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GÖKŞİN SİPAHİOĞLU, WHO CRAMMED MORE THAN A SINGLE LIFETIME INTO HIS 85 YEARS, DIED ON OCTOBER 5.
Dubbed Le Grand Turc in France, Gökşin Sipahioğlu went down in history as the only western journalist who managed to get into Cuba during the 1961 Cuban missile crisis as well as for his photos of the events of Paris 1968. SIPA, which he founded in 1969, was one of the world’s first big news agencies. Gökşin Sipahioğlu was made a Chevalier (knight) in France’s Order of Arts and Letters in 1994 and awarded a medal by the Republic of Turkey for distinguished service to the state in 2000. In 2006 he received the Légion d’honneur from French President Jacques Chirac. Gökşin Sipahioğlu will always be remembered for his contributions to the journalism profession.
A BASIC SOURCE ON OTTOMAN COINS
The 3rd and 4th volumes of Ottoman numismatics expert and scholar Dr. Atom Damalı’s ten-volume work on Ottoman coins have appeared. The work sheds valuable light on Ottoman history and art history by including types of coins either previously unknown, or known but as yet undiscovered, in the Ottoman coinage system. Securing research and photography permits, Dr. Damalı visited many of the world’s museums for his work, among them the British Museum, the museum of the University of Tübingen and the Bibliothèque National in Paris as well museums in Moscow and Bahrein.