Ukraine in Austrian and Russian Empires

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Ukrainians lived in two separate empires and were subject to two different administrations during the Nineteenth Century.  These separate administrations caused a budding national movement to take shape in significantly different ways due to the different levels of freedom and development each empire allowed the Ukrainians. Russia refused to recognize Ukrainians as being a separate nationality or minority, while Austria

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Seymour Hicks in Scrooge (1935)

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Scrooge (1935) is Twickenham Studios version of the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.  Seymour Hicks plays Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly owner of a London business.  He employs an assistant named Bob Cratchit.  Scrooge will eventually meet three ghosts on Christmas Eve, who will cause a miraculous change in Scrooge’s attitude towards Christmas and his assistant. Seymour Hicks was born

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Burns Beats Hart for Heavyweight Title

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On February 23, 1906, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Marvin Hart defended his title in Los Angeles.  When James J. Jeffries retired as heavyweight champion, Hart and Jack Sharkey fought for the vacant title.  Hart was the surprise winner of the fight. Hart refused to fight Jack Johnson, the recognized best heavyweight.  Instead he fought Tommy Burns, a 5’07” skilled boxer. 

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Chief Desmond Discovers Murder

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On February 10, 1897, 60-year-old William H. Stewart, a civil engineer, died in St. Louis City Hospital.  Stewart passed away from a morphine overdose.  St. Louis Police originally thought it was a case of suicide or accidental overdose. Stewart lived with his son-in-law F.C. Bennett at 2634 Dickson Street.  Mr. Bennett categorically denied Mr. Stewart used drugs of any kind. 

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Russian Civil War Snags Aberg and Lurich

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Estonia gave birth to three of the greatest wrestlers of the first two decades of the 20th Century: Georg Lurich, George Hackenschmidt and Aleksander “Alex” Aberg.  As part of the Russian Empire at the time, Estonia contained a number of elementary and high schools with superior physical education programs. Lurich and Hackenschmidt both started out as weightlifters and transitioned into

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Politics of Mikhail, Prince of Chernigov

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The last Grand Prince of Kiev, Mikhail Vsevelodovich, a senior prince in the Ol’govichi family tried to unite Southern and Norther Rus.  The Ol’govichi withdrew from the succession to the Kievan throne during the time of Vladimir Monomakh, when they were given Chernigov as their eternal principality.  However, Mikhail’s grandfather and father usurped the throne in the late Twelfth- and

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Appointment with Danger (1950)

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I’m continuing with watching some old Alan Ladd movies that I first saw thirty years ago on American Movie Classics (AMC), when they showed classic movies.  I recently watched Appointment with Danger (1950), which was as entertaining as I remembered it. Paramount Pictures released Appointment with Danger in London in 1950 but didn’t release it in the United States until

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