August Events & Anniversaries

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Barack Obama's 60th birthday

4th August 2021

On August 27th 2008, at the Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Party formally nominated Barack Obama to run for the office of the President of the United States of America. He later became the 44th President of the United States serving from 2009 to 2017. The first black president in US history.

In Prague on April 5th 2009, Obama formulated his vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and on October 9th 2009 he was named Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Happy birthday Mr President.

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500 years since the fall of the Aztec empire

13th August 2021

In 1521 the Spanish conquistadores commanded by Hernán Cortés allied with local tribes besieged the Aztec capital city Tenochtitlán for 93 days.

A combination of superior weaponry and a smallpox outbreak, which devastated the Aztec population, enabled the Spanish to take the city.

The fall of Tenochtitlán was the decisive event in the destruction of the Aztec empire.

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60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall

13th August 2021

Construction of the Berlin wall by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), started on the 13th August 1961, cutting off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin.

The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area (later known as the "death strip") that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defences.

The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany.

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Inspiring Walter Scott

6th August 2021 - 9th January 2022, National Museum of Scotland

15th August 2021 is the 250th Anniversary of Sir Walter Scott's Birth. In anticipation of this the National Museum of Scotland are producing an exhibition to celebrate this incredible cultural figure.

The exhibition will show how Sir Walter Scott drew upon real historical objects for inspiration, placing objects alongside Scott's words and the stories in which they feature.

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85 years since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin

1st August 2021

Nazi Germany used the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin for propaganda purposes; Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels exploited the Olympic festivities to advance the Nazi cause by portraying Germany as a strong and united nation under Hitler.

The success of American athletes such as Jesse Owens, however, undermined Hitler’s message of Aryan superiority. With his four gold medals, Jesse Owens was the star of the Berlin Olympics, breaking the world record in the 200-meter race and in the long jump.

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Happy Summer Holidays

To all our customers - We wish you a wonderful Summer Holiday and hope you have a refreshing break where ever you are!

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