"Paris noted it, and Panama. In heedless Manhattan thousands got out of bed at 6 a.m. to hang over radios. Shanghai and Hankow had never seen so many weddings; Chinese brides deemed it lucky to be married on the day that Elizabeth, heiress to Britain's throne, became the wife of Philip Mountbatten," TIME reported in the days after the big event. "This wedding, on a dark day of a troubled, distracted and most uncertain time, carried over six continents and seven seas a brightness so simple it was hard to understand."Read More
"In the ebb and flow of history, there is sometimes a tide that can sweep in the most profound changes," TIME wrote in 1989, in the wake of a massive student protest in Prague. Though the initial report didn't use the phrase, that 15,000-strong anti-Communist uprising would mark the beginning of the Velvet Revolution. The initial protest was crushed, but the demonstrators came out on top.
That month, the nation's Communist government resigned. Before the year was up, a free election had resulted in the choice of Vaclav Havel for president.
"It’s impossible for me to look at these pictures and not think of my arrival in New York from the Midwest as a young man in the late 1960s"
The little-known memento is expected to fetch up to $20,000 at auction on Dec. 2
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