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The icy surrender: the bitter, frozen end of the Battle of Stalingrad.

Seventy-one years ago today, on January 31, 1943, the Battle of Stalingrad ended. Stalingrad was the largest, bloodiest and most costly battle ever fought on planet Earth, the climax of … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

Metal for Friday: “One” by Metallica. [video]

This video is an absolute classic and will be immediately recognized by any serious metal fan. “One” by Metallica, from the And Justice For All album released in 1988, was perhaps … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

The miracle that saved a President: the Jackson assassination attempt.

One hundred and seventy-nine years ago today, on January 30, 1835, President Andrew Jackson emerged from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. when a man named Richard Lawrence ran up … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Robert Horvat’s Fab Five : TE Lawrence, a PM, an Honest Man, Schindler & a Jedi

Originally posted on Yesterday Unhinged:
TE Lawrence. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. This is the second part of my Fab Five series, where I ask other bloggers, writers, podcasters and…

January 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 10: the “Holy Lance” or “Spear of Longinus.”

The object pictured above has many names, such as the Holfburg Spear, the Holy Lance, the Spear of Longinus or the Spear of Destiny. It’s a great object to choose … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Historical photo: an American Indian ice-cutting crew in winter.

This is an interesting historical photo I came across, and appropriate for a day like today in which much of the U.S. is gripped by the extremes of winter. In … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 4 Comments

The big speech: the history of the State of the Union address.

Tonight, President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address. If you follow politics I’m sure you’ll hear quite a lot about it tonight and over the coming days. … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: Waterloo Station, London, at rush hour. What all can you see here?

At first glance this view of a bustling train station in the heart of London seems like a pretty ordinary urban view. Like a scene in a Hitchcock movie, though, … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

The price of the Moon: the tragic Apollo 1 fire.

For 17 terrifying seconds on the evening of January 27, 1967, forty-seven years ago today, a flash fire blasted through the sealed cockpit of the Apollo 1 spacecraft as it … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Fab Five Series (Me first): A Khan, Rousseau, Orwell, a Sex Machine and The Greatest

Originally posted on Yesterday Unhinged:
Sgt. Pepper’s album cover. A work of art in and of itself. More than five people, but a good example of what I’d like from…

January 27, 2014 · 2 Comments
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