The world was rapidly changing with the end of the Cold War. Nicolae Ceausesu was losing his popularity as General Secretary and leader of Romania. The uprising against him could not be crushed. Other Eastern European states were in revolt when the Soviet Union withdrew military support. Ceausesu was different in certain respects seeing as […]Read more "Nicolae Ceausescu’s Last Speech (1989)"
Uganda won independence from the British Empire in 1962. All across Africa new nations were emerging and were able to break free of their colonial oppressors. This news reel from Parthe News shows the independence celebrations. Uganda became a member of the Commonwealth just like other former British colonies. Milton Obote would become the country’s […]Read more "Uganda Wins Independence (1962)"
This photograph was taken in 1965 when President Julius Nyerere paid a state visit to the People’s Republic of China. The two nations shared cordial diplomatic relations, even though both nations had different ideological stances on socialism. Mao’s aid to Tanzania was generous. There was a reason that such a relationship could work. The newly […]Read more "Julius Nyerere Meets Mao Zedong"
Through a process of grinding lenses Anton Van Leewenhoek (1632-1723) was able to develop a more reliable compound microscope. This was an incredible breakthrough, due to the fact humankind could now peer into the microscopic world. Leewenhoek’s contributions led to the development of microbiology which added to the body of knowledge of medicine and zoology. […]Read more "Anton van Leeuwenhoek and the Microscope"
Dr. Martin Luther King delivers a lecture at Stanford University in 1967. Here he discusses the problem of two Americas. Here he points out the issues of racism and white supremacy. Dr. King also reveals that poverty is another social injustice issue that the United States ignores. The problem effects African Americans worse because the […]Read more "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Stanford – “The other America” 1967"
The United States embarked on a policy of arming the Mujahideen. The Soviet Union became militarily involved in Afghanistan to support a weakened communist government. Ronald Reagan here is shown with what he called “freedom fighters.” America’s involvement in Afghanistan was the largest covert operation in the CIA’s entire history. Ronald Reagan was a staunch […]Read more "Ronald Reagan Meets With Mujahideen Fighters"
Ferdinand Marcos was president of the Philippines since 1965.The 1986 elections showed that he was not going to rule forever. He was a close US ally from the Johnson to Reagan administrations. The reason was that he was supported by America was that he was anti-communist. The United States had for a long period of […]Read more "The 1986 Philippines Elections"