We're having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave...
Meow: Comedy Duet for Two Cats c.1825, by Gioachino Rossini sung by the French boys choir Les petits chanteurs la croix de bois (PCCB) is also known as "The Little Singers Of Paris" or the boy's choir of the wooden cross in South Korea in 1996
Titanic, the largest ship ever built at the time, bound for New York on the night of April 14th, collided with an iceberg 400 miles SE of Newfoundland, at 11.45 pm, and then sank in water 2 miles deep 2½ hours later. Just over 1,500 souls drowned (comprising an estimated 815 passengers & 688 crew) while 705 people were rescued by RMS Carpathia.
On 25 December 1991, Soviet President Gorbachev, resigned, declared his office extinct & handed over its powers to Russian President Yeltsin. The USSR was becoming the Russian Federation. Tank tracks were in the streets. The state bank collapsed. The ruble was worthless. Food was scarce. Poverty was rapidly on the rise. The ground was icy and the temperature freezing cold. DJ and I were there.