Vital Pica - Rīga, Rudens
National Geographic Photo of the Day by Regina - A forested park is suffused with the golden glow of autumn in the northern European country of Lithuania. Bordering the eastern Baltic Sea, the country’s landscape consists of gently rolling plains and extensive forests.
Photograph by Christine Garner, National Geographic Your Shot
A wildfire rages at the Saskatchewan River Crossing in Canada’s Jasper National Park. Your Shot member Christine Garner was vacationing in the park when a sharp turn in the road revealed the blaze. “I was so shocked to see a fire of this magnitude,” she writes.
In 1992, newly independent Lithuania managed to get its basketball team into the Barcelona Olympics after American rock band Grateful Dead agreed to help with fundraising. A brilliant generation of Lithuanian players then won a bronze medal in a grudge match against the former Soviet Union. New interviews here.
Baltic Way (Baltijas Ceļš; Baltijos Kelias; Balti Kett ) was a demonstration taking place on August 23, 1989 at 19:00 EEST when ~2 million ( Note: the number is given, taking into account those who attended related demonstrations in the city squares and on side roads as well ) people from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia joined hands for 15 minutes, creating an approx. 595-600 kilometers long living chain that connected the three capitals of the Baltic states - Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn.
The Baltic Way took place on the same day 50 years after the signing of the Molotov-Ribbnentrop Pact, and was intended for attracting the World’s attention to the historic facts as well as demanding a public acknoledgement of the secret parts of the Pact by the Soviet government and the restoration of the Independence of the Baltic States.
Baltic Way has been included in the UNESCO ”Memory of the World” programme.
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