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Le 14 juillet

Bastille Day is a holiday celebrating the storming of the Bastille – a military fortress and prison – on July 14, 1789, in a violent uprising that helped usher in the French Revolution. Besides holding gunpowder and other supplies valuable to revolutionaries, the Bastille also symbolized the callous tyranny of the French monarchy, especially King … Continue reading “Le 14 juillet”

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Centenary of the canonization of Joan of Arc, Maid of Orléans

Joan of Arc (1412–1431) was formally canonized as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on 16 May 1920 by Pope Benedict XV in his bull Divina disponente, which concluded the canonization process that the Sacred Congregation of Rites instigated after a petition in 1869 from the French Catholic hierarchy. Although pro-English clergy had Joan … Continue reading “Centenary of the canonization of Joan of Arc, Maid of Orléans”

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Bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale (12 May 1820-13 August 1910) Florence Nightingale was a British social reformer and statistician and the pioneer of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she organised care for wounded soldiers. She became an icon of Victorian culture, especially … Continue reading “Bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale”

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Stanley’s Story

75th commemoration of the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen – one man’s story, Stanley’s story Stanley, Rachel Posaner’s grandfather, was part of the British forces involved in the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. Share his story.  The annual National Commemoration of Yom Hashoah was planned for the 20th of April 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the end … Continue reading “Stanley’s Story”

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VE Day 8 May

VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) is a day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War Two of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday 8 May 1945. The British public is being urged to share stories and memories of those who lived through the war to mark this year’s VE … Continue reading “VE Day 8 May”

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27 April Freedom Day – South Africa

27 April is an annual celebration of the day in 1994 when the first democratic non-racial election was held in South Africa. Of South Africa’s 22.7 million eligible voters, 19.7 million voted in the 1994 national election. Today, South Africa celebrates Freedom Day to mark the liberation of its country and its people from a long period of colonialism and White … Continue reading “27 April Freedom Day – South Africa”

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Tales from The Decameron

Tales from The Decameron (1916) John William Waterhouse Tales from Giovanni Boccaccio’s ‘The Decameron’ are being currently being recounted [in synopsis form, with link to John Payne et al’s translation] on LCAHM’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LCAHM/ In Florence in 1348 the whole city hunkered down and fought its way day by day through the worst pandemic Europe … Continue reading “Tales from The Decameron”

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The Sikh celebration of Bandi Chor Divas! (Diwali time)

Contributed by Jaspinder Mann As many across India celebrate Diwali, Sikhs also light Divas (candles) and set off fireworks for Bandi Chor Divas, day of liberation. The Sikh occasion for celebration is in remembrance of their history and the actions of their sixth Guru (spiritual leader) Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. The origin: Guru Sahib … Continue reading “The Sikh celebration of Bandi Chor Divas! (Diwali time)”

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