December 2nd, 1942 – Unleashing Atomic Energy

It was on December 2nd, 1942, during the Manhattan Project, that a team led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

Pandora Cinematheque: Paths of Hate

“Paths of Hate is a short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage.”

August 20th, 1940 – “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”

Never was so much owed by so many to so few was a wartime speech made by the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on August 20th, 1940. The name stems from the specific line in the speech, Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few, referring […]

The Passing of Quiet Hero Sir Nicholas Winton

Sir Nicholas Winton, a quiet civilian hero of World War II, has died at the age of 106.  In a time of considerable disinterest in the Jewish plight, Winton rescued 669 Czech Jewish children, most of whom would have otherwise perished.

May 29th, 1935 & 1940 – First Flights of Enemies

The Messerschmitt Bf 109, sometimes incorrectly called the Me 109 (most often by Allied pilots and aircrew), is a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid-1930s. Its first flight was on May 29th, 1935. The “Bf 109” Designation was issued by the German ministry of […]

April 26th, 1933 – Enter the Gestapo!

The Gestapo (an abbreviation of Geheime Staatspolizei, “Secret State Police”) was the official secret police of Nazi Germany and German-occupied Europe. Hermann Göring formed the unit on April 26th, 1933. Beginning on April 20th, 1934, it was under the administration of SS national leader Heinrich Himmler, who in 1936 was appointed Chief of German Police (Chef der Deutschen […]

April 13th, 1943 – Mass Grave of 22,000 Polish Killed by Soviets Revealed!

On April 13th, 1943, mass graves of Polish prisoners of war killed by Soviet forces discovered in what became known as the Katyń Forest Massacre was announced. This caused a diplomatic rift between the Polish government in exile in London from the Soviet Union, which denied responsibility. The Katyn massacre was a series of mass executions of Polish nationals […]

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