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This Happened — September 28: Brigitte Bardot Born

On this day in 1934, French actress and iconic sex symbol Brigitte Bardot was born.

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Who is Brigitte Bardot?

Brigitte Bardot is a French actress, model, and animal rights activist. She gained international fame in the 1950s and 1960s for her beauty, talent, and iconic image. Bardot starred in numerous films, some of the most famous include "And God Created Woman" (1956), "Contempt" (1963), "Viva Maria!" (1965), and "A Very Private Affair" (1962). She was known for her sensuality and unique screen presence.

What is Brigitte Bardot's impact on fashion and beauty?

Brigitte Bardot's style and appearance made a significant impact on fashion and beauty trends of the 1950s and 1960s. Her signature hairstyle, cat-eye makeup, and figure-hugging clothing inspired a generation of women.

When did Brigitte Bardot retire from acting?

Brigitte Bardot officially retired from acting in 1973 after appearing in the film "The Edifying and Joyous Story of Colinot" (1973). She chose to focus on her personal life and later became an animal rights activist.

What is Brigitte Bardot's legacy?

Brigitte Bardot's legacy is multifaceted. She is remembered for her contribution to film and fashion, her iconic beauty, and her impact on popular culture. Additionally, her dedication to animal rights activism has left a lasting impact on global efforts to protect and promote the welfare of animals. However, Bardot has also faced criticism for supporting far-right political parties and making xenophobic comments on Islam and immigration.

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Legalizing Moonshine, A Winning Political Stand In Poland

Moonshine, typically known as “bimber” in Poland, may soon be legalized by the incoming government. There is a mix of tradition, politics and economics that makes homemade booze a popular issue to campaign on.

Photo of an empty vodka bottle on the ground in Poland

Bottle of vodka laying on the ground in Poland

Leszek Kostrzewski

WARSAWIt's a question of freedom — and quality. Poland's incoming coalition government is busy negotiating a platform for the coming years. Though there is much that still divides the Left, the liberal-centrist Civic Koalition, and the centrist Third Way partners, there is one area where Poland’s new ruling coalition is nearly unanimous: moonshine.

The slogan for the legalization of moonshine (known in Poland as "bimber") was initially presented by Michał Kołodziejczak, the leader of Agrounia, a left-wing socialist political movement in Poland that has qualified to be part of the incoming Parliament.

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”Formerly so-called moonshine was an important element of our cultural landscape, associated with mystery, breaking norms, and freedom from the state," Kołodziejczak said. "It was a reason to be proud, just like the liqueurs that Poles were famous for in the past.”

The president of Agrounia considered the right to make moonshine as a symbol of "subjectivity" that farmers could enjoy, and admitted with regret that in recent years it had been taken away from citizens. “It's also about a certain kind of freedom, to do whatever you want on your farm," Kołodziejczak adds. "This is subjectivity for the farmer. Therefore, I am in favor of providing farmers with the freedom to consume this alcohol for their own use.”

A similar viewpoint was aired by another Parliament member. “We will stop pretending that Polish farmers do not produce moonshine for their own use, such as for weddings,” the representative said, pointing out the benefits of controlling the quality. “Just like they produce slivovitz, which Poland is famous for. It's high time they did it legally.”

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