1959 march

thetwolattes  asked:

Hi! I want to recommend a historical fic titled Blackbird by sixpence on AO3. It's a WW2 story that is thoroughly researched. I want to ask if you have any recommendation on any other well-researched historical fanfiction? Thank you!

Hi! Thanks for these requests (and the rec)! I have a few historical fics up my sleeve, hopefully these fit what you’re asking! 

(I’ve made royalty AU, so this will be everything but royalty! ☺️ You can find my royalty AU list here!)

Originally posted by ryokho

Historical AU

Blackbird by sixpences, Mature, 24k (WIP)
Captain Victor Nikiforov, an intelligence operative for the NKVD, has been trapped in Berlin by the German invasion of the USSR. Posing as a Nazi industrialist, his days are spent charming information out of Axis diplomats to try and keep the Red Army fighting another day. Yuuri Katsuki, a foreign-educated bureaucrat in the Japanese Embassy, has secrets of his own concealed beneath his unremarkable demeanour. When he uncovers Victor’s real identity, it will alter the course of both of their lives forever. WWII AU! This fic is so amazing!!!!

Masks off by emulikule, Teen, 27k
And so the story goes that a playboy comes to a town, makes it fall in love with him and then proceeds to get himself enticed by the most mysterious person there. Late-19th century AU! One of my favourites, thumbs up!

For The Sake of You by anglmukhii, Explicit, 4.9k
He was a dancer. And Victor was the Emperor. There would always be a thick boundary that separated them. And no matter how hard Victor tried to erase it, it would always be there. Victor, however, doesn’t see it that way. Byzantine Empire time period AU! SO good!

the death of a bachelor by exile_wrath, Teen, 9.1k (WIP)
In which Yuuri is a bartender with a thing for the hot patron which could probably kill him but also wants to have sex with him. To be fair, Yuuri is pretty down to sleep with him too. 1920s mafia AU! OMG!

Healthy Impropriety by mtothedestiel, Explicit, 29k
Victor is the wealthy master of the Nikiforov estate. At a society party he’s swept off his feet by the mysterious, suave, and very drunk Katsuki Yuuri. Victor aims to declare his love and secure Mr. Katsuki’s hand in marriage, but first he has to find him! THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVE FICS EVER

what remains of the dance by dyules, Gen, 1.6k
Viktor Nikiforov, head butler of Feltsman Court, falls in love with the visiting young viscount’s new dancing master. Victorian AU!

Casablanca on Ice by richardnixon, Teen, 6.4k (WIP)
It’s the middle of WWII in Casablanca, Morocco. An American expatriate, Victor, makes a generous living for himself as a nightclub owner, and everything changes one night when his ex-flame Yuri walks into his club. LOVE!

The crane and the swan by mintyrosetea, Mature, 29k (WIP)
March 1959: FIGURE SKATING WORLD CHAMPION Viktor NIKIFOROV from U.S.S.R. completed his short program yesterday with a very good score of 92.2. After the program, the Soviet skater was assisted in taking on his skate covers by the Japanese skater Yuuri KATSUKI before the latter stepped onto the ice for his program. WOW THIS IS AMAZING!

Welcome Aboard Eros, Commander by IdunAurora, Teen, 5.7k
Commander Nikiforov is frustrated. For years, he has been chasing Eros, the most elusive pirate ship to ever sail the Seven Seas, and its even more elusive captain, whom it appears no one has ever been able to lay their eyes on. Awesome pirate AU!

Love in Exile by MartyMuses, Not Rated, 21k (WIP)
Once a well know ballet dancer in St. Petersburg, Victor Nikiforov finds himself exiled to Sakhalin Island as a political convict in 1881. Strange circumstances lead his path to cross that of a young Japanese man, one of the very few still living on the island.

A Many-Splendored Thing by FilletteRevolutionnaire, Teen, 1.3k (WIP)
Star dancer Victor Nikiforov of the Paris Opera Ballet, on top of the world and looking for a new challenge, is looking for a protege. He makes a bet with a colleague that he could turn anyone into a sensation – even someone as meek and unremarkable as that quiet young man with the Japanese performers. Late 19th century AU! Love it!

Blame Phichit by whydoyouask, Mature, 1k
Victor and Yuuri, both well known athletes, meet in a symposium a night before the olympics. Things happen that neither of them regret -even though Chris was present. What will happen when they compete against each other the next day? Ancient Greece AU! LOL THIS IS GREAT AHHAHAH

Death of a Bachelor by HQ_Wingster, Teen, 10k (WIP)
What if Yuuri and Viktor had met before in a past life? When they meet in the present, the past feelings fall upon their hearts. WWII to present day fic!


March 17th 1959: Dalai Lama flees Tibet

On this day in 1959, Tenzin Gyatso - the fourteenth Dalai Lama, a central figure of Vajrayana Buddhism - fled Tibet for India. He fled following the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule which broke out in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, where the Dalai Lama lived. Fearing for his safety, he and around twenty of his entourage fled Lhasa on March 17th and embarked on a 15 day journey on foot over the Himalayan mountains to Dharamsala in India where they had been offered asylum. No news was heard of the Dalai Lama, and many feared their spiritual and political leader had been killed during the arduous journey. However, on March 30th he crossed into India and people learned that he was safe. He was followed by around 80,000 Tibetans who settled in the same area of India, leading to it becoming known as ‘Little Lhasa’. This place became the home to the Tibetan government-in-exile. Tibet remains under Chinese rule, and the Dalai Lama continues to try to find a peaceful negotiation for Tibetan self rule.

During a trip to Europe in 1956 with her children Barbara and Kenneth, Ruth Handler came across a German toy doll called Bild Lilli.[3] The adult-figured doll was exactly what Handler had in mind, so she purchased three of them. She gave one to her daughter and took the others back to Mattel. The Lilli doll was based on a popular character appearing in a comic strip drawn by Reinhard Beuthin for the newspaper Bild. Lilli was a blonde bombshell, a working girl who knew what she wanted and was not above using men to get it. Handler redesigned the doll and the doll was given a new name Barbie, after Handler’s daughter Barbara. The doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959.[4] This date is also used as Barbie’s official birthday. The first Barbie doll wore a black and white zebra striped swimsuit and signature topknot ponytail, and was available as either a blonde or brunette.

In 1959 Mark Shaw photographed the Vicomtesse Jacquline de Ribes wearing her latest Dior gown in the Paris living room of her father-in-law’s house. The ankle length satin gown is shown with a matching stole. A variation of this image appeared in the March 2, 1959 Life article; “Gala Evening Garb for Elegant Continentals.”

Alain Delon sitting in a boat on the Lake Lugano with Romy Schneider at their engagement party in Vico Morcote, a village of Canto of Ticino, Switzerland, where actress’ parents own a house by the lake ~ March 25 1959


Musee des Blindés Part 20

1) BTR-50. Russian amphibious APC based on the PT-76’s chassis. Unlike the rest if he BTR series, the BTR-50 is tracked. the BTR-50 has a flat, boat-shaped hull and is made of all-welded steel. It has the ability to transport up to 20 fully equipped infantrymen, who sit on benches that run across the full width of the troop compartment. They mount and dismount the APC by climbing over the sides of the hull. This example is in a bad state and was probably captured in the 1991 Gulf Souvenir Shopping Trip.

BTR-50. Transporte de personal blindado anfibio basado en el chasis del PT-76. Al contrario del resto de la serie BTR, el BTR-50 usa orugas. Este vehículo tiene un casco de fondo plano en forma de bote hecho de acero soldado. Tiene la capacidad de transportar hasta 20 soldados totalmente equipados, quienes se sientan en bancas que recorren todo el compartimiento de tropas de forma longitudinal. Se montan y desmontan del vehículo escalando por los lados del casco. Este ejemplo esta en mal estado y fue probablemente capturado en 1991.  

2 & 3) Sexton. Canadian SPG from WWII. It was based on Canadian-built versions of the M3 Lee and M4 Sherman tank chassis. The Sexton mounted a 25-pounder gun (3.25-inches) firing a 11.5 kg (25 lb) shell. It found use in the Canadian and British Army, as well as numerous other Commonwealth and associated forces. Just after the war, a number of Grizzly and Sextons were sold to Portugal, who used them into the 1980s.

Sexton. Cañón autopropulsado canadiense de la SGM. Basado en los chasis de las versiones canadienses de los tanques M3 Lee y M4 Sherman. El vehículo montaba un cañón de 17 libras (83 mm) que disparaba un proyectil de 11.5 kg. Encontró uso en los ejércitos canadienses y británicos, junto con otras fuerzas del Commonwealth y asociados. Justo antes de la guerra, cierto numero de Sextons fueron vendidos a Portugal, quienes los usaron hasta los 80.   

4) M47 Patton. American medium tank of the postwar period. It was a development of the M46 tank mounting an updated turret and was in turn further developed as the M48 Patton. The M47 was the U.S. military’s primary tank, intended to replace the M46 and M4 medium tanks. The M47 was widely used by U.S. Cold War allies and was the only Patton series tank that never saw combat while in US service.

M47 Patton. Tanque estadounidense mediano del periodo de la posguerra. Fue un desarrollo del tanque M46, que montaba una torreta actualizada, y que a su vez fue desarrollado como el M48 Patton. El M47 fue el tanque primario estadounidense, destinado a reemplazar los tanques medianos M46 y M4. El M47 fue ampliamente usado por países aliados a los estadounidenses de la guerra fría, y fue el único tanque de la serie Patton que nunca vio combate durante su servicio con los EE.UU.

5) M48 Patton. American MBT of the Cold War. It was a further development of the M47 Patton tank. The M48 Patton was in U.S. service until replaced by the M60 and served as the U.S. Army and USMC’s primary battle tank in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was widely used by U.S. Cold War allies, especially other NATO countries.

M48 Patton. Tanque de combate principal estadounidense de la Guerra Fría. Fue un desarrollo posterior del tanque M47 Patton. El M48 estuvo en servicio estadounidense hasta que fue reemplazado por el M60, y sirvió como el tanque principal del ejercito y cuerpo de infantes de marina en el sur de Vietnam durante la Guerra de Vietnam. Fue ampliamente usado por aliados de la Guerra Fría de los EE.UU., especialmente por otros países de la OTAN. 

6) M60. American MBT of the Cold War, successor to the M48 Patton and M103 in 1960. With the deactivation of the last heavy tank battalion in 1963, the M60 became the Army’s primary tank during the Cold War. Although developed from the M48 Patton, the M60 series was never officially classified as a Patton tank. Rather, in March 1959, the tank was officially standardized as the cumbersome “105 mm Gun Full Tracked Combat Tank M60.” The M60 was in service at least until the Gulf War as an engineering tank.

M60. TCP estadounidense de la Guerra Fría, sucesor del M48 Patton y M103 en 1960. Con la desactivación del ultimo batallón de tanques pesados en 1963, el M60 se convirtió en el principal tanque del ejercito durante la Guerra Fría. Aunque desarrollado a partir del M48 Patton, el M60 nunca fue clasificado oficialmente como parte de la serie Patton. En vez de eso, en marzo de 1959, el tanque fue oficialmente estandarizado como el bien engorroso “105 mm Gun Full Tracked Combat Tank M60” (NDT: Si wikipedia no tradujo ese trabalenguas, ¡menos lo voy a hacer yo!). El M60 estuvo en servicio al menos hasta la Guerra del Golfo Pérsico como tanque de ingenieros. 

7 & 8) PT-76B. Russian amphibious light tank of the Cold War and one of the few light tanks developed during that period. The PT-76 is used in the reconnaissance and fire-support roles. Its chassis served as the basis for a number of other vehicle designs, many of them amphibious, including the BTR-50, ZSU-23-4, ASU-85 and 2K12 Kub. The PT-76B variant has an improved gun, new muzzle brake and Fume extractor, a revised hull height, added a spotlight and upgraded NV and NBC systems.

PT-76B. Tanque anfibio ligero ruso (sovietico) de la Guerra Fría, y uno de los pocos tanques ligeros desarrollado durante ese periodo. El PT-76 esa usado en los roles de reconocimiento y apoyo de fuego. Su chasis sirvio como base para otros diseños de vehiculos, muchos de ellos anfibios, incluyendo el BTR-50, ZSU-23-4, ASU-85 y 2K12 Kub. La variante B tiene un cañón mejorado, nuevo freno de boca y extractor de humos, una altura revisada del casco, una luz de búsqueda añadida, y sistemas NV y NBC actualizados. 

9) Panzer 61 AA9. Swiss tank of the Cold War period. It was domestically developed in the 1959s when the Swiss government failed to procure modern tanks from abroad. It was constantly upgraded throughout service, doing away with a 20mm coaxial gun, replacing a domestically made 90-mm main gun with a British 105-mm L7. The AA9 variant has both of these revisions.

Panzer 61 AA9 Tanque suizo del periodo de la Guerra Fría. Fue desarrollado a nivel nacional en el 59 cuando el gobierno suizo falló en adquirir un tanque moderno en el mercado. Fue actualizado constantemente durante su servicio, deshaciéndose del cañón coaxial de 20 mm, reemplazando su cañón nacional de 90 mm con un L7 británico de 105 mm. La variante AA9 tiene ambas revisiones.  

Submitted by panzerfluch. Traducción por mi. 

On This Day: March 26
  • 1871: 227,000 electors elect 81 representatives to the Paris Commune.
  • 1872: French anarchist Émile Armand was born.
  • 1885: The Métis people of the District of Saskatchewan under Louis Riel begin the North-West Rebellion.
  • 1893: Italian communist Palmiro Togliatti is born.
  • 1910: The United States Congress bars anarchists from settling in the US.
  • 1918: American anarchist Philip Grosser wrote about being tortured in the prison on Alcatraz Island.
  • 1939: Emma Goldman met with refugees from the Spanish Civil War in Paris, France.
  • 1959: Brazilian Anarchist Congress was held in Nossa Chácara, Itaim, São Paulo from until the 29th March 1959. Large turn out by militants from all parts of the country including Spanish exiles and some Italians. It was agreed that the Social Culture Centres be reactivated and the Mundo Livre publishing imprint was launched in Rio de Janeiro. In all, a 10-item agenda was discussed.
  • 1960: Governor Buford Ellington of Tennessee orders an investigation into a CBS news crew for filming a Nashville sit-in.
  • 1965: An 82-year-old Detroit woman named Alice Herz burned herself to death to in protest at the Vietnam War.
  • 1966: Second day of anti-Vietnam War demonstrations take place in many cities across the US and around the world.
  • 1967: 10,000 attend the New York City “Be-In” in Central Park.
  • 1974: Québec Appeal Court overturns ‘not guilty’ verdict of abortion doctor Henry Morgentaler and sentences him to 18 months in jail.
  • 1977: Alberta Union of Public Employees the Canadian province’s largest union is founded. Membership is mainly public sector workers.
  • 1978: Four days before opening of Japan’s Narita International Airport, protesters destroy the control tower with Molotov cocktails.
  • 1995: Canadian government passes back-to-work legislation on 30,000 striking railway employees.
  • 2000: British anarchist Alex Comfort died.
  • 2003: Over a million Spanish students strike, opposing their governments support of the US/UK invasion of Iraq.
  • 2011: Over 250,000 march in London in against proposed spending cuts by Tory-LibDem coalition government.

On this day in music history: May 18, 1959 - “Kansas City” by Wilbert Harrison hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 7 weeks on May 11, 1959. Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, it is the biggest hit for the Charlotte, NC born R&B singer, songwriter and musician. Originally titled “K.C. Lovin’”, the song is first recorded by Little Willie Littlefield in 1952. Harrison performs the song as part of his live act for several years before recording it himself in March of 1959. Re-arranging the song to a shuffle tempo and adding the refrain “They got some crazy little women there, and I’m gonna get me one” to the chorus make it an instant classic. Issued on Bobby Robinson’s (later the founder of seminal Hip Hop label Enjoy Records) Fury Records in early April of 1959, the record is an immediate hit on both the pop and R&B charts upon its release. Entering the Hot 100 at #100 on April 13, 1959, it quickly streaks to the top of the chart five weeks later, making it the first single in Billboard chart history to enter at the bottom of the chart, and going all the way to number one. “Kansas City” is covered by numerous artists over the years including The Beatles, Muddy Waters and James Brown. Wilbert Harrison’s version of the song is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2001. “Kansas City” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.


On this day in music history: April 24, 1959 - “There Goes My Baby” by The Drifters is released. Written by Benjamin Nelson (Ben E. King), Lover Patterson, George Treadwell, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, it is the first single featuring the second incarnation of the legendary R&B/doo-wop vocal group. The transition in group personnel takes place when The Drifters manager George Treadwell (former husband and manager of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan) fires the remaining original members after clashes over money and musical direction. Treadwell replaces them with a group of singers formerly known as The 5 Crowns, drafting them to become the new line up of The Drifters. For their first release as The Drifters, they record “There Goes My Baby” with the songwriting and production team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The track is recorded on March 6, 1959 at Atlantic Studios in New York City, marking the first appearance of new lead singer Ben E. King. Leiber and Stoller’s groundbreaking use of strings and other orchestral instruments changes the face of R&B and pop music, going on to influence many songwriters and producers in the years that follow. Producer and songwriter Phil Spector sites the song as a major influence for his “Wall Of Sound” production technique. “There Goes My Baby” spends one week at #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart on July 27, 1959, peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on August 17, 1959, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.

Irene Cara

 Irene Cara- Fame

Irene Cara Escalera[citation needed] (born March 18, 1959), better known simply as Irene Cara, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She became famous for her role in the 1980 film Fame, earning her a Golden Globe nomination, and her recording of the song “Fame” became an international hit. Cara won an Academy Award in 1984 in the category of Best Original Song for co-writing “Flashdance… What a Feeling”, which also became an international hit.“

Birth nameIrene Cara EscaleraBornMarch 18, 1959 (age 55)
New YorkNew York, U.S.OriginThe Bronx, New YorkGenresDiscoelectropopdance-rock,R&BOccupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actress, producer, dancerYears active1962–present


The Dyatlov Pass incident is when the mysterious deaths of nine ski hikers took place in the northern Ural mountains on the night of February 2, 1959. The incident happened on the east shoulder of the mountain Kholat Syakhl. The mountain pass where the incident took place has been renamed Dyaltov Pass after the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov.

Without any eyewitnesses to this event inspired many speculation. Many Soviet investigators simply determined that a “compelling natural force” had caused the incident. Access to the area was barred to skiers and adventures for three years after the incident.

Investigators determined that the hikers tore open their tent from within, leaving barefoot in the heavy snow and a temperate of -30 °C. Although the corpses showed no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, two had broken ribs, and one was missing parts of her face due to postmortem decay.

Journalists that reported on the available parts of the inquest files claim that it states

  • Six members in the group died of hypothermia and three fatal injuries
  • There were no indications of other people nearby apart from the nine travelers
  • The tent had been torn open from the inside
  • The victims had died 6 to 8 hours after their last meal
  • Traces from the camp show that all group members left the campsite willingly, on foot
  • To dispel theories of an attack by the indigenous Mansi people, Dr Boris Vozrozhdenny stated that the fatal injuries of the three bodies could not have been caused by another human “because the force of the blows had been too strong and no soft tissue had been damaged”
  • Forensic radiation tests had shown high doses of radioactive contamination on the clothes of a few victims
  • Released documents contained no information about the condition of the skiers’ internal organs
  • No one survived

There are lots of controversy surrounding the investigation. Such as when Yury Kuntsevich, head of the Yekaterinburg-based Dyatlov Foundation, attended five of the hikers’ funerals, and recalled their skin had a “deep brown tan”. Some of the hikers’ clothing were found to be highly radioactive. Another group of hikers, about 50 km south of the incident, reported that they say orange spheres in the night sky to the north on the night of the incident. Similar sightings were observed in Ivdel and adjacent areas continually during the period from February to March 1959, by various independent witnesses. These were later confirmed by Eugene Buyanov to be test launches of R-7 intercontinental missiles. Some reports suggest that there was a great deal of scrap metal in and around the area.