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A Valley of Tears Where Israel Stopped Syria in 1973

By: On October 6, 1973 massive Syrian and Egyptian forces launched a surprise attack on the State of Israel. It was the holiest day of the Jewish year, the Day of Atonement, and Jews all over the country had been fasting and praying since dawn. No one in Israel on that fateful day will […]

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Charlie Chaplin’s Scandalous Life and Boundless Artistry

By: The most un-put-downable movie book of the season is also the most un-pick-uppable one: “The Charlie Chaplin Archives” (Taschen), which is the size of a small suitcase and weighs in at fourteen pounds, packed tightly with five hundred and sixty pages’ worth of thick and glossy paper bearing a treasure trove of superbly […]

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History of Computers: A Brief Timeline

By: The computer was born not for entertainment or email but out of a need to solve a serious number-crunching crisis. By 1880, the U.S. population had grown so large that it took more than seven years to tabulate the U.S. Census results. The government sought a faster way to get the job done, […]

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Looking Back

By: Amazingly, we have a photograph of a man who crossed the Delaware with George Washington. This is Conrad Heyer, born in 1749 and photographed in 1852 at age 103. He served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, crossed the Delaware with Washington in December 1776, and fought in several major battles. […]

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A 17th-Century Woman Artist’s Butterfly Journey

By: In June of 1699, a 52-year-old Maria Sibylla Merian departed on a cargo ship for South America’s Suriname with only her 22-year-old daughter Dorothea Maria for company. It was a hundred years ahead of Alexander von Humboldt‘s more famed travels, and not an era in which many German women worked outside the home, […]

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I Love the Victorian Era. So I Decided to Live In It.

By: My husband and I study history, specifically the late Victorian era of the 1880s and ’90s. Our methods are quite different from those of academics. Everything in our daily life is connected to our period of study, from the technologies we use to the ways we interact with the world. Five years ago […]

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The British Library Puts Over 1,000,000 Images in the Public Domain: A Deeper Dive into the Collection

By: Every year for the past decade or so, we‘ve seen new, dire pronouncements of the death of print, along with new, upbeat rejoinders. This year is no different, though the prognosis has seemed especially positive of late in robust appraisals of the situation from entities as divergent as The Onion’s A.V. Club and […]

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Siege of Leningrad Begins

By: During World War II, German forces begin their siege of Leningrad, a major industrial center and the USSR’s second-largest city. The German armies were later joined by Finnish forces that advanced against Leningrad down the Karelian Isthmus. The siege of Leningrad, also known as the 900-Day Siege though it lasted a grueling 872 […]

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Wide Sweep of World War II Part Two

By: Intelligence exchanges between the United States and the United Kingdom made all the difference. Sir Henry Tizzard, an English Chemist and Inventor, also the Rector of the Imperial College had been curating technologies that would help the United States build jets, faster prop planes, detect submarines and aircraft and other advances that would […]

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The Johnson County War: 1892 Invasion of Northern Wyoming

By: On April 5, 1892, 52 armed men rode a private, secret train north from Cheyenne. Just outside Casper, Wyo., they switched to horseback and continued north toward Buffalo, Wyo., the Johnson County seat. Their mission was to shoot or hang 70 men named on a list carried by Frank Canton, one of the […]

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Aces and Eights

By: Aces and Eights are called the ‘Dead Man’s’ hand for the cards Wild Bill Hickok was rumored to hold as he was shot in the back. I smell a market branding guru since black Aces, Eights and Wild Bill did not appear in the same sentence until the 1920s. The term ‘Dead Man’s’ […]

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The History of the Christmas Tree

By: Though many people cannot imagine Christmas without a Christmas tree, very few actually know the origins of the tree or how its decorations and appearance have transformed over the years to become what we know today. Want to know more? Read on to learn how the Christmas tree became the center of millions […]

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The Tomb of Queen Esther in Persia

By: “How much is the taxi to Khomeini Square?” “Gheymati nadore, it does not cost anything”, the old taxi driver spreads his arms. “Taʿarof nakonid, don’t play etiquette with me”, I tell him, but he just laughs, and repeatedly tells that he’d take me for free. But I know well that on such occasions […]

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Prison Camps in Siberia

By: In 1754 the Russian government decided to send petty criminals and political opponents to eastern Siberia. Sentenced to hard labour (katorga), the convicts had to travel mostly on foot and the journey could take up to three years and it is estimated about half died before they reached their destination. George Kennan, the […]

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My Great Grandmother’s Industrially Processed Food

By: Warnings not to eat anything your grandmother (or great grandmother or great-great grandmother) would not recognize as food have echoed around the web since Michael Pollan first promoted this rule of eating. Pollan could have assigned a date to the moment when new and supposedly dangerous foods were introduced, foods he frequently identifies […]

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This Day in UFO History: Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh UFO Sighting

By: There are myths and stories lurking around UFOs, and there are people who claimed to have seen these flying objects. The perfect evidence is still not present, but the research is going strong. Ancient literature, monuments and artifacts are being researched upon and being studied to having any evidence regarding the meeting of […]

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