Magazine article History Today

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Magazine article History Today

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Survivors of the London Blitz gathered at the Imperial War Museum to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of the German bombing campaign against the capital. On September 7th, 1940, 350 bombers killed 430 Londoners and injured over 1,500 in what became known as "Black Saturday". (September 8th)

Archaeologists in a remote area of the Guatemalan jungle have stumbled across what could turn out to be one of the most extensive Mayan sites found to date. The remains at Cancuen date from the 8th century CE, and consist of a great palace and large commercial city, on a scale to rival the famous Mayan temple at Tikal. (September 9th)

The photographer responsible for one of the iconographic images of the 20th century -- the portrait of Che Guevara -- has been legally recognised as its owner, forty years after he took the picture. Alberto Diaz Gutierrez will attempt to halt its commercial exploitation, as in a recent vodka advertisement. (September 16th)

Controversial right-wing historian David Irving is facing a second legal battle of the year, after an action was brought against him by Count Nikolai Tolstoy. The Count is claiming his reputation has been tarnished after his name was erroneously included in a list of speakers at a revisionist conference organised by Irving. …

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