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  • This Day in History: Virginia Dare is Born

    08/18/2018 9:34:58 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 22 replies
    North Carolina History ^ | 8/18/18 | Anon
    Virginia Dare was born on August 18, 1587 at Roanoke Island in colonial Virginia (present-day North Carolina). Virginia Dare was the first English-born child in the Americas. She was the daughter of Ananias Dare and Eleanor Dare and the granddaughter of Governor John White. Ananias Dare served on the twelve-member board of directors for the Roanoke Colony. Virginia’s mother Eleanor was the daughter of Governor John White. The name Virginia was chosen to signify that she was the first English child born in Virginia. She was baptized into the Church of England on August 24, 1587 and was the first...
  • Huge collection of women's mags (1890-1930s)- The Gender and Women's Studies Collection

    08/18/2018 7:21:21 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Sorry, there is no main body associated with this thread, just links that don't work when I post them here. But... the original U. of Wisc. source url above ( http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/GenderStudies/GenderStudies-idx?scope=GenderStudies.DovieHorvitz&type=browse ) does have links that seem to work. Besides, they have a rather ominous copyright warning at the end that I wouldn't want FR or me to run afoul [of]!
  • Scientists Discover Stern of World War II U.S. Destroyer Off Remote Alaskan Island

    08/16/2018 4:09:04 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    gCaptain ^ | August 16, 2018 | gCaptain
    For almost 75 years, the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read lay somewhere below the dark of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank after being torn off by an explosion while conducting an anti-submarine patrol.
  • Video: Why James Was Written

    08/15/2018 2:20:58 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 14, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Welcome to Wednesday night Bible study!Last week I started a weekly vlog series on the historical reasons the New Testament was written, starting with the first book, Galatians (49 AD).This week's video, part 2, is why James was written (50 AD).Why James Was WrittenVideo clocks in at 12:15. Thanks for watching!
  • What Japanese history lessons leave out: Why neighboring countries still hold a grudge against Japan

    08/15/2018 7:01:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    BBC ^ | By Mariko Oi
    Japanese people often fail to understand why neighbouring countries harbour a grudge over events that happened in the 1930s and 40s. The reason, in many cases, is that they barely learned any 20th Century history. I myself only got a full picture when I left Japan and went to school in Australia. From Homo erectus to the present day - more than a million years of history in just one year of lessons. That is how, at the age of 14, I first learned of Japan's relations with the outside world. For three hours a week - 105 hours over...
  • Rewriting Russian History

    08/14/2018 12:39:34 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies
    EuroZine ^ | 2018 | Dagmar Moskwa
    A battle for the future shape of Russia's education system is under way. Not only is the Kremlin increasing its control over what it considers the correct version of the country's history, there are also signs of a gradual ideological turn towards promoting the glorification of Joseph Stalin. In 2015 the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany was celebrated in grand style. During that time, a larger than usual number of Stalin monuments was erected in several cities especially in south-western parts of the country. A 2014 law passed by the Duma introduced a criminal penalty for...
  • The World Gets Worse, But Victory Is Just Ahead

    08/12/2018 12:24:07 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 2 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | August 11, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The World Gets Worse, But Victory Is Just Ahead By Philip Cottraux August is interesting. As summer draws to a close, the days get shorter and the shadows longer, and one starts to expect cooler temperatures. Technically the temperatures are higher in July, but August feels hotter. The sun seems brighter and the hot air is somehow more searing as it beats down on you. Summer almost seems to throw out everything it has, burning hotter than ever in its dying gasps. The same thing happens every March. After three long months of bitter cold, I can’t wait for spring...
  • 'Lies My Teacher Told Me,' And How American History Can Be Used As A Weapon

    08/11/2018 7:06:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    npr.org ^ | 8/9/2018 | Anya Kamenetz
    ....concepts that still help me make sense of the world, like the "racial nadir" — the downturn in American race relations, starting after Reconstruction, that saw the rise of lynchings and the Ku Klux Klan. In doing so, Lies My Teacher Told Me overturned one assumption embedded in the history classes I'd been sitting through all my life: that the United States is constantly ascending from greatness to greatness. "I started out the new edition with the famous two photographs of the inaugural crowds of this guy named President Obama, his first inauguration, and this guy named President Trump, his...
  • Think Confederate monuments are racist? Consider pioneer monuments

    08/09/2018 6:58:38 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 13 replies
    In San Francisco, there is an an 800-ton monument that retells California history, from the Spanish missions to American settlement. Several bronze sculptures and relief plaques depict American Indians, white miners, missionaries and settlers. A female figure symbolizing white culture stands atop a massive stone pillar. The design of the “pioneer monument” was celebrated in newspapers across the country when it was erected in 1894. Today, however, apctivists argue that the monument – particularly its depiction of a Spanish missionary and Mexican “vaquero,” or cowboy, towering over an American Indian – is demeaning to American Indians. Should the city take...
  • Statue must tell true story of Soviet ‘hero’, say Czechs

    08/08/2018 4:07:54 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug 5, 2018 | Robert Tait
    Russia has been accused of interfering in the affairs of the Czech Republic after its embassy tried to block changes to the inscription on a Soviet-era statue explaining the chequered role of Russian Marshal Ivan Konev, who was twice designated a Hero of the Soviet Union by Stalin and whose remains are buried in the Kremlin. Now the dispute is set to come to a head at a historically sensitive moment, the 50th anniversary of the 1968 invasion of then-communist Czechoslovakia by Soviet-led forces to crush the liberal Prague Spring. Critics said the original plaque exaggerated the marshalÂ’s role while...
  • Video: Why Galatians Was Written

    08/08/2018 2:17:32 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 7, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    This is the first of a new vlog series I'm starting on why the books of the New Testament were written. We'll be doing these in historical order, starting with Galatians (49 AD). Hopefully everyone will enjoy this Wednesday night Bible study! I'm hoping to have new videos up every Tuesday, but I may not get around to sharing them until Wednesdays. We'll see.Why Galatians Was WrittenVideo clocks in at 17:17. I decided to post it in General because the subject focuses more on the ancient historical context of the New Testament rather than the theology.
  • Hear the Aztec 'Death Whistle' That Mystified Scientists

    07/30/2018 7:03:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Rose Pastore
    In the 1990s, archeologists in Mexico City unearthed a 500-year-old skeleton near an ancient Aztec temple—a victim of human sacrifice. A grisly discovery, yes, but perhaps even more chilling was what the beheaded skeleton was holding: two small whistles, one in the shape of a skull. When a researcher blew into one of the tiny instruments, the horrifying sounds that emerged immediately captivated imaginations. One scholar described the noise as “a shriek of death.” The dreadful, high-pitched sound of the whistle is perhaps most comparable to a human scream. “There are different air streams generated within the structure of these...
  • A tour of parts of the ancient Roman City of Herculaneum

    07/30/2018 11:25:40 AM PDT · by NRx · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | 01-21-2018 | ProWalks
    A video tour of the ancient city of Herculaneum buried by the volcanic eruption of AD 79. It is remarkably well preserved despite some nasty looting when first discovered in the 18th century. Currently it is believed that only about a quarter of the city has been excavated. Most of the rest lies still buried. Complicating excavations is that a modern city has been built on top of the old.
  • Turkish court again bans book on Kurdish history after 17 years

    07/27/2018 6:04:05 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | July 26, 2018 | SCF
    A Turkish court has ruled to ban a book titled “Kurdistan Tarihi” (The History of Kurdistan), whose first edition was confiscated by the State Security Court (DGM) in 2001 and pulled off the shelves. “The History of Kurdistan,” a Soviet academic volume published in Turkish by Avesta Publishing, was initially banned by the Ayvalık Penal Court of Peace and subsequently banned in 2001 by the İstanbul DGM. The publishing house was also given a fine and sentence by the same court. However, thanks to legal challenges, the ban was overturned. Edited by M.S. Lazarev and Ş.X. Mıhoyan and translated from...
  • Experts are still baffled by 132-year-old rifle found leaning against a tree in the Nevada

    07/20/2015 11:15:44 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/20/15 | Dailymail.com Reporter
    A 132-year-old rifle discovered on a remote rocky outcrop in the heart of the Grand Basin National Park in Nevada is still a mystery as researchers try to find more answers. The Winchester rifle, which was found unloaded in November, has been shipped to the Cody Firearms Museum in Wyoming where it is temporarily on display among 7,000 other guns. Museum workers said there are no records showing who owned the rifle and that its lifter was removed making it able to only fire a single shot at once, according to Fox News.
  • Mystery deepens: Who left 130-year-old rifle in NV desert?

    07/20/2015 11:02:11 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 81 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/18/15 | Matt Finn
    A 130-year-old rifle found in the Nevada desert last year is fully loaded with mystery—and some of the questions surrounding it might never be answered. The Winchester 1873 rifle was discovered in the Great Basin National Park leaning against a juniper tree in November. But the strange discovery has triggered more questions than answers.
  • 132-year-old rifle found leaning against tree in Nevada 'where it was left'

    01/16/2015 12:31:29 PM PST · by Phillyred · 57 replies
    It was a moment frozen in time – an 1873 Winchester repeating rifle propped up against the trunk of a juniper tree exactly where its owner had left it over a hundred years ago. Eva Jensen, an archaeologist out scouring the hillsides of Nevada’s arid Snake Mountains for Native American artefacts, let out an involuntary cry of surprise when she stumbled across the find, and then fell into silence. “I recognised it instantly, but it takes your brain a little while to catch up,” she told The Telegraph. “The reality of it, I let out an exclamation and the...
  • It's the anniversary of the 20th of July plot, the unsuccessful bomb attempt to kill Hitler in 1944

    07/20/2018 8:04:20 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 17 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 07/20/2018 | Harpygoddess
    Today is the anniversary of the denouement of the nearly-forgotten "20th of July" plot in 1944, when a courageous, but incredibly quixotic, group of old-fashioned German patriots under the leadership of Army officer Count Claus von Stauffenberg sought to achieve a compromise end to World War II in Europe by assassinating Adolf Hitler in his headquarters at Rastenburg, East Prussia, preparatory to opening peace negotiations with the western allies (i.e., excluding Russia). The conspiracy involved a number of high-ranking officers, including Generals Ludwig Beck and Friedrich Obert, but collapsed when a bomb placed by Stauffenberg himself failed to kill Hitler,...
  • 'This Is What Kills Our Kids:' Gun Control Argument Sneaks Into SEAL Team 'Six' Series

    07/19/2018 8:47:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 7/19/2018 | Lindsay Kornick
    The History Channel’s fictional drama Six provides a darker, more nuanced look into the personal and professional lives of SEAL Team Six operators. Although the show clearly displays the SEALs expertly using weapons in the field, there seems to be one place the show won’t accept them: in the home. In the dangerous world the show paints for us, the fact that they don’t want homeowners armed is even scarier. After former SEAL Team leader Rip was murdered by a terrorist on American soil in the season 2 premiere, Jackie (Nadine Velazquez) fears that her their family could be targeted...
  • The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick (vanity)

    07/14/2018 12:04:36 PM PDT · by eastforker · 272 replies
    PBS ^ | 2017 | Ken Burns&Lyn Novick
    Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the...