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Archduke Francis Ferdinand, assassinated 99 years ago today. [reblog]

Originally posted on www.seanmunger.com:
On June 28, 1914, 99 years ago today, Francis Ferdinand, Archduke and heir-apparent of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was riding through the streets of Sarajevo,…

June 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Empress of Ireland

Originally posted on historywithatwist:
The cruise ship cut through the near-freezing water in the dead of night. For the first-, second- and third-class passengers it was an exciting time, ahead…

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 35: the Titanic doll’s head.

This entry is unique in the “42 Historical Objects” series because it’s the only item that you can’t go see in a museum. It’s the porcelain head of a child’s … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

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

A tangled tapestry of faith and prophecy: the Fátima events.

A few days ago when I started planning this article I expected to write a short, fairly straightforward description of the events surrounding Our Lady of Fátima, a fascinating episode that … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

The long reach of war: the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

Ninety-nine years ago today, on May 7, 1915, a passenger ship called the Lusitania sank off the coast of Ireland. Most people have heard of this event, often in history class. … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth: Old Head of Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland, where something tragic once happened.

This spit that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean is called the Old Head of Kinsale. (Sounds like the name of a beer, doesn’t it?) It’s in County Cork, Ireland, … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

The dissenters: five who voted against American entry into World War I.

Ninety-six years ago today, on April 6, 1917, the U.S. Congress voted to declare war on Germany, bringing the United States into the First World War. Four days earlier President … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Take a ride on an antique motorbike: a BSA Model K from 1916! [video]

Last weekend I published Chapter 37 of The Armored Satchel, my World War II spy thriller serial. In this episode, the hero, Max Volcker, tries to escape a pursuing counter-intelligence agent … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

The unlucky sister: the fate of HMHS Britannic.

Everyone knows about the Titanic, one of the most famous shipwrecks in history. Fewer people know about her very unlucky sister ship, the Britannic, who also sank in a tragic disaster while … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · Leave a comment
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