Thursday, November 17, 2011

Nov. 17th, 1973: Athens Polytechnic Uprising

The Athens Polytechnic uprising in 1973 was a massive demonstration of popular rejection of the Greek military junta of 1967-1974. The uprising began on November 14, 1973, escalated to an open anti-junta, anti-US and anti-imperialist revolt and ended in bloodshed in the early morning of November 17 after a series of events starting with a tank crashing through the gates of the Polytechnic. [from Wikipedia]

The Hellenic National AudioVisual Archive in cooperation with the Library of the Hellenic Parliament participates in the celebration of the anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising, presenting the film "Polytechnic 1973" with rare archival audio and video material.
Polytechnic 1973 (Part A) 
Polytechnic 1973 (Part B) 

You can also watch a BBC documentary called Greece - The Seven Black Years (of the military junta) on Adam Curtis Blog.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

This Day in History: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

On 9th November 1989 East German officials opened the Berlin Wall, allowing travel from East to West Berlin. The following day, celebrating Germans began to tear the wall down.

Video: Moments in History - The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Watch the video on YouTube:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

BBC News: The world at seven billion

The world's population is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks. After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Where do you fit into this story of human life? Fill in your date of birth to find out.

Click on the image below.