Category: History

Sergey Dreyden as the Marquis in Aleksandr Sokurov's Russian Ark

Russian Ark

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     18 May   International Museum Day Today is International Museum Day, held annually by museum professionals as a way of highlighting the work that museums do in preserving the past. It was created in 1977

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The Hobbyhorse: Way of the Morris

Way of the Morris

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     8 May   First commemorative period of silence proposed, 1919 On this day in 1919, Edward George Honey, an Australian former soldier and journalist, first proposed the idea of a silence to honour the dead of

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Clark Gable and Charles Laughton in Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     28 April   The Mutiny on the Bounty, 1789 On this day in 1789, the year of revolution in France, some sailors on board the British ship HMS Bounty mutinied against their captain, William Bligh,

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Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Gys de Villiers as FW De Klerk in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one 27 April     Freedom Day, South Africa Today is Freedom Day in South Africa. It marks the day in 1994 when South Africa went to the polls in the first national elections open to all races.

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John Goodman and Alan Arkin in Argo

Argo (2012)

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     17 April   John McCarthy kidnapped, 1986 On this day in 1986, the British journalist John McCarthy was taken hostage in Lebanon. Like most of the hostages taken during the so-called Lebanon hostage crisis, which

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George C Scott in Patton

Patton

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     11 April   President Truman fires General MacArthur, 1951 Today in 1951, President Truman fired his most popular, successful general, Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur had been chief of staff of the US army in the 1930s,

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Robert Shaw and Paul Scofield

A Man for All Seasons

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     14 February     Jane Boleyn executed, 1542 On this day in 1542, Jane Boleyn was executed. Not to be confused with her sister-in-law, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, Jane went to

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Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd in Frida

Frida

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     31 January     Leon Trotsky exiled, 1929 On this day in 1929, Lev Davidovich Bronshtein, aka Leon Trotsky, was exiled from the country he had helped create. A member of the victorious Bolsheviks in

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Vincent Price

Witchfinder General

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 January     Oliver Cromwell executed two years after death, 1661 On this day in 1661, Oliver Cromwell was posthumously executed. A member of parliament who had entered the civil war against the king,

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Malcolm McDowell and Mirella D'Angelo cavort in Caligula

Caligula

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 January     Caligula assassinated, AD41 On this day in AD41, or 41BCE, the Roman emperor Caligula was assassinated. His name was in fact Gaius Augustus Germanicus and Caligula was his nickname – meaning

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