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  • The Charge of the Light Brigade, 160 Years Ago

    History in the Headlines
    Jesse Greenspan
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    A major conflict of the 19th century, the Crimean War claimed at least 750,000 lives, more than even the American Civil War, and had a profound impact on such renowned personalities as British nurse Florence Nightingale and Russian author Leo Tolstoy. It got its start in and around Jerusalem, then part of the Ottoman Empire, where Orthodox Christian and Catholic monks had been engaging in fierce, sometimes deadly brawls for years over who would control various holy sites. Following one such violent squabble in 1852, Czar Nicholas I of Russia, a self-proclaimed defender of Orthodox…
  • Thursday 24 October 1661

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys
    Samuel Pepys
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    At the office all morning, at noon Luellin dined with me, and then abroad to Fleet Street, leaving my wife at Tom’s while I went out and did a little business. So home again, and went to see Sir Robert [Slingsby], who continues ill, and this day has not spoke at all, which makes them all afeard of him. So home. Read the annotations
  • Clinton rallies Democrats to defeat Gov. Walker

    History in the News
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Former President Bill Clinton tried to energize fellow Democrats Friday in Milwaukee, where strong turnout could be a deciding factor in a close governor's race between Mary Burke and Republican incumbent Scott Walker. Recent polls show Burke and Walker in a dead heat, and both parties have been seeking star power to help get voters to the polls.
  • Fox is distorting the history of the Bush administration’s WMD claims

    Breaking News
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    The hosts of Fox News' The Five distorted the history behind the rationale for the U.S. war in Iraq by reshaping an investigative report by the New York Times.
  • 7 Famous Presidential Pardons

    American Presidents Blog
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    One of the powers of the American President is the ability to pardon anyone of any crime for almost any reason. Section Two, Clause on of the Constitution notes, "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the…
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    History in the Headlines

  • The Charge of the Light Brigade, 160 Years Ago

    Jesse Greenspan
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    A major conflict of the 19th century, the Crimean War claimed at least 750,000 lives, more than even the American Civil War, and had a profound impact on such renowned personalities as British nurse Florence Nightingale and Russian author Leo Tolstoy. It got its start in and around Jerusalem, then part of the Ottoman Empire, where Orthodox Christian and Catholic monks had been engaging in fierce, sometimes deadly brawls for years over who would control various holy sites. Following one such violent squabble in 1852, Czar Nicholas I of Russia, a self-proclaimed defender of Orthodox…
  • Scientists Reconstruct 45,000-Year-Old Human Genome

    Sarah Pruitt
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Samples from this thigh bone were used to reconstruct the genome of Ust’-Ishim man. (Credit: Bence Viola/ Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) Ivory carver and historian Nikolai Peristov was searching for mammoth tusks on the banks of Siberia’s Irtysh River in 2008 when he saw a thighbone in the water near the settlement of Ust’-Ishim. Peristov brought it to scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences who identified it as belonging to a modern human, and not a Neanderthal, based on its teardrop-shaped cross section. Scientists at the University of Oxford subsequently…
  • “Virtual Autopsy” of King Tut Paints Unflattering Picture

    Jesse Greenspan
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Tutankhamen's gold mask and the recently created "virtual autopsy" (Credit: Alamy/BBC) Very little is known about Tutankhamen’s life, other than that he took power around 1332 B.C. between the ages of 8 and 10, and that he ruled until his death a decade later around age 19. His likely father, the so-called heretic king Akhenaten, had purportedly instituted a number of chaotic religious reforms based on the belief that the sun god Aten should be worshipped above other deities, including moving the capital from Thebes to the new city of Amarna. But Tut, the 12th or so pharaoh of…
  • Archaeologists Unearth Giant Sphinx—in California

    Christopher Klein
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Credit: Applied EarthWorks In 1923 a great Egyptian civilization arose like a mirage from a sandy stretch of the central California coastline. On the windswept dunes near the small farming village of Guadalupe a double line of 21 sphinxes flanked a grand boulevard that led to an imposing entrance gate, 109 feet tall and 750 feet wide, emblazoned with bas reliefs of horse-drawn chariots and guarded by four enormous statues of Ramses II. The massive “City of the Pharaoh” was in reality the largest set in movie history at the time, big enough to dwarf the 2,500 actors and more than 3,000…
  • 10 Things You May Not Know About Herbert Hoover

    Christopher Klein
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    1. He was the first president born west of the Mississippi River. Herbert Clark Hoover was born on August 10, 1874, in a two-room, whitewashed cottage built by his father in West Branch, Iowa, a small prairie town of just 265 people. The future president did not cross east of the Mississippi River until he was 22 years old. 2. Hoover became an orphan at age nine. When Hoover was 6 years old, his father died of a heart attack while suffering a bout of pneumonia. A little more than three years later, Hoover’s mother, Hulda, died from pneumonia and typhoid fever, which left young “Bertie”…
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    The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • Thursday 24 October 1661

    Samuel Pepys
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    At the office all morning, at noon Luellin dined with me, and then abroad to Fleet Street, leaving my wife at Tom’s while I went out and did a little business. So home again, and went to see Sir Robert [Slingsby], who continues ill, and this day has not spoke at all, which makes them all afeard of him. So home. Read the annotations
  • Wednesday 23 October 1661

    Samuel Pepys
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    To Whitehall, and there, to drink our morning, Sir W. Pen and I to a friend’s lodging of his (Col. Pr. Swell), and at noon he and I dined together alone at the Legg in King Street, and so by coach to Chelsy to my Lord Privy Seal’s about business of Sir William’s, in which we had a fair admittance to talk with my Lord, and had his answer, and so back to the Opera, and there I saw again “Love and Honour,” and a very good play it is. And thence home, calling by the way to see Sir Robert Slingsby, who continues ill, and so home. This day all our office is invited…
  • Tuesday 22 October 1661

    Samuel Pepys
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    At the office all the morning, where we had a deputation from the Duke in his absence, he being gone to Portsmouth, for us to have the whole disposal and ordering of the Fleet. In the afternoon about business up and down, and at night to visit Sir R. Slingsby, who is fallen sick of this new disease, an ague and fever. So home after visiting my aunt Wight and Mrs. Norbury (who continues still a very pleasant lady), and to supper, and so to bed. Read the annotations
  • Monday 21 October 1661

    Samuel Pepys
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Early with Mr. Moore by coach to Chelsy, to my Lord Privy Seal’s, but have missed of coming time enough; and having taken up Mr. Pargiter, the goldsmith (who is the man of the world that I do most know and believe to be a cheating rogue), we drank our morning draft there together of cake and ale, and did make good sport of his losing so much by the King’s coming in, he having bought much of Crown lands, of which, God forgive me! I am very glad. At Whitehall, at the Privy Seal, did with Sir W. Pen take advice about passing of things of his there that concern his matters of Ireland.
  • Sunday 20 October 1661

    Samuel Pepys
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    (Lord’s day). At home in bed all the morning to ease my late tumour, but up to dinner and much offended in mind at a proud trick my man Will hath got, to keep his hat on in the house, but I will not speak of it to him to-day; but I fear I shall be troubled with his pride and laziness, though in other things he is good enough. To church in the afternoon, where a sleepy Presbyter preached, and then to Sir W. Batten who is to go to Portsmouth to-morrow to wait upon the Duke of York, who goes to take possession and to set in order the garrison there. Supped at home and to bed. Read the…
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    History in the News

  • Clinton rallies Democrats to defeat Gov. Walker

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Former President Bill Clinton tried to energize fellow Democrats Friday in Milwaukee, where strong turnout could be a deciding factor in a close governor's race between Mary Burke and Republican incumbent Scott Walker. Recent polls show Burke and Walker in a dead heat, and both parties have been seeking star power to help get voters to the polls.
  • Poignant war cemetery visit for Cobham school children

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    To commemorate the centenary of the start of World War I, pupils from year 2 to year 6 visited a military cemetery to have a firsthand opportunity to learn more about the legacy of the war.
  • Democratic candidates worry Obama is helping their rivals

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    For months, the White House has insisted that President Obama would do all he could to help his party in the midterm election. Now that he's started, some Democrats wonder whether he could help a little bit less.
  • Lewinsky mistreated by authorities in investigation of Clinton, report says

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    When onetime White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky broke her silence with a major speech this week, one subject brought her nearly to tears. Lewinsky's voice cracked as she recalled the moment in January 1998 when she was first confronted by FBI agents and lawyers working for Kenneth W. Starr's Office of Independent Counsel, who threatened her and her mother with criminal prosecution if she did not agree to wear a wire against President Bill Clinton.
  • Homegrown heroes: WWI centennial exhibition reveals community's dedication to the cause

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Brothers Charles and Hobart Morgan, whose family owned a farm in Washington, flank Francis Seeley of Washington as they gather at Yale Field in New Haven, Conn., for training in the summer of 1917. They are among the stories featured at the Gunn Historical MuseumaAos latest exhibition, aAuOver There: Washington and The Great War," which runs through January in Washington, Conn.
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    American Presidents Blog

  • 7 Famous Presidential Pardons

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    One of the powers of the American President is the ability to pardon anyone of any crime for almost any reason. Section Two, Clause on of the Constitution notes, "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the…
  • McKinley Shot!

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    The sad news of the McKinley assassination from the the Evening Star (Washington D.C.) on September 6, 1901.
  • John Quincy Adams, Executive Order of July 11, 1826

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Most are aware that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the same day (July 4th) in 1826. Needless to say, this coincidence on Independence Day got a lot of attention at the time. There were public honors from the military for both men.John Quincy Adams Administration issued an Executive Order on July 11, 1826 to elaborate on this.It noted, "A coincidence of circumstances so wonderful gives confidence to the belief that the patriotic efforts of these illustrious men were Heaven directed, and furnishes a new seal to the hope that the prosperity of these States is under the special…
  • Lincoln's Tomb in Springfield, IL

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I had the privilege of visiting Springfield, IL last week. I was able to stop by Lincoln's Tomb. It is a beautiful structure. Abraham Lincoln, his wife, and two of his sons are buried here. Thought I would share a picture of the tombstone.
  • US Presidents: Lists and Records

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I found an interesting Presidential website titled US Presidents: Lists and Records. The site describes itself as, "The presidents of the United States are so much fun. Understanding them helps us understand American history. We have compiled a series of lists about the presidents, and will be adding more as we think of new categories." Included are very useful items such as the 1995 historical ranking of 41 presidents conducted from Siena College, which Presidents were left-handed, the relative share of popular and Electoral College vote each president won, and regular and pocket vetoes…
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    History on Air

  • 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…
  • USS Cyclops disappears in Bermuda Triangle

    4 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    USS Cyclops I’m a sucker for a Bermuda Triangle story, and this one fits the bill.  On March 4, 1918 USS Navy ship Cyclops set out for Baltimore.  She was heading there most likely to make repairs as her starboard engine had a cracked cylinder and in the previous port water had been seen above the Plimsoll line, the line on the hull that marks the legal limit to which a ship sits in the water.  The Cyclops was a collier, which is a cargo ship mostly used by the Navy to haul coal.  It was launched on May 7, 1910.  Cyclops was last known to be traveling through the Bermuda Triangle when…
  • Blood and Tyrants: Chapters 17-19 *Spoilers*

    26 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blood of Tyrants It has been a terribly long time since I posted any of my updates for this book.  Here is what happened.  First about 6 months ago my wife gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Emily.  Anyone who has a newborn knows that this means your personal times goes to zero.  And that is exactly what happened to me.  While I still had time to do a blog post here and there, I didn’t have time to read and highlight as I went through Blood of Tyrants by Logan Beirne.  When a little free time did crop up I realized that while I was enjoy this books content, I wasn’t…
  • RIP Maria Von Trapp

    25 Feb 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Von Trapp Family Maria Von Trapp was from the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for The Sound of Music.  She died at the age of 99 in her home in Vermont.  She was the last surviving member of the seven original Trapp Family Singers.  Maria was portrayed as Louisa in the film and musical.  She was the 3rd child and 2nd oldest daughter of Austrian Naval Capt. Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp.  “The Sound of Music” was based loosely on a 1949 book by von Trapp’s second wife, also Maria von Trapp, who died in…
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  • October 25, 1881: Pablo Picasso born

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, is born in Malaga, Spain. Picasso's father was a professor of drawing, and he bred his son for a career in academic art. Picasso had his first exhibit at age 13 and later quit art school so he could experiment full-time with modern art styles. He went to Paris for the first time in 1900, and in 1901 was given an exhibition at a gallery on Paris' rue Lafitte, a street known for its prestigious art galleries. The precocious 19-year-old Spaniard was at the time a relative unknown outside Barcelona, but he had…
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    The New York History Blog

  • This Week’s New York History Web Highlights

    Editorial Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Maggie Houghtaling of Hudson: Executed In 1817 Preservation: Saving Historic Food Establishments Class Act: Researching New York City Schools Adirondacks: History Important To Master Plan Revisions NYPL: Genealogical Research Using Newspapers Genealogy: Searching for Persons and Cemeteries on BillionGraves Fall Pennsylvania Legacies Mag Has Irish Focus Summer Worship On An Adirondack Island The Case Against […]
  • The Historians Radio Show: Drums Along the Mohawk

    Bob Cudmore
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    This week on “The Historians”, Kyle Jenks is the guest. Producer of the outdoor drama version of “Drums along the Mohawk,” Kyle and some members of his acting company will be on hand next Saturday for a recreation of the 1939 premiere of the movie version of the classic story. In the second half of […]
  • This Week’s Top New York History News

    Editorial Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    MyHeritage Partners With EBSCO NYPL Launches New Locations Finder New US Ed Dept Campus Crime Rules CT State Library Seeks WWI History NY Times Starts Print Ads Archive 2 Parties Near Campus Turn Violent AHA Announces 2014 Prize Winners Adirondack Master Plan Hearings Set Native American Burial Unearthed Comments Sought On Historic RR Corridor Subscribe! […]
  • Washington Irving’s Spooky Tale of Mamakating Hollow

    John Conway
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It was once without question the best known ghost story set in Sullivan County, written by one of America’s most respected writers, and yet it is largely unknown today. It combines detailed descriptions of the rich and bountiful beauty of this area in the 19th century with cleverly conceived ghouls as hideous as any in […]
  • Western Erie Canal Communities Conference Nov 6th

    Editorial Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The Western Erie Canal Alliance, in conjunction with the Landmark Society of Western New York, will present a conference, “Something Old… Something New”, in celebration of historic Main Streets as centerpieces of community economic success. The conference will take place on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, at the Fairport Electric […]
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  • Top 10 Worst Halloween Candy for Ruining Halloween

    Mark Hill
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Halloween is one of the greatest days of the year. When you’re a kid, there’s nothing better than being encouraged to go out and stuff your face with as much candy as you can get your hands on. Halloween is fun for adults too, as handing out candy is a nostalgic reminder of our youth. […]   Source: Toptenz.net The post Top 10 Worst Halloween Candy for Ruining Halloween appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • Top 10 Naval Battles That Were Game-Changers

    Jeff Danelek
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    While the final outcome of most wars is generally decided on land, occasionally a sea battle can have a profound impact on history as well. More than one empire’s plans for further expansion has been waylaid by a catastrophic sea battle, and even entire kingdoms have been brought to their knees because of some fiasco […]   Source: Toptenz.net The post Top 10 Naval Battles That Were Game-Changers appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • What if Jane Seymour Had Survived?

    Beth Michaels
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A Brief History On October 24th, 1537, in a cruel twist of fate, Queen Jane Seymour died of complications following childbirth after having just 12 days earlier provided Henry VIII with his much longed-for son and heir. Digging Deeper There is a popular rhyme that people can memorize to remember the fates of Henry VIII’s sixContinue reading... The post What if Jane Seymour Had Survived? appeared first on Cracked History.   Source: Toptenz.net The post What if Jane Seymour Had Survived? appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • Pinhead is Really Good at Applying Make-up

    Karl Smallwood
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    With the entire internet currently losing it’s collective shit over Halloween and how awesome it’s going to be (so awesome, you guys) The post Pinhead is Really Good at Applying Make-up appeared first on Fact Fiend.   Source: Toptenz.net The post Pinhead is Really Good at Applying Make-up appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • 10 Horrifying Stories of Hoarders Who Died in their Stuff

    Kathryn Vercillo
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    No matter how many episodes of the various hoarding shows they air, it’s still tough to believe that anyone really lives that way. And yet there are thousands of people in America nearly trapped inside homes that are overflowing with papers, clothing, collectibles and plain old trash. It’s disturbing, sad and frightening. And when things […]   Source: Toptenz.net The post 10 Horrifying Stories of Hoarders Who Died in their Stuff appeared first on Toptenz.net.
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    findingDulcinea / On This Day

  • On This Day: Ford Model T Unveiled

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    On Oct. 1, 1908, the Ford Model T was introduced to the public. The Model T, called the “car for the great multitude” by Henry Ford, made cars available to the average person, revolutionizing the automobile industry.
  • On This Day: Richard Nixon Delivers “Checkers Speech”

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    On Sept. 23, 1952, vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon gave a speech defending the existence of a controversial campaign fund. His discussion of his family life, including a mention of the family dog named Checkers, drew sympathy from the public, helping him maintain his position on the presidential ticket.
  • On This Day: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Die

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    On July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the Declaration of Independence first asserted American sovereignty, former Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both passed away.
  • 9 Historical Events That Occurred on Christmas Day

    20 Dec 2013 | 9:00 am
    Many significant events have taken place on Dec. 25, including the rise of famous leaders, the fall of others, and the end of war for a single day.
  • On This Day: US Forces Invade Panama

    20 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    On Dec. 20, 1989, the U.S. launched an invasion of Panama to remove Gen. Manuel Noriega from power.
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    History Of Macedonia

  • ΥΠΠΟΑ: Συνέχιση ανασκαφικών εργασιών στην Αμφίπολη

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Συνεχίζονται οι ανασκαφικές εργασίες από την ΚΗ Εφορεία Προϊστορικών και Κλασικών Αρχαιοτήτων, στον Τύμβο Καστά, Αμφίπολης. Το Σάββατο (18/10) και τη Δευτέρα (20/10) προχώρησε η ανασκαφή σε όλη την επιφάνεια στο εσωτερικό του τέταρτου χώρου (4,5Χ6μ.) και σε βάθος μέχρι 5,20 μ. από την κορυφή της θόλου. Σήμερα, πραγματοποιήθηκε…
  • Η Αμφίπολις, η Σόφια και οι.. Θράκες!

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:31 am
      Καθώς, το αρχαιολογικό και ιστορικό ενδιαφέρον είναι στραμμένο στην Αμφίπολη, στον ευρύτερο αρχαιολογικό και ιστορικό ορίζοντας γίνονται πράγματα, για τα οποία οι Έλληνες επιστήμονες ελάχιστα ενδιαφέρονται να παρέμβουν και να παρατάξουν τα τυχόν επιχειρήματά τους. Αφορμή για το σχόλιο έδωσε η πρόσφατη εκπομπή του BBC για…
  • Άγνωστοι διάλογοι για το Σκοπιανό

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
      ΣΤΑΥΡΟΣ ΤΖΙΜΑΣ  «…Την ώρα που τρώγαμε στο Νταβός ο Μητσοτάκης μού έδωσε ένα σημείωμα, ένα μικρό χαρτάκι που έγραφε ότι “το μάξιμουμ που μπορεί να γίνει με τα σημερινά δεδομένα στην Ελλάδα γι’ αυτό το θέμα, είναι το Δημοκρατία της Μακεδονίας-Σκόπια. Ή παρένθεση ή παύλα. Αυτό είναι το μέγιστο που θα μπορούσε να αποδεχθεί η…
  • Επιστολή των Παμμακεδονικών Ενώσεων Υφηλίου στον ΟΗΕ

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    WORLD PAN-MACEDONIAN ASSOCIATIONS   Επικοινωνία: Νίνα Γκατζούλη Συντονίστρια Επιτροπής Παμμακεδονικών Ενώσεων Υφηλίου Email: ninagatz@comcast.net   Εξοχότατοι Πρέσβεις των Ηνωμένων Εθνών, Εμείς, οι εκπρόσωποι των περίπου 3,5 εκατομμυρίων Μακεδόνων που ζούμε ανά την υφήλιο θέλουμε να καταγγείλουμε τις πρόσφατες παραβιάσεις της Ενδιάμεσης Συμφωνίας…
  • «Ηγέτες»: Παρουσίαση για τον Μέγα Αλέξανδρο από την Αγγελική Κοτταρίδη

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
      Ιδιαίτερα παραστατική και ενδιαφέρουσα ήταν η παρουσίαση της πορείας και της κυριαρχίας του Μεγάλου Αλεξάνδρου στην Ανατολή από τη διευθύντρια της ΙΖ΄ ΕΠΚΑ και της 11ης ΕΒΑ Αγγελικής Κοτταρίδη. Μέσα από πηγές, ευρήματα, πόλεις-σταθμούς στα βάθη της Ασίας και έργα τέχνης σε ανατολή και δύση στοιχειοθέτησε τη διάδοση του…
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    Claire Gebben

  • Historic Frankfurt

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Early last Saturday, when in Frankfurt, Germany, my very kind host Mia asked me what I wanted to see. The Saturday market? The older, historic part of town? It had been a long week, and quite frankly, my brain wasn’t firing on all cylinders. It was my last day there. I’d just spent three days and very long hours browsing the huge, international Frankfurt Book Fair. Foremost in my mind now was locating the airport in time for my departure flight the next morning. So I shrugged. “Anything’s fine, whatever you think.” Mia hesitated, then suggested we visit the…
  • Roman ruins, grape harvest, and the devil’s stone

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Freinsheim may be a small rural town, but during my visit there’s been so much going on I have trouble keeping up. Friday, Oct. 3 was German Unification Day (a celebration of the day East and West Germany re-united in 1989). It is a national holiday. My relatives all gathered in a terraced garden in the vineyard, in the shade around a massive stone table. Afterwards, we hiked to some Roman ruins — two of four sarcophagi discovered a few years ago in the fields, dating back to around 300 A.D. Unification Day brunch in the wine garden on the Musikantenbuckel Roman sarcophagi from…
  • Odd sights to a foreigner

    3 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    St. Lubentiuskirche in the south of Limburg Spaghetti Ice Cream with chocolate and nuts (it has whipped cream in the center) Inscribed locks on a gate by the Lahn — a custom of lovers A guinea pig farm in Roedinghausen They smoke more often here — maybe it’s the cigarette machines. The post Odd sights to a foreigner appeared first on Claire Gebben.
  • The Nonnenstein and other tales

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot today about my other German great-great grandfather Henry F. Hoppensack, born April 29, 1821. He wrote in his autobiography about his formative years growing up in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Clearly, he never forgot how hard he had to work on behalf of his father on the Estate Kilver. In an abrupt manner, not unlike Henry Hoppensack, I decided to go to Rödinghausen today. I had a few extra days and a five day Eurail pass, so why not? Why not go to the area of the Estate Kilver, try to track down a thing or two about Henry Hoppensack and his wife Ilsabein…
  • A big oops

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Well, I’ve done it again. I make the oddest mistakes, sometimes, and this one had a ripple effect that still has me feeling abashed and off balance. The story of my first two days in Freinsheim. Of course I want to see all the relatives as soon as I possibly can. At the first opportunity, Matthias and I sit down with the calendar. I have my notes ready — as we decide on the times and places, Matthias makes the calls. That very same afternoon, I write it in my notes: 3 p.m. coffee with his mother, Baerbel Weber. The next morning, Friday first thing, 10 a.m. visit with Tante Gretel…
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    Ancient Origins

  • Thirteen-angle stone discovered in ancient Inca wall reveals incredible skill of masons

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed an ancient Inca wall during excavations at the Incahuasi archaeological site in the Huancavelica Region of Peru, which includes a precisely carved stone with thirteen angles, enabling it to fit perfectly among the surrounding blocks. Peru’s Ministry of Culture announced that the wall formed part of a sophisticated hydraulic system. The Inca wall was discovered in Incahuasi, an archaeological site in Huancavelica Region, Peru (Credit: Google Maps)Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology
  • New research suggests early contact between Easter Island and Americas

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    People may have been making their way from Easter Island to the Americas well before the Dutch commander Jakob Roggeveen arrived with his ships in 1722, according to new genomic evidence showing that the Rapanui people living on that most isolated of islands had significant contact with Native American populations hundreds of years earlier. The findings reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on October 23 lend the first genetic support for such an early trans-Pacific route between Polynesia and the Americas, an impressive trek of more than 4,000 kilometers (nearly 2,500 miles).
  • 5,500-year-old ceremonial center and circular pyramid discovered in Peru

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    Archaeologists in Peru have discovered an ancient ceremonial center and a circular-shaped pyramid in Miravalles, in the region of Cajamarca in northern Peru. According to a news report in The Epoch Times, the site dates back an incredible 5,500 years. Until now, it was believed that the Norte Chico civilization of Supe, Peru was the earliest civilization of the Americas. Their capital was the Sacred City of Caral - a 5,000-year-old metropolis complete with complex agricultural practices, rich culture, and monumental architecture, including six large pyramidal structures, stone and earthen…
  • Civilizations Out of Nowhere

    Tashi Javed
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Graham Hancock, in his famous work “The Fingerprints of The Gods” argues that certain civilizations around the globe showed these signs of unusual intelligence in their architecture, science and writing systems. Intelligent human civilization extends much farther than we originally believed. The following is a presentation of some of the strange aspects of humanity that have been long forgotten, while remembering that our ancestors left us artifacts in the form of incredible structures and monuments that we are meant to decode and decipher. If the human story is a work in progress, let…
  • 12,800-year-old campsite found at extreme altitude in Peruvian Andes

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    A new report published in the journal Science has revealed the discovery of an ancient shelter, rock art, and a tool workshop at an altitude of nearly 14,700 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level. Dating back around 12,800 years, the prehistoric site is the oldest known evidence of humans living at an extreme altitude. The discovery was made by archaeologist Kurt Rademaker and geologist Gordon Bromley in the Pucuncho Basin, a cold and arid plateau ringed by 21,000-foot-tall (6,400 meters) volcanoes in the southern Peruvian Andes. They had previously found arrowheads at 4,355 meters, pointing to…
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    Rogues Gallery

  • “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…
  • The Regency Keith Moon – Drunken Horseplay with “Mad” Jack Mytton

    The Rake Yesterday
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    Calais 1832 What kind of maniac tries to cure an attack of the hiccups by setting himself on fire? The answer is lying in a pain and brandy induced swoon with half his body the colour of “ a newly singed bacon-hog.” As he deliriously points out however, his hiccups have disappeared.   John Mytton’s remedies for life’s little inconveniences are nothing if not suicidally excessive. Which is probably why even his closet friends refer to him as “Mad” Jack. The poor fellow’s only 37 but he looks one hundred years older. A lifetime of biblical boozing, unfettered extravagance…
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  • Mosaic of Persephone discovered in ancient tomb

    Jan Huisman
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    A stunning mosaic of Persephone is discovered at the site of the newly excavated Amphipolis tomb. Earlier this week (DisputedPast reported) images from the other part of the mosaic were released by the Greek ministry of Culture. The mosaic is now fully uncovered and it can be interpret as a whole.... Read full history →
  • Aegean civilization ended 100 years earlier as presumed

    Jan Huisman
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Conventional estimates for the collapse of the Aegean civilization are around 1025 BC. Recent radiocarbon analyses of artifacts and plants suggests that the Greek Bronze Age probably ended 100 years earlier.  The traditional dating was entirely based on historical dates, derived from Egypt and the Near East. These written records... Read full history →
  • Celtic chariot (300 BC) discovered near Leicestershire

    Jan Huisman
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Archaeologists from the University of Leicester dug up the remains of a decorated Iron Age chariot. The Celtic vehicle, dating from the 2nd or 3rd century BC, seems to have been buried as a religious offering. Archaeologists found the remains during their ongoing excavation of the Burrough Hill Iron Age hillfort,... Read full history →
  • Beautiful tomb from Alexander’s age revealed

    Jan Huisman
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
      The discovery of an ancient tomb near Amphipolis in the Northern part of Greece earlier this year made the headlines worldwide (DisputedPast reported). The Greek prime minister himself underlined the importance of the finding to the press. He didn’t exaggerate, as the splendour of the tomb hints at a royal purpose of this burial... Read full history →
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    Ancient History Encyclopedia

  • Fritigern

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Fritigern (died c. 380 CE) was a Visigothic king best known as the victor of the decisive Battle of Adrianople in 378 CE, which decimated the Roman army and haunted Roman military commanders for decades afterwards. He was a Thervingi Goth who converted to Arian Christianity and challenged the authority of the Visigothic king Athanaric (d. 381 CE), who persecuted the Gothic Christians, plunging the region...
  • Xibalba

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Xibalba (Shee-bal-ba) was the name the K'iche Maya gave to the underworld. For the Yucatec Maya the underworld was known as Metnal. The name Xibalba translates as 'Place of Fright', which indicates the terror the place had in the Maya imagination. There was, unfortunately, not much chance of escaping the place, either. Ideas such as leading a good life and avoiding eternal torment by not...
  • Athanaric

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Athanaric (died c. 381 CE) was a king of the Thervingi Goths (also known as the Visigoths) and, according to some sources, the first and greatest king. He was of the noble Balts family of the Thervingi tribe and a relative of the later king of the Visigoths Alaric I (reigned 395-410 CE), best known for the sack of Rome. As the ruling judge of his tribe, it was Athanaric's responsibility to foster...
  • Ancient History Encyclopedia & Chickasaw.tv Partnership

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2014 Ancient History Encyclopedia Announces Partnership with Chickasaw.tv New collaboration expands online educational resources about the ancient world LONDON  Ancient History Encyclopedia, a nonprofit, digital humanities website focused on ancient history, today announced that they have begun a strategic content sharing agreement with the Chickasaw Nation...
  • The Classic Maya Collapse

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    The Terminal Classic period in Mesoamerica between c. 800 and 925 CE saw one of the most dramatic civilization collapses in history. Within a century or so the flourishing Classic Maya civilization fell into a permanent decline, so that once great cities were abandoned and left to ruin, in many cases, to be reclaimed by the jungle and so disappear from human memory for centuries. Some northern Maya cities...
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    AncientHistoryLists » AncientHistoryLists

  • Top 10 inventions and discoveries of ancient Greece that are remarkably used today

    Saugat Adhikari
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The ancient Greece has a number of inventions and discoveries attributed to them. Even though, the fact remains, most of their discoveries were corrected in subsequent generations. Their findings in the area of astronomy, geography and mathematics, pioneered the age of science. The Greek interest in scientific specification of physical world can be seen as further back in the history in the 6th century BC. The invention and discoveries in the ancient Greece were pioneered in the versatile area. Being, the father of science, or the father of medicine, or the father of zoology, and several…
  • Top 10 greatest emperors of Ancient Rome

    Saugat Adhikari
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The Roman emperor was the designated ruler of Roman empire that started after the end of Roman kingdom in the archaic period. The legitimacy of an emperor’s rule depended on his control of the army and recognition by the Senate; an emperor would normally be proclaimed by his troops, or invested with imperial titles by the Senate, or both. But the Roman people regarded their emperors as equivalent of kings, even though the very first emperor Augustus the great himself absolutely refused to be taken as a monarch. The age of Roman Republic effectively ended with the death of Julius Caesar…
  • 7 Homo species close to present human that existed on the Earth.

    Saugat Adhikari
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:17 pm
    The Earth has  4.6 billion years history. However, Archaic Home Sapiens(Modern Human had evolved around between 400,000 and 250,000 years ago. Human evolved from the family Hominid(great apes), that existed in the earth around 20 million years ago. Unlike today there were different human species that existed on the earth. The characteristics between these human species are however different.  Not all specifies of human survive through the journey, many of them extinct. The only species left in the human race is our ancestors. The possibility of human linking to the apes came after…
  • 10 oldest Ancient civilizations ever existed

    Saugat Adhikari
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    In the course of human evolution, at a certain point in time, the idea of living in a group with mutual understanding and dependency became a very useful and practical lifestyle. From such small isolated groups, communities were formed. Then came the societies which in due time became a civilization. How the human mentality and psychology led to this huge change is still a popular topic among the historians and anthropologist, and a major discussion for another day. For now, let’s talk about some of the oldest civilizations to have ever existed in the world. We are talking about the…
  • Top 10 facts about Hannibal Barca

    Saugat Adhikari
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Hannibal was born in 247 B.C in North Africa. He was one of the greatest military general of the ancient world, who lead the Carthaginian army. He was widely known for his strategy of out taking and surrounding the enemy with a combined forced of infantry and cavalry. Rome and Carthaginian were enemy before the Hannibal. The first conflict between the roman and Carthage result the first Punic war in Sicily. It lasted for over 20 years, where Carthaginian surrendered Rome. The conflict is mainly for the trade control of Mediterranean. Hamilcar Barca was about to carry his troops to the…
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    History Now!

  • 20 Amazing Historical Pictures

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    1) Sakurajima eruption (1914). 2) Children in Germany during World War 2.3) Tank graveyard in Kuwait.4) Massive logging operation, Michigan (1800s).5) Paratroopers of the U.S. 2nd Battalion crossing a river in Vietnam (1965).6) Test pilot George Aird ejecting from his English Electric Lightning F1 aircraft at a fantastically low altitude (1962).7) Two American soldiers pose with Easter eggs on Easter Sunday (1945).8) The German Schienenzeppelin (Rail Zeppelin) developed by Franz Kruckenberg in 1929.9) Construction of the Berlin Wall.10) The Bronx looking like something out…
  • The Battle of Crécy or how the longbow changed the World

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    When we hear of “Super-weapons” we usually think about plasma-rifles or lightsabers. But less then 700 years ago, another type of weapon ruled the battlefields of Europe, a weapon so simple and yet so deadly. The longbow, it changed the course of history and how we think about warfare. The best example for this is the battle of Crécy.The Battle of CrécyThis battle initiated the Hundred Years' War between France and England. On the 26th August 1346 their forces stood eye to eye. The clear favourite: France and its feared Knights. Until then the unchallenged kings of the battlefields were…
  • 6 Interesting Facts about art

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
  • 20 Amazing History Pictures

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    1) Christmas party thrown by Hitler for his Generals as well as SS officers and cadets.2) 152 mm Howitzer battery fires during Belorussian Strategic Offensive Operation (1944).3) The Statue of Liberty surrounded by scaffolding as workers complete the final stages in Paris (1885).4) Eiffel Tower during construction (1888).5) Laika the dog onboard Sputnik II (1957).6) First picture showing the curvature of the Earth.7) Commuters Reading of John F. Kennedy's Assassination.8) Headquarters of Benito Mussolini and the Italian Fascist Party (1934). 9) Bombs dropped on Kobe,…
  • In Short: Genghis Kahn

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    The Mongolian warrior was the biggest conqueror in history. In the east his empire reached to the Japanese sea and in west to the Caspian ocean. It was the largest empire ever. His reign as the great Kahn of the mongols lasted form 1206 to 1227. He built a massive army, especially know for its superior cavalry and its feared archers. His strategy was power through alliances. The nomadic horsemen were treated generously. Genghis Khan allied with the nomadic people who in return swore to control the other conquered cities . But this rule system failed due to the assimilation of the controlling…
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