Lara’s Theme

It was on 18 April, 1966, that the film, ‘Dr. Zhivago’ won five of the 10 Academy Awards it was nominated for. The film follows the life and love of a medical student who gains …

The Silver Screen

6 April marks the debut of the film, “Ivan’s Childhood” sometimes also known as “My Name is Ivan”. It was the premiere film of Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky. The film relates the story of a …

Coup Detat

It was on 4 April in 1953 that CIA Director Allen Dulles authorized $1 million to be used “in any way that would bring about the fall of Mossedegh”. This was in reference to Mohammad …

A Grand Hungarian

25 March marks the birthdate of Hungarian composer and pianist, Bela Bartok, in 1881. The picture above is of a statue of Bartok in Mako, Hungary. In Pozsony, Bartok gave his first public recital at …

Soldier of the Emperor

19 March, marks the birthday of Hiroo Onoda in 1922. Hiroo was a Japanese infantry officer who became the most famous of the ‘Holdouts’. Born into an ancient Samurai warrior class family, Hiroo’s father was …

Who Will Speak Out?

6 March marks the day on which Martin Niemöller died in 1984. Niemoller was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian born in Lippstadt, Germany, in 1892. A German Navy and WWI Veteran, Niemöller was a …

The Search for Truth

4 February marks the birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in 1906. Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi dissident. Bonhoeffer did his postgraduate work in New York City, where he attended Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist …

A Worldwide Cover Up

1 February marks ‘World Hijab Day’. The day was created by Nazma Khan, who post-9/11, experienced discrimination for wearing her hijab. It is a worldwide event that encourages Muslim and non-Muslim women to wear the …

Son of the Carpathians

26 January marks the birthday of Nicolae Ceausescu, whose career in Romanian politics lasted more than 40 years. Born in Southwestern Romania in 1918, he would become an apprentice to a shoemaker at age 11 …