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`Honouring the dead, the convicted, and the dead still to be killed' was the theme of the first real happening in Amsterdam on 9 December 1962. The title 'Open the grave' was a reaction to the death... [Item of the Day]
On September 18, 1970 Jimi Hendrix dies after an overdosis of pills. The year before this picture was shot in New York by the artist Ira Cohen. Cohen had developed a so called Mylar Chamber, in which... [Item of the Day]
After the establishment of their local trade union branch on 29 May 1916, the transport workers from Dordrecht, Holland, had to save money for quite a while to purchase their trade union banner. They... [Item of the Day]
German workers' choirs at various locations in Czech Northern Bohemia joined in a varied musical weekend at the end of June 1931. Songs by Mendelssohn and arias by Mozart were alternated with folk... [Item of the Day]
Translators of the Romanian national poet Mihai Eminescu travelled to Constanta, on the shores of the Black Sea, to be present at the unveiling of his statue mid-August 1934. Among them was the... [Item of the Day]
Lonely and obscure, the Dutch poet Freek van Leeuwen died June 9, 1968. Together with Jef Last he established the Workers' and Writers' Collective Links Richten (Aiming Left) in 1932. Links Richten... [Item of the Day]
Captain Cook's third and last expedition starts on 12 July 1776 with the departure of the 'Resolution' from Plymouth. The German sailor Johann Heinrich Zimmermann (1741-1805) is aboard. In 1781... [Item of the Day]
A military junta led by Georgios Papadopoulos seized power in Greece on 21 April 1967. The new ‘national-Greek’ regime interned its alleged opponents. The composer Mikis Theodorakis (*1925), accused... [Item of the Day]
Following the great burning of books in Hitler's Germany on May 10, 1933, some authors were able to rise from the ashes thanks to the Amsterdam publishing house Allert de Lange. A German department... [Item of the Day]
Charles Darwin's On the origin of Species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life first appeared on 24 November 1859 and was sold out that very... [Item of the Day]