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27th December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1822 Louis Pasteur (invented pasteurization) 

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Died:

2016 Carrie Fisher (actress – Star Wars)

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On This Day:

1943 The Scharnhorst (German battleship) sinks in the Barents Sea

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Have a good Thursday, 27th December

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29th April – On This Day In History

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Born:

1899 Duke Ellington (musician)

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Died:

1980 Alfred Hitchcock (film director)

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On This Day:

1945 Terms of Surrender of the German Army in Italy are signed

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Have a good Saturday, 29th April

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17th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1887 Bernard L Montgomery (British WW2 General)

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Died:

1796 Catherine The Great (Empress of Russia)

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On This Day:

1869 The Opening of the Suez Canal

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Have a good Tuesday, 17th November

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VE Day

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Today is the day where we celebrate the official ending of the Second World War. It was on this day, 1945, that the Germans signed the official, unconditional surrender.

Have we learnt anything? Not so long before the outbreak of WW2, we had concluded WW1 – costing the lives of millions on both sides.

“The War To End All Wars”, they said.

But it didn’t work out that way, did it?

And as humanity, it seems that we are unable to break away from the habit of war – one that is almost as old as mankind.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could learn to live in harmony with each other, tolerating differences? But so long as there is greed and the desire for power in our hearts, there will never be an end to all wars.

Let’s take today, though, to remember the ultimate sacrifice that so many made in the name of freedom, ridding Europe and the world of tyranny – at least for a little while.

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8th May – Today In History

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Born:

1926 Sir David Attenborough (environmentalist and presenter of wildlife documentaries)

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Died:

1982 Gilles Villeneuve (Canadian racing driver – F1)

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On This Day:

1945 Germany signs unconditional surrender, bringing an end to the Second World War

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Have a great Friday, 8th May

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