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.

To Lean or Not to Lean..

The Oregon Daily Journal, Portland, Oregon, July 31, 1910

The Lincoln County News, North Carolina, August 2, 1910

Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 14, 1910

El Paso Herald, Texas, September 30, 1922

Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, Texas, July 13, 1948

The Rhinelander Daily News, March 24, March 24, 1952

The Bakersfield Californian, California, December 13, 1952

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas, March 14, 1955

The Daily Herald, Provo, Utah, August 9, 1955

The Salem News, Ohio, January 20, 1956

The Waco News-Tribune, Texas, March 13, 1959

Beatrice Daily Sun, Nebraska, November 15, 1964

Abilene Reporter-News, Texas, November 15, 1964

Biddeford-Saco Journal, Maine, February 23, 1973

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


On this day in music history: August 17, 1959 - “Kind Of Blue” by Miles Davis is released. Produced by Teo Macero and Irving Townsend, it is recorded at Columbia Records 30th Street Studios in New York City on March 2, 1959 and April 22, 1959. Recorded in two sessions six weeks apart, it features Davis backed by musicians John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Cobb, Paul Chambers, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly. The songs are created by Miles giving the musicians chord changes based on musical modes rather than traditional chord progressions, then improvising on those changes. The original LP release of “Kind Of Blue” is a source of confusion among musicians and fans for years when the three tracks (“So What”, Freddie Freeloader", and “Blue In Green”) on the first side of the album are a quarter tone sharper than originally played. The problem turns out to have been caused by one of the two tape machines recording the session running slower than the other. The album is not reissued with the songs at the correct pitch until 1992. All reissues from that time on are mastered using the back up 3-track session tapes cut during the initial recording session. The album goes on to become one of the most popular and influential jazz recordings of all time. Having taken over thirty years for the album to sell over million copies, its sales explode during the peak of the CD boom, tripling in sales during the 90’s and 2000’s. For the album’s 50th anniversary, Sony Music releases a three disc edition featuring the original album along with alternate takes of “Flamenco Sketches” and “Freddie Freeloader” (w/ the false start), along with in studio dialog recorded during the sesssions. The second disc includes live recordings featuring the sextet, with the third disc being a DVD featuring a documentary about the development and recording of the landmark album along with the rarely seen television program “The Sound Of Miles Davis” originally aired on April 2, 1959. “Kind Of Blue” has been certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1992. In 2002, the album is added to the National Recording Registry by the Library Of Congress.


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.