May 8th, 2005

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This Day in History, 1945: V-E Day

Sixty years ago today...

On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrated Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine. In London crowds massed in particular in Trafalgar Square and up The Mall to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the Palace to cheering crowds. Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister, Princess Margaret were allowed to wander anonymously among the crowds and take part in the celebrations in London. In the United States, President Harry Truman, who celebrated his 61st birthday that day, dedicated the victory to the memory of his predecessor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, because he had been so committed to ending the war. Roosevelt had died less than a month earlier, on April 12.

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Cf. http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/tdih.jsp?category=worldwarii&month=10272957&day=10272973 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VE_Day
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Reader Identification: Other Response

For those who don't read her LiveJournal, shewhomust responds to my post on Reader Identification with her own post I know a place.... She has some interesting thoughts of her own:


Which leads me to the opposite conclusion to mabfan: when I get a buzz from recognising in a book a location that I know personally, what I feel is not satisfaction that the author's reliability is confirmed. My pleasure is not that the book is being anchored in reality, but that I am being drawn into the fiction. If I can walk down Baker Street, I'm one step closer to meeting Sherlock Holmes (well, OK, there's a slight problem of chronology here: pick your own example).