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Pilar Primo de Rivera, female leader in Franco’s Spain

The leader of the only female mass organization in Francoist Spain, the Women's Section (Sección Femenina, SF) of the Falangist movement, which was Fascist in its...

Amancio Ortega, the Spanish self-made man

Spanish billionaire businessman Amancio Ortega Gaona was born on March 28th, 1936 as the youngest of four children in the small village of Busdongo de...

Auguste Chapdelaine, French martyr of China

Auguste Chapdelaine was the French Christian missionary whose violent death at the hands of Chinese authorities on February 29th,1856 became the casus belli for...

A long lunch with a contemporary witness

Today I was invited for lunch by a 90-year-old lady at her home in the neighborhood. She is mentally and physically still quite fit...

130 years ago, the Trans–Siberian Railway project was announced

On March 9th, 1891, the Imperial Russian government under Tsar Alexander III (1845-1894) issued a rescript in which it announced its intention to construct what became...

Why Xi won’t congratulate Gorbachev on his 90th birthday

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, considered by die-hard Communists to be the gravedigger of a great idea,...

Olof Palme, Sweden’s tragic political figure

Sweden’s best-known politician, Social Democratic Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated under mysterious circumstances on February 28th, 1986 in his home town of Stockholm. It’s...

Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Commander-in-Chief, President and Emperor

Jean-Bédel Bokassa, from 1966 to 1976 second president of the Central African Republic (CAR) and self-styled ruler Bokassa I of the Central African Empire from...

40 years ago, tanks were rolling through Valencia

On February 23rd 1981, an attempted coup d'état against the nascent democracy, popularly known as 23-F and headed by Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero Molina (born 1932), took...

The forgotten Indian mutiny of 1946

A short, but critical event that hastened the end of British colonial rule on the Indian subcontinent took place on February 18th, 1946: the...

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