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The ship at anchor, shortly after completion
Mutsu was the second of two Nagato-class dreadnought battleships built for the I
mperial Japanese Navy at the end of World War I. Named after Mutsu Province, the
ship was launched on 31 May 1920. In 1923, a year after commissioning, she carr
ied supplies for the survivors of the Great Kanto earthquake. The ship was moder
nised in the mid 1930s with improvements to her armour and machinery, and a rebu
ilt superstructure in the pagoda mast style. Other than participating in the bat
tles of Midway and the Eastern Solomons in 1942, where she saw no significant co
mbat, Mutsu spent most of the first year of the Pacific War in training. She ret
urned to Japan in early 1943. That June, one of her aft magazines detonated whil
e she was at anchor, sinking the ship with the loss of 1,121 crew and visitors.
The navy conducted a perfunctory investigation into the cause of her loss, concl
uded that it was the work of a disgruntled crewmember, and dispersed the survivo
rs in an attempt to conceal the sinking within Japan. Much of the wreck was salv
aged after the war and many of its artefacts and relics are on display in Japane
se museums. (Full article...)
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nd the Cumans at the Kalchik River in present-day Ukraine.
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w part of Pakistan, killing between 30,000 and 60,000 people.
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ing the public library in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, destroying over 97,000 items in one
of the most violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the 20th century.
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Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose is an oil painting on canvas completed by the Anglo-
American painter John Singer Sargent between 1885 and 1886. It depicts two small
children who are lighting paper lanterns in a garden strewn with pink roses, ac
cents of yellow carnations and tall white lilies. The work received a mixed rece
ption at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. It is now displayed at Tate Britai
Painting: John Singer Sargent
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