GUATEMALANS PEACEFULLY OVERTHROW DICTATORSHIP In the 1930s, the country was ruled by a dictator named Jose Ubico. He was a brutal leader, and admired fascism. The revolution started in May 1944, when 45 lawyers petitioned for the deposition of the country’s head judge. A series of peaceful protest swoop across the country. On June 24, a demonstration organized by students was severely attacked by police forces. Police killed a woman named Maria Chincilla Recinos. In response to this murder, the city’s population organized a massive strike. Stores were closed and the streets stayed deserted for days. 50,000 protesters joined the strike and marched towards Ubico’s palace demanding his resignation. The dictator’s grasp was disintegrating. Ubico resigned on July 1, 1944. He got replaced by a member of the military who was no different that his predecessor. Protest continued as he resigned October 20, 1944. Guatemala held its first democratic elections a few months later. One of the first reform was the abolishment of forced labor.
I woke up missing my Grandad Stan the other day so I took a little trip to the street where he grew up in Bermondsey. The house isn't there anymore but the Thames is right at the bottom of the road and I imagined him looking out towards the Tower of London like I was doing. It's kind of mad to imagine this was on his doorstep, albeit with a slightly different skyline (and probably smell). The views were different but all of the stories were played out on the same ground, by the same river. Birth certificates and census entries are there is black and white but the colour comes from asking questions about those that lived before us to those that can remember. It made me realise that my Dad and his brother are the only ones who can fill in the gaps about personalities, relationships and affections of the people who have passed on that side of the family. Like who got on with who and what so and so liked to eat. I called my Dad and listened to loads of his memories that now I can hold onto, along with all the other ones, and eventually pass on. Now I just need to get famous so I can go on Who Do You Think You Are? God id love that 🤓 . . #storytelling#history#london#familyhistory#historygeek#onemorequestion
We're learning about ancient Egypt and my older two had such fun making these pectorals while I read them Jacqueline Morley's Egyptian Myths. Where was the baby in all this? Why, drawing all over the fridge, the rug and the kitchen floor with a felt tipped pen, of course.
Pompeii has been a synonym for disaster and catastrophe for almost 2000 years. In school, we all learned the story of how the city was almost instantly buried under meters of ash in AD 79, when nearby Vesuvius unleashed its wrath (background in this pic). . What textbooks did not prepare me for, however, was the scale and development the city enjoyed just prior to being obliterated. When you walk the streets of the excavated ruins, you realize the extent to which it was a bustling, hectic metropolis of over 20,000 people. Today’s massive archeological site reveals just how developed it was. It is indeed a sombre visit, but it is extremely interesting and highly recommended (at least a half day). . I didn’t know this before visiting, but it’s actually the fifth most visited ancient site on Earth, drawing 3 million people per year, (the Great Wall, and Xian’s terracotta army in China, the Coliseum and the Forum in Rome attract more visitors). . The blast of the volcano itself obviously must have horrendously terrifying, leaving residents with nowhere to hide, with debris surge temperatures and speeds reaching over 300C and 450km/h respectively. . . I have plenty of other pics of the casts of mummified remains of citizens, as well as details of the city streets. However, I posted this image since it gives an indication of just how far the mountain is from the city center (10 km). They must have felt so safe... 😐🌋 . . . . #coolbutsad#vesuvio#vesuvios#pompeii#ruinsofpompeii#geologyrocks#volcanoeruption#naturaldisaster#romanhistory#ifttt#fbp#twitter#pompeiruins#pompeiitaly#volcaniceruption#geology#pyroclasticflow#natgeoyourshot#nikonphotographers#nikontop#bbctravel#mountvesuvius#ad79#nikontravel#historygeek#italytravel#visititaly#italyhistory#natgeo#firefromthegods