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Just after the Civil War, on February 25, 1866–148 years ago today–some miners were prospecting in an old mine on Bald Mountain, in Calaveras County, California, when they happened to … Continue reading
The above photo, a daguerreotype–the earliest kind of photography–was taken in Altötting, in Bavaria, in 1840. The man at center is Max Keller, a German composer of the period. Look … Continue reading
Exactly 200 years ago today, on February 5, 1814, something wondrous, fascinating and fun happened for the very last time on planet Earth. On that day the Frost Fair on … Continue reading
Ten days from now will be the 205th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, arguably the greatest and most famous American who ever lived. I’m sure you’ll be deluged … Continue reading
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
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
This is article number six in my Irish History Week series. Beginning in 1845, a disaster of almost unimaginable proportions occurred in Ireland. Calling it a famine is a demonstration … Continue reading