Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsarevich of Russia (later Emperor Nicholas II of Russia) in Nagasaki, prior to the Otsu Incident, 1891
The Ōtsu incident was a failed assassination attempt on Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsarevich of Russia (later Emperor Nicholas II of Russia) on 11 May [O.S. 29 April] 1891, while Nicholas was visiting Japan during his eastern journey.
This beauty right here is Natalya Meklin, a WWII Soviet combat pilot who won numerous awards (the Hero of the Soviet Union being the most notable one). She flew 980 night combat missions with the “Night Witches” (Nachthexen)- as their German opponents nicknamed them- female military aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment of the Soviet Air Forces. Badass.
My two history crushes ♥
The similarity between King George V(to the right) and Tzar Nicholas II(to the left) was so remarkable that they were often mistaken for each other.
The most embarrassing case of mistaken identity took place at the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Mary of Teck, in 1893. During the wedding reception the Prince George was mistaken for Tzar Nicholas from one of the guests, who asked him if he came to London for state affairs or only for the marriage. The Prince George replied that as it was his wedding, he felt obliged to be present.
This is a shout-out to all the kick-ass women, mythical or not.
Real-life Grave of the Fireflies: (Photo) Stoic Japanese orphan, standing at attention having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, Nagasaki, by Joe O’Donnell 1945
This photograph was taken by an American photojournalist, Joe O’Donnell, in Nagasaki in 1945.
He recently spoke to a Japanese interviewer about this picture:
“I saw a boy about ten years old walking by. He was carrying a baby on his back. In those days in Japan, we often saw children playing with their little brothers or sisters on their backs, but this boy was clearly different. I could see that he had come to this place for a serious reason. He was wearing no shoes. His face was hard. The little head was tipped back as if the baby were fast asleep.
“The boy stood there for five or ten minutes. The men in white masks walked over to him and quietly began to take off the rope that was holding the baby. That is when I saw that the baby was already dead. The men held the body by the hands and feet and placed it on the fire.
“The boy stood there straight without moving, watching the flames. He was biting his lower lip so hard that it shone with blood. The flame burned low like the sun going down. The boy turned around and walked silently away.”
At a young age, children must be shown love and compassion in order to have feelings in the future.