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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:58 pm

18th September 2014 - 55% of people living in Scotland turn out to be idiots, cowards and cunts.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby g-one » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:56 pm

Arneb wrote:One from yesterday:

50 years ago on September 15, the German book market hardly took notice of the first edition of "Die Gefährten",

Strange how much a simple word like 'the' can change the meaning of something. ;)

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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:33 pm

It's the difference between "The Fellows" and "Fellows". I guess that happens in a business where thousands of films are produced every year.

The U.S. Congress passed the Bill or Rights 230 years ago today, although ratification took until 1791. Worth remembereing them in these times, it seems.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:15 am

3rd October 1953: The United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon to become the world's third nuclear power.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:23 pm

Under the nuclear umbrella provided by a breakaway colony of said United Kingdom, the two parts of Germany reunite, 30 years ago today.

I was in Toledo learning Spanish with a group of Free University of Berlin students mostly convinced that this was a very bad idea and socialism was the better system to live in.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Мастер » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:31 am

In 1911, there was the Wuchang uprising, which led to the overthrow of the imperial regime, and the establishment of the Republic of China, which still exists in Taiwan.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Мастер » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:34 am

Arneb wrote:Under the nuclear umbrella provided by a breakaway colony of said United Kingdom, the two parts of Germany reunite, 30 years ago today.


Did I miss another year?
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:50 pm

Мастер wrote:
Arneb wrote:Under the nuclear umbrella provided by a breakaway colony of said United Kingdom, the two parts of Germany reunite, 30 years ago today.


Did I miss another year?


Ooops, sorry: 29. Always mixing up the year of the peaceful revolution with re-unification.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:43 pm

1917 – World War I: Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by France for espionage.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:15 am

1929 - 90 years ago today, it was Black Friday (Black Thursday in the US, because of the time zone difference).
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Мастер » Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:01 pm

502 years ago today, some German chap vandalised a church door.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:52 pm

It wasn't vandalism at all. The curch door served as a message board for the academic community of Wittenberg.

Not bad for an academic dispute, eh?

501 years later, most people in Brandenburg probably believe they are enjoying a day off because it's Halloween. :glp-yak:
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:14 pm

Not history, but today is the last day Bladerunner is set in the future.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:10 pm

Nice catch! Of the many, many, many great films I never watched, this is the one I regret most.

Some more history: 19 years ago today, Soyuz TM-31 brought the first crew to the ISS. Since that day, humanity has had at least three people in space at all times.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Мастер » Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:54 am

On this day 30 years ago, a wall that had divided East and West Berlin for 28 years was breached.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lance » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:01 pm

Мастер wrote:On this day 30 years ago, a wall that had divided East and West Berlin for 28 years was breached.

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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:42 am

30th November 1872 - first ever international football match.

Scotland 0 - 0 England

Starting as they mean to go on, Scotland have a perfectly good goal disallowed in dodgy circumstances.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:38 am

Did you check the video footage?
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:18 pm

The Fourth Official examined a number of sketches and artist’s renditions but none were conclusive.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:32 pm

They could at least have drawn along calibrated lines. Is that too much to ask?
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:43 am

On-call in the hospital, they tore me out of bed right the moment I was going to drift into sleep. And what do I think of? Of course, it's the 288th anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart. Fuck you, Antonio Salieri, fuck you and your little-composer complex.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:22 pm

Also the end of prohibition in 1933.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Мастер » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:50 pm

Arneb wrote:On-call in the hospital, they tore me out of bed right the moment I was going to drift into sleep. And what do I think of? Of course, it's the 288th anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart. Fuck you, Antonio Salieri, fuck you and your little-composer complex.


I must spring to Salieri's defence - the cinema have not been fair with him.

Mozart made his own luck.

Only 779 years ago - Kiev falls to the Mongols.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:56 pm

Some would say it is at risk again.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Мастер » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:04 pm

Heid the Ba wrote:Some would say it is at risk again.


From Putin?

Putin is completely unscrupulous. But he's not stupid. So far, his extraterritorial excursions have been to areas with historical ties to Russia and with strongly sympathetic populations.

I can find plenty of internet comments, apparently perfectly serious, about how Russian tanks would be rolling down the streets of Paris and London if it weren't for the US. Well, so far, Russia hasn't invaded Belarus. If I were living in Paris, Berlin, Madrid, or London, I wouldn't be too worried under Putin. I wouldn't even be that worried if I were living in Vilnius.

Post-Putin, who knows what will happen.

Thing is, would you rather live in Ukraine, or in Russia? I would say the answer is obvious. Ukraine is a vastly poorer and incredibly corrupt country. If Ukraine weren't such a shithole, there may not have been that much sympathy even in Crimea (which was part of Russia until 1954) to join Russia.

If the Ukrainians run their country better, they won't have much to worry about, at least until Putin is no longer in office.
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