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WWII pigeon message stumps GCHQ

WWII pigeon message stumps GCHQ | Topics in History | Scoop.it
Britain's top code-breakers say they are stumped by a secret code found on the leg of a dead pigeon in a Surrey chimney and are hoping the public can help.
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Lost part of film history found in barn - USA TODAY

Lost part of film history found in barn - USA TODAY | Topics in History | Scoop.it

Just before tearing down an old barn in New Hampshire, a contractor did one last check and discovered a treasure: seven reels of film that he donated to the Keene State College Film Archives, reports the college.

It has since determined that at least four of those films were ones thought to have been lost. One of those, Their First Misunderstanding, is the 1911 silent short film that features silent movie star Mary Pickford appearing in her first credited role. Prior to that, Pickford, then 18, had been known only as "Little Mary" in films. The Library of Congress is funding the film's restoration (it hadn't even been stored in a can), and it will be screened at the New Hampshire college on Oct. 11.

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A woman of importance – or Kingsmead’s `prehistoric Queen` | Wessex Archaeology

A woman of importance – or Kingsmead’s `prehistoric Queen` | Wessex Archaeology | Topics in History | Scoop.it
Wessex Archaeology have offices in Salisbury, Sheffield, Rochester and Edinburgh. We are one of the UK's leading heritage practices.
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Rare 3D Camera Found Containing Photos from WWI

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While visiting an estate in Ontario's Niagara Falls two years ago, a film enthusiast stumbled upon a rare World War I Richard Verascope stereo camera previously owned by the French Army. Here's what he found inside.
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World's oldest undeciphered writing

World's oldest undeciphered writing | Topics in History | Scoop.it
The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics.
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Ancient African coins that could change history of Australia

Ancient African coins that could change history of Australia | Topics in History | Scoop.it
Can a handful of ancient copper coins from a once-opulent corner of East Africa change what we know about Australian history?
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July 1980: 10MB Hard Drive: $3,495

July 1980: 10MB Hard Drive: $3,495 | Topics in History | Scoop.it
10MB Hard Drive: $3,495, July 1980
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14th - Early 15th Century: Medieval Bookmark

14th - Early 15th Century: Medieval Bookmark | Topics in History | Scoop.it
Medieval Bookmark, 14th - Early 15th Century
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After 168 Years, Potato Famine Mystery Solved

After 168 Years, Potato Famine Mystery Solved | Topics in History | Scoop.it
After nearly two centuries, scientists have identified the plant pathogen that devastated Ireland, killing 1 million people and triggering a mass emigration.
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Fish’s DNA May Explain How Fins Turned Into Feet

Fish’s DNA May Explain How Fins Turned Into Feet | Topics in History | Scoop.it
Scientists have decoded the genome of the endangered lobe-finned fish that was long believed extinct until a specimen was found in South Africa in 1938.
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Hatfield and McCoy Reunion 2012.wmv

Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival June 9, 2012. Matewan WV. Tug-O-War, music, history, visitors comments.

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A century after Harriet Tubman died, scholars try to separate fact from fiction

A century after Harriet Tubman died, scholars try to separate fact from fiction | Topics in History | Scoop.it
Underground Railroad figure, who died a century ago, deserves a fuller portrait, her biographer says
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New theory suggests Lenin died from a rare genetic brain disorder

New theory suggests Lenin died from a rare genetic brain disorder | Topics in History | Scoop.it
Vladimir Lenin, the Russian communist revolutionary, died from an apparent stroke at the age of 53. His untimely death has been the subject of much controversy and speculation —
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A man’s hand branded for freeing slaves, 1845

A man’s hand branded for freeing slaves, 1845 | Topics in History | Scoop.it
(The image is of a right hand with two S's branded beneath the thumb. The old-style of photography reversed images.)

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Heat, dust and history in the sand as the riddle of Masada was uncovered - The Guardian

Heat, dust and history in the sand as the riddle of Masada was uncovered - The Guardian | Topics in History | Scoop.it
The Guardian Heat, dust and history in the sand as the riddle of Masada was uncovered The Guardian Not exactly a call to arms perhaps, but it was a call for muscular arms, strong backs and sturdy legs, along with energy, commitment and a readiness...
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Vt. archaeological dig unearths ancient history

Vt. archaeological dig unearths ancient history | Topics in History | Scoop.it
A team is digging into areas occupied by Native Americans thousands of years ago
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Radiolab Blogland - Help Rewrite History

Radiolab Blogland - Help Rewrite History | Topics in History | Scoop.it
For over a hundred years, boxes of cornflake-sized scraps of ancient paper have been tucked away at Oxford. Waiting to be decoded. And now you can help shed light on what they say.

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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, June 13, 2013 12:00 AM

Spare time? An eye for detail? Want to try your hand at working through 2000 year old texts? This is nitty-gritty history at its best. Have a read about it at least!

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Bible Inscribed By Einstein Sold At Auction

Bible Inscribed By Einstein Sold At Auction | Topics in History | Scoop.it
The bible inscribes the recipient to read it often for consolation and wisdom.

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Archaeology marred by politics, neglect - The Daily Star

Archaeology marred by politics, neglect - The Daily Star | Topics in History | Scoop.it
Archaeology marred by politics, neglect
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SEBASTIA, West Bank: The ancient town of Sebastia is one of Palestine's major archaeological sites, with its overlapping layers of history dating back 3,000 years.
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1971: Loading Chevrolets onto a train

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Loading Chevrolets onto a train, 1971
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Ancients First Ate Palms, Not Rice

Ancients First Ate Palms, Not Rice | Topics in History | Scoop.it
A new study shows that agriculture may have emerged in southern China much earlier than previously thought.
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Mark Twain Captured on Film by Thomas Edison in 1909. It’s the Only Known Footage of the Author.

Mark Twain Captured on Film by Thomas Edison in 1909. It’s the Only Known Footage of the Author. | Topics in History | Scoop.it
Here's a little nugget for you. The great inventor Thomas Edison visited the home of Mark Twain in 1909, and captured footage of 'the father of American literature' (says Faulkner) walking around his estate and playing cards with his daughters,...
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3-Year-Old Hospitalized After Shooting Himself

3-Year-Old Hospitalized After Shooting Himself | Topics in History | Scoop.it
A Tri-State man is due in court after his three-year-old son accidentally shot himself.
Rene Thompson's insight:

Because leaving a loaded firearm at crawl level makes SO much sense when you have a toddler in the home. <snark>

If you are going to have firearms in the home, educate yourself concerning responsible storage and usage procedures.

No child's life should end with a bang. 

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Archeologists Find Massive 14th Century Plague Graveyard

Archeologists Find Massive 14th Century Plague Graveyard | Topics in History | Scoop.it
LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) - Archaeologists said on Friday they had found a graveyard during excavations for a rail project in London which might hold the remains of some 50,000 people killed by the "Black Death" plague more than 650 years ago.
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The True-Life Horror that Inspired Moby-Dick

The True-Life Horror that Inspired Moby-Dick | Topics in History | Scoop.it
From Smithsonian magazine, a blog about history with all the interesting bits left in
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The Germans who tried to topple Hitler

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Ninety-nine-year-old Lilo Furst-Ramdohr remembers her role in the White Rose - an anti-Hitler resistance group inside Germany.

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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, February 22, 2013 12:57 AM

How do you stand up to a totalitarian regime? These people tried, interesting what others think of their efforts?

Mike Elward's curator insight, June 14, 2013 6:59 AM

Excellent personal perspective which adds to the story of resistance to Nazi Germany