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  • Revolutionizing the Historic Slot Machine

    History on Air
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    The one-armed bandit is one of those things that every casino gamer who lived around the early 1900s is familiar with. Well, actually, anyone who sees an old slot machine – whether a novice or experienced gambler – will know how to play it. After all, how much simpler could a machine get? You pull a lever, wait for the reels to stop spinning, and hope that you get matching symbols. The Liberty Bell is considered the godfather of the modern slot machines. It was created by Charles Fey, a car mechanic based in San Francisco, in 1895. It is a three-reel model that is still used in some…
  • Same-Sex Marriage in History

    Breaking News
    6 May 2015 | 12:48 am
    What the Supreme Court Missed
  • Mussolini’s Final Hours, 70 Years Ago

    History in the Headlines
    Christopher Klein
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    Getty Images By April 25, 1945, Benito Mussolini’s dream of re-creating the Roman Empire, much like the crumbling Roman Forum itself, lay in ruins. With the Allies closing in from the south and anti-fascist partisans rising up to seize city after city in northern Italy, Mussolini’s power base was quickly evaporating. The 61-year-old Italian dictator who sought to become a modern-day Julius Caesar had first risen to power more than two decades earlier when he became prime minister in 1922. “Il Duce” allied himself with fellow fascist Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany in World War II, but…
  • The Allies’ Mission of Mercy, 70 Years Ago

    History in the Headlines
    Christopher Klein
    4 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Credit: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images In the dying days of World War II, the days of dying still continued. Although the Third Reich had lost its grip across much of Europe by the spring of 1945, more than 120,000 German troops continued to occupy the western part of the Netherlands—including cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague—where approximately 3.5 million hungry Dutch citizens withered under Nazi rule. On top of more than four years of occupation, the Dutch suffered a brutal winter in 1944-45. In retaliation for a Dutch railway strike in the fall of…
  • Attack of Japan’s Killer WWII Balloons, 70 Years Ago

    History in the Headlines
    Christopher Klein
    5 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    A Japanese balloon bomb recovered near Milton, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1945. (Credit: Canadian Press File Photo) For Reverend Archie Mitchell, the spring of 1945 was a season of change. Not only were the minister and his wife, Elsie, expecting their first child, but he had also accepted a new post as pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in the sleepy logging town of Bly, Oregon. Seeking to deepen their newly planted roots, the Mitchells invited five children from their Sunday school class—all between the ages of 11 and 14—on a picnic amid the bubbling brooks and…
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  • Attack of Japan’s Killer WWII Balloons, 70 Years Ago

    Christopher Klein
    5 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    A Japanese balloon bomb recovered near Milton, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1945. (Credit: Canadian Press File Photo) For Reverend Archie Mitchell, the spring of 1945 was a season of change. Not only were the minister and his wife, Elsie, expecting their first child, but he had also accepted a new post as pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in the sleepy logging town of Bly, Oregon. Seeking to deepen their newly planted roots, the Mitchells invited five children from their Sunday school class—all between the ages of 11 and 14—on a picnic amid the bubbling brooks and…
  • The Allies’ Mission of Mercy, 70 Years Ago

    Christopher Klein
    4 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Credit: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images In the dying days of World War II, the days of dying still continued. Although the Third Reich had lost its grip across much of Europe by the spring of 1945, more than 120,000 German troops continued to occupy the western part of the Netherlands—including cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague—where approximately 3.5 million hungry Dutch citizens withered under Nazi rule. On top of more than four years of occupation, the Dutch suffered a brutal winter in 1944-45. In retaliation for a Dutch railway strike in the fall of…
  • Remembering the U-2 Spy Plane Incident

    Evan Andrews
    1 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    A U-2 reconnaissance plane in flight. (Credit: Greg Mathieson/Mai/Mai/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) Since its first flight in 1956, the U-2 had become the United States’ most effective tool for peering behind the Iron Curtain. The top-secret spy plane was capable of skating along the edge of the atmosphere at altitudes in excess of 70,000 feet—higher than any aircraft then in existence. From this lofty vantage point, it could slip into Soviet airspace and use sophisticated cameras to take photos of military installations on the ground. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the CIA…
  • 10 Things You May Not Know About Captain James Cook

    Evan Andrews
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. Cook joined the Royal Navy relatively late in life. Cook worked on a Yorkshire farm in his youth before winning an apprenticeship with a merchant sailing company at age 17. He cut his teeth as a mariner on shipping voyages in the choppy waters of North and Baltic Seas, and spent the next decade rising through the ranks and mastering the art of navigation. He was being groomed to become a captain, but in 1755, he shocked his superiors by quitting his merchant sailing career and enlisting in the British Royal Navy as a common seaman. Cook was 26—far older than most new recruits—yet it…
  • Mussolini’s Final Hours, 70 Years Ago

    Christopher Klein
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    Getty Images By April 25, 1945, Benito Mussolini’s dream of re-creating the Roman Empire, much like the crumbling Roman Forum itself, lay in ruins. With the Allies closing in from the south and anti-fascist partisans rising up to seize city after city in northern Italy, Mussolini’s power base was quickly evaporating. The 61-year-old Italian dictator who sought to become a modern-day Julius Caesar had first risen to power more than two decades earlier when he became prime minister in 1922. “Il Duce” allied himself with fellow fascist Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany in World War II, but…
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    The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • Monday 5 May 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    5 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    My arme not being well, I staid within all the morning, and dined alone at home, my wife being gone out to buy some things for herself, and a gown for me to dress myself in. And so all the afternoon looking over my papers, and at night walked upon the leads, and so to bed. Read the annotations
  • Sunday 4 May 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    4 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    (Lord’s day). Lay long talking with my wife, then Mr. Holliard came to me and let me blood, about sixteen ounces, I being exceedingly full of blood and very good. I begun to be sick; but lying upon my back I was presently well again, and did give him 5s. for his pains, and so we parted, and I, to my chamber to write down my journall from the beginning of my late journey to this house. Dined well, and after dinner, my arm tied up with a black ribbon, I walked with my wife to my brother Tom’s; our boy waiting on us with his sword, which this day he begins to wear, to outdo Sir W.
  • Saturday 3 May 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    3 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Sir W. Pen and I by coach to St. James’s, and there to the Duke’s Chamber, who had been a-hunting this morning and is come back again. Thence to Westminster, where I met Mr. Moore, and hear that Mr. Watkins is suddenly dead since my going. To dinner to my Lady Sandwich, and Sir Thomas Crew’s children coming thither, I took them and all my Ladys to the Tower and showed them the lions1 and all that was to be shown, and so took them to my house, and there made much of them, and so saw them back to my Lady’s. Sir Thomas Crew’s children being as pretty and the best…
  • Friday 2 May 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    2 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Early to coach again and to Kingston, where we baited a little, and presently to coach again and got early to London, and I found all well at home, and Mr. Hunt and his wife had dined with my wife to-day, and been very kind to my wife in my absence. After I had washed myself, it having been the hottest day that has been this year, I took them all by coach to Mrs. Hunt’s, and I to Dr. Clerke’s lady, and gave her her letter and token. She is a very fine woman, and what with her person and the number of fine ladies that were with her, I was much out of countenance, and could hardly…
  • Thursday 1 May 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    1 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Sir G. Carteret, Sir W. Pen, and myself, with our clerks, set out this morning from Portsmouth very early, and got by noon to Petersfield; several officers of the Yard accompanying us so far. Here we dined and were merry. At dinner comes my Lord Carlingford from London, going to Portsmouth: tells us that the Duchess of York is brought to bed of a girl, at which I find nobody pleased; and that Prince Rupert and the Duke of Buckingham are sworn of the Privy Councell. He himself made a dish with eggs of the butter of the Sparagus, which is very fine meat, which I will practise hereafter. To…
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    History in the News

  • Marco Rubioa s job in the Senate aligns with Hillary Clintona s interests

    5 May 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton has long made equality for women and girls around the world a central tenet of her advocacy work. Sen. Marco Rubio chairs the foreign relations subcommittee responsible for human rights and global women's issues.
  • Mike Huckabee joins crowded GOP field in presidential race

    5 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Mike Huckabee, who excited evangelical voters in his first presidential race in 2008 and retains much of their good will, announced Tuesday that he will again seek the Republican nomination, despite a crowded field of rivals for his natural base in the party. A former Southern Baptist pastor and Arkansas governor, Huckabee is returning in hopes of once more dominating among social conservatives, but he is acutely aware he needs broader support to avoid the snares of last time, when he ran dry of money and failed to appeal much beyond the South.
  • Hoping to highlight good works, Clintons find controversy instead

    5 May 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Bill Clinton hugs a boy who has been fitted with a hearing aid on Saturday in Nairobi. This week, Clinton and his daughter are meeting with foreign leaders in Morocco to showcase the Clinton Foundation's charitable work.
  • Clinton camp pushes back on book, Benghazi with new Web site

    5 May 2015 | 2:23 pm
    The Clinton campaign is expanding its defense of the candidate against allegations of alleged influence-peddling and questionable financial dealings at her family foundation, unveiling an online tutorial Tuesday to counter what the campaign calls Republican smears. Polls suggest that Hillary Rodham Clinton is being damaged, if only slightly, by the continuing controversy surrounding a book released Tuesday, "Clinton Cash," outlining possible improprieties while she was secretary of state.
  • Bill Clinton visits Solar Sister site in Tanzania, where women are empowered by clean energy

    5 May 2015 | 2:23 pm
    As part of worldwide efforts by the Clinton Foundation to empower women with economic knowledge and opportunities, Bill Clinton toured a Solar Sister site in the town of Karatu, Tanzania recently, where woman receive training and micro-financing to sell solar-powered lanterns and cookstoves. Solar Sister is part of Sustainable Energy Solutions powered by Women's Enterprise, a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action.
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    Anglo-Dutch Wars

  • Two Dutch hired ships in the period of 1639 to 1654

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    The Dutch custom during early to mid-Seventeenth Century was to hire suitable private ships for use as warships. Sometimes, they were even hired by other countries. We only have to look to Louis de Geer and Sweden for an example of that situation. There are several ships that served in the First Anglo-Dutch War and for which we do not have dimensions. One was the ship Prins. The ship was also
  • The Dutch ship Vrijheid on 21 June 1653

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I have the inventory for the Dutch warship Vrijheid, dated 21 June 1653. The thing that caught my eye was that I had thought that the Vrijheid carried 52 guns on that date, but I was wrong, the Vrijheid had 50 guns: Lower Deck 4-24pdr 18-12pdr Upper Deck 4-12pdr 20-8pdr 2-6pdr 2-3pdr
  • Dingeman Cats in 1652 to 1653

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Dingeman Cats served as a captain for the Admiralty of Zeeland in 1652 and 1653. At the beginning of the First Anglo-Dutch War, he commanded a hired ship, the Dolphijn. The Dolphijn was quite small with dimensions of 105ft x 24ft x ? x 5-1/2ft. The Dolphijn was armed with 14-8pdr, 8-4pdr, and 2-3pdr. A report on 6 December 1652 gave the crew as 73 sailors and 25 sailors. That was actually after
  • What we know about the Gecroonde Liefde, Marcus Hartman's ship, in 1653

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Captain Marcus Hartman commanded the Middelburg Directors' ship Gecroonde Liefde in 1653. Early in the year, Michiel De Ruyter used the ship as his temporary flagship. After that, the Gecroonde Liefde continued to serve in his squadron. The Gecroonde Liefde was one of the ships that was lost in the storm off the Texel on about 9 November 1653. We know the dimensions of the Gecroonde Liefde: 136ft
  • The Zeven Provincien on 3 March 1672

    17 May 2014 | 9:18 am
    We have a handwritten list that includes the details for the Zeven Provincien (the Dutch fleet flagship) as of 3 March 1672:Name: Zeven Provincien Admiralty: Admiralty of the Maze or Rotterdam Built: 1665 Length in Amsterdam feet: 163 feet Beam in Amsterdam feet: 43 feet Hold in Amsterdam feet: 16-1/2 feet Deck height in Amsterdam feet: 7-1/2 feet Guns 12-36pdr 16-24pdr 12-18pdr 18-12pdr
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    History on Air

  • Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II Check out the first chapter of Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves available everywhere on April 21.  3.9 out of 4 stars at Goodreads and 5 stars at Amazon.  I’ve got my copy and will be reading soon.  Let me know what you think in the comments.  
  • Two Gun Hart

    5 Feb 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Two Gun Hart The author, Mr. McArthur, contacted me via email and told me about his new book coming out about Al Capone’s brother.  I didn’t know any of this and thought it was very interesting.  I knew my readers would enjoy this interesting tid-bit of information too!  In the interest of full disclosure Jeff is sending me a book.  Jeff gave me this little article to wet your appetite.  Enjoy! Richard Hart was a decorated veteran of World War I, an acrobat from wild west shows, a BIA agent, and one of the greatest Prohibition officers in the country. Though it was the 1920s,…
  • Book Review: Bold by Peter Diamandis

    3 Dec 2014 | 5:09 pm
    I’ve just started reading Bold by Peter Diamandis and I’m already hooked.  It is a fascinating book.  In the first chapter he mentioned the company Quirky, that helps inventors get their products into the market. 3D Printing And now, in chapter two I’m reading about the company 3D Systems. They make 3D printers and I want one of those so bad now!  Only a thousand dollars.  Very cool stuff!  Did you know those Invisalign braces are all 3D printed per person? Made in Space creates 3D printers that are being used in the International Space Station!  Also, discovered…
  • Revolutionizing the Historic Slot Machine

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    The one-armed bandit is one of those things that every casino gamer who lived around the early 1900s is familiar with. Well, actually, anyone who sees an old slot machine – whether a novice or experienced gambler – will know how to play it. After all, how much simpler could a machine get? You pull a lever, wait for the reels to stop spinning, and hope that you get matching symbols. The Liberty Bell is considered the godfather of the modern slot machines. It was created by Charles Fey, a car mechanic based in San Francisco, in 1895. It is a three-reel model that is still used in some…
  • Sinclair ZX81

    5 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sinclair ZX81 I wasn’t lucky enough to own a Sinclair when I was younger.  When the Sinclair ZX81 was released on March 5, 1981, I was only two years old.  Although, my father a fellow geek did give me his old Compaq portable when I was old enough to use it.  It was released two years later in January 1983.  But enough of my childhood memories this post is about the Sinclair.  The ZX81 was originally released only in the United Kingdom in March 1981 and later came to the shores of the US as the Timex Sinclair 1000.  It was designed to be a home computer.  It was designed on the cheap…
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    african american history - Google News

  • History paved the way for UT's first African-American basketball coach - UT The Daily Texan

    6 May 2015 | 12:40 am
    UT The Daily TexanHistory paved the way for UT's first African-American basketball coachUT The Daily TexanEditor's Note: This is part one in a two-part series about the racial integration of Texas' men's basketball team. Part two, which will be published Thursday, will tell the story of Larry Robinson, one of the first African-American basketball players
  • Project documenting African American history of Providence's College Hill ... - The Providence Journal

    5 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    The Providence JournalProject documenting African American history of Providence's College Hill The Providence JournalPROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission will kickoff their collaborative project, African-American Heritage of College Hill, on Thursday, May 14 at 5 p.m. at the Old State ...and more »
  • Ben Carson, Retired Neurosurgeon, Becomes 1st 2015 African-American ... - KTLA

    4 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    KTLABen Carson, Retired Neurosurgeon, Becomes 1st 2015 African-American KTLAHe'll start the day with a breakfast with local pastors at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, then will attend an assembly at a science-focused high school bearing his name. The day culminates in his official announcement event Ben Carson's home-field disadvantagePoliticoall 1,207 news articles »
  • The Media Needs a History Lesson When Addressing Civic Unrest, Says the ... - Smithsonian

    1 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    The Media Needs a History Lesson When Addressing Civic Unrest, Says the SmithsonianRecently, the National Museum of African American History and Culture hosted the symposium “History, Rebellion, and Reconciliation” which examined protest movements in the United States through social, artistic and spiritual lenses. And Bunch spoke and more »
  • Richmond group proposes museum of African American history - San Jose Mercury News

    1 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Richmond group proposes museum of African American historySan Jose Mercury NewsRICHMOND -- A group of Richmond residents is hoping to raise funds to build a new museum in town devoted to promoting Africa-American history. The project, still in its early stages, is trying to raise $1 million to build a new venue in which to and more »
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  • May 06, 1994: English Channel tunnel opens

    5 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In a ceremony presided over by England’s Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterand, a rail tunnel under the English Channel was officially opened, connecting Britain and the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age. The channel tunnel, or “Chunnel,” connects Folkstone, England, with Sangatte, France, 31 miles away. The Chunnel cut travel time between England and France to a swift 35 minutes and eventually between London and Paristo two-and-a-half hours. As the world’s longest undersea tunnel, the Chunnel runs under water for 23 miles,…
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    The New York History Blog

  • Old Time Utica Ballplayer George Burns

    Bob Cudmore
    5 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Sports enthusiast Mike Hauser has a personal stake in advocating National Baseball Hall of Fame status for George Joseph Burns, who played his best years with the New York Giants. Burns was the brother of Hauser’s great-grandfather on his mother’s side. Burns is being inducted into the Fulton County Baseball and Sports Hall of Fame […]
  • Saratoga National Historical Park Launches Mobile App

    Editorial Staff
    5 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Saratoga National Historical Park has announced the launch of its new mobile app for smart phones and tablets.  Starting April 2015, visitors using these portable computing devices will be able to use this app to enhance their park touring experience. The app features content for over 30 points of interest, including images and an audio […]
  • Fort Ticonderoga Offers Scout Overnight Program

    Editorial Staff
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Fort Ticonderoga has announced the return of the immersive overnight program for Scouts during the spring and fall of 2015. Scouts can book their adventure for Saturday nights May 16th through June 6th and August 29th through October 24th. This offer is available for Boy Scout troops and Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. “Imagine your […]
  • Ben Affleck and Credit Mobilier: Hidden Secrets Revealed

    Shelia Myers
    4 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    The media was all abuzz recently over the revelation that actor Ben Affleck requested that producers of the PBS show ‘Finding Your Roots’, hide the fact that one of his ancestors owned slaves (going back six generations). When the news was leaked, Affleck responded by posting to one of his social media sites: “We deserve […]
  • Political History: Essex County’s William Rush Merriam

    Lawrence P. Gooley
    4 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    From humble North Country beginnings in a pioneer settlement, a local man rose to play an important government role on a national level. Work performed at the height of his career still affects every facet of our government today. It is also highly valued by researchers, genealogists, and historians as a great repository of important […]
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  • Famous Writers and their Helpful Writing Tips...

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Whether you're looking to finally start that vampire novel you've been hashing out in your head or simply want to start your term paper on the changes Napoleon brought to France, chances are you've run into some trouble focusing, being inspired or just getting started, BestEssayTips.com has some easy techniques to help you through.I personally find that getting the little bit of inspiration out on paper, and editing it later many better, and much more famous writers have different ideas.Journaling is a good strategy.  This can be as simple as just letting it all out.  Your…
  • Which Founding Father Are You?

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    With 55 men compromising, debating, agreeing and disagreeing and finally creating one document, you can imagine the number of personalities at hand... and many reputations at stake.  Which founding father are you? Take the Consitution Center's Founders Quiz to find out: http://constitutioncenter.org/foundersquiz/And if it means anything... I was James Madison.This content is copyrighted. Copyright (c) 2010 - Original post at USHistoryBlog.com Part of the USHistorySite.com Network.
  • Martin Luther King Timeline

    17 Jan 2013 | 6:55 pm
    Martin Luther King Timeline courtesy of OnlineCollegeCourses.com This content is copyrighted. Copyright (c) 2010 - Original post at USHistoryBlog.com Part of the USHistorySite.com Network.
  • Sydney and Max Blast Through The Past – An American History DVD series for kids.

    6 Nov 2012 | 10:55 am
    The past generation had Schoolhouse Rock, this new generation can now learn from Sydney and Max.  “Sydney and Max Blast Through the Past” is a new DVD series that provides a fascinating study of American history through the eyes of teenagers. It is unlike any series ever produced because it is built around the idea of teens teaching teens; kids are loving it.This series is designed for children ages 10 – 16 and is guaranteed to encourage critical thinking as viewers follow Sydney and Max’s investigation into America’s past.  The music, dialogue, and episode length were all…
  • President Biographies

    12 Jul 2012 | 7:28 pm
    I recently took on the endeavor of creating some content for USHistorySite.com. I figured since most of the visitors to the site were teachers looking for lesson plans and that I could complement the lesson plans with real content... So... I started with Biographies of the US Presidents.  Though I haven't completed all of them... I tried to knock out some of the most important ones.Enjoy the bios. http://ushistorysite.com/presidents_bios.phpThis content is copyrighted. Copyright (c) 2010 - Original post at USHistoryBlog.com Part of the USHistorySite.com Network.
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    History Is Elementary

  • Please follow me to my new website.....

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Here's a big HELLO to those of you who might find yourself here through a Google search, or you are a long-time subscriber to this site via Feedburner and/or RSS Feed.I've moved!I'd love to have you visit me at my own domain where I come out from behind the ElementaryHistoryTeacher name, but continue to share the stories behind the history.Unfortunately, I couldn't take my current subscription list to the new site. You will have to join my new mailing list  to receive information regarding blog updates, new books as they are published including my own brand of history curriculum for…
  • Yes, I've Published a Book!

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    I've written and published a book!Of course, that was my intention when I began this blog way back in 2006 when I was still in the classroom, but the book I've published isn't exactly the book I had planned. The planned project - a teaching memoir - will still be published along with a few other projects, but the book you see to the left is what fell in my lap along the way.It needed to be done. History education is my prime focus along with writing curriculum. Over the last couple of years I've written a few college courses used by teacher candidates at Johns Hopkins University School of…
  • Getting to the Tooth of the Matter

    23 Jan 2014 | 6:51 am
     Do you know what these are?If you guessed dental tools you would be correct?Now, who owned them?None other than America’s silversmith and favorite son of Liberty who rode the countryside warning the folks that the British were coming.  No…not William Dawes, but that other one.  Yes, old what’s his name?Yes!  Paul Revere!Following the French and Indian War the economy in the colonies had been what is described by some today as an economic downturn. Actually, folks were really hurting financially. Not only did the colonies take a hit with the French and Indian War…
  • Frank Carpenter: World Traveler and Photographer

    16 Jan 2014 | 11:39 am
    Over on the Facebook page for this blog I’ve been posting a series of pictures this week I’ve simply sourced as “Library of Congress”, but the source goes much deeper than that.  The pictures are wonderful depictions of world scenes beginning in the 1890s through the 1930s. I’ve featured some here.The collection was put together by Frank and Frances Carpenter, a father-daughter team, during their world travels. The photos were used to illustrate his writings regarding travel and his world geography textbooks. I love to snap pictures myself. Over the last five years I’ve taken…
  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Alumni Base Lively

    21 Nov 2013 | 8:44 am
    Great advice for folks who control alumni groups!! Via: iContact
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  • 10 Mind Melting Movies You’ve Never Heard Of

    Damien Browne
    5 May 2015 | 9:10 pm
    In today’s movie culture, major studios have seemingly swallowed up their competitors and operated under the mantra of “franchise, franchise, franchise.” Movies seem to be made with the idea of copying what’s worked before, splitting up a small story into as many films as possible and banking on the idea that moviegoers will become hooked. […] The post 10 Mind Melting Movies You’ve Never Heard Of appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • 10 Ways Nudge Theory Can Improve the World

    Omar Majed Khodr
    4 May 2015 | 9:10 pm
    A nudge is “any aspect of choice architecture that alters behavior in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing economic incentives.” Simply put, a nudge is anything that influences our decision-making in a positive way while still leaving the final call in our hands. Promoting the benefits and availability of water in […] The post 10 Ways Nudge Theory Can Improve the World appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • 10 Reasons You Should Be Worried About Climate Change

    James Friend
    3 May 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Climate change skeptics might make a lot of noise, but the scientific consensus on the matter is pretty unassailable. 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is an on-going man-made phenomenon. No one knows exactly how serious the problem will become, but there are plenty of reasons why you should be concerned. 10. We’ll […] The post 10 Reasons You Should Be Worried About Climate Change appeared first on Toptenz.net.
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    History Of Macedonia

  • «Αν δεν αναστηλωθεί εγκαίρως, θα ταφεί κάτω από την άμμο»

    2 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    Αλλά αυτό είναι ίσως το μικρότερο των προβλημάτων που αντιμετωπίζει η ανασκαφή, η οποία κάποτε ήταν διάσημη, τώρα όμως που οι προβολείς έσβησαν αποκαλύπτει πληγές. Οι οποίες αν δεν θεραπευθούν, θα βαθύνουν τα επόμενα χρόνια, καθώς οι ακραίες καιρικές συνθήκες που επικρατούν στην περιοχή δημιουργούν πρόσθετα προβλήματα στο…
  • Ρεκόρ επισκεψιμότητας για την ελληνική αρχαιολογική έκθεση στο Μόντρεαλ

    30 Apr 2015 | 1:21 am
    «Οι Έλληνες – Από τον Αγαμέμνονα στον Μέγα Αλέξανδρο» αποτελούν πολιτιστικό γεγονός, παγκόσμιας εμβέλειας. Αυλαία έριξε η έκθεση με τίτλο «Οι Έλληνες – Από τον Αγαμέμνονα στον Μέγα Αλέξανδρο», η οποία φιλοξενήθηκε επί τέσσερις μήνες στο αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο «Pointe-à-Callière» του Μόντρεαλ. Όπως αναφέρει το Μουσείο, η έκθεση…
  • Αυστηρό μήνυμα ΗΠΑ, Γερμανίας στον Γκρούεφσκι

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Με μια πρωτοφανή για τα διπλωματικά δεδομένα κίνηση, οι πρέσβεις της Γερμανίας και των ΗΠΑ στην ΠΓΔΜ ζήτησαν, χθες, παραιτήσεις στελεχών της κυβέρνησης του Νίκολα Γκρούεφσκι, προκειμένου να διευκολυνθούν οι έρευνες σχετικά με τις καταγγελίες της αντιπολίτευσης κατά της κυβέρνησης, όσον αφορά τις τηλεφωνικές υποκλοπές.
  • Αυστρία : “Από το Μέγα Αλέξανδρο μέχρι την Κλεοπάτρα

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:07 am
      Kunsthalle Leoben: Von Alexander dem Großen bis Kleopatra | Die letzten Pharaonen Σε δύο από τις πλέον ενδιαφέρουσες ιστορικές φυσιογνωμίες, το μεγάλο Μακεδόνα στρατηλάτη, Μέγα Αλέξανδρο και την Κλεοπάτρα την Έβδομη, “την τελευταία των Φαραώ της Αιγύπτου”, είναι αφιερωμένη η μεγάλη διεθνής έκθεση, με τίτλο: “Αίγυπτος-Από το Μέγα Αλέξανδρο μέχρι την…
  • Αντίστροφη μέτρηση για το «ανάκτορο» της Βεργίνας

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:49 am
    Αλλάζει εντυπωσιακά μέχρι τα τέλη του 2015 η συνολικότερη εικόνα στον αρχαιολογικό χώρο των Αιγών (Βεργίνα), όπου με το πλούσιο ανασκαφικό έργο του αείμνηστου Μανώλη Ανδρόνικου και των συνεργατών του ήρθε στο φως τις τελευταίες δεκαετίες μεγάλο τμήμα της βασιλικής πρωτεύουσας των αρχαίων Μακεδόνων. Πυρετώδεις οι εργασίες για…
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  • The Oskar Groening I met

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:58 am
    Oskar Groening I met Oskar Groening, the former SS soldier from Auschwitz whose trial started this week, more than 10 years ago. We were filming him for a BBC TV series I wrote and produced called ‘Auschwitz: The Nazis and the ‘Final Solution”. The interview he gave us is of real historical importance, since he offered insights into the role of the SS at Auschwitz that I’ve not heard anywhere else. But that’s not what I want to talk about today. If you want to read the views he expressed in his interview then just look in the book I wrote about Auschwitz. I…
  • Podcast

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    The Holocaust Educational Trust have just put online a podcast I recorded with their head of education, Alex Maws. It’s about my views on the nature of perpetrators and you can listen to it here: HET Podcast
  • Advance press for ‘Touched by Auschwitz’

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:46 am
    ‘Touched by Auschwitz’ transmits on BBC2 at 9pm on Tuesday 27 January ‘This immensely powerful programme’ The Times ‘Superb’ The Daily Telegraph ‘Laurence Rees’s film tracks down six survivors of the camp in five countries to ask the complex questions of how a person endures the unendurable and then explains the inexplicable’ The Guardian ‘Hard hitting… compelling’ Daily Mail After watching this documentary, you may well think that the human spirit is unbreakable’ Daily Mirror ‘Excellent’ Sunday Times…
  • Touched by Auschwitz

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    My new film, ‘Touched by Auschwitz’, a ninety minute feature length documentary, will transmit in the United Kingdom on BBC2 on Holocaust Memorial Day, Tuesday 27 January at 9 pm. It’s my attempt to answer one of the most profound questions of the Holocaust. What was the human legacy of the crime? It explores the experiences of six Auschwitz survivors – telling of their survival in the years after liberation and moving right up to the present day.  I’ve traveled extensively in order to film these remarkable people, along with their friends and families. …
  • Touched by Auschwitz

    1 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    The BBC recently announced that my new film ‘Touched by Auschwitz’ will be broadcast in January 2015 as part of a season commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz 70 years ago. I’ll write more about the film – a 90 minute feature length documentary – once I know an exact transmission date. All I’ll say now is that it’s been the most astonishing privilege to travel around the world and film with so many survivors of Auschwitz and their families. Ever since I made the six part series ‘Auschwitz: the Nazis and the ‘Final Solution” ten…
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    Claire Gebben

  • So what are you finding out?

    4 May 2015 | 4:01 pm
    As I talk with friends and writers about research progress for my current novel about Scottish immigrants to America in the 18th century, their eyes light up. “So what are you finding out?” they want to know. I flounder for an answer to this question, because very little is straightforward. I’ll stumble upon a thread of historical interest here, another there. In isolation, the info doesn’t mean all that much. Woven together, though, a tapestry begins to emerge. For instance, a book I came across at Fairview Park Library in Cleveland. When I arrived, I went first to…
  • Off the beaten track

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    I left Buffalo heading south to the upper Ohio River valley to fit in a little book research on the Scots Settlement. On the way, I decided to make an extracurricular stop at the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Museum in Jamestown, NY, just to see what it was like. Often it’s these off-the-beaten-track side trips that bring about the most wonderful encounters, and this sojourn proved no exception. I had just seen a sign that I’d entered Conewango, NY, when a horse and wagon trotted over the rise in the road coming straight toward me, then made a sharp turn into … a blacksmith…
  • Buffalo surprises

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:55 pm
    I lived in Buffalo for a few years in the 1980s, so I should know all about it, right? Home of hot spicy chicken wings and Friday fish fries, the Peace Bridge and lake effect snow. The place where President McKinley was shot in 1901 at the Pan American Exhibition, and where Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in when McKinley died? This past weekend when visiting my friend John, my preconceived notion that I “know” Buffalo was seriously challenged. Take, for instance, the 2015 Boom Days. They’ve only been around since 2002, but the festival, and the location of the festival at Silo…
  • Historic Zoar Village

    11 Apr 2015 | 3:11 pm
    What a beautiful Saturday for opening day of the season at Historic Zoar Village. I enjoyed talking at the Old Schoolhouse, and lunch at the Canal Tavern where John Elsass showed us a cellar to rival the cellars of southwest Germany. For a few moments I was able to visit with Scott, the blacksmith who gives demonstrations and teaches classes at the operating coal forge. If you’re ever in the neighborhood — off I-77 just South of Canton — I highly recommend a visit. The post Historic Zoar Village appeared first on Claire Gebben.
  • Cleveland historic B&B

    10 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I put off finding a hotel for too long prior to arrival in Cleveland — so many other things to do — so when I finally made some calls, there was no room at the inn. Does Cleveland have B&B’s? I asked myself. I needed to be in Rocky River last night, so I searched the West Side, and sure enough, found a great place just off W. 25th, where all the great new pubs and microbrews are located, right near the signature West Side Market. Clifford House. Owner James Miner was great and welcoming, and cooked up a delicious breakfast, besides. Best of all, I slept really, really…
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  • Sweyn Forkbeard – First Viking King of Britain

    5 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    Most of the readers would have heard of the great Danish king of England, Canute but not many of you would know of his father Sweyn. Sweyn Forkbeard was the first Viking King of Britain. Today, Sweyn is a forgotten king. But he ruled whole of unified Britain for 5 weeks. He became the King of Britain on Christmas Day in 1013 and ruled until his death on February 3, 1014. Sweyn Forkbeard Viking King of Britain   Sweyn was known as the Forkbeard because of his long and divided beard. He was the son of Harald Bluetooth, the King of Denmark and supposed to have been born in 960 AD. Though…
  • The Lost Treasure of Montezuma

    4 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    In 1519, the Spanish under conquistador Hernan Cortes arrived in Tenochtitlan, which was then the capital of the mighty Aztec Empire. As soon as the Spanish landed from their ships they were meted out warm greetings. The Aztec emperor, Montezuma II even regarded the Spanish as Gods. He declared Cortes as the embodiment of Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. There were festivities organized to welcome the Europeans. But Cortes and his men had come to these shores with completely different purposes, they were far from the Gods that local people believed them to be. Soon, the so-called Gods betrayed…
  • Kamikaze: The Savior of Japan

    1 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    During the 13th century, the Mongols who were led by Kublai Khan, the grandson of great Genghis Khan planned two major invasions of Japan in 1274 and 1281 AD respectively. On the both the occasion Mongol fleet along with their plans of conquest were laid to rest by massive typhoons. The typhoons destroyed Mongol fleets and forced the Mongols to retreat. These winds saved Japan from a certain foreign conquest and were lovingly named Kamikaze (the divine winds). Thousands of Mongol Ships were destroyed by Kamikaze   Kublai Khan was an able and ambitious ruler of the Mongols. He wanted to…
  • Penthesilea: Forgotten Queen of Amazons

    1 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    Scarcely mentioned in the Greek mythology, Penthesilea was the Queen of Amazons. Texts suggest that she was the daughter of Ares and Otrera. She is among the most famous Amazonian Queens. She was known for being a fierce warrior and even took part in the great battle of Troy. Amazon had a custom of training their women into fierce warriors and Penthesilea was one such legendary warriors. Some texts suggest that the Amazon women were so dedicated to being warriors that they cut off one of their breasts so that they were able to wield the bow better. Though the truth of this fact has been…
  • Why did Alexander the Great leave his Indian Conquest Incomplete?

    30 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    Every nation wants to be the greatest nation in the world. Historians grab every possible opportunity to glorify their nation. Often history is molded and real facts are twisted to showcase a nation’s glory. As a child I studied about Alexander the Great and his invasion of India in 325 BC (give or take a couple of years). In the Indian historical texts it is depicted that Alexander was overwhelmed by the character, valor and military might of Indian kings. His conviction was further fortified after meeting Porus and Chandragupta Maurya. It is said that he returned Porus his Kingdom and…
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    Ancient Origins

  • Ancient Luxury Outpost with Heated Jacuzzi served Roman Emperor in Bulgaria

    Mark Miller
    5 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    A highway outpost with a heated jacuzzi and swimming pool, plus a meeting place for VIPs, sits on a highway servicing a major world power.  It sounds like a modern resort or hotel complex, but it was a 1st to 5th century AD Roman road station unearthed near a fortress in Bulgaria. The road station, under excavation since spring 2014, was on the Via Trajana, a highway named after the Emperor Trajan, who stayed at the complex. It is being described as a luxury motel or resort.Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology
  • La Quemada civilization in Mexico ate their enemies and displayed their bones

    5 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    A new study that analyzed human bones found at the La Quemada archaeological site in Mexico, has revealed that the ancient people that inhabited the site 1,500 years ago ate their enemies and hung up their bones and skulls for display. La Quemada is a Mesoamerican site, located in the Villanueva Municipality, in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. Research suggests it was first occupied around 300 AD, and reached its peak between 600 and 850 AD. It became a leading center that connected 220 settlements via a network of roads to circulate taxes and resources that sustained the population and…
  • Archaeological dig at ancient fortress site in Egypt reveals massive gate and graves of fallen warriors

    5 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    Remnants of an ancient Egyptian army camp and mass graves containing fallen warriors have been found buried in the desert ruins site of Tjaru by a team of archaeologists. The impressive size of the eastern gate of the ancient Tjaru fortress is revealed by the fragments uncovered at the site. Bearing inscriptions of Pharaoh Ramses II, the limestone pieces are 15 meters (49 feet) long and one meter (3 feet) wide. This massive gate secured the Way of Horus between Palestine and Egypt. Large limestone fragments of the ancient gate at Tjaru Fortress, Egypt. Credit: Egypt Antiquities Ministry…
  • Caractacus: The Powerful Celtic King Who Defied Rome

    Bryan Hilliard
    4 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Caractacus was a king and tribal leader of the ancient Britons during the Iron Age and ruler of the Catuvellaunui, a powerful British tribe.  He was the son of a Celtic king named Cunobeline and ruled Briton from 43-50 AD.  Caractacus is associated with the expansion of his tribe’s territory with his apparent success being a catalyst for the Roman invasion of Britain.  When the Romans launched their invasion in the summer of 43 AD they attempted to absorb it into the Roman empire.  While other tribes in Britain, such as the Dobunni, submitted to the Romans, Caractacus fought fiercely…
  • Archaeologists find 4,500-year-old statue of little known Egyptian king

    Mark Miller
    4 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    A broken statue with the name of King Sahure, a pharaoh who ruled nearly 4,500 years ago, has been excavated in Egypt by Belgian archaeologists. Little is known of King Sahure, who reigned during the Old Kingdom’s Fifth Dynasty. The find is “of great significance and importance,” said the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, particularly as there are only two other intact statues that exist of Sahure. The team of Belgian archaeologists intend to continue excavating in the area with the aim of finding other artifacts pertaining to Sahure. The other two known statues of Sahure still intact…
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    Rogues Gallery

  • “Don’t Call Me Bugsy!”

    The Rake Yesterday
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    Nevada 1947 Bugsy was a handsome guy – a real Carey Grant. He don’t look so good now. The bullet hit him on the bridge of his nose and blew his left eyeball clean out – they reckon it was lying fifteen feet away from the sofa. Another went through his cheek and came out of his neck, he took a couple more in the chest…made a real mess of the upholstery. Guess it goes to show no ones immune when you`re in debt to the Mob. One minute he’s sat in his girlfriends pad, reading the newspaper, the next they`re looking for his baby blues underneath the furniture. Can’t say I’m surprised,…
  • “It’s The Devil’s club…I just manage it for him”

    The Rake Yesterday
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    London 1723 I like a good orgy as well as the next fellow, but having a drop of blasphemy would really spice it up. “Prigging a Convenient” is much more exciting when she’s dressed as a nun. It’s such a shame the king outlawed our little “Hell-Fire Club.” It only lasted a year but they were great days, much more fun than clubs like The Kit Kat or The Beef Steak,  with all that political posturing. When I stopped calling myself a “Mohock” I really thought my youthful days of wild abandon would be over. Thanks to our former club president, Phillip Duke of Wharton, I…
  • If its new, different or not from this country…I HATE IT!

    The Rake Yesterday
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    1852 Sir - As a proud Englishman – who despairs of the depraved cess pit of moral filth into which this once great country has become immersed  – may I use the pages of your august ( if somewhat “Liberal” ) newspaper to extol the virtues of the one gentleman who, alone, stands between Albion and the blackest pits of hell. Colonel Charles de Laet Waldo Sibthorp MP. I heartily agree with this visionary man when he says that foreigners should be distrusted, science and “Progress” is ruining this country and the world was a far, far better place in the halcyon days of our golden…
  • “Did You Just Spill My Pint?!”

    The Rake Yesterday
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    London 1712 Its 6 am, welcome to a glorious November morning here in London’s Hyde Park for what promises to be a truly honourable meeting of two gentlemen, settling their differences in a respectable way. ….By dueling. To my left is James Douglas, 4th Duke of Hamilton , Peer of Scotland and “Master of the Great Wardrobe” accompanied by his “Second”,  Colonel John Hamilton. For those of you not familiar with dueling  (perhaps you work on a farm) “A Second” is a close friend of each combatant who makes sure the duel is fair and honourable and who can also cross swords…
  • Hey Hey We’re The Mohocks!

    The Rake Yesterday
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    LONDON 1712 I don’t know what the youth of this country are coming to, I really don’t. The respectable classes can no longer set foot outside their homes after dusk without fear of molestation – and worse – from gangs of lustful, drink addled cutthroats whom Satan himself would spurn. Or so the pamphleteers say. They call themselves “Mohocks” – after a cannibal tribe in India – and all genteel London trembles with terror at news of their outrages. “Read all about it”   I have fallen into a swoon myself several times since Monday. It’s all in the pages of…
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    Ancient History Encyclopedia

  • Apamea, Syria: Roman Ruins in a Warzone

    5 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    When the human cost of war is so unimaginably big that it is hard to speak about the damage to cultural and natural heritage, but we must see it as part of that same cost: The disaster in Syria will be felt not just by a few generations but for centuries to come. After World War II, the international community recognized the need for protecting the cultural and natural heritage in the time of conflict...
  • Maya Government

    1 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Ancient Maya government was formed on the basis that rulers were thought to have been god-like, which to some might suggest one unified state. However, the consensus amongst anthropologists supports that each major Maya city remained its own independent and sovereign entity with its own unique struggles for political power. The Maya belief in god-like rulers also made it important to keep the line...
  • The Secret History of Iddi-Sin's Stela

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    Osama Shukir Mohammed Amin sets out on a detective journey to discover the mysterious history of Iddi-Sin's stela in Iraqi Kurdistan. Going back into this region's troubled past, he disentangles a family dispute and discovers what really happened to this exquisite artefact. I posted a picture on my personal Facebook page of what is commonly called "the rock of the Martyr Ghareeb Haladiny" (Kurdish...
  • Maya Food & Agriculture

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:26 am
    For the Maya, reliable food production was so important to their well-being that they closely linked the agricultural cycle to astronomy and religion. Important rituals and ceremonies were held in honour of specialised workers; from beekeepers to fishermen, and maize, the all-important Mesoamerican staple, even had its own god. An agricultural society, 90% of the Maya population were involved...
  • Vitruvius

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (c. 90 - c. 20 BCE), better known simply as Vitruvius, was a Roman military engineer and architect who wrote De Architectura (On Architecture), a treatise which combines the history of ancient architecture and engineering with the author's personal experience and advice on the subject. As no similar work has survived complete from antiquity, the book has become an invaluable...
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    New Historian

  • History of Democracy in the UK (Part one)

    Daryl Worthington
    5 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
    On the week of the General Election in the United Kingdom, the country’s political system is once again under the limelight. Although long established as a democracy, the United Kingdom still has a royal family. The relationship between Parliament and the Monarchy is a key feature of the early history of democracy in the UK. The Magna Carta Although ultimately proving something of false start for the establishment of democracy in England, the Magna Carta, signed in 1215, laid down some initial principles which would later be crucial. The Charter, signed by King John and the barons, is…
  • Bronze Age Kazakhstanis Were Skilled Farmers

    Adam Steedman Thake
    5 May 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Bronze Age Kazakhs may have been proficient farmers. The Bronze Age in Kazakhstan has traditionally been seen as a period of transition for the societies in the region. Most notably, the local populations shifted from fishing and hunting to a system of pastoralism. Pastoral nomadism is a system of food-production based on specialist animal husbandry where human societies follow their herds of animals as they migrate. In Bronze Age grasslands, pastoral nomadism is generally considered to have been the only form of human subsistence. Until now. New research by an international team of…
  • Volcanoes May Have “Helped” Drive Last Mass Extinction

    Irina Slav
    5 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    A new study from the University of California Berkeley has suggested the final mass extinction that caused the demise of the dinosaurs was helped in no small degree by huge volcanic eruptions. These were themselves triggered by the asteroid strike that killed off most of the species living on the planet at the time. According to the lead researcher, Mark Richards, the asteroid impact, in the Gulf of Mexico, led to large-scale and very powerful earthquakes across the planet, which in turn activated volcanic provinces such as the Deccan Traps in India. These then spewed enormous amounts of…
  • Sacco and Vanzetti Arrested

    Daryl Worthington
    4 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    On the 5th May, 1920, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested and charged with murder. The event marked the start of the one of the most controversial trials in American history, whose verdict is still questioned today. The charges related to a crime that had taken place several weeks before. On 15th April, F.A. Parmenter, the paymaster of a shoe factory, was robbed by two men in order to secure the pay roll he was carrying. Both Parmenter and the guard accompanying him, Alessandro Berardelli, were killed in the robbery. Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested when they attempted to…
  • Ancient Cities Provide A Warning for the Modern World

    Adam Steedman Thake
    4 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    In this age of urban-living, how cities grow is vitally important. The way cities expand in relation to their geographical surroundings has been an important consideration for eons. One of the ways of making a city sustainable is to make it ‘smarter.’ Making a city ‘smarter’ means improving the management of its infrastructure and the resources available to meet current and future needs. New research has shown that ancient cities can provide a fantastic example for how modern cities should develop. Geologist Donatella de Rita and archaeologist Chrystina Häuber have…
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    The List Love » History

  • 10 Final Photographs to Make You Appreciate Life

    The List Love
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    Life is incredibly short, as the following last photos will show you. We must learn to appreciate each and every day we wake up on Earth, and enjoy the company of our loved ones as much as possible. If you take away anything from the following 10 final photographs to make you appreciate life, we hope it’s just how lucky we all are to be here. 1. Moira Smith image via http://911anniversary.nydailynews.com/ Moira Smith was just another NYC police officer on 11th September, 2001, but when the World Trade Center began to collapse following a terrorist attack, she proved she was no ordinary…
  • 10 William Shakespeare Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

    The List Love
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:37 am
    William Shakespeare is the most celebrated wordsmith of all time – so The List Love is offering some amazing facts on the bard. Our goal is to provide us with some interesting trivia about the English poet, playwright and actor that you may not know. So, here are 10 William Shakespeare facts that will blow your socks off. 1. Shakespeare’s Final Residence image via www.telegraph..co.uk New Place served as William Shakespeare’s final residence, but it was later demolished by the very person who purchased the property in 1756, Reverend Francis Gastrell. The homeowner quickly…
  • 10 Fantastic St George’s Day Facts

    The List Love
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:47 am
    The List Love is offering 10 St George’s Day facts to celebrate St George’s Day and the life of the soldier. Us English folk are a little unpatriotic when it comes to the saint, and it’s probably because we know very little about him. 1. Saint George image via erinlawless.wordpress.com Saint George will forever be known as a brave Roman solider who protested against the torture of Christians and, as a result, died for this act. He became a popular figure in England during the early Crusades, as the Normans claimed to have saw him in a vision and were victorious. 2. St…
  • 10 Facts You Never Knew About RMS Titanic

    The List Love
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    The List Love has provided many RMS Titanic facts since our launch, as it is a maritime tragedy that never fails to capture the world’s heart and imagination. As the event’s anniversary is closely looming, we’re offering 10 Facts You Never Knew About RMS Titanic. 1. The Titanic Cousins Two cousins, who had never met, were on RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage. Arthur Ryerson was travelling as a first class passenger with his wife, Emily, and their three children, Emily, John and Suzette. He was unaware his cousin, William Edwy Ryerson, was also on the ship and was employed as…
  • 10 Unbelievable Facts About John Gotti

    The List Love
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:07 am
    John Joseph Gotti, Jr. is one of the most notorious mafia bosses of all time. He was known as “The Dapper Don” due to his love for expensive clothes and his outspoken, flamboyant personality in front of the cameras. Following three high-profile trials in the 1980s – of which he was all acquitted – he was given the nickname “The Teflon Don”. Learn more about one of organised crime’s biggest earners, and read the following 10 unbelievable facts about John Gotti. 1. John Gotti’s Limp www.nypost,com John Gotti was heavily involved with the New York…
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    Milling Minutes

  • Adopt a Stone Campaign Kickoff This Weekend

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Adopt a Stone Campaign Kickoff This Weekend! Next Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, is a big weekend in the Virginia Piedmont. On Saturday, the Virginia Gold Cup races will be held at Great Meadow in The Plains, continuing a 93-year tradition that started in nearby Warrenton. Thousands of steeplechase spectators will be motoring out in cars and buses from the DC metro area to partake of the sport of kings, and a bit of imbibing along the way. To get to Great Meadow, these merry makers will traverse Thoroughfare Gap and pass in full view of Chapman’s Mill, now adorned with its “Adopt a…
  • Way Better Than a Pet Rock!

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    You can now own a piece of Chapman Beverley Mill. The Turn the Mill Around Campaign is launching an innovative new fundraiser to get the planned park underway this year. Adopt-A-Stone allows anyone to adopt one or more of the beautiful ancient stones that comprise the mill walls – the tallest stacked stone structure in the U.S. The campaign launches May 2-3 at the mill and continues through the next few months via the website. The stones were born as liquid more than a billion years ago when two continents collided. Over millions of years, the continents separated and the liquid rock slowly…
  • Adopt a Stone

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Adopt a Stone begins May 2, 2015 Since its construction in 1742, the Mill has weathered all manner of storms.  Economic downturns, wars, arson and even floods have all taken a toll, but through it all, the community has continued to value, cherish and protect this beautiful old structure. TTMAC understands the important role the Mill has played in the community and now we want to share the Mill in a brand new way. Beginning in May, individuals will be able to adopt one of the Chapman – Beverley Mill’s many stones.  Come out to the Mill on May 2 and 3 10AM to 5PM and make your…
  • Give Local Piedmont!

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    For the second year in a row, the Chapman – Beverley Mill Historic Site will be participating in Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s Give Local Piedmont fundraising drive.  The idea of the drive is simple.  For 24 hours on May 5, 2015, donors are encouraged to make contributions to their favorite non-profit organization via Give Local Piedmont’s website.  You’ll find the Mill listed as ‘Chapman-Beverley Mill.’  Each donation must be at least $10, but there is no maximum contribution.  To sweeten the deal, NPCF will award numerous prizes in a…
  • Dominion Virginia Western Alternative

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    Dominion’s Western Alternative would directly impact the Mill For the last several weeks, we at TTMAC have been closely following developments related to Dominion Virginia’s proposed Haymarket power station.  As you can see from the map at left, Dominion’s ‘Western Alternative’ and the 90 to 110 foot power towers that would come with it in the current above-ground proposal would directly impact the Mill and the whole Thoroughfare Gap viewshed.  To voice our concerns about the plan, TTMAC recently sent the following letter to Dominion: February 1, 2015 As…
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    Made From History

  • 10 Facts about Erwin Rommel – The Desert Fox

    Matthew Moss
    1 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is best known for his astounding successes in North Africa against great odds but the man was a more complex than the legend.  Winston Churchill once described him as a “very daring and skilful opponent… a great general” but he was also a devoted husband and father and a man that struggled with depression and self-doubt during the most difficult periods of his career. Here are some facts about Nazi Germany’s most famous general: 1. First Accepted Into the Infantry In 1909 at the age of 18 Rommel made his first attempt to join the military.
  • 10 Famous Actors Who Served in World War Two

    Graham Land
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    World War Two galvanised the public like no other war before or since. Some countries, especially the United States, used celebrities to garner support for the war. Some actors even left the comfort of Hollywood to participate in active combat. Here is a list of 10 stars of the silver screen who participated in the Second World War. 1. David Niven Though living in Hollywood when the war broke out, David Niven travelled home to Britain to re-join the army he had served in during the 1930s. Besides making films for the war effort, Niven took part in the Invasion of Normandy. He eventually…
  • Cuba 1961: The Bay of Pigs Invasion Explained

    Graham Land
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
    In April 1961, 2.5 years after the Cuban Revolution, which saw revolutionary forces led by Fidel Castro overthrow the United States-backed government of Fulgencio Batista, a force of CIA-trained and armed Cuban exiless invaded Cuba. Following a failed air raid on 15 April, a ground invasion by sea took place on 17 April. The heavily outnumbered 1,400 anti-Castro Cuban soldiers must have been extremely deluded, as they were defeated in under 24 hours. The invading force suffered 114 casualties with over 1,100 taken prisoner. Why Did the Invasion Take Place? Though following the revolution…
  • 5 Instances of Sanctioned Military Drug Use

    Graham Land
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Drugs have been used in war throughout history, often in order to enhance soldiers’ ability to perform their duties, especially in stressful combat situations. While performance-enhancing drug use by combatants still takes place — notably fighters on both sides of the Syrian Civil War reportedly use an amphetamine called Captagon — most sanctioned drug taking in the modern military is prescription-based and with the purpose of treating ailments rather than enabling soldiers to fight better — though the two could sometimes be considered the same thing. Nevertheless, things were…
  • 10 Facts About Abraham Lincoln

    Graham Land
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – 15 April 1865) was the 16th President of the United States of America. He served as president for 5 years, from 4 March 1861 until his assassination by John Wilkes Booth on 15 April 1865. Lincoln is known primarily for his leadership during the American Civil War (1861 – 1865) and for signing the Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order changing the legal status of slaves to ‘free’. What follows are 10 facts about Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln on 9 February, 1864. Credit: Anthony Berger 1. He was largely self-educated Despite becoming a…
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  • The King is Dead – The Passing of an Arthur

    4 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    It’s always a sad thing to hear of the passing of an artist whose work has made a lasting impression. It seems that every year more and more names shuffle off this mortal coil, leaving us with our own perceptions of their public face, but more so the faces of the roles they played. This morning I found out that British actor Nigel Terry passed away at the age of 69. Many people might not know Nigel Terry at first mention. He was not necessarily a Titan of the big screen. However, he did appear in a few historical/fantasy dramas, most notably John Boorman’s 1981 film Excalibur. I used to…
  • Quiet and Contemplative – Essentials for Writing Historical Fiction

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    There is a truth which I have forgotten lately. With the day-to-day workings of my modern, connected life, I’ve been missing out on something essential, something that in the past has always helped me to nurture my creativity, and better my historical fiction. What is it? Quiet. Yes. That illusive modern-day grail, that has the power to slow us down, to help us think, to regroup and empower ourselves. Now that I write that, it really does seem obvious, not ground-breaking at all. But it is, and I’ve found that without taking some calm time to contemplate the past, my fiction suffers. Like…
  • The World of Children of Apollo – Part V – Etruria

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:36 pm
    In the previous installment we visited Rome, the centre of the world when the Roman Empire was at its greatest extent. We will now leave that ancient city for an even more ancient landscape. What we know today as Tuscany, the central and western region of Italy, was then part of the larger central Italian kingdom of Etruria. This region plays a large role in Children of Apollo, as it is the ancestral land of Lucius Metellus Anguis’ family. For them, the family estate is a place of childhood memory, of escape, and of mystery. Their roots run deep in that ancient land. Chimera of Arezzo I…
  • Humour in the Ancient World

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Laughing Legionaries An Abderite saw a eunuch and asked him how many kids he had. When that guy said that he didn’t have the balls, so as to be able to have children, the Abderite asked when he was going to get the balls (Philagelos, #114) Is that funny to you? A little? Or does it make you scratch your head and wonder if I’ve gone off the deep end? It’s not my joke, thankfully. In truth, I’m not a very funny person, but I do enjoy a good laugh, as many of us do. The joke above is actually a Roman joke about 2000 years old. Yes, that old. It’s one of 250-odd jokes in the oldest…
  • Book Reading – Chariot of the Son

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Hello everyone! Well, I’ve done it! I’ve gone and posted my first foray into video book readings. If you watched the video above, I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to share it around. Yes, I know. I’m a bit awkward, and not entirely video-friendly (or is it that video is not friendly to me?). But, if I don’t try new things out, and take some risks, new adventures will remain out of reach. With time, I promise I’ll find my video groove. Lest we forget, these stories were a part of an ancient oral tradition, and were meant to be spoken aloud. What would ‘the poet’ think of…
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  • Cyber Nations Review

    Rob Rose
    4 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Cyber Nations is a nation simulation game created by Kevin Marks or, as he’s known in-game, admin. The game was first released on January 6, 2006 and many of its users joined after being recruited from the older game Jennifer Government: NationState. At its height, the game had thousands of players; but Cyber Nations’ history is history you want to know about what Cyber Nations is today. I first signed up for Cyber Nations in 2012 because I liked the idea of an online nation simulator game and CN certainly meets that description. Over the past two plus years, I’ve had plenty…
  • The Food Babe Parody: Reblog From “I Fucking Don’t Understand Science”

    Rob Rose
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a complete disregard for scientific research and tangible evidence. Due to the open nature of the Internet, the web is sure to be full of that kind of nonsense. The Food Babe is one such site that lies close to the core of the anti-science blogosphere. A parody blog I am particularly fond of, I Fucking Don’t Understand Science, took a shot at The Food Babe today that I found quite humorous. Have a look, and enjoy!Q&A: The Food Babe’s Latest Diet! | I Fucking Don’t Understand Science.
  • Algorithm Now Serving on the Board of Directors of a Hong Kong Venture Capital Firm

    Rob Rose
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Weird, but inevitable: algorithm now serves on a corporate board | ZDNetWhile browsing the internet today, I caught sight of this article on ZDNet about a computer algorithm now serving on the board of directors for the Hong Kong venture capital firm Deep Knowledge Ventures. The board plans to use the algorithm known as VITAL, short for “Validating Investment Tool for Advancing Life Sciences” to help with investment decisions. For further information, check out the article linked above.
  • Removing Referral Spam from Google Analytics

    Rob Rose
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    This post is entirely off topic from what I’m supposed to be posting, but it’s an issue that has cost me a great deal of time and I hope I can save someone else that hassle. Referral spam is a very irritating tactic that internet marketers use to drive people to visit their site. Unlike other tactics which target users of a website, referral spam attempts to target the people running the website. I’m not extremely knowledgeable in the subject, but I know enough to give a brief over view of how it works, and where you can find resources to stop it.What are referrals?Referral…
  • A Brief History of Gmail

    Rob Rose
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Free email is a staple of our modern lives. We create Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo emails for the low low cost of zero dollars. But it wasn’t always like that. Believe it or not, people used to pay for email! That’s right dear readers, people once had to pay for email. Although it may seem barbaric, it was the reality many people were faced with when email was in its infancy. What might surprise you even more is that email predates the Internet and ARPANET! The history of email is pretty complicated, but I hope to give you the basic rundown of the history of email and why free…
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