QI (E Series - Espionage)
it’s worth mentioning that those friends were people in high places in the government. (via hicockalorum)
In the Netherlands, Liberation Day (Dutch: Bevrijdingsdag) is celebrated each year on May 5th, to mark the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II.
The nation was liberated largely by Canadian troops, with the assistance of the British and American Armies (Operation Market Garden) and French airborne (Operation Amherst).
On the 5th of May 1945, the Canadian General Charles Foulkes and the German Commander-in-Chief Johannes Blaskowitz reached an agreement on the capitulation of German forces in the Netherlands in Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen. One day later, the capitulation document was signed in the auditorium of Wageningen University, located next-door to the hotel.
After the liberation in 1945, Liberation Day was commemorated every 5 years. Finally, in 1990, the day was declared to be a national holiday, when the liberation would be commemorated and celebrated every year.
On May 4th, the Dutch hold the Remembrance of the Dead for the people who fought and died during World War II, and in wars in general. There is a remembrance gathering in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam and at the National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam. Throughout the country, two minutes of silence are observed at 8 p.m.
On May 5th, the liberation is celebrated and festivals are held at most places in the Netherlands.
Thomas Andrews Born 7 February 1873 – 15 April 1912
Thomas was the lead shipbuilder & designer for Harland & Wolff in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He oversaw all the plans & designs for the White Star Line’s Olympic class ships, and the most famous ship in history, the Titanic. Before she sailed, Andrews requested as many as 64 lifeboats on Titanic, but he was overruled and the ship was only fitted with 20. Andrews sailed on the maiden voyage of Titanic to oversee it, and was the first to know that she would sink. Andrews did not try to save himself. Instead, he did all he could to place passengers in lifeboats, knowing there were only enough for about half on board. He was last seen in the 1st class smoking room, admiring his ship, his life jacket on the chair next to him. His body was never recovered.
He was a true hero, a gentleman, and extremely handsome!
gotta throw some sharks and dinosaurs and lasers on that thing