Catch up!! Le blog Anglais de Saint-Jo

mercredi 25 août

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lundi 26 avril

Chariots of Fire: 4 Oscars and a great success.

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.

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The two athletes, after over a year of training and racing, are accepted to represent Great Britain in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.

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.

 

 

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jeudi 15 avril

The Englishman who saved 669 children from the Holocaust in 1938

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.

wintonRefugee 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.

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 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.

 

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vendredi 19 mars

St Patrick's Day in St Joseph

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mercredi 10 février

February 11th 1963: the first ambum was born!!

1963 : The Beatles record their first album Please Please Me at the Abbey Road Studios.

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.

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mardi 26 janvier

January 27 1973: Vietnam War ended.

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.

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 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.

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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.

 

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mercredi 20 janvier

January 20, 2021: Inauguration of Joe Biden

The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States at noon (EST) today, Wednesday, January 20, 2021, will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Joe Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president.

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The inaugural ceremony took place on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington DC, and was the 59th presidential inauguration. Biden took the presidential oath of office, before which Harris took the vice presidential oath of office.
"America United" and "Our Determined Democracy: Forging a More Perfect Union"—a reference to the Preamble of the US Constitution—will serve as the inaugural themes.

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lundi 11 janvier

January 12, 2010: Earthquake devastates Haiti

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.

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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.

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