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Nine Men’s Morris, Everywhere

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
Nine Men’s Morris really is everywhere. When I first noticed the scratches on the side of Charlemagne’s throne back in 2008, I had no idea what they…

April 16, 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

The last thing Lincoln ever saw: the play “Our American Cousin.”

One hundred and forty-nine years ago tonight, April 14, 1865, was the most famous “night out” in American history. On that Friday evening Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Decider speaks: my (fictional) conversation with George W. Bush.

Last night I had a dream about George W. Bush. I dreamed that I was at his presidential library–which in reality is called the George W. Bush Presidential Center–and happened … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rome’ s Masculine Imperium

Originally posted on mikeaztec:
The ancient Romans admired the characteristics that they believed allowed them to establish hegemony over their rivals. It comes as little surprise then that the hyper-masculine…

April 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Our Great Father is Gone: the death of Constantine I.

I was asked to write this post by Robert Horvat, curator of the great History of the Byzantine Empire blog (and the If It Happened Yesterday It’s History blog). It … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Skuldelev 3: Viking merchant shipping in the 11th Century

Originally posted on Europeenses:
The ‘Roar Ege’ reconstruction of Skuldelev 3 under sail At some point between 1070 and 1090 AD, five ships were loaded with stones and scuttled to…

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Go as you are: the 20-year-long death of Kurt Cobain.

Three days ago, April 5, was technically the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, but today, April 8, is the anniversary of the day we all found out about it. … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

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

Norway’s Titanic: the “Scandinavian Star” disaster.

Twenty-four years ago today, on April 7, 1990, a fire broke out aboard a passenger ferry called the M/S Scandinavian Star which was then traveling through the Skagerrak, the strait that separates … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment
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