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A jazzy interlude: “I’ve Heard That Song Before” by Harry James. [audio/video]

I’ve had this very old song in my head for several days now, not knowing precisely who performed it or how old it was, so last night I went searching … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Battle L.A.: the night the Japanese raided California. Or did they?

Seventy-two years ago tonight, on February 24, 1942, air raid sirens began to wail across southern California. Air raid wardens quickly rushed to their posts and the San Fernando Valley, … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

The day it rained meteors: the Sikhote-Alin Event.

The chunk of metal you see above may look pretty nondescript, but it traveled a long way to get here. This is a piece of a meteorite that fell from … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

Reluctantly remembered: the strange historical odyssey of the Führerbunker.

Sixty-nine years ago today, on January 16, 1945, Adolf Hitler moved into what would prove to be his final residence and headquarters, the “Führerbunker” under the Chancellery Garden in Berlin, … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · 3 Comments

LOOKING BACK 1945: Lincoln’s chair reappears

Originally posted on Time Will Tell:
Last week, I wrote about how the chair that Abraham Lincoln may have used using the Gettysburg Address ceremony disappeared from Gettysburg College. This…

December 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Expulsion from paradise: the civilian evacuees from Hawaii after Pearl Harbor.

Everybody knows what happened at Pearl Harbor 72 years ago today. The stories will be told and re-told again and again, as they deserve to be. In this, the final … Continue reading

December 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

How Ironbottom Sound got its name: the Battle of Tassafaronga.

There is a stretch of water off the Pacific island of Guadalcanal that’s officially called Savo Sound, but it has another unofficial name: Ironbottom Sound. It is so named because … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

Death in the wind: the Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940.

Seventy-three years ago today, on November 11, 1940, the U.S. upper Midwest suffered one of the very worst blizzards in its history–and a very unique and unusual environmental catastrophe. It’s … Continue reading

November 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Fall of Singapore (Australians at War)

Originally posted on If it happened yesterday, it's History:
(Soldiers of the ill-fated Australian 8th Division arrive at Singapore on the 15 August 1941. Image Wikipedia) In anticipation of…

November 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

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