Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British film. It is based on the true story of two British athletes in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abraham, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.
The film's title was inspired by the line "Bring me my Chariot of fire!" from the William Blake poem adapted into the British hymn "Jerusalem": the hymn is heard at the end of the film.
The soundtrack, by Vangelis, became iconic,being used as theme music for sporting events as well as in countless films, TV shows, and commercials.
Sir Nicholas George Winton was a British banker and humanitarian who established an organisation to rescue children at risk from Nazi Germany.
In 1938, Nicholas Winton was a young stockbroker in London. He was keenly aware of the events unfolding on the continent. In the early years of Hitler's rule, the Nazis attempted to make life so unpleasant for Jews that they would be forced to emigrate. Yet few other countries were willing to accept an influx of Jewish refugees.
Refugee camps were filling with families forced from their homes. Occupants were struggling to survive the European winter. In Czechoslovakia, Winton was struck by the appalling conditions and his greatest concern was for the children.
Winton was convinced he could arrange the evacuation of young refugees to England. Winton and his colleagues Martin Blake and Doreen Warriner set up a makeshift headquarters in a hotel in Prague and began taking the names of families who wished to send their children to safety.
To get to safety, Winton's children had to travel through the heart of Nazi Germany. Eight trains departed from Warsaw between March and August 1939.
However, a ninth train, which was set to leave on September 1, 1939, and carried another 250 children, never departed. On that very same day, Hitler invaded Poland and closed off all borders under German control, igniting World War II and bringing Winton's rescue work came to an end.
This one is released on 22 March and helped to create the phenomenon known as Beatlemania. Each one of The Beatles received seven pounds and ten shillings (£7.50) session fee for each three hour session making a total £30.00 as full payment for the recording session of 9 hours and 45 minutes.
The Paris accord ending the Vietnam war, America's longest war to that time, was signed this day in 1973, providing for an exchange of prisoners and for the unilateral withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Vietnam.
President Nixon signs the Paris Peace Accords, ending direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The North Vietnamese accept a cease fire. But as U.S. troops depart Vietnam, North Vietnamese military officials continue plotting to overtake South Vietnam.
The last US ground troops left Vietnam in March 1973, after which the peace talks once again broke down. Fighting resumed and South Vietnam eventually surrendered to the forces of North Vietnam in April 1975. Approximately 2,700,000 American men and women served in Vietnam.
On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti, severely damaging the capital Port-au-Prince and resulting in the deaths of 100,000-316,000 people.
Haiti was already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere when the earthquake struck. The Haitian government said around 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings were leveled in the quake, which significantly worsened already poor housing conditions in the country.
A major international rescue effort began shortly after the earthquake, but was hampered by poor communication and damaged facilities. On 22 January the United Nations ended the emergency phase of relief and on 23 January the Haitian government ended the search for survivors.