quote is also something I stencilled on that bathroom wall I mentioned yesterday! It is part of a poem written by an eight-year-old boy, Motele, which was published in a Warsaw Ghetto newspaper, Gazeta Zydowoska, and translated from the Yiddish by Dr. Marie Syrkin. Dr. Syrkin included it in her book, Blessed is the Match: The Story of Jewish Resistance. Motele did not survive.

Child survivors at Auschwitz [Wikimedia] Child survivors at Auschwitz [Wikimedia]

From tomorrow on I shall be sad – from tomorrow on.
Not today, no! Today I will be glad.
And every day, no matter how bitter it be, I will say:
From tomorrow on I shall be sad, not today!

It is an anthem for life and despite its sad provenance, it lifts my spirits immeasurably.

Here are three lovely people with three lovely blogs I’m tagging for the challenge. Dear…

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TURKEY: ‘ Just 81-Years Ago Today People were Confronted with Surname Law ‘

#AceHistoryNews – Turkey:June.21: Just 81 years ago today, Turkish people were confronted with a new law, which would make them choose a formal, legal family surname – a profound change in the ordinary life of Turks who had dealt with a series of radical reforms in their newly established country.

Starting in the early 1920s – after the Ottoman Empire collapsed and Turkey was declared a republic – a numerous social, political and economic reforms were passed with the aim of transforming Turkey into a modern country.

Among these deep social changes was the Surname Law adopted on June 21, 1934, which required all Turkish citizens to choose a surname for their family.

Before that, Turks, as well as other ethnicities living in the Ottoman Empire, had no surname. People were addressed with titles like “hadji” (pilgrim), “hodja” (teacher), “agha” (master), “pasha” (general), “hafiz” (someone who have completely memorized the Qur’an), “lady/madam” and so on.

Others were called with a reference to their hometown, like “Konevi” (meaning from Konya).

Although the new law was intended to ease the daily life of the public, not everybody was happy. Among them were some prominent Turkish names including Halide Edip Adivar, a novelist, nationalist, and women’s rights activist, and Nihal Atsiz, an author, poet, and a leading supporter of the pan-Turkist ideology.


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Article: 8 million mummified animals, mostly dogs, in catacombs at Egypt site

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8 million mummified animals, mostly dogs, in catacombs at Egypt site


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Happy Juneteenth!!!

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Today is the day that I will celebrate my independence day.  In fact, I won’t be alone either.  All across this country, there will be barbeques, parties, and maybe even a parade or two.  Those not celebrating today because it’s Friday will likely do so tomorrow if they haven’t celebrated already.

Why celebrate independence today and not on the Fourth of July?  It’s because today is Juneteenth.  If you don’t know about Juneteenth, here’s a quick rundown.

“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become…

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Black History: Sly and The Family Stone

#AceHistoryNews – June.17: The genius whose government name is Sylvester Stewart, creator and frontman, of Sly & the Family Stone harnessed all of the disparate musical and social trends of the late 60s.

This group shook up the music world creating a wild, brilliant fusion of soul, rock, R&B, and psychedelic funk that broke boundaries down without a […]

Black History: Sly and The Family Stone
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