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  • 10 Things You May Not Know About “Typhoid Mary”

    History in the Headlines
    Christopher Klein
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Credit: alexskopje/iStockphotos.com 1. Her real name was Mary Mallon. She was born on September 23, 1869, in Cookstown, a small village in the north of Ireland. Mallon’s hometown in County Tyrone was among one of Ireland’s poorest areas. 2. Only three confirmed deaths were linked to Typhoid Mary. Mallon was presumed to have infected 51 people, and three of those illnesses resulted in death. Since she used a number of aliases, it’s possible that the true death toll could have been higher. However, based on the confirmed fatalities, Typhoid Mary was not even the most lethal carrier of the…
  • Friday 28 March 1662

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys
    Samuel Pepys
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    (Good Friday). At home all the morning, and dined with my wife, a good dinner. At my office all the afternoon. At night to my chamber to read and sing, and so to supper and to bed. Read the annotations
  • This time, 'It's foreign policy, stupid'

    History in the News
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The jigsaw pieces that make up the globe all seem to be in motion at once, pushing up against one another like tectonic plates beneath earthquake zones. From the proxy war breaking out in Yemen between 10 Arab nations and soon-to-be-nuclear Iran, to Vladimir Putin's unceasing machinations, to Japan justifiably flexing its muscles at China with the launch this week of a large aircraft carrier -- the first since her 1945 surrender on the USS Missouri -- the world is drifting into dangerous waters.
  • Bob Jones III Apologizes for 35-Year-Old Call to Kill Gays

    Breaking News
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    In 1980 he said: "I guarantee it would solve the problem post-haste if homosexuals were stoned, if murderers were immediately killed as the Bible commands."
  • Mustapha Kemal Ataturk Part 1

    History According to Bob
    Bob Packett
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This show is part 1 of 5 about Mustapha Kemal Ataturk.
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    History in the Headlines

  • 10 Things You May Not Know About “Typhoid Mary”

    Christopher Klein
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Credit: alexskopje/iStockphotos.com 1. Her real name was Mary Mallon. She was born on September 23, 1869, in Cookstown, a small village in the north of Ireland. Mallon’s hometown in County Tyrone was among one of Ireland’s poorest areas. 2. Only three confirmed deaths were linked to Typhoid Mary. Mallon was presumed to have infected 51 people, and three of those illnesses resulted in death. Since she used a number of aliases, it’s possible that the true death toll could have been higher. However, based on the confirmed fatalities, Typhoid Mary was not even the most lethal carrier of the…
  • Lincoln, Grant and Sherman Huddle Up, 150 Years Ago

    Jesse Greenspan
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    "The Peacemakers," by artist George P.A. Healy, depicts the March 1865 meeting between William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln and David D. Porter. (Credit: White House Historical Association) With the Confederacy on its last legs, Grant invited Lincoln to visit his headquarters in City Point (now Hopewell), Virginia, situated along the James River just a few miles from the front. “I would like very much to see you,” the general wrote, “and I think the rest would do you good.” Lincoln immediately accepted the offer, arriving on March 24, 1865, with his wife,…
  • 10 Things You May Not Know About F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Evan Andrews
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:50 pm
    F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1937 1. He was named after a famous ancestor. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul Minnesota on September 24, 1896. He was named for Francis Scott Key, the lawyer and writer who penned the lyrics to “The Star Spangled Banner” during the War of 1812. The two were only distantly related—Key was a second cousin three times removed—but Fitzgerald was known to play up the family connection. While driving past a statue of Key in an alcoholic haze in 1934, he supposedly hopped from the car and hid in the bushes, yelling to a friend, “Don’t let Frank…
  • Scientists Discover Two Giant New Late-Triassic Creatures

    Sarah Pruitt
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    A reconstruction of the recently-discovered Carnufex carolinensis. (Credit: Jorge Gonzales) Scientists recently uncovered the fossilized bones of a human-sized salamander-like creature dating to the Late Triassic period (some 220 to 230 million years ago) in the Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region. They dubbed the newly identified species Metoposaurus algarvensis, in honor of its origins. According to the scientists’ findings, the giant amphibian may have been more than 6 feet long and weighed over 200 pounds. In addition to a broad, round head, it appears to have had thin legs that…
  • Patrick Henry’s “Liberty or Death” Speech, 240 Years Ago

    Evan Andrews
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    Credit: PHAS/UIG via Getty Images Revolution was in the air in early 1775. Only a few months earlier, delegates from the American colonies had held the first Continental Congress and sent Britain’s King George III a petition for redress of grievances, among them the repeal of the so-called “Intolerable Acts.” A mass boycott of British goods was underway, and Boston Harbor still languished under a British blockade as punishment for 1773’s Boston Tea Party. In a speech to Parliament in late-1774, King George had denounced the “daring spirit of resistance and disobedience to the law”…
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    The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • Friday 28 March 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    (Good Friday). At home all the morning, and dined with my wife, a good dinner. At my office all the afternoon. At night to my chamber to read and sing, and so to supper and to bed. Read the annotations
  • Thursday 27 March 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Early Sir G. Carteret, both Sir Williams and I by coach to Deptford, it being very windy and rainy weather, taking a codd and some prawnes in Fish Street with us. We settled to pay the Guernsey, a small ship, but come to a great deal of money, it having been unpaid ever since before the King came in, by which means not only the King pays wages while the ship has lain still, but the poor men have most of them been forced to borrow all the money due for their wages before they receive it, and that at a dear rate, God knows, so that many of them had very little to receive at the table, which…
  • Wednesday 26 March 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Up early. This being, by God’s great blessing, the fourth solemn day of my cutting for the stone this day four years, and am by God’s mercy in very good health, and like to do well, the Lord’s name be praised for it. To the office and Sir G. Carteret’s all the morning about business. At noon come my good guests, Madame Turner, The., and Cozen Norton, and a gentleman, one Mr. Lewin of the King’s LifeGuard; by the same token he told us of one of his fellows killed this morning in a duel. I had a pretty dinner for them, viz., a brace of stewed carps, six roasted…
  • Tuesday 25 March 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    [The Project Gutenberg text, and possibly the 1893 text it’s taken from, omits 25th March 1662. Because it’s a short entry, I’m taking the liberty of copying it from the Latham & Matthews edition, in the hope no one minds too much. P.G.] Lady Day. All the morning at the office. Dined with my wife at home. Then to the office, where (while Sir Wms both did examine the Victuallers account) I sat in my closet drawing letters and other businesses — being much troubled for want of an order of the Councells lately sent us, about making of boates for some ships now going…
  • Monday 24 March 1661/62

    Samuel Pepys
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Early Sir G. Carteret, both Sir Williams and I on board the Experiment, to dispatch her away, she being to carry things to the Madeiras with the East Indy fleet. Here (Sir W. Pen going to Deptford to send more hands) we staid till noon talking, and eating and drinking a good ham of English bacon, and having put things in very good order home, where I found Jane, my old maid, come out of the country, and I have a mind to have her again. By and by comes La Belle Pierce to see my wife, and to bring her a pair of peruques of hair, as the fashion now is for ladies to wear; which are pretty, and…
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    History in the News

  • This time, 'It's foreign policy, stupid'

    28 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The jigsaw pieces that make up the globe all seem to be in motion at once, pushing up against one another like tectonic plates beneath earthquake zones. From the proxy war breaking out in Yemen between 10 Arab nations and soon-to-be-nuclear Iran, to Vladimir Putin's unceasing machinations, to Japan justifiably flexing its muscles at China with the launch this week of a large aircraft carrier -- the first since her 1945 surrender on the USS Missouri -- the world is drifting into dangerous waters.
  • Nomanslanding - new ANZAC art installation commemorates WWI centenary

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    Once the two sides of the chapel-like dome are joined the 20 people on each side will hear the ghostly voices of soldiers echoing from a battlefield scene. They can mingle and then cross over to the other side.
  • Private emails reveal ex-Clinton aidea s secret spy network

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress and the America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees , in Washington, March 23, 2015. Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal's account.
  • Black Anzacs mural pasted on wall near Anzac park at Meningie SA by street artist

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:21 pm
    A street artist has pasted a mural of Indigenous soldiers from World War I on a wall opposite Anzac park at Meningie, south of Adelaide. "Direct descendants of each of the Aboriginal soldiers gave permission to include their relatives' image in the mural," Hego said.
  • If Ballarat's graves could speak

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:12 pm
    As the centenary of the Gallipoli invasion approaches, old places are yielding up remarkable stories about the men of Ballarat who signed up to fight. One Ballarat historian has scoured the city's cemeteries to find the graves of ordinary men and women with extraordinary tales to tell.
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    History Net: Where History Comes Alive - World & US History Online

  • Daily Quiz for March 29, 2015

    HistoryNet Staff
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    The term "red light district" is widely believed to have originated because of this object.
  • Daily Quiz for March 28, 2015

    HistoryNet Staff
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    On March, 31, 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued a decree expelling this group from Spain.
  • Wild West - June 2015 - Table of Contents

    David Lauterborn
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    The June 2015 issue of Wild West features stories about the company of Arikara soldiers that fought under Reno at the Little Bighorn, artist George Catlin's "Cartoon Collection," Texas-born paid assassin Felix Jones, the 1871 Wickenburg Massacre in Arizona Territory and California cop killer Ed Moore
  • Wild West Discussion - June 2015

    David Lauterborn
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    In the Southwest the U.S. Army used Apache scouts to hunt Navajos and other Apaches. To the north the Army used a handful of Lakota scouts, as well as scouts from various friendly tribes—Crow, Pawnee, Shoshone, Arikara—to track down renegade …
  • Interview With Author Brian Dippie

    David Lauterborn
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Canadian author Brian Dippie sure knows his Western artists, with books on Frederic Remington, Charlie Russell and George Catlin
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  • Cabarrus County collecting stories of African-American farmers - Charlotte Observer

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Charlotte ObserverCabarrus County collecting stories of African-American farmersCharlotte Observer“We want the students that visit the area to learn about the human history as well as the ecological significance of the property. In one section you can see pictures, and Alice McKenzie tells us about farming when she was a little girl. The house that
  • West County: Local group celebrated read-in for Black History Month - CapitalGazette.com

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:02 pm
    CapitalGazette.comWest County: Local group celebrated read-in for Black History MonthCapitalGazette.comIn honor of Black History Month, the Anne Arundel County Chapter of the Continental Societies Inc. presented an African-American Read-In at Frank Hebron-Harman Elementary School in Hanover during the first week in February. The Continental Societies ...
  • Author details medical history of mistreating African-Americans - LancasterOnline

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    Author details medical history of mistreating African-AmericansLancasterOnlineWashington gave the audience a rapid-fire list of examples, saying African-Americans weren't the only victims; history tells many sad stories of people who considered themselves superior subjecting others to medical abuse. “One of the concerns I hear
  • African-American journalist may get her day in Missouri - Washington Times

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:14 pm
    African-American journalist may get her day in MissouriWashington TimesThrough extensive coverage of the civil rights movement and other key moments in black history, Bluford fought to end discrimination against African Americans in all aspects of public life. She established herself as “the consciousness” of Kansas City
  • Kinsey collection of African-American art on display at MSU Library - DeSoto Times Today

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    Kinsey collection of African-American art on display at MSU LibraryDeSoto Times TodayAt the Mississippi State University Mitchell Memorial Library's John Grisham Suite for the next three months, Mississippian have an opportunity to experience one of the most important private African American art and history exhibits in the world in Kinsey Collection owners expand on cultureThe Reflectorall 2 news articles »
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  • March 28, 1979: Nuclear accident at Three Mile Island

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    At 4 a.m. on March 28, 1979, the worst accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry begins when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island fails to close. Cooling water, contaminated with radiation, drained from the open valve into adjoining buildings, and the core began to dangerously overheat. The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant was built in 1974 on a sandbar on Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River, just 10 miles downstream from the state capitol in Harrisburg. In 1978, a second state-of-the-art reactor began operating on Three Mile Island, which was…
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    The New York History Blog

  • This Week’s New York History Web Highlights

    Editorial Staff
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Ebenezer Emmons And Raquette Lake Black Tourism: The Green Book Historical Jewish Periodicals Online Keene’s Tony Goodwin: A Profile Maple Syrup Production and Slavery A Scrapbook of Late-Night New York French and Indian War: Bob And Holly Bearor Profile Mixed Reviews For Cuomo’s ‘Hunger Games’ Approach Payne and Levi: Logger Family History On Friday afternoons […]
  • Underground RR Historian Don Papson On ‘The Historians’

    Bob Cudmore
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week “The Historians” podcast features Don Papson of Plattsburgh, one of the founders of the North Star Underground Railroad Museum. Papson and Tom Colarco are co-authors of Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City: Sydney Howard Gay, Louis Napoleon and the Record of Fugitives(McFarland, 2015). Listen at “The Historians” online archive […]
  • This Week’s Top New York History News

    Editorial Staff
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Replica Half Moon Leaves NY Waters Major Records Loss in Brooklyn Fire Fort Ti Meets Tour Boat Deadline Proposal Floated On Teacher Evaluations Science Museums Urged To Cut Koch Ties It’s Museum Week on Twitter Unions Reinstated At Columbia, New School WorldCat Adds 40 Millionth Record NYS Data Page Adding API $900 Million Being Invested […]
  • John C. Fremont: Rockland County’s Forgotten Hero

    James S. Kaplan
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In a cemetery overlooking the Hudson River just south of the Tappan Zee Bridge, lies John C. Fremont, who’s contribution to the end of slavery and the Union victory in the Civil War was tremendous, though he is little-remembered today. Most generally associate Fremont with the State of California. He is the namesake of Fremont, […]
  • The Hamilton Musical and America’s Future (Part II)

    Peter Feinman
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Last week, I described what I think is a significant perilous trend facing history and the American culture through the process of hypehnization. I argued that identity in a society nominally based on We the People and e pluribus unum was being replaced by one where people self-identify as hyphenated Americans, with  corresponding history classes and […]
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  • 10 Facts About Easter More Interesting Than the Chocolate

    S. E. Batt
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:10 pm
    As holidays go, Easter is a strange one. We’re here today to look at Easter’s origins, and how it’s celebrated around the world. Just make sure to keep some chocolate on standby in case of cravings. 10. The Name We know that Christmas is a combination of “Christ” and “Mass,” and we also know that […] The post 10 Facts About Easter More Interesting Than the Chocolate appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • Top 10 Historic Places to Visit in Rhode Island

    Charles M.
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Rhode Island is the smallest state in the Union, and is often overlooked by tourists and historians for its neighboring big brother, Massachusetts. However, the smallest state packs quite a package of important historical sites that many tourists have no idea exist. Here are the top ten historic places in Rhode Island that just may […] The post Top 10 Historic Places to Visit in Rhode Island appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • 10 Sports Curses That Will Make You Believe in Fate

    Clint Carter
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:10 pm
    A skeptic will point out that a curse is the result of poor decisions or odd coincidences. But that’s little consolation to hardcore fans, and the long strings of bad luck associated with some of these anomalies will make even the most doubtful people raise an eyebrow. 10. The Curse of William Penn Until 1987, […] The post 10 Sports Curses That Will Make You Believe in Fate appeared first on Toptenz.net.
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    History Of Macedonia

  • Σκόπια:Διάβημα Ε.Ε. για τηλεφωνικές παρακολουθήσεις διπλωματών

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    Ο επικεφαλής της διπλωματικής αντιπροσωπείας της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης στα Σκόπια, πρέσβης ‘Αιβο Οράβ, προέβη σε διάβημα διαμαρτυρίας προς το υπουργείο Εξωτερικών της ΠΓΔΜ, μετά τις καταγγελίες της αντιπολίτευσης ότι η κυβέρνηση του Νίκολα Γκρούεφσκι παρακολουθούσε, μεταξύ άλλων, και τις τηλεφωνικές συνομιλίες ξένων…
  • Η Αμφίπολη σε νέα τροχιά

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    Σταύρος Τζίμας Μετά και την πρόσφατη επίσκεψη του νέου υπουργού Πολιτισμού στην Αμφίπολη, όλα δείχνουν ότι ο «κύκλος» της συγκεκριμένης ανασκαφής κλείνει, τουλάχιστον ως προς το ευρεθέν ταφικό μνημείο. Ο κ. Ξυδάκης, στις δηλώσεις του, έβαλε μια «άνω τελεία» στο θέμα της συνέχισής της, δηλώνοντας πως η πολιτεία δεν πρόκειται να…
  • Νέο σκάνδαλο (με μίζες) Γκρούεφσκι

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:03 am
    Σε ακόμα ένα σκάνδαλο, αυτή τη φορά για «μίζες» από κινέζικη εταιρία , εμπλέκεται ο πρωθυπουργός της ΠΓΔΜ Νίκολα Γκρούεφσκι. Ο αρχηγός του κόμματος της αντιπολίτευσης Σοσιαλδημοκρατική Ένωση Ζόραν Ζάεβ κατηγορεί τώρα τον Γκρούεφσκι ότι ζήτησε «μίζα» από την κινεζική κατασκευαστική εταιρία Sinohydro Corporation για υπογραφή…
  • Στη δίνη υποκλοπών τα Σκόπια

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Από τις αρχές Φεβρουαρίου έως σήμερα, ο αρχηγός του μεγαλύτερου κόμματος της αντιπολίτευσης (Σοσιαλδημοκρατική Ενωση – SDSM) Ζόραν Ζάεβ προχωρά αποσπασματικά σε αποκαλύψεις ενός σκανδάλου-μαμούθ τηλεφωνικών υποκλοπών. Υποκλοπών που, κατά τον Ζάεβ, έγιναν από τις μυστικές υπηρεσίες της ΠΓΔΜ με εντολή του πρωθυπουργού Νίκολα…
  • Απίστευτο: Φιλοσκοπιανό gala στην Πτολεμαΐδα

    18 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    Παναγιώτης Σαββίδης Στην κοπή πρωτοχρονιάτικης πίτας Μακεδονικών Συλλόγων οι συγκεντρωμένοι έκπληκτοι διαπίστωσαν πως παραβρέθηκαν σε μια φιλοσκοπιανή φιέστα, που στόχο είχε να εξυπηρετήσει την προπαγάνδα των ακραίων εθνικιστών στα Σκόπια και το εξωτερικό. Αντιδράσεις στη δυτική Μακεδονία προκαλεί φιλοσκοπιανό gala, πίσω…
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  • 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…
  • The forgotten D Day

    22 Jun 2014 | 3:04 am
    In the wake of Operation Bagration, the towns and cities of Eastern Europe would be ‘liberated’ Today is the anniversary of one of the most monumental military operations in the history of the world. A gigantic series of battles that dwarfed D Day in scale. But unlike the anniversary of D Day a few weeks ago, you won’t see the world’s most powerful leaders gathering together to celebrate this particular military triumph for the Allies. And the reason why that’s the case is an important one. The Soviet Operation Bagration, which was launched overnight on the 21/22…
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    Claire Gebben

  • Ethnic heritage in the U.S.

    16 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    There’s a map provided by the U.S. Census bureau in 2000 detailing the location of immigrant populations by ethnicity, albeit 15 years ago. In 2013, the UK’s Daily Mail wrote an article about it here.The article states that by far the largest population in the U.S. — just under 50 million in 2000 — were of German heritage. With DNA testing becoming more common, new demographics are being worked up at places like Ancestry.com. Admittedly, the population on the Ancestry.com map numbers a quarter of a million, compared with 317 million surveyed for the 2000 census. Now…
  • Marriage under the Code Napoleon

    19 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    In our family tree, 19th century ancestor Johann Philipp Harm, the father of Michael Harm, married twice. Johann Philipp’s first marriage in 1827 was to a woman named Elisabetha Harm Bruch, a widow more than ten years older than he was, and his first cousin. This first wife passed away in 1832, childless, when Johann Philipp Harm was just 36 years old. “We think this first marriage was about property,” Günter told me on my first visit to Freinsheim in 1988. “To keep Elisabetha’s property in the family.” An 1807 edition of the Code Napoleon on display in…
  • Deductive reasoning, aka reading the classics

    6 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    Confessional moment: Yes! I’m working on my next novel. This one is about Scottish immigrants in the 18th century. And just like the initial phase of my research for The Last of the Blacksmiths (German immigrants in the 19th century), I’ve started by reading some classics of the day. (See one of my earliest blogposts here, Call me a schlemiel) This time, instead of Moby-Dick, I’m devouring Kidnapped! by Robert Louis Stevenson. Until I downloaded this classic to my digital bookshelf, my knowledge of this author extended as far as the recurring crossword puzzle clue: Author of…
  • Name change for Family Chronicle

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    January/February 2015 issue Family Chronicle: A how-to-guide for tracing your ancestors recently arrived at my door, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I learned about the publication when giving at talk at South Whidbey Genealogical Society. It’s a Canadian magazine with 80-percent distribution in the U.S. You’ll find it at many libraries and genealogical societies, and also in the magazine section at Barnes & Noble. And, I’m proud to announce, my article: “My Ancestor Was a Blacksmith!” appears in the January/February 2015 issue.     But…
  • The Five Points slum

    9 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    When I first learned my German immigrant ancestor Michael Harm arrived in New York on June 30, 1857, I thought I’d have trouble digging up some newsworthy event to write about. Au contraire. Or rather, ganz im Gegenteil! In the 19th century, New York City had a seriously grungy neighborhood, a notorious slum called the “Five Points.” Conditions in the Five Points –so named because five streets met at one intersection–were so overcrowded it became an “international attraction, drawing such notables as  Charles Dickens, a Russian grand duke, Davy…
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    Ancient Origins

  • Ancient Maya citadel discovered in Belize is an anomaly

    Mark Miller
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Many centuries ago on the border of Belize and Guatemala, Maya people built a large city surrounded by a cultivated jungle garden that was home to around 20,000 people, which archaeologists call El Pilar. They had large structures, including palaces and pyramids, and paved their plazas in lime plaster to divert rainwater into reservoirs. Archaeologists using lasers from the air have recently identified a fortress-like structure nearby covered by vegetation. Using LiDAR laser technology from a helicopter for Light Detection and Ranging, archaeologists have identified a citadel-type structure…
  • The Dark Underworld of the Paris Catacombs

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Paris, the capital of France, is often called La Ville Lumière (meaning ‘The City of Light’), however, beneath this bustling European city of 12 million people, lies a dark subterranean world holding the remains of 6 million of its former inhabitants. These are the Paris Catacombs: a network of old caves, quarries and tunnels stretching hundreds of miles, and seemingly lined with the bones of the dead. The historic underground catacombs are the final resting place of millions of Parisians. SBoyd/FlickrRead moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesEurope
  • The Monumental Tomb of Queen Tin Hinan, Ancient Ancestress of the Tuaregs

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    Queen Tin Hinan is renowned in Tuareg history as a fourth century matriarch of great prestige – named “Mother of Us All”. Her monumental tomb was located in 1925 in the Sahara desert, but dramatic archaeological discoveries of the day, such as King Tut’s tomb, somewhat overshadowed her unveiling. For some, the 1920s were an exciting time to be alive. The Great War had just ended in 1918, and some countries were enjoying economic boom, allowing their citizens to indulge in lavish and decadent lifestyles. In the field of archaeology, sensational discoveries were being made, including…
  • Did Elusive Dark Matter Trigger Global Mass Extinctions and Doom the Dinosaurs?

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Associations between unseen forces in space and terrific cataclysms on Earth are being made by scientists who hypothesize that dark matter might be behind ancient mass dinosaur extinctions, and may contribute to future catastrophes. The most infamous of the “Big Five” dramatic mass extinctions of the dinosaurs occurred 66 million years ago. It is attributed to a mountain-sized space rock impacting Earth, causing instant and long-reaching disaster on a planetary scale, reports science magazine Scientific American. Such ancient impacts can leave lasting impressions on our planet which…
  • Bronze Age gold rings of a high-status person found in Wales

    Mark Miller
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Two gold rings, possibly used as earrings or to hold hair in place, have been found in Rosset, Wrexham, Wales. Archaeologists say the rings date back 3,000 years to the Bronze Age. The person who wore the rings was most likely wealthy or had status in the community in some other way, says ITV News. Archaeologists are uncertain whether the gold rings were used as earrings or to hold locks of hair in place. ‘Lock rings,’ as hair locks are called, have been found in Wales in Pembrokeshire, Conwy, Gaerwen, Newport, Anglesey and the Great Orme. ITV describes the concentric-ring pattern on the…
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    English Legal History

  • History of the University of Law

    21 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
     The University of Law’s Guildford Centre (Braboeuf Manor) Before discussing the specific history of the institution, we must look briefly to the 18th and 19th Century history of legal education in general. An early regulator asserting some form of professional control on solicitors was the Society of Gentleman Practisers in the Courts of Law and Equity, which was established in 1729 (for a full discussion of this regulatory development and Articled Clerks in general, please see my blog post on the History of the Training Contract). This body had the aim of improving the standards and…
  • Pirate Executions in Early Modern London

    9 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    In the East London neighborhood of Wapping behind the Town of Ramsgate Pub lies a replica of a noose and hanging scaffold. This commemorates Execution Dock, most famous as the spot where pirates were hung for their crimes in early modern London.  Execution Dock was a place of execution for over four hundred years: the last execution to take place there was 1830.  Execution Dock served as the site for all fatally condemned maritime criminals, but the cruelest treatment was reserved for those to be hung for piracy. ‘A Perspective View of the River Thames’, 1780 (Photo courtesy of National…
  • History of the Solicitors’ Training Contract

    10 Feb 2014 | 10:52 am
    Section 1: Contextual Overview of the Development of the English Legal Profession Before a full sketch of the history of the Training Contract can be drawn, it is necessary to provide a brief introduction to the development of the English legal profession as a whole. From the mid-12th Century, there existed a Bench of learned men at Westminster who were an extension, and administrators, of the King’s justice and heard legal pleas. After a few decades, they decided to travel the realm and administer justice locally, and naturally their number grew. The development of anything that could be…
  • History of Defamation

    18 Oct 2013 | 1:08 pm
    The common law test for Defamation. Before the early 1300s, actions for the predecessor of defamation were obscure and purely within the jurisdiction of the Church courts, it was not until much later that the King’s courts allowed an action for defamatory words. The often physically-based nature of the common law was not in favour of creating an offence which rested on mere words. It was much more concerned with the tangible actions and results of, for example, assault, theft and murder. It took until the 1500s before a common law action for defamation appeared. Perhaps the key reason…
  • Detection in England from Bow Street to the Met

    23 Jul 2013 | 10:06 am
    Detectives have had a special niche in popular culture for many years. Beginning in the nineteenth century with the works of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins and followed later in the century by Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, detectives captured the nineteenth-century imagination. Today, crime novels, although still popular, have been supplanted by serialized crime dramas like the CSI and Law & Order franchises, and more recently by the revived Sherlock series and Luther. But where does this fascination with detection come from? Some have argued that the Victorians (and…
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  • How the death penalty contributed to a better society

    Jan Huisman
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    The death penalty created a better society in Europe. From the 11th to the 18th century, the death penalty contributed to a more peaceful society, while the genes of violent men were extinguished. American and Canadian researchers published an article in Evolutionary Psychology. Violence and death penalty during the early... Read full history →
  • Alexander the Great: has he been found?

    Jan Huisman
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:55 am
    Human remains of a woman, a newborn baby and two men were found earlier at the newly found archaeological site of Amphipoles. As DisputedPast reported, these people lived during the era of the legendary Alexander the Great. Clearly, they were of the noble class. It was thought that the woman... Read full history →
  • Tomb discovered of a fifth dynasty Egyptian queen

    Jan Huisman
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Czech archaeologists have discovered the tomb in Egypt of an unknown queen: Chentkaus III. She was probably the wife of a pharaoh who belonged to the fifth dynasty, about 4,500 years ago, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. “It’s the first time we discover the name of the queen,... Read full history →
  • Golden jewellery found on a New Kingdom mummy

    Jan Huisman
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    Archaeologists found a mummy while cleaning a Middle Kingdom (2000 BC – 17000 BC) burial site on Luxor’s west bank. The spanish archaeological mission led by Myriam Seco unearthed the mummy within the ruins of a temple of King Thutmose III. The mummy itself is in a poor state, but... Read full history →
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    Ancient History Encyclopedia

  • The Importance of the Lydian Stater as the World's First Coin

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    The Lydian Stater was the official coin of the Lydian Empire, introduced before the kingdom fell to the Persian Empire. The earliest staters are believed to date to around the second half of the 7th century BCE, during the reign of King Alyattes (r. 619-560 BCE). According to a consensus of numismatic historians, the Lydian stater was the first coin officially issued by a government in world history...
  • Tartessos

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The Tartessian culture existed from the 9th to the 6th centuries BCE in the south-westernmost part of Spain. The landscape between the modern cities Huelva and Cádiz is defined nowadays by the lower course of the Guadalquivir, but in antiquity this area was covered by a huge gulf that bordered the Mediterranean Sea. Tartessos extended around the coasts of this gulf and the neighboring lands...
  • Looking for Roman bridges in Sardinia

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    When I was planning my archaeological trip to Sardinia I discovered, thanks to vici.org (an Archaeological Atlas of Antiquity I have mentioned here before), that there were many Roman bridges still standing all across the country. Some are left abandoned and almost completely covered with vegetation but others are perfectly preserved. Ancient Roman bridges are an exceptional feat of Roman construction...
  • The Mystery & Enigma of Maya Architecture

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Maya architecture has three regional styles. Jim OKon, a specialist in Maya engineering, and technology encounters a range of exotic animals in deepest rainforest while finding the style of the Ruta Rio Bec. Driving across Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula and traversing the Maya cities on the Ruta Rio Bec is a voyage brimming with ancient history blended into the experience of traversing a jewel of a rainforest...
  • Help get Ancient History Magazine off the ground!

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    There is a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of launching a new ancient history magazine! We find that a worthy cause, so we'll let the publishers speak for themselves: Ancient History Magazine is a new magazine from Karwansaray Publishers. Karwansaray is an independent publishing house in the Netherlands. We specialize in the publication of historical books and magazines for a large, interested...
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    AncientHistoryLists » AncientHistoryLists

  • Top 10 Ancient Greek Philosophers

    Saugat Adhikari
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    In the ancient pre-historic times, people had a rather strong belief in magic and mythology whenever it came to interpreting the world around us. The world as they perceived was largely influenced by the presence of a higher deity. The ancient Greek philosophers bought a refreshing approach to the contemporary philosophical paradigm. They broke away from the tradition of the mythological explanation for the observations they made, and embarked on an interpretation largely based on reasoning and evidence. The ancient Greece saw the rise of a plethora of philosophers. Among these a number of…
  • Top 14 Decisive Ancient Battles in the History

    Saugat Adhikari
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    War was fought for several reasons in the history. Blood was spatter, kingdoms were destroyed,  peoples were slaughtered. Some battle plays a significant role in the history and often remembered throughout the history. Some battle created a new legend that were appraised by generation. Some of the efficient military tactics are still followed that were originated in the Ancient Battle. The ancient military commander like Alexander the Great, Hannibal proved that there is nothing impossible in the battlefield by showing the brilliant strategy in the battlefield. 14. Battle of Platea (479 BC)…
  • Top 10 oldest Art ever discovered

    Saugat Adhikari
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Art has been a part of expression since the evolution of the mankind. The discovery of pre-historic sculptures, cave art suggest that different form of arts were practiced throughout the evolution of mankind. Even though the way of expressing ideas through art was different at that time, it can be predicted that the way of expressing inner emotion through different form of art was existed through the evolution of mankind. It was initially believed that oldest art and partings existed mainly in the Europe. The discovery of the various cave art in Indonesia raised a new question among the…
  • 8 ancient greek painters

    Saugat Adhikari
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Ancient Greece was one of the richest empire in Art in the ancient world. Their style and architect, was derived by other giant empire like Roman of that era. Sculpture and Architecture were widely popular back then. In Addition, Painting was widely practiced in Ancient Rome. The Greek painter inspired thousands of artists throughout the generation. Here is the list of 8 ancient Greek painters, which techniques and style were adopted throughout the generation. 8. Thales (painter) Often a place on a level with Pheidias and Apelles, Thales was an ancient Greek painter, who is mentioned…
  • 7 Ancient Roman Painters

    Saugat Adhikari
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Painting has always become the way of representing or showcasing different human emotions. The large discovery of the ancient paintings in cave, ancient royal palace, temple by archaeologist suggest that different form of art was quite popular since thousands of years ago . The discovery of the ancient art treasure like “Venus of Berekhat Ram” which was claimed to be of age 230,000 years old suggest that art such as painting was practiced throughout the evolution of the mankind. Unlike any other part of the ancient world, different form of arts is widely practiced in Ancient Rome.
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    History Now

  • 10 Incredible History Pictures pt. 7

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    1) Phyllis Gordon ( american actress) with her pet cheetah,shopping in London.2) Bob Marley on the beach with Miss World Cindy Breakspeare, mother of Damien Marley3) Photo of young Sean Connery in his bodybuilding era.4) Suicide on Wall Street (1929)5) Werner Bischof´s image of Frida Kahlo at work, 1954.6) French Resistance member Georges Blind smiling in front of a German execution squad. October 1944.7) World War I, British soccer team with gas masks, 19168) Exhausted russian soldiers sleeping with puppy in liberated Prague at the end of the World…
  • 10 Incredible History Pictures pt. 6

    6 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    1) Young Leonard Nimoy2) 1930's Teen Delinquents3) A giant sequoia log, Sequoia National Park, California, c19104) The Beatles ride donkeys on a beach in Weston-super-Mare before a concert, 22nd July 1963.5) Audrey Hepburn shopping with her pet deer, 19576) Bulgarian peasants using an elephant to plow land, 1900.7) John Cleese and Graham Chapman on the set of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.8) Skinheads and Hippies in Piccadilly Circus (1969)9) Window Cleaning in New York (1933)10) Ulster rioter captured by photographer Clive Limpkin during…
  • 10 Incredible History Pictures pt. 5

    17 Feb 2015 | 2:54 am
    1) First known photo of a surfer, Hawaii 1890.2) The writer George Orwell poses with the puppy during the Spanish Civil War. Behind him is Ernest Hemingway (1937)3) Billboards in Times Square (1900)4) 50s Greasers5) 1930's Teen Delinquents6) 8 year old coal miner - 1900's7) Winston Churchill (right) with Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden in 19128) The final four couples on the Chicago dance marathon. (1930)9) This photo of Beatles dates back to 1957. John Lenon oldest was 16, George Harrison and Paul McCartney had a year less10) American…
  • 10 Incredible History Pictures pt. 4

    14 Feb 2015 | 8:36 am
    1) Crash landing of Grumman F6F Hellcat on flight deck of USS Enterprise, November 19432) Mao Zedong playing ping pong3) 101st Airborne Division jumps near Eindhoven, Holland, September 17, 19444) Gala Dali serves as canvas for Salvador Dali. Spain, 19425) USS Nautilus entering New York harbor6) Vladimir Komarov - the man that fell from space7) Men in a Tattoo Parlor, circa 1920s8) Shipwreck of the sailing ship Montgomeryshire at Tonga 19079) British Airship R33 preparing for launch, March 1919. Barlow, Yorkshire10) Douglas A-20G Havoc 43-9432…
  • 10 Incredible History Pictures pt. 3

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    1) German soldiers enciphering a message on an Enigma Machine2) Gun safety instruction in Indiana schools, 19563) A scene in post-war Germany: A Fräulein (a Miss, unmarried woman) in an American garden club4) Korea, a tank of 6th Tank Bn. fires on enemy positions in support of the 19th RCT. January 10, 19525) World War I – Trench Rats; ca.19176) Police Dogs Attack Demonstrators, Birmingham Protests, May 19637) Wrecked military vehicles in front of Brandenburg Gate during the Battle of Berlin; ca. 19458) Marcus Sarjeant shoots blanks at Queen…
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    New Historian

  • White Flag Over Madrid: Spanish Civil War Comes to An End

    Daryl Worthington
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    On 28th March, 1939, the Republican forces defending Madrid raised the white flag over the city. The event marked the drawing to a close of the Spanish Civil War, with Franco declaring victory in a radio broadcast on the 1st April. For three years Spain had been divided and devastated by the brutal conflict, one which seemed to encapsulate in viscous clarity the conflicts between left and right wing politics which shaped Europe in the middle of the twentieth century. For Spaniards it came to be a defining moment in their history, Franco’s victory starting an era which the country is…
  • Dzi Beads and Masks from Mysterious Tibetan Kingdom

    Irina Slav
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Gold masks and silk fabrics were common in the ancient kingdom of ZhangZhung, which ruled western Tibet some 2,000 years ago, Chinese researchers have concluded based on analysis of several finds. The masks were most probably used to decorate the dead, while the presence of silk suggests that the kingdom was a stop on the Silk Road. Archaeologists are very interested in this ancient kingdom because it is believed to have had a significant influence over the development of Tibetan culture. Unfortunately, historical documents on the subject are unreliable and evidence is scarce, which is why…
  • Early Human Children Played with Toys

    Irina Slav
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    An ancient archaeological site discovered in China in 2002 has been identified as a possible children’s playground. The Heitugou site, which has only now been dated with any accuracy, to around two million years ago, is located in Yangyuan county, northern China. The area that scientists believe was a playground spans some six square metres and is full of stone artefacts which could have been used as toys. In addition to the over 700 small objects, there are more than 20,000 fragments at the site. At least one of the items bears the marks of human manipulation, perhaps in an attempt to make…
  • Bhagavad-Gita

    Daryl Worthington
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    ‘When I read the Bhagavad Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.’ – Albert Einstein A key text in Hindu theology and philosophy, the influence of the Bhagavad Gita has gradually expanded to a much wider audience, affecting both western and eastern thought. Since its creation, the words of Krishna and Arjuna have been interpreted in a variety of different ways, in a host of different contexts. The title, Bhagavad Gita, translates as “Song of the Lord” and the whole piece is written in verse. It is typically…
  • Aztec Empire Politics More Complex Than Thought

    Adam Steedman Thake
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    New research has highlighted the complexity of Aztec-era politics. It appears that ancient states in Mesoamerica had diplomatic relationships concerning trade. By focusing on the independent republic of Tlaxcallan, about 75 miles east of modern-day Mexico City, the international team of researchers observed some intriguing finds. Tlaxcallan was founded in the mid-thirteenth century and remained an independent entity, even though it was effectively surrounded by the Aztec Empire by 1500. Interestingly, Tlaxcallan supported Hernan Cortés, playing a pivotal role in the Spanish Conquest of…
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    The List Love » History

  • 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…
  • 10 Rare Photographs From History

    The List Love
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Photographs have the ability to transport us back in time, and can capture moments in history that should be seen or remembered. The List Love has shared a number of very rare photographs from history over the past few months, and so we wanted to provide our readers with 10 more. Here are 10 rare photographs from history. 1. Adolf Hitler `Image via www.spartacus-educational.com Adolf Hitler believed German children were the future of Nazism. Here he can be seen talking happily to young children. 2. Pablo Escobar image via www.viralnova.com Even drug kingpins go on holiday. Here is Pablo…
  • 10 Pulitzer Prize Winning Photos and Their Back Stories

    The List Love
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    Photographs can expose truths amongst lies, and express emotions that words cannot. Photographs can show us the very best humanity has to offer, and the very worst. The Pulitzer Prize awards the world’s finest photos, and are often awarded to photographers who aren’t afraid to capture the raw realities of everyday life. The List Love is therefore offering 10 Pulitzer Prize winning photos and their back stories. Please Note: The following photos include images of violence, which may be upsetting to some readers. 1. The Pyongyang Bridge Max Desfor is the photographer behind the…
  • 10 Crazy UK Laws That Will Make You Laugh

    The List Love
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Many people have a problem with UK’s legal system, what with the country’s lenient sentencing and the convenient prison quarters. The UK also has some pretty outdated laws, so The List Love is offering 10 crazy UK laws that will make you laugh. 1. Houses of Parliament If you’re going to die, don’t do it in the Houses of Parliament. It’s illegal. It has since been voted the UK’s most absurd law. 2. Postage Stamp It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp that bears a British monarch upside down. 3. Tropical Fish Store It is an illegal act for a woman…
  • 10 Facts About the Killer Clown, John Wayne Gacy

    The List Love
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    John Wayne Gacy was as American serial killer and rapist, who was convicted of the murder and sexual assault of at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978. He was sentenced to death for 12 of the murders on 13th March, 1980, and spent 14 years on death row before he was executed on 10th May, 1994, by lethal injection at the Stateville Correctional Center. He is now regarded as one of the world’s most notorious serial killers of all time. To provide an insight into his life and mind, here are 10 facts about the killer clown, John Wayne Gacy. 1. A Loyal Member of the…
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    Milling Minutes

  • 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…
  • A Short Delay in Park Plans

    17 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Snow in the Chapman – Beverley Mill The long, cold, wet winter has done its job on more than one project in the area, and we’re no exception. Between contractors being backed up and the bureaucracy wending its way, our park project start is delayed until late summer. Not to worry! Plans haven’t changed. We’re still going to bring you a beautiful park, it’s just going to take a little longer. If all goes well, we should be done with construction by winter, giving the land a chance to breathe and recoup before bursting forth next spring. Meantime, the delay means the Mill…
  • Sizing Up the Mill

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    How tall is this Mill again? The Chapman – Beverley Mill is thought to be the tallest stacked stone structure in the U.S.,  but how tall is it?  Look around the web and you’ll see the Mill cited as anywhere from four to seven stories.  So, why all the confusion?  Well, we can boil it down to two factors: the 1998 arson and slope. Let’s deal with the arson first.  When the Mill burned in 1998, the gable ends of the structure were badly weakened.  The decision was made that for the safety of those fighting the fire, the gables must be removed.  So, using fire hoses,…
  • Historic Mill Reads

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
      Read About the Mill Today is National Read Across America Day.  So what are we reading at the Mill? Well, our research library wouldn’t be complete without the following titles: Beverley (Chapman’s) Mill, Thoroughfare Gap, Virginia : a history and preservation plan / by Frances Lillian Jones.  This is our go-to reference book when it comes to Mill history giving an in-depth history of the Mill from its founding to 1981.  An addendum written in 2006 includes information on the 1998 fire and TTMAC’s efforts to stabilize the structure.  The full book may be viewed…
  • Seven Things to See at the Chapman – Beverley Mill

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:17 am
    Tour the Mill this weekend! Planning to visit the Mill this weekend? Be sure to look for these seven features while you’re there.  You can even download our self-guided tour HERE. 1) The Chapman – Beverley Mill Originally owned by Jonathan and Nathaniel Chapman, the Mill was constructed around 1742 by slaves who stacked quartzite stone quarried from the mountain above. The Mill was destroyed by fire in 1858 and again during the Civil War. The Beverley family acquired the property shortly after the Civil War and re-established the Mill as a major economic center within the community.
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    Historical England

  • Image Of The Day – York Minster – Ambulatory

    Historical England
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:52 am
    Image Of The Day – York Minster Today’s Historical England Image Of The Day features York Minster. Available to buy as a Limited Edition Print here Check back tomorrow for a new image! Thanks The Historical England Team
  • Image Of The Day – Ripon Cathedral

    Historical England
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    Image Of The Day – Ripon Cathedral Today’s Historical England Image Of The Day features Ripon Cathedral. Available to buy as a Limited Edition Print here Check back tomorrow for a new image! Thanks The Historical England Team
  • Image Of The Day – Peterborough Cathedral

    Historical England
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    Image Of The Day – Peterborough Cathedral Today’s Historical England Image Of The Day features Peterborough Cathedral. Available to buy as a Limited Edition Print here Check back tomorrow for a new image! Thanks The Historical England Team
  • Image Of The Day – Durham Cathedral

    Historical England
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:22 am
    Image Of The Day – Durham Cathedral Today’s Historical England Image Of The Day features Durham Cathedral. Available to buy as a Limited Edition Print here Check back tomorrow for a new image! Thanks The Historical England Team
  • Image Of The Day – Arundel Cathedral (RC) – Jesus & Mary Statue

    Historical England
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Image Of The Day – Arundel Cathedral Today’s Historical England Image Of The Day features the Jesus and Mary statue at the West End of Arundel Cathedral. The architect of this statue is Joseph Aloysius Hansom (26 October 1803 – 29 June 1882). Available to buy as a Limited Edition Print here Check back tomorrow for a new image! Thanks The Historical England Team
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    Made From History

  • 3 Kinds of Ancient Roman Shields

    Graham Land
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    The use of shields in battle originates in pre-history and is present in the earliest known human civilisations. A logical evolution in armed combat, shields were used to block attacks from hand-held weapons like swords as well as projectile weapons such as arrows. Early shields were typically constructed of wood and animal hide and later reinforced with metal. Shields of Ancient Rome Roman soldiers or legionaires were well protected by leather and iron armour, helmets and shields, called scuta. The shapes and styles of Roman shields differed according to use and timeframe. Many shields were…
  • Tourism and Leisure in Nazi Germany: Strength Through Joy Explained

    Graham Land
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    What recreational activities were available in Nazi Germany? If you weren’t Jewish, Roma, Sinti, gay, disabled, communist, a Jehovah’s Witness or a member of any other persecuted minority, there was the KdF— Kraft durch Freude — better known in the English-speaking world as Strength Through Joy. What Was Strength Through Joy, Exactly? Part of the German Labour Front (DAF), KdF was a populist movement designed to provide ordinary Germans with holiday and leisure opportunities previously only available to the upper and middle classes. It began by organising theatre events, athletics,…
  • 10 Spectacular Ancient Roman Amphitheatres

    Graham Land
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    Amphitheatres played an important role in Ancient Roman civilisation. Meaning ‘theatre all round’, they were used for public events such as gladiatorial contests and public spectacles including executions, but not for chariot races or athletics, which were held in circuses and stadia, respectively. Although there were some amphitheatres built during the Republican period, notably in Pompeii, they became much more popular during the Empire. Roman cities throughout the Empire built larger and more elaborate amphitheatres to compete with one another in terms of grandeur, much like cities…
  • Why Did 300 Jewish Soldiers Fight Alongside the Nazis?

    Graham Land
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    At the time of the Second World War, three ‘parallel wars’, or conflicts under the umbrella of World War Two, took place in Finland. The first two pitted Finland against the Soviet Union, while the final saw Finnish forces facing Germany, its ally in the previous conflict. One unique aspect about Finland’s second war with the Soviet Union is that it was the only instance in which a substantial number of Jewish soldiers fought on the same side as the Nazis. In total, it is estimated that 300 Jewish Finns took part in both the Winter War of 1939–40 and the Continuation War of 1941–44.
  • 25 Notorious Outlaws of America’s Wild West

    Louise Larchbourne
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:16 am
    This video lists 25 of the best known and most remarkable outlaws of the ‘Wild West’ in 19th-century America, where the life of the cowboy was predominant. It gives their aliases and their real names, where this applies. There is information about how each embarked on a career of lawlessness and violence, and in most cases, when and how they died. There are men who were soldiers, such as James Averill, who seems to have been a victim of persecution by the powerful cattle barons, unjustly branded an outlaw. There are regular churchgoers, such as James Miller, who was also a killer…
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