Over 100 foreign journalists gathered in Pyongyang, North Korea to cover the seventh congress of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party – the first since 1980.The North Korean government assigns minders to reporters and keep a close watch on their every move. But still, photos from this historic occasion provide a rare peek into the texture of daily life in the Communist country.
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Although New York City’s Ellis Island gets more attention for its status as a hub for immigrants, just behind it was the port of Baltimore. The newly-opened Immigration Museum in Locust Point honors the experience of the millions who came through the port here.
New Vatican Swiss Guards are sworn-in every May 6 to commemorate the day in 1527 when 147 Swiss Guards died protecting Pope Clement VII during the Sack of Rome.
For the past 31 years, on the first Friday in May, commemorative pins are given to guests at the annual Fallen Heroes Day ceremony held at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
The ceremony honors police and correctional officers, firefighters, and emergency medical and rescue personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The pins are especially meaningful and important to their survivors, as a symbol of their loss and a tribute to their memory.
The pins, 1200 of which are produced each year, are collected and cherished by many family members of those who were lost.
“The Flower Mart, Baltimore’s annual celebration of spring, is many things to many people. Flowers, food and fashions were but a few of the lures that drew thousands of people to the festival that is staged around Washington Monument.” This caption ran with The Sun’s coverage of the 57th annual FlowerMart, which took place in May 1969. The theme that year was “Accent on Youth,” and perhaps it’s no surprise that the festival that year in Mount Vernon was a mix of primly-dressed ladies, long-haired hippies and even a Senator. This year’s FlowerMart is set for today and Saturday around the Washington Monument.
This week, all eyes were back on Iwo Jima as the AP reported that James Bradley, author of “Flags of Our Fathers,” and the son of one of the men reported to be in the photo, publicly said that his father might not be in the iconic picture after all. And the U.S. Marines released a statement to the Associated Press saying they are looking into the true identities of the men pictured in Rosenthal’s shot.
Amidst this bout of historical amnesia, The Sun’s researcher, Paul McCardle, decided to look back in our own archives to examine photos of the first and second flag raisings at Iwo Jima, as well as shots of the ensuing scupltures it inspired.
Karl Lagerfeld, fashion icon, has officially pronounced Cuba “in” for fall. The Chanel creative director and enthusiastic cat owner traveled to Havana with a fleet of models including Gisele and actors including Tilda Swinton, to present a glitter-heavy show in the city’s Paseo del Prado that harkened back to the days of Ernest Hemingway, or perhaps Dirty Dancing Havana Nights. If the show is anything to go by, you can bring your fedora out of hiding, or maybe plan on a sassy beret a la Che Guevara? According to AP, “With the heart of the Cuban capital effectively privatized by an international corporation under the watchful eye of the Cuban state, the premiere of Chanel 2016/2017 ‘cruise’ line offered a startling sight in a country officially dedicated to social equality and the rejection of material wealth.” Translation: Somewhere, Che is turning in his grave.
Following the news Tuesday that the National Trust for Historic Preservation had named Morgan State University a National Treasure, we thought we’d look into The Baltimore Sun archives to see pictures of the school over the years. Founded in 1867, Morgan State is one of only two historically black colleges in the U.S. to be so designated. The campus features a mix of Brutalist and Collegiate Revival architecture, as well as Classical, Italianate and Modern styles. The school will now receive a $110,000 grant to develop a plan for future preservation efforts.