March 5th 1953: Joseph Stalin dies

On this day in 1953, the leader of the Soviet Union - Joseph Stalin - died aged 74. The future dictator was born in Georgia in 1878, and his birth name was Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. In his youth Stalin read works by Marx and became active in the revolutionary movement against the Russian Tsar. After the successful 1917 revolution led by the Bolshevik Party, Stalin quickly rose through the party ranks, becoming general secretary of the Communist Party in 1922. After the death of Vladimir Lenin in 1924, Stalin established himself as dictator of the Soviet Union. Under his rule, millions died due to his forced collectivisation policies and his purges of political rivals which claimed thousands of lives and sentenced many more to grueling work in the gulags. During World War Two Stalin worked alongside Churchill of the United Kingdom and Roosevelt of the United States as the ‘Big Three’ powers who formed the Allies in their battle against Nazi Germany and her fellow Axis nations. One of Hitler’s greatest mistakes during the war was invading Stalin’s Russia during winter, where the Soviet forces successfully held back the Germans; Russians were also eventually the first to reach Berlin. After the war, Stalin oversaw Soviet attempts to develop a nuclear weapon to rival that used by the United States on Japan - this arms buildup contributed to the escalation of Cold War tensions in the post-war world. In 1953, Stalin died of a stroke, leaving the future of the Soviet Union unclear. He was succeeded as general secretary by Nikita Khrushchev, who denounced Stalin’s repressive policies and ‘cult of personality’, beginning a process of ‘de-Stalinisation’ to move away from the Stalin era.



The Duke of Edinburgh

Having seen active service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, the Duke of Edinburgh is one of three members of the Royal family who were wearing campaign medals earned in action.

His uniform is the dress uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet, a rank he has held since 1953. He was was appointed Lord High Admiral in 2011, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. He holds 38 other military positions throughout the Commonwealth.

The set of 17 medals he wears to military occasions comprise his service medals from the Second World War and the various Jubilee and Coronation medals he has acquired through sheer longevity.

The red and blue cross worn on a red and blue ribbon around his neck is the Order of Merit, a dynastic order in the personal gift of the Queen and restricted to 24 members.

The white cross on a gold chain around the Duke’s neck is the Royal Victorian Chain, another personal award of the monarch currently held by just 12 people, most of them foreign monarchs.

Below his medals the Duke wore his Order of the Garter star.

The Prince of Wales

Despite having spent most of his military career in the Navy, the Prince of Wales chose to wear a frock coat of his Army rank as a Field Marshal.

He wore it with a blue sash with his Army Air Corps wings on it, with his medals on top. The medals, from left to right, are: the Queen’s Service Order, the Queen’s Coronation Medal, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Canadian Forces Decoration and the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.

Around his neck he wore the Order of the Bath, with an Order of Merit pinned to his right breast.

Like the Duke of Edinburgh, he wore his Order of the Garter below his medals.

The Duke of Cambridge

The Duke of Cambridge, who flew Sea King helicopters during his service with RAF Search and Rescue, wore his RAF uniform, with two medals - the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded to all military personnel serving at the time of the jubilees, depending on length of service.

Like his father and grandfather, he wore his Order of the Garder insignia below his medals.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry is a Captain in the Household Cavalry, and he wore his standard dress uniform, with his Army Air Corps wings above his medals.

Like the Duke of Cambridge, he wore the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals, but unlike his brother he also has an Afghanistan campaign medal.



March 30th 1979: Airey Neave killed

On this day in 1979, the Shadow Secretary for Northern Ireland Airey Neave was assassinated by a car bomb aged 63. Neave had served during World War Two, where he earned distinction for escaping from a German prisoner of war camp. He was elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for Abingdon in 1953, and in the mid 1970s helped lead the effort to instil Margaret Thatcher as party leader. At the time of Neave’s death, the Conservatives were the opposition party to the Labour government of James Callaghan. However, Callaghan’s leadership was crumbling, having lost a vote of no confidence two days prior to Neave’s death. This left the Conservative party poised to win the upcoming election, which would have elevated Neave to the cabinet. Neave was known for his tough, anti-IRA policies, which invoked the ire of Republican paramilitary groups in Ireland. As the politician was leaving the House of Commons car park, a bomb attached to his car exploded, and he subsequently died from his injuries after being rushed to Westminster Hospital. The noise from the explosion could be heard in the Commons, which led to a suspension of proceedings as MPs rushed to the windows to see what had happened. The terrorist Irish National Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the murder. The group issued a statement which declared that Neave had “got a taste of his own medicine” when the group “blew him to bits”, and that his death was a loss only to the “British ruling class”. The incident occurred at the height of ‘the Troubles’, which saw conflict in Northern Ireland over the country’s relationship to Britain. Despite the Irish terrorist group claiming responsibility, conspiracy theories about Neave’s death have abounded in the United Kingdom.

“He was one of freedom’s warriors”
- Thatcher upon Neave’s death

The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought’s manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear and Brewster: Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG and Brewster-built aircraft F3A. From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured by Vought, in 16 separate models, in the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in U.S. history (1942–53).

This image depicts three German sailors with a wallaby on board the Konigsberg class light cruiser KOLN. The wallaby was presented as an ‘Australian mascot’ to the crew of the cruiser when the training ship visited Fremantle, Western Australia in March 1933. The photograph was taken while the vessel was berthed at Sydney Cove Passenger Terminal, West Circular Quay during the German Navy’s visit in May 1933.

This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century.

(Australian National Maritime Museum)

Hallway inside Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey. 

Sadly, in a few months, this asylum will be nothing more than dust. Abatement has already begin inside this massive Kirkbride building. 

Within four years of this facility opening in the late 1800′s, the hospital was already accommodating 800 patients, though it was only designed to care for 600. At the hospital’s peak, in 1953, Greystone housed over 7,000 patients, many soldiers suffering from PTSD post World War. 


Invader Zim - 07 - Germs from Invader Zim on Vimeo.

Zim sees a B-movie reminiscent of the 1953 film version War of the Worlds, where an advanced extraterrestrial species is thwarted by common germs. Zim becomes acutely germophobic and dedicates himself to studying and exterminating all of the Earth’s bacteria. He goes on incredibly thorough cleaning sprees and uses germ spray on himself and GIR. After running out of germ spray he heads out to buy more, but GIR runs off to McMeatie’s. He there discovers that he can protect himself from germs using a germ-resistant hamburger “meat” made of recycled napkins, which is sold there.

shslquizbowlchampion asked: The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought’s manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear and Brewster: Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG and Brewster-built aircraft F3A. From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured by Vought, in 16 separate modes.

talk the more you. vought? corsair? fighter?

rejected opening paragraph to my history essay:

Stalin was deeply suspicious of his western allies during the Second World War. And fucking rightly so. Christ on a bike, did Roosevelt dick about or what? He completely outright lied about the second front, leaving the poor Ruskies to fight off the mono testicular ruler of Germany, then the US fucked him over with west Germany and to top it all off, he just never made his fucking mind up about Poland. No wonder Stalin was suspicious of his allies. They couldn’t commit to anything for more than fucking 5 minutes and they lied to his face every day from 1941 to 1953 when the poor bastard died of confusion. 

Eisenhower was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II - before he became the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961.

He knows a thing or two about succeeding and the importance of commitment.

Message to me:
with passion and desire you can accomplish whatever you wish for - just hang in there, especially if the stacks are against you!