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World's Oldest Known Auschwitz Survivor Has Died

World's Oldest Known Auschwitz Survivor Has Died | Topics in History | Scoop.it
Antoni Dobrowolski, a former Polish teacher arrested by the Gestapo in 1942 for teaching underground lessons to students, died on Sunday at the age of 108, according to a Polish official speaking with the Associated Press.

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Spot Where Julius Caesar Was Stabbed Discovered

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Archaeologists believe they have found the first physical evidence of the spot where Julius Caesar died, according to a new Spanish National Research Council report.

 

Caesar, the head of the Roman Republic, was stabbed to death by a group of rival Roman senators on March 14, 44 B.C, the Ides of March. The assassination is well-covered in classical texts, but until now, researchers had no archaeological evidence of the place where it happened. . . .


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A history of Ireland in 100 objects - Irish Times

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Irish TimesA history of Ireland in 100 objectsIrish TimesChurches designed by the great English neogothic architect Augustus Pugin, notably Enniscorthy and Killarney cathedrals, were being built even while millions were starving.

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Richard III dig: Five reasons why the remains are of interest

Richard III dig: Five reasons why the remains are of interest | Topics in History | Scoop.it

1. The remains – a fully articulated skeleton – appear to be of an adult male.
2. The skeleton was found in what is believed to be the choir of the church, the area reported in the historical record as the burial place of King Richard III.

3. The back of the skull appears to have suffered a significant injury consistent with a blow from a bladed implement.

4. A barbed iron arrowhead was found between vertebrae of the upper back.

5. The skeleton has spinal abnormalities - probably severe scoliosis, which would have made the right shoulder appear higher than the left. The skeleton does not have kyphosis – ie. was not a hunchback.


 

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U.S. Government Still Pays Two Civil War Pensions

U.S. Government Still Pays Two Civil War Pensions | Topics in History | Scoop.it

Despite the fact that the Civil War ended April 9, 1865 (53,630 days ago, for reference), the government is still paying out veterans' pensions.


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August 19 in history « Homepaddock

August 19 in history « Homepaddock | Topics in History | Scoop.it

1612 The “Samlesbury witches“, three women from Samlesbury, were put on trial, accused for practising witchcraft, one of the most famous witch trials in English history. 1631 John Dryden, English poet, was born (d.

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Brit History: Edward The Confessor….What Did He Really Confess ...

He is recognized in history as Edward the Confessor.

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Chilling archives of French Jews deported to Auschwitz shown for first time to public | News | National Post

Chilling archives of French Jews deported to Auschwitz shown for first time to public | News | National Post | Topics in History | Scoop.it

They are among France’s darkest days: Police dragged over 13,000 Jews from their homes, confined them in a Paris cycling stadium with little food or water, and then deported them to their deaths in the concentration camp at Auschwitz.

Ed. Note:  When people question why I would stand up and protest the treatment of Muslims in this country it's because at one time individuals, who truly lived the convictions of their own religion, risked their lives to protect my people. 

Those who are evil and cruel will always look to find a victim - the only way they are brought down is when those of conviction and love stand up to them. 

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Archaeologists believe the Mediterranean diet came to Britain during the Iron Age | The Raw Story

Archaeologists believe the Mediterranean diet came to Britain during the Iron Age | The Raw Story | Topics in History | Scoop.it

Iron Age Britons were importing olives from the Mediterranean a century before the Romans arrived with their exotic tastes in food, say archaeologists who have discovered a single olive stone from an excavation of an Iron Age well at at Silchester in Hampshire.

The stone came from a layer securely dated to the first century BC, making it the earliest ever found in Britain – but since nobody ever went to the trouble of importing one olive, there must be more, rotted beyond recognition or still buried.
 

The stone, combined with earlier finds of seasoning herbs such as coriander, dill and celery, all previously believed to have arrived with the Romans, suggests a diet at Silchester that would be familiar in any high street pizza restaurant.

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"A Trumpet of Sedition": Some Leveller Women and the English ...

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Women's Petition (1649). History and for that matter historians have not been kind to women who took part in political activity on both sides of the English Civil War. There is a dearth of material on women's struggle at this time.

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Dark History

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A German girl is overcome as she is forced to walk through and around the exhumed bodies of some 800 slave workers that the SS guards near Namering, Germany murdered.
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Thomas Jefferson Letter to George Logan on Nov. 12, 1816

Thomas Jefferson Letter to George Logan on Nov. 12, 1816 | Topics in History | Scoop.it

This is a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to Dr. George Logan who was a medical doctor and great friend to Jefferson:

 

To George Logan J. MSS.

 

Poplar Forest Near Lynchburg, Nov. 12. 16.

 

Dear Sir, - I received your favor of Oct. 16, at this place where I pass much of my time, very distant from Monticello. I am quite astonished at the idea which seems to have got abroad; and this is said to have arisen from a letter of mine to my friend Charles Thompson, in which certainly there is no trace of such an idea. When we see religion split into so many thousand of sects, and I may say Christianity itself divided into it’s thousands also, who are disputing, anathematizing and where the laws permit burning and torturing one another for abstractions which no one of them understand, and which are indeed beyond the comprehension of the human mind, into which of the chambers of this Bedlam would a [torn] man wish to thrust himself. The sum of all religion as expressed by it’s best preacher, ‘fear god and love thy neighbor’ contains no mystery, needs no explanation. But this wont do. It gives no scope to make dupes ; priests could not live by it. Your idea of the moral obligations of governments are perfectly correct. The man who is dishonest as a statesman would be a dishonest man in any station. It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings collected together are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately. It is a great consolation to me that our government, as it cherishes most it’s duties to its own citizens, so is it the most exact in it’s moral conduct towards other nations. I do not believe that in the four administrations which have taken place, there has been a single instance of departure from good faith towards other nations. We may sometimes have mistaken our rights, or made an erroneous estimate of the actions of others, but no voluntary wrong can be imputed to us. In this respect England exhibits the most remarkable phaenomenon in the universe in the contrast between the profligacy of it’s government and the probity of it’s citizens. And accordingly it is now exhibiting an example of the truth of the maxim that virtue & interest are inseparable. It ends, as might have been expected, in the ruin of it’s people, but this ruin will fall heaviest, as it ought to fall on it’s people, but this ruin will fall heaviest, as it ought to fall on that hereditary aristocracy which has for generations been preparing the catastrophe. I hope we shall take warning from the example and crush in it’s birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country. Present me respectfully to Mrs. Logan and accept yourself my friendly and respectful salutations.

 

 

This quote by Jefferson is compelling. Was Jefferson warning about future corporations?

 

"I hope we shall take warning from the example and crush in it’s birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country."

 

[Read: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson: 1816-1826]

 

[Image - Thomas Jefferson as President Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division LC-DIG-ppmsca-15715]


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Ancient Egypt: the Mythology and egyptian myths

Ancient Egypt: the Mythology is *the* most comprehensive site on ancient Egyptian mythology on the web. It features over 40 gods and goddesses, 30 symbols and complete myths. Also featured are articles about egyptian culture and history.
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Discovery of Long-Lost Silent Film With All-Indian Cast Has Historians Reeling

Discovery of Long-Lost Silent Film With All-Indian Cast Has Historians Reeling | Topics in History | Scoop.it

How a silent film featuring an all-Native cast came to be made, lost (seemingly forever), discovered nearly a century later (in shambles), then restored and shown to the cast’s descendants is one of the most fascinating stories in the annals of American filmmaking. The Daughter of Dawn, which had its world premiere in June at the deadCENTER Film Festival in Oklahoma City, may be the only all-Native cast silent film ever made.

In the autumn of 1919 Norbert Myles was hired to direct a film for Richard Banks, owner of the fledgling Texas Film Company. Banks, who had written the story for his new project, was looking to make an adventure film in Oklahoma. He had met Myles a few years earlier on a California movie set and was impressed by the ambitious upstart. Myles, who had been a vaudevillian, a screen actor and sometime Shakespearean actor, had fallen out of favor in Hollywood and had turned to screenwriting and directing.
 

Banks drew on his 25 years of experience living among the Indians and his knowledge of what he called “an old Comanche legend,” to lend authenticity to the film. He decided to shoot on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, a national reserve known for its mountains and grassy plains spread across 60,000 acres in southwestern Oklahoma. This was an attractive setting for several reasons, including the fact that in 1907 a program to reintroduce the nearly extinct bison to the Great Plains was launched. Under the auspices of the American Bison Society, 15 of these American icons, plucked from New York City’s Bronx Zoo, were sent by railway to grasslands in Oklahoma, and in little more than a decade, they flourished and were an enormous herd.

 

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History Ink: Medieval Titanic by Anna Markland

History Ink: Medieval Titanic by Anna Markland | Topics in History | Scoop.it

The year 1120 saw one of the most significant shipwrecks in English history; a tragedy that cost the lives of the flower of English nobility and would eventually plunge the nation into two decades of chaos and misrule – a period ...

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Sonar scans show that 'UFO' at bottom of Baltic sea may actually be a top-secret Nazi anti-submarine defence lost since the Second World War

Sonar scans show that 'UFO' at bottom of Baltic sea may actually be a top-secret Nazi anti-submarine defence lost since the Second World War | Topics in History | Scoop.it
Divers exploring a 'UFO-shaped' object in the Baltic sea say that the strange, curved object might be a Nazi weapon lost beneath the waves since the end of World War II.

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10-Year-Old Boy Dies In RV Used As Hunting Cabin in Rural Dix After Being Shot By 7-Year-Old Sister

10-Year-Old Boy Dies In RV Used As Hunting Cabin in Rural Dix After Being Shot By 7-Year-Old Sister | Topics in History | Scoop.it

A ten-year-old Granite City boy is dead following an accidental shooting in rural Dix involving his seven-year-old sister. Jefferson County Sheriff Roger Mulch says the body of 10-year-old Christian Clark was found lying inside of a motor home recreational vehicle located in a wooded area adjacent to the Modert Clark residence in the 13,000 block of Baseline Road.
 

The initial investigation indicates the victim and his seven-year-old sister, Halee Clark, were inside the motor home that is used as a hunting cabin when young Halee picked up a long gun. Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Jo Marks says a round accidentally discharged and struck Christian in the head, resulting in his death.

Marks says there were a few guns laying out and the one the young girl picked up contained just the one shell that resulted in her brother's death. Marks reported the girl immediately left the vehicle to tell family members that her brother had been hurt. Christian was pronounced dead on the scene.
 

Mulch says the initial investigation indicates that the recreational vehicle is owned by the grandfather of the two children, Jason Clark, Senior. He is also from Granite City.
 

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Found in a castle vault, the scraps of lace that show lingerie was all the rage 500 years ago

Found in a castle vault, the scraps of lace that show lingerie was all the rage 500 years ago | Topics in History | Scoop.it

It is hardly racy by today’s standards but this skimpy lingerie has certainly shocked historians.
The lace and linen undergarments date back to hundreds of years before women’s underwear was thought to exist.
They had lain hidden in a vault beneath the floorboards of an Austrian castle since the 15th century


Despite their state of decay, the knickers bear more than a passing resemblance to the string bikini briefs popular today, while the bra has the fitted cups and delicate straps of its modern-day counterparts.

 While it was known that medieval men wore undergarments like modern-day shorts, it was thought that women simply wore a smock or chemise.

It was thought that knickers didn’t make an appearance until the late 18th century.

Bras were thought to be an even more modern invention, not appearing until around 100 years ago.

 

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Ancient Treasure Unearthed at Crusades-Era Castle | NewsFeed | TIME.com

Ancient Treasure Unearthed at Crusades-Era Castle | NewsFeed | TIME.com | Topics in History | Scoop.it
Israeli archeologists this week discovered one of the largest gold stockpiles ever found while digging in an ancient castle that hosted some of the major battles of the Crusades.
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