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Soviet Union Lifts Blockade of Berlin

One of the first major crises of the Cold War, the Berlin blockade began in June 1948 during the multinational occupation of post-WWII Germany. In an attempt to force its former wartime allies—the US, the UK, and France—out of Berlin, the USSR began a blockade of all rail, road, and water traffic through East Germany to West Berlin. Rather than withdraw, the Western powers bypassed the blockade by airlifting thousands of tons of supplies into the city each day. What was Operation Little Vittles?



The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis

The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis, an oil painting by Dutch master painter Rembrandt, depicts a Roman historian's account of an episode from the Batavian rebellion, led by the one-eyed chieftain Claudius Civilis. At around 16 x 16 ft (5 x 5 m), it was Rembrandt's largest completed work before it was reduced in size for sale. Commissioned in the mid-17th century by Amsterdam's city council for the city hall, it was returned to Rembrandt after being displayed for only a short time. Why?

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Rossetti was a British painter, poet, and founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, an association of painters who aimed to depict religious, moral, and medieval subjects in a naturalistic style. He expanded the Brotherhood's aims by linking poetry, painting, and social idealism. Although Rossetti began his career as a painter and found success with watercolors based on literary works, his lasting reputation rests upon his poetry. What did he have buried with his wife—and later exhumed?

Last updated on Wednesday, 12th May 2010

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