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Estelle Landers-Lang and Sherron Lang

Originally posted on Whereabouts Still Unknown:
This entry is a bit different from my usual entries. In light of the ridiculous number of unidentified people who seemingly do not match…

August 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Great Fire of Rome and Nero’s fiddle: an egregious historical distortion.

Nineteen hundred and fifty years ago today, on July 19, 64 C.E. (A.D.), a great fire broke out in the city of Rome. The conflagration seems to have begun in a … Continue reading

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Scenario fulfillment”: the tragedy of Iran Air Flight 655.

Twenty-six years ago today, on July 3, 1988, a tragic incident occurred in the skies over the Strait of Hormuz, which separates Iran from various Arab states on the other … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

The boat that sank a neighborhood: the “General Slocum” disaster.

One hundred and ten years ago today, on June 15, 1904, virtually the entire congregation of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Mark, in the East Village of New … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Oh, Ashley!: The mysterious fate of BOAC Flight 777.

Seventy-one years ago today, on June 1, 1943, a DC-3 traveling under the designation BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) flight 777 was shot down by eight German fighters over the Bay … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

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

The geologist who rode the whirlwind: remembering David Johnston.

Thirty-four years ago today, on May 18, 1980–like today, also a Sunday–Mt. St. Helens, the most picturesque peak in the Pacific Northwest, exploded in a volcanic eruption of immense magnitude. … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

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
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