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MILITARY TRIBUNAL BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1945

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Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg,
Germany, for atrocities committed during
World War II 
began on November 20, 1945.

The Nuremberg trials were conducted by an international
tribunal
made up of representatives from the United States,
the
Soviet Union, France and Great Britain. It was the first
trial of its kind in history, and the defendants faced charges
ranging from crimes against peace, to crimes of war, to
crimes against humanity.

Lord Justice Geoffrey Lawrence, the British member, presided
over the proceedings, which lasted 10 months and consisted
of 216 court sessions.




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Sir Frederick Geoffrey Lawrence
(5 April 1902 – 3 February 1967)

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Hermann Goering in the witness box during the Nuremberg trials.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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MIKE GARCIA

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The Berlin wall came tumbling down in 1989.

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TIM MAGUIRE

    
    
   
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I Love Lucy
is a television
sitcom that originally aired 
on
CBS from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, with
a total of 180 half-hour episodes, spanning six seasons. 

The show starred Lucille Ball, her husband, Desi Arnaz
(above), along with
Vivian Vance and  William Frawley.
 


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A “RIGHTEOUS” MAN DIED ON THIS DAY

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Oskar Schindler (28 April 1908 – 9 October 1974)


As a member of the Nazi Party, Schindler ran an enamel-works
factory in Krakow during the German occupation of Poland,
employing workers from the nearby Jewish ghetto. When the
ghetto was liquidated, he persuaded Nazi officials to allow the
transfer of his workers to the Plaszow labor camp, thus saving
them from deportation to the death camps. In 1944, all Jews at
Plaszow were sent to
Auschwitz, but Schindler, at great risk to
himself, bribed officials into allowing him to keep his workers
and set up a factory in a  location in occupied Czechoslovakia.

By the war’s end, he was penniless, but he had saved 1,200
Jewish people.

Schindler died of liver failure on 9 October 1974. He is buried in Jerusalem on Mount Zion, the only member of the Nazi Party to
be honored in this way.



 


Schindler’s grave in Jerusalem. The Hebrew inscription
reads: "
Righteous Among the Nations"; the German
inscription reads: "The Unforgettable Lifesaver of
1200 Persecuted Jews".



Schindler’s memorial in Svitavy, Czech Republic,
his birthplace.

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ED DANAHUE

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Sofia Loren is 88 years young today.

As of 2022, Loren is one of the last surviving major
stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema and
is the only remaining living person on AFI ‘s list.

Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons after entering
a beauty pageant, Loren began her film career at age
sixteen in 1950.

Loren’s performance as Cesira in the film Two Women
(1961) directed by
Vittorio De Sica won her the Academy
Award for Best Actress
, making her the first actor to win
an Oscar for a non-English-language performance.

She holds the record for having earned seven David
di Donatello Awards
for Best Actress. She has won
five special
Golden Globes (including the Cecil B.
DeMille Award
), a BAFTA Award, a Laurel Award, a
Grammy Award, the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the
Venice Film Festival and the Best Actress Award at the
Cannes Film Festival. In 1991, she received the Academy
Honorary Award
for lifetime achievements.

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