Armistice Day has its origins in universal loathing of the carnage of World War I (1914 ~ 1918). Solemnly, it was declared that peaceful resolution would in future be the guarantor of peace between nations.
Herbert von Karajan (5 April 1908 – 16 July 1989) is regarded as the greatest ever orchestral conductor. A consummate musician, Karajan was simultaneously one of the most versatile and accomplished sportsmen of all time. His youthful passion for mountain climbing and fast motorcycles resulted in a number of spectacular accidents which blighted his health throughout his life. His spinal injuries and broken ankle were the results of a 25 meter fall when rock climbing as a twelve year old.