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August 23, 2009 | Henry Chu
In most countries, stranding someone on a narrow platform 30 feet off the ground, exposed to the elements, would probably constitute a form of torture. But in Britain, it's art. And thousands of people are vying for a chance to be part of it. Their goal: an hour of fleeting glory atop a patch of prime real estate, an empty pedestal in London's Trafalgar Square, alongside such illustrious neighbors as Adm. Horatio Nelson on his famous column, King George IV on horseback and the inevitable clumps of tourists below.
November 24, 2002 | John Lukacs, John Lukacs is the author of numerous books, including "Churchill: Visionary, Statesman, Historian," "At the End of an Age" and "The Hitler of History."
The military turning point of World War II came in November 1942, 60 years ago, at three different places on the globe. At El Alamein in Egypt, the British 8th Army won a battle against the German-Italian African army and began its march westward. A week later, American and British forces landed in Morocco and Algeria, establishing a second front, eventually clearing all of Africa of German and Italian troops.
January 2, 1987 | From Reuters
British police made more than 150 arrests Thursday as 50,000 revelers welcomed in the New Year with fireworks and singing in London's Trafalgar Square. But police said the traditional celebrations in central London were generally good-humored and passed without major incident.
April 2, 1985 | From Reuters
The trustees of Britain's National Art Gallery said today they are scrapping a design for an extension that Prince Charles described as a "monstrous carbuncle." The $21.6-million scheme included building a glass tower topped by aluminum flagpoles facing Trafalgar Square. A gallery spokesman said six architects will be invited to submit a new design for the extension.
January 28, 2004 | From Associated Press
There were pop stars, cameras and lights, but the excitement wasn't for a movie premiere. It was the world debut of a Pepsi commercial -- starring Britney Spears, Pink and Beyonce. The trio were at the National Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square on Monday for the first screening of the soft drink manufacturer's "New Gladiator" ad, in which they play gladiators and Enrique Iglesias plays an evil Roman emperor.
July 17, 2005 | -- Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
After the July 7 London subway and bus bombings, we aimed to be somber, angry and chilling, but our pens too often hit the banal and hackneyed. Amid the mourning lions of Trafalgar Square and Twin Towers of London was clever work linking London's happy Olympic news of 7/6 to the 7/7 attacks, and some perspective-providing reminders about past IRA terror and the World War II Blitz.
February 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of Muslims in London and other European cities rallied peacefully to condemn published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad and the violent reactions to them. About 5,000 gathered in London's Trafalgar Square as speakers not only denounced the cartoons as an unacceptable insult, but also condemned the torching of embassies in Syria and Lebanon, deaths in Afghanistan and other violence committed in response. Peaceful crowds also gathered in Paris, Berlin and other cities.
October 27, 1986 | Associated Press
A parcel bomb sent to a furrier's shop in Leeds was blown up by the army late Saturday, and West Yorkshire police said. Sunday that they suspect activists who oppose the fur trade. The police said the alarm was raised by a worker whose suspicions were aroused after the package arrived in the morning mail. Mark Glover, director of an anti-fur-trade campaign called Lynx. dissociated his group from any bomb plot when he spoke to a rally in London's Trafalgar Square.
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