Markings

It was 10 April, 1953, that Dag Hammarskjold was sworn in as the 2nd Secretary General of the United Nations. A Swedish diplomat and economist, he spent his childhood in the Swedish city of Uppsala. …

Poet of Optimism

Samad Vurgun was born in 1906, and saw his first published poems in 1925, in the journal, ‘New Thought’. In 1929 he entered the Literature School at Moscow University. A proud advocate of his Azerbaijan …

The Rock of Gibraltar

It was on 6 March, 1988, that Irish Republican Army Volunteer, Mairead Farrell, was killed by British soldiers of the Special Air Service (SAS). Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she joined the Provisional IRA as …

The Day of the Jackal

It was on 22 August, 1962, that a squad of assassins attempted to kill the President of France, Charles De Gaulle. The President was travelling from the Elysée Palace to Orly airport when his vehicle …

“The Troubles” Begin

It was on 14 August, 1969, that the British Army commenced ‘Operation Banner’, and began what would be their longest deployment, which would not conclude for 38 years. The deployment was prompted by protests and …