43 years ago today » concert for bangladesh, august 1, 1971
↳ "i think the most memorable thing, really, was the fact that is came off and that it worked because there was very little time preceding the concert, to organize it. the concert happened to be on august the 1st because that was the only day madison square garden was available. so it was pure coincidence. and all the people that were assembled there with very short notice, very little rehearsal in come cases there was no rehearsal. i managed to do a little bit with the horn players and with the rhythm section but that was the main thing, that it actually worked." -george harrison
I love this!
"الجمال لديها الكثير لتفعله مع الطابع
Beauty has a lot to do with character."
July 31st 1940: Udham Singh executed
On this day in 1940 the Indian revolutionary nationalist Udham Singh was executed in the British Pentonville Prison for the assassination of Michael O’Dwyer. Singh was present in the Jallianwala Bagh public garden in Amritsar on April 13th 1919 when a peaceful demonstration by Indian nationalists was fired upon by British soldiers. Whilst definite casualty numbers are contested, it is clear that hundreds of innocent people lost their lives that day. The British were led by Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer who gave the instruction to shoot to kill. Dyer’s actions were supported by Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab, Michael O’Dwyer. The event contributed to Singh’s radicalisation, and fuelled his desire for Indian independence from oppressive colonial rule. A Sikh himself, in the early 1930s he adopted the name Ram Muhammad Singh Azad to emphasise the unity of all religions in India in this struggle. On 13th March 1940, 21 years after Jallianwala Bagh, he took his vengeance for the incident by assassinating the then 75 year old O’Dwyer in London. Singh was sentenced to death and hanged on July 31st 1940. Whilst Indian politicians initially condemned his actions, he was hailed as a hero and a martyr by many in India, who saw his actions as a justified and important step in the independence movement. In 1974, when his remains were finally returned to India, as he had wanted, the casket was received by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
"I did it because I had a grudge against him. He deserved it. He was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the spirit of my people, so I have crushed him"