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The death of Hu Yaobang: the first chapter of a story that changed the world.

Twenty-five years ago today, on April 15, 1989, a man named Hu Yaobang died in a hospital in Beijing, China following a heart attack he’d suffered several days earlier. You’ve … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Historic photo: Longacre Square, New York City, 1880. Do you know what it’s called now?

Look at the above photo, which was taken in New York City in or around the year 1880. I won’t tell you exactly where this is because it will give … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

The beginning of the end of Communism: the Bratislava Candle Demonstration.

Today is an absolutely wonderful and fascinating historical anniversary. Twenty-six years ago today, on March 25, 1988, over 5,000 Slovaks attended a peaceful demonstration in Hviezdoslav Square in Bratislava, then part … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Severed Hand, A Hidden Tunnel, and Salisbury’s Oldest Pub

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
The Oldest Pub in England? Probably not, but the Haunch of Venison is definitely the oldest in Salisbury, and the most unique pub that I…

March 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mr. Roosevelt wants to talk to you about banking: the first “fireside chat.” [audio]

Eighty-two years ago today, March 12, 1933, was a Sunday. That night millions of Americans gathered around their radio sets in living rooms, diners, pubs and other places and listened … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Curse Scrolls, Mystery Cults, and the Secret Roman History of Mainz

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
I’ve neglected my blog for a little while to pursue my license to teach middle and high school history. When I first started Jaunting Jen, I…

March 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beatrice Wood: The real Rose of the Titanic

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 3rd of March 1893, the American artist and studio potter, Beatrice Wood, was born in San Francisco, California. Her…

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

MONOPOLY: Board Games and Ideology

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 7th of February 1935, one of the world’s most popular board games, MONOPOLY, was patented by Parker Brothers. Commonly…

February 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Richard Shephard’s Fav Five: The First Computer Programmer, The Father of Science Fiction & More

Originally posted on Yesterday Unhinged:
Watercolor portrait of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (Ada Lovelace). By Alfred Edward Chalon, 1840. This is the fifth part in our weekly Fab Five…

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky and His Epileptic Nirvana

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 9th of February 1881, one of the most prolific Russian writers, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, died of complications after a pulmonary…

February 16, 2014 · Leave a comment
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