As the Queen's daughter travelled from Buckingham Palace along the Mall, she was attacked by a gunman who fired six shots at her vehicle. Several passers-by, her chauffeur, and a policeman were all seriously wounded as the gunman was eventually arrested by police reinforcements.
After the four-month ordeal on Guadalcanal, Leckie and Basilone and thousands of their comrades land in Melbourne where they are greeted warmly by the Australians. While his buddies carouse,Leckie becomes deeply attached to an Australian woman and her first-generation Greek family.
Harry Malcher was born in the Solomon Islands, raised in Australia and returned to his native Austria just before WWII. He spent time with Lufthansa and on his return to Australia in 1949, was one of the pioneers of the Australian ski fields.
On the evening of October 30, 1938, an innovative radio production of HG Wells' novel The War of the Worlds triggered a night of panic and destruction across the USA.
On 13 May 1981, in front of a crowd of 20,000 people in St Peter's Square, a young Turkish gunman shot the Polish Pope, possibly at the behest of the Russians who were concerned at the inspiration he was providing to Poland and the Solidarity Movement.
Rivals Leon Trotsky and Josef Stalin vie to succeed Vladimir Lenin as leader of the Soviet Union.
On 20 August 1940, the exiled Bolshevik leader was assassinated with an ice-pick by Ramon Mercader, who was undoubtedly working on behalf of Stalin and his secret police. Why was it still necessary for Stalin to assassinate him?
The Boston Tea Party, on December 16, 1773, began when a group of American 'patriots' dressed up as Mohawk Indians and raided a ship in a Boston harbour.
By 1940, Europe has erupted into war, while America does its best to stay out of it. Austrian immigrant Jack Werner flees the Nazis and comes to America, where he enlists in the army so he can join the fight against Hitler. After Pearl Harbour, America is thrust into a two-front war it is ill-prepared to fight. Rookie platoon leader Charles Scheffel suffers his first losses as he battles Rommel's Afrika Korps in Tunisia and Nurse June Wandrey gets her first taste of war's horrors.
Ireland August 27th 1979:The former Viceroy of India and cousin of the Queen, Lord Mountbatten was a World War II naval hero, Allied Commander in South East Asia and one of the architects of D-Day. On 27 August 27 1979, he was assassinated by a bomb planted on his boat by the IRA (Irish Republican Army) whilst he was on holiday with his family in in County Sligo, Ireland.
For Eucharist Bajada, work has always been a major part of his life, whether it was working as a stonemason in Malta, as a builder on the Woomera rocket range or on the deadly asbestos production line at James Hardie's.
Flying into Munich in the early hours of 20 June 1934, Adolf Hitler, then Chancellor of Germany, drove to a fashionable lakeside hotel, where one of his closest comrades from the earliest days of the Nazi Party was dragged from his bed and assassinated. Ernst Roehm, the feared leader of the Brown Shirts was dead.
Terry discovers that the key to Rome's success in spreading anti-barbarian propaganda was the survival of the Catholic Church, the scribes of history, after the fall of the Western Empire.
By 22 November 1963, the date of his assassination, President Kennedy had made many enemies. He had declared war on the Mafia, racial prejudice and the industrial/military interest in Vietnam. He had humiliated Krushchev and Castro, who both wanted revenge over the Cuban Missile Crisis. Even to this day, conjecture surrounds the ballistics evidence and whether two assassins were involved. New film material from Washington has just been released.
As a young king wary of the power of the nobility, Louis XIV decided to build the palace of his dreams on a windswept hill where his father's hunting lodge stood, surrounded by foul marshlands. As a boy, he used to hunt there with his beloved father. Versailles: The Dream of a King, looks at Louis XIV's dream of turning this land into the most sumptuous royal palace in Europe, set in splendid gardens that should offer a glimpse of heaven.
Before migrating to Australia in 1947, Martina Reisgys and her family fled Lithuania for Germany as the Russians invaded, escaping over the last bridge to the West as it was dismantled behind them.
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