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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

Disappeared: Lee Cutler, missing 7 years.

The disappearance of Lee Sterling Cutler, age 18, from Buffalo Grove, Illinois is one of the more famous missing persons cases of the past decade, having been profiled on an … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 8 Comments

The lingering legend of Kaspar Hauser: the semi-feral mystery child of Nuremberg.

One hundred and eighty-six years ago today, on May 26, 1828, a strange teenage boy with a disheveled appearance appeared in the town square of Nuremberg, Germany. He could speak … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

L’Oiseau Blanc, the “White Bird”: the great mystery of the air.

May 1927 was a big month in aviation history. That was, of course, the month in which American pilot Charles Lindbergh flew the Atlantic non-stop for the first time in … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Disappeared: Jay Pringle, missing 37 years today.

Thirty-seven years ago today, on April 19, 1977, a young man from Oregon disappeared somewhere in the southwestern U.S. His name was Jay Calvin Pringle and he was 17, and … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · 9 Comments

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

Disappeared: Israel Smith, missing 6 years.

Sometime after March 10, 2008, a bit more than six years ago, something happened to Israel R. Smith of Wytheville, Virginia. It seems to have happened at home. And nobody … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

The mystery of the missing mystery writer: the strange disappearance of Agatha Christie.

This is the sixth article in my 1920s Week series. Aside from Shakespeare and God–or whoever you think wrote the Bible–Agatha Christie is the best-selling author in human history. She … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · 4 Comments

Incredibly odd: the dead tea woman of Nevis.

Sometimes you find some really, really odd things when you’re doing historical research. Witness this tidbit that I happened to find in the Naval Register, the official journal of the British Navy, … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · 6 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 6: Tollund Man’s Head.

This is the face of a man who died about 2,000 years ago and whose body was preserved in a peat bog in Denmark for most of that time. He … Continue reading

January 4, 2014 · 1 Comment
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