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Resistance, Josephine Baker. During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. repin rw

London in the 1920's-telephone engineer, Mayfair The activity looks much more dangerous than it actually is, although sitting in bo'sn's chair 50 feet high won't appeal to some people. The engineer is attaching the main telephone cable to a new support wire, suspended between Maddox Street and Conduit Street in Mayfair. Via Flickr

October 22, 1962 President John F. Kennedy tells the world that, owing to Soviet missiles in Cuba, the world is on the brink of nuclear war.