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Hale-Bopp: the Great (and terrible) Comet of the 90s.

Nineteen years ago tonight, on July 23, 1995, a curious coincidence occurred. Two men, unknown to each other but living in the same country and actually not that far from … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

A salute to Michael Collins: the guy who didn’t walk on the Moon 45 years ago today.

As I’m sure you’re aware with all the commemorations, today is the 45th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon, arguably one of the finest achievements in … Continue reading

July 20, 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

A shore not quite reached: the mysterious crash of Lituanica.

Unless you’re an extreme aviation buff or possibly Lithuanian-American, it’s doubtful you’ve ever heard of Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas or know what they did that was of historical significance. But … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

A crime still so bitter: the fall of Jerusalem in the First Crusade.

Today 915 years ago, on July 15, 1099, one of the most heinous and barbarous war crimes in the long bloody history of the human race occurred on the soil … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

The saint of Gombe: Jane Goodall and the chimpanzees of Tanzania.

One of the most extraordinary stories of humankind’s interaction with another species on this planet began 54 years ago today. On July 14, 1960, British naturalist Jane Goodall arrived at … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 1 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

Falling stars: the tragic flight of Soyuz 11.

It surprised me to learn this, but out of all the billions of human beings who have died since the beginning of time, only three have died off the planet … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Shakespeare’s wooden universe: London’s old Globe Theatre.

Four hundred and one years ago today, on June 29, 1613, a fire broke out at the Globe Theatre, on Maiden Lane in Southwark, London. The fire occurred during a … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

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
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