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May 7th 1954: Battle of Dien Bien Phu ends

On this day in 1954, the decisive battle of the First Indochina War at Dien Bien Phu ended with a resounding victory for the Viet Minh. The war was fought between the colonial French powers and a group of Vietnamese soldiers led by communist Ho Chi Minh. The Vietnamese forces had been battling the colonial French since the aftermath of World War Two, with each side being funded by the opposing camps of the Cold War - the Vietnamese from China, and France from the United States. In the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, the communists were led by General Vo Nguyen Giap, who encircled the French stronghold with 40,000 men and heavy artillery. After a fifty-seven day siege, the French defense crumbled and the Viet Minh were victorious. The decisive battle essentially ended the war, which led to the Geneva Conference to negotiate peace. The Conference, which was attended by most of the major world powers, resulted in the division of Vietnam along the 17th Parallel. It was this division which kept tensions alive between the communist North and US-backed South, which ended in war between the two and heavy US involvement to support the South. In 1975, after the US had mostly retreated, the Southern capital of Saigon fell to the communists and the nation was once again united.

“The Viets are everywhere. The situation is very grave. The combat is confused and goes on all about. I feel the end is approaching, but we will fight to the finish”
- Christian de Castries, French commander at Dien Bien Phu, in the last hours of the siege

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development went into its second day of general discussions in Geneva today with some 1,500 delegates and observers in attendance on 5 March 1964 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Conference had been called to consider problems involved in the expansion of international trade as a dynamic force in economic and social progress throughout the world, and to take practical steps to meet the special needs of the developing nations will last through June.

A partial view of the Conference hall showing members of the Cuban delegation headed by Minister of Trade Dr Ernesto Che Guevara Serna 

Coretta Scott King

Married to one of the most influential civil rights leaders of our era, but a legend in her own right. She continued MLK Jr.’s legacy by founding the King Center, and was also the leader of a successful campaign in making her husband’s birthday a national holiday. Not only was she involved in civil rights for minorities, but human rights all around; this included LGBT and women’s rights. What’s her story?

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From the personal scrapbooks of Clark J. Kent: Candid photographs of President Lex Luthor.

Scrapbooking is a habit Clark picks up from Martha and keeps as private as possible, both for the obvious masculinity-challenging reasons, and because he’s not sure Lex would like it. It’s not completely voluntary. He just ends up collecting pictures of her and Conner, of the three of them, because suddenly he’s more visible than he’s ever been, and it actually feels like him this time. The moments are ones he actually wants to document, instead of hide. And so he keeps his favorites, catalogues them with love and care, and writes little notes on the backs of them. 

“Had to leave before the show let out – miss this dress ;)” 

“She still calls him an ‘experiment’. (Yeah, right!)”

“Trying not to laugh right after she told me the one abt Bruce and the fake bomb threat”

“Heading to the airport after the medical conference in Geneva. Bad day”

“Remember to send Jimmy an extra pie this Xmas. Might frame this”