The Gateway of India

This monument was originally built to commemorate the landing of King George V of Great Britain and Queen Mary in Mumbai, on their visit to India in 1911. The photograph is of its opening in 1924.You can see the rows and rows of British troops, and decorated boats in the bay.
The arch sits on the southern tip of Mumbai, looking out over the Arabian Sea. In earlier times the Gateway of India would have been the first structure that visitors arriving by boat would have seen. It was used as the symbolic entrance for new British viceroys of India, and the new Governors of Bombay. A magnificent welcome to the British Empire's crown jewel.
      The Gateway of India was not just a symbol of British power and majesty in India, but its end, as well. The last British troops to leave India following the country's independence, the First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry, passed through the Gateway on their way out in a ceremony on February 28, 1948. Today, the Gateway of India is the most popular tourist destination in Mumbai.

Engineers of the 302nd Engineer Regiment repairing a roadway over a trench. In the trench itself are African American soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division (nicknamed Buffalo Soldiers). They are on their way into action in the Argonne Forest, in France. Date not certain, probably 1918.

Doubly Amazing

Linus Pauling received a Nobel Prize in Chemistry and a Nobel Peace Prize. He remains the only person to get two, undivided, unshared Nobel Prizes. He got his Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 for using quantum mechanics to understand and describe chemical bonding - e.g. the way atoms join together to form molecules. He got his Nobel Peace Prize in 1963 for his international activism against the Cold War nuclear arms race.

A Fancy Way To Get Drunk

This ornate enamel and gilt bird is an example of a “kovsh” -- a traditional Russian drinking vessel. Made in the last years before the fall of the tsars, the sandpiper kovsh was clearly for the elite. It even has garnets for eyes!     Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum.

In 1965, a woman who ran an equestrian center for children discovered a 3 to 4 foot pony (that's 0.91 to 1.17 meters) walking along the shore of the Caspian Sea. It turned out to be the long-believed extinct Caspian Horse, the oldest breed of domestic horse still alive today.

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    By Lillian Audette

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