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Generation Z

I am part of generation Z.
Born between 1995 and 2013.
I have seen the death of George Harrison, I will live to see the death of the last two Beatles.
I have seen the death of the rent-a-movie and the birth of Netflix.
I have seen the last space shuttle launch, the death of Steve Jobs, and the creation of the I-phone.
I am part of Generation Z, the world I live in is evolving. My generation is evolving, still undefined.
My father is a part of the baby boomer, and saw the fall of the Berlin wall, protested the Vietnam war. My mother saw the first microchip.
But I am generation Z, I have seen so much, and I’m not even out of high school yet. I am living history, we all are, so look up. It’s my Generations turn to change the world. To live history as it happens.

If you read this, please post one thing you have seen in your life that has made an impact, even if it only impacted you. We are living history, this is mine so far. What about you? Our world is more then black and white, so tell me, what has colored your life?

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America’s Vanishing Historic Movie Theaters

During the golden age of Hollywood, the excitement of going to the movies wasn’t only about seeing the stars on screen. It also meant spending time at the neighborhood movie theater, an architecturally ornate center of the community’s social life.

Photographer Stefanie Klavens has long been interested in 20th-century American popular culture, specifically its aesthetic qualities, and has created a photographic series of iconic movie palaces titled “Celluloid Dreams.”

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July 5th 1948: NHS launched

On this day in 1948, the National Health Service came into effect in the United Kingdom. Ideas for a nationalised health system had been around for decades before 1948, but it was not until then that they became a reality for British citizens. The Labour government of Clement Attlee, elected in 1945, were committed to the principles of the welfare state. They were greatly influenced by the 1942 Beveridge Report, which recommended social reform to tackle the five ‘Giant Evils’ of squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease. Thinkers around Britain thus came to see healthcare as a fundamental universal right, not a privilege held by a few. Working with these ideas, the government passed the National Health Service Act in 1946, which came into effect on July 5th 1948 and created the NHS in England and Wales (Scotland’s was created separately). The creation of the NHS led to universal health care in the United Kingdom, paid for through central taxation, ending the requirement that patients pay directly for their own healthcare. It radically restructured the British health care system, with the NHS taking control of the almost half a million hospital beds in England and Wales and placing almost all hospitals and staff under its jurisdiction. Despite ongoing debates over the efficiency, cost and structure of the NHS, it remains a central feature of the British welfare state. As seen with its celebration during the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, the NHS is a point of national pride for Britain. Indeed, according to a recent study, thanks to the NHS Britain has the best healthcare system out of eleven of the world’s wealthiest nations, with the United States in last place.

66 years ago today

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“What to The Slave is 4th of July?” by Frederick Douglass – Read by James Earl Jones

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.

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It is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.”

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The four Romanov sisters, still thin from the after-effects of the severe attack of measles they had suffered early in the year, wept inconsolably as they left the home where they had spent so many of the happy days of their childhood. After they had gone, a dejected Mariya Geringer spoke of her still lingering hopes for them. Perhaps the girls would be lucky somewhere in exile and find decent, ordinary husbands and be happy, she said. For her, and for other loyal retainers and friends left behind, the memory of those four lovely sisters in happier times, of their many kindnesses, of their shared joy and sorrows, the ‘laughing faces under the brims of their big flower-trimmed hats’ would continue to linger during the long, deadening years of communism.

'The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra’ by Helen Rappaport

"There were no LGBT+ people in the 30's and 40's. Everyone was too homophobic"

1931 - Mädchen in Uniform, one of the first explicitly lesbian films and the first pro-lesbian film, is released.


1932 – Poland codifies the homosexual and heterosexual age of consent equally at 15. Polish law had never criminalized homosexuality, although occupying powers had outlawed it in 1835.


1933 – New Danish penalty law decriminalizes homosexuality.


1933 – The National Socialist German Workers Party bans homosexual groups. Homosexuals are sent to concentration camps. N

1934 – Uruguay decriminalizes homosexuality.


1936 – Mona’s 440 Club, the first lesbian bar in America, opened in San Francisco in 1936.


1936 – Federico García Lorca, Spanish poet, is shot at the beginning of the civil war.


1937 – The first use of the pink triangle for gay men in Nazi concentration camps.


1938 – The word Gay is used for the first time in reference to homosexuality.


1939 – Frances V. Rummell, an educator and a teacher of French at Stephens College, published an autobiography under the title Diana: A Strange Autobiography; it was the first explicitly lesbian autobiography in which two women end up happily together.


1940 – Iceland decriminalizes homosexuality; the NWHK is disbanded in the Netherlands in May due to the German invasion, and most of its archive is voluntarily destroyed, while the rest is confiscated by Nazi soldiers.


1942 – Switzerland decriminalizes homosexuality, with the age of consent set at 20.


1944 – Sweden decriminalizes homosexuality, with the age of consent set at 20 and Suriname legalizes homosexuality.


1945 – Upon the liberation of Nazi concentration camps by Allied forces, those interned for homosexuality are not freed, but required to serve out the full term of their sentences under Paragraph 175; Portugal decriminalises homosexuality for the second time in its history. Four honourably discharged gay veterans form the Veterans Benevolent Association, the first LGBT veterans’ group. Gay bar Yanagi opened in Japan.


1946 – “COC” (Dutch acronym for “Center for Culture and Recreation”), one of the earliest homophile organizations, is founded in the Netherlands. It is the oldest surviving LGBT organization.


1947 – Vice Versa, the first North American lesbian publication, is written and self-published by Lisa Ben (real name Edith Eyde) in Los Angeles.


1948 – “Forbundet af 1948” (“League of 1948”), a homosexual group, is formed in Denmark.


1948 – The communist authorities of Poland make 15 the age of consent for all sexual acts, homosexual or heterosexual.

Yes….all LGBT+ people suddenly popped into existence in 1950. Very good history.