Today in History for July 8th

Highlights of this day in history: Commodore Matthew Perry arrives in Tokyo Bay; Industrialist John D. Rockefeller born; Word of what becomes known as ‘The Roswell Incident’; North Korea’s Kim Il Sung dies; Ziegfeld stages first ‘Follies.’ (July 8)

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North Korea holds 70th anniversary parade, without ICBMs

North Korea holds a huge military parade and mass rally in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung square to mark the seventieth anniversary of its founding on 9 September 1948. The nation refrained from displaying the intercontinental ballistic missiles that have seen it hit with sanctions.

Lessons in loyalty at North Korea’s top school

Originally set up by the North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung to educate the orphans of those killed in the fight against Japanese colonial rule, Mangyongdae Revolutionary School for boys has evolved to become the country’s top school, and one of the institutions that knits the ruling elite together.

A look at Kim Il Sung’s old holiday home

Nestled on a cliff, just a few kilometres from the eastern end of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean peninsula, stands a small stone villa. Now known as Hwajinpo Castle, North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung and his family vacationed there until the outbreak of the Korean War, when it was part of his territory.