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From the archives: trapped under ice…for real!

Another tidbit from the archives! I found this one in a book called The Climate of London by Luke Howard, one of the world’s first meteorologists, published in 1818. In addition … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Lighthouse of Alexandria

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
(The Lighthouse on Roman coins minted in Alexandria in the 2nd century AD. Used under the Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported…

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Volcanic memories: Mt. Pinatubo, environmental disaster, and a long-ago sunset.

Twenty-three years ago this weekend, on June 15, 1991, Mt. Pinatubo, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, erupted. This was the second-largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: 1950s Communist-era kitchen, former East Germany.

In the American history class I’ve been teaching this term we were recently talking about the importance of the kitchen and its fittings as a symbol of Cold War-era consumerist … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Winds of Change, New York City 1945-46

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
(New York City. Sometimes referred to as the Wonder City or the City of Tomorrow.) Every year millions of migrating…

May 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Watch this amazing color HD film footage of Berlin and Munich, 1900-1914! [video]

We’re so used to seeing moving pictures of the distant past in scratchy, indistinct, black-and-white shadows that have the look of old, poorly-preserved silent movies. That’s why, whenever I find … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

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
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