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Post by diamondlil » Fri April 24th, 2009, 10:25 pm

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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Post by annis » Sun April 26th, 2009, 6:41 am

Hard to believe, but here in New Zealand today marks the first time we switched n to the internet, 20 years ago! A lot's happened in those 20 years--

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Post by cw gortner » Tue May 5th, 2009, 4:50 am

[quote=""Susan""]April 22, 1451 - Birth of Queen Isabella of Castile and Leon

I love this portrait of her.
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I agree; she's beautiful, so young and golden . . . It's actually shocking to see this image and then look at portraits of her toward the end of her life. The trials of ruling show in her face. But she was lovely, wasn't she?
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Post by Kveto from Prague » Tue May 5th, 2009, 8:04 pm

Today (or yesterday) is the anniversary of the haymarket massacre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_Riot
in Chicago, 1886. Pretty much the inspiration behind May Day celebrations of today. I always thought it was interesting that so many countries celebrate this day, but the USA doesnt, even if the event happened in Chicago.

anyway, happy may day.

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Post by Leyland » Tue May 5th, 2009, 8:23 pm

[quote=""cw gortner""]I agree; she's beautiful, so young and golden . . . It's actually shocking to see this image and then look at portraits of her toward the end of her life. The trials of ruling show in her face. But she was lovely, wasn't she?[/quote] Just a quick thought - think of the portraits made later in the lives of still lovely or attractive royal princesses who were merely 'pawned' off into various royal houses to make more royal princes and princesses. Then think of the portraits of the royal women who truly ruled. Elizabeth I hid behind the white paste, pretty much. I do have respect for the many women who ruled without shirking their birth right - no matter the price paid or the actions taken!
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Post by Rowan » Mon May 18th, 2009, 12:42 pm

May 18, 1933 Franklin Roosevelt created the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest public power company.

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Post by Rowan » Wed May 27th, 2009, 2:09 pm

May 27, 1937 - the Golden Gate Bridge opened, connecting the City of San Francisco to Marin County California. People could cross for 25 cents.

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Post by Nefret » Thu May 28th, 2009, 4:16 am

[quote=""Rowan""]May 27, 1937 - the Golden Gate Bridge opened, connecting the City of San Francisco to Marin County California. People could cross for 25 cents.[/quote]

Awesome. Have not been across it yet this year. :p

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Post by annis » Sat May 30th, 2009, 9:23 am

May 29, 556th anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire, to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

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Post by Ken » Sat May 30th, 2009, 9:30 am

Great Picture Annis.

You can see how the 'banded' walls of Caernavon castle were inspired by those of Constantinople, which Edward 1 and his entourage would have seen or heard about.

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