The United States was the only country that had a fleet of lighter-than-air airships during World War 2. These airships proved themselves extremely effective at protecting ocean convoys.
Plato's philosophy that governments constantly change has wrung true throughout history. This article looks at the social causes of the rise of the tyranny of dictatorships.
Life was hard for soldiers and conscientious objectors alike during World War 1. Find out why men became "Conchies" and how they were treated.
Some fun and interesting facts about Karl Marx, a fellow often depicted as dull and humorless, which may or may not have anything to do with the fact that he was often broke.
A Discussion of the development of the Papacy, the first Pope, and the origin of Papal supremacy over the Western Church and civil leaders.
The Tudor monarch was a man of large appetites and it took a small army of servants to feed him and his court.
When the Civil War began, U. S. Grant was a store clerk who was unwanted by the army he had left under a cloud. But once given a chance, he would eventually rise to command the entire army.
Indentured servitude, (owning servants, who are paid for a certain number of years agreed upon by both parties) was popular in the seventeenth century, died off, and then resurged in the eighteenth.
Also known as Poteau's Mansion, The Woodson Home, or the House on the Hill, this is the real story of the House on Terry Hill.
An interpretation of primary sources on the lost colony of Roanoke, detailing one possible outcome of the settlers' fate.
In 1949, Simon the Cat was promoted to Able Seaman Simon and later received the highest decoration in the animal kingdom for bravery on board HMS Amethyst near the end of the Chinese Civil War.
Review and summary of historian Nancy MacLean's book, "Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace"
Fells Point, in Baltimore, Maryland, is a waterfront area filled with 18th-century homes. The National Historic Register of Places recognizes Fells Point's historic and architectural significance.
Disgusted by mankind, Zeus decides to flood the Earth. Only Deucalion and Pyrrha survive the Deluge. A striking Greek mythological parallel to Noah's Ark
Imhotep was one of the greats of Ancient Egypt, but his tomb has never been found. Will Imhotep's lost tomb, mummy and rich treasure ever be found at Saqqara?
All about the Women's Auxiliary Air Force,some of the key women working during World War Two. The WAAF took over RAF ground based jobs from men and proved their worth in WW2.
DNA and other evidence have connected the indigenous peoples of all the nations in sub-polar regions around the Arctic Circle, as of 2011. See what this means in this article.
Bartholomew "Black Bart' Roberts although not the most famous pirate of the seven seas was certainly the most prolific pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy. He became a pirate not by choice but by force; however, he embraced his new career with fervor when he became captain of his own ship. Although he was a religious man, having a clergy man on board his ship, he was often cruel in his dealings with captives. Read on to discover more facts about Black Bart the Pirate.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and US President Jimmy Carter signed the Camp David Accords resolving a conflict that had gone on for decades.
Review and summary of Mark Cocker's book, "Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold: Europe's Conquest of Indigenous Peoples"
The 8 Wives of Ivan The Terrible - Ivan IV Vasilyevich of Russia was married 8 times, but can he be blamed for the execution or divorce of the wives he replaced?
Most people have a drawer at home full of everyday objects that is affectionately called the "junk drawer. But what is the story behind all that junk? How did those objects come to be?
A century after the start of the Great War in 1914, debate still goes on about whether Allied generals were incompetent buffoons or have been unfairly criticized.
HMS Perseus, a British submarine with 61 souls on board, sank in the Mediterranean in December 1941. One man, John Capes, escaped a watery grave against impossible odds.
At the age of 22, Alistair Urquhart of Aberdeen, Scotland joined the Gordon Highlanders; he had the misfortune to be in Singapore when it fell to the Japanese.
This article explores the Russian public's interpretation of Rasputin along with the Satanic, the religious and modern perceptions of him.
According to Wikipedia, H.G. Wells wrote: "In the history of the world there have been thousands of kings and emperors who call themselves "their highnesses," "their majesties", and "their exalted majesties" and so on. They shone for a brief...
To drive the Germans out of the city of Zwolle in the Netherlands, the Canadian Army was prepared to level it. French-Canadian Private Leo Major had other plans.
Rosemary Kennedy, the little known and sometimes forgotten Kennedy lived in a place known as St. Coletta of Wisconsin for most of her life. Brain damaged by a botched lobotomy at the very young age of 23, she needed lifetime care afterwards. My son worked at St. Coletta for over three years while in college, and I remember the day he came home to visit for the weekend and told us that the most famous resident of St. Coletta, Rosemary Kennedy, had passed away.
The Roman Empire created the modern world. Its political and social institutions survive today. What would the world be like if the Romans had never built their empire?
This article provides an analysis of recent historiographical trends that surround the Ukraine Famine of 1932-1933.
On March 5, 1946, at a small college in the heart of America, Winston Churchill delivered a speech warning the world of a Soviet "iron curtain" descending across Eastern Europe.
Songs that played a significant role in the lives of Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
Imagine for a second, with a single stroke of the pen, the Pope dividing the world between two rival empires. That’s what happened in 1494 when Pope Alexander VI authored the Treaty of Tordesillas between John II of Portugal and Ferdinand of...
The Admiral Graf Spee was loose in the South Atlantic. Finally cornered in the port of Montevideo by British cruisers, she was deceived into scuttling herself instead of blasting her way out.
The first people in Ireland were hunter gatherers, and they almost certainly migrated from Britain to Ireland as the last ice age ended. The earliest known site of human habitation in Ireland is at Mountsandel, near Coleraine in Northern Ireland....
The pope is supposed to be the man closest to God but what have we here? A history of debauchery, blood lust, unholy fornication, jealousy, murder, and nihilism? These men could compete and win as the world's biggest sleezemongers on any reality TV show.
In the elite graves surrounding the great pyramid of Khufu so-called 'reserve heads' were found. To this day, their purpose is shrouded in mystery, but a compelling new theory may solve the riddle.
We have the Internet today, but back in the 1790s, there were only newspapers. What role did they have in shaping America?
Before Anthony Fokker created the Fokker Triplane, he solved the problem of shooting a machine gun through a propeller, but during tests he told the German generals to do their own dirty work.
Despite being one of Britain`s greatest ever generals, Monty was a very difficult person to deal with.
The Soviet Union formed three regiments of women pilots. One of them, the 588th Regiment of night bombers, struck such fear into the enemy, the Germans called them Nachthexen, “Night Witches”.
A version of English is spoken widely throughout what used to be the British Empire. It’s a mixture of local languages and simplified English grammar used by people who don’t share a common tongue.
Once they ruled the Canary Island. Then the Spaniards came and conquered. Who were these people and how did they seemingly vanish as a vibrant island kingdom?
For Clyde Barrow, incarceration at the Eastham Prison Farm marked the beginning of life of rampage and destruction across the Midwest.
A Victorian villain of the first order, a murderer of prostitutes, may have claimed with his dying breath that he was Jack the Ripper.
In 1940, Lithuania was annexed by the former USSR. At that time, Nazi Germany had already annexed Poland and was on the march. Incredible mass upheaval, displacement, and death were soon to follow.
Under the Nazi regime, ghettos became the home for many Jews. Keeping the Jews in one place, the Nazis were ensuring the location of all Jews in the area and, in the process, helped to increase their chances of death. Ghettos once were a place for...
Robert Smalls’ capture of a Confederate ship made him a Civil War hero. But during Reconstruction, he fought just as heroically for equal rights for African Americans.
A British soldier of the Great War might have saved the world a great deal of pain if he had squeezed the trigger on his rifle at the right moment.
Beale Street, the home of the blues, was shaken with looting and violence during the 1968 sanitation workers strike which led to the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Frisco and the KCS railroads had a major impact on the growth of Southeastern Oklahoma. This tells a little about their early development.
In the years following the terrible “Trail of Tears”, and before Oklahoma gained statehood, the Indian Territories remained wild and rugged. In southeastern Oklahoma, in what was once the Choctaw Nation, there lived a man who would come to...
John Harrison's invention solved a thorny problem in navigation and saved countless lives, but he was poorly rewarded for his effort.
In 1914, military aviation was in its infancy. By the end of World War One, just four years later, Germany had giant bombers larger than those they would use in World War Two.
The Venn diagram has had a long history in the classroom. And, to this day, it's one of the most effective tools for education. So how did it start and why is it so popular? Let's find out.
The Puritans, led by John Winthrop and John Cotton, lived by the highest standards in a bond of brotherly affection to establish a "City upon a Hill" - a example for the world to see - a witness that God had bestowed His blessings of liberty on the Puritans. "You are the light of the world" (Jesus)
The PBS documentary explains one of the most important events in history with talking heads, well-researched information, and beautiful music.
Serial killers are among the world's most depraved, evil individuals, but there is no doubt that we find them completely fascinating. This article profiles some of the most well-known serial killers of the 20th century. The overview of their crimes will give you chills.
Learn the history behind Buddhist prayer flags (in Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan) and how they are important to Tibetan Buddhism.
Why do people kiss under the mistletoe? We look at the origins of this custom, the kissing bough, prophetic dreams, & other traditions around this festive plant now associated with Christmas.
A summary of the Arian controversy prior to the First Council of Nicaea, the doctrines espoused by the Arians, and the origins of their teaching.
There are many tales of Pancho Villa's exploits. The Mexican bandit and revolutionary was bigger-than-life. He was skilled at raising money for his army, and reputedly equally adept at hiding it.
Resources for those who have woken up to our responsibility to find out the real history from Iwo Jima veterans who are still alive.
A review of Charles B. Dew’s "Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War"
Why did polio live among humans for thousands of years with few cases of paralysis, then change and cripple or kill thousands each year?
The last 100 years in its reign, the dynasty was riddled with problems and became weaker and weaker as timed progressed—however, China did not go down without a fight.
In ancient Israel, Egypt, and Mesopotamia, few virtues were more respected and revered than wisdom. While its exact definition varied from culture to culture, it was nevertheless an ideal in which to aspire to, and those possessing it exhibited...
Were the two atomic bombs used over Hiroshima and Nagasaki necessary for an Allied victory? Or did other (more peaceful) alternatives exist for the United States?
The Battle of Hastings is well known in English history, but it greatly affected French history as well.
Artemis was the Goddess of the Hunt and the Goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology. She also falls into a category known as "virgin" goddesses, just meaning that she felt complete by herself.
Early personal firearms, as opposed to cannons, worked by igniting gunpowder just as cannons did. The problem was how to ignite the gunpowder reliably and safely.
The wedding cake is the showpiece of any modern wedding. Elaborately decorated and often costing thousands of dollars, the bride's cake is one of the key features of the wedding reception. For as long as people have celebrated special occasions,...
This article is about Henry the man - his loves, his wives, his children. Famous for having six wives, Henry is said to be the only English King to have had more wives than mistresses.
In 1953, the body of a man was found in a ditch and taped to his stomach was what appeared to be a coded message.
The Tudors are one of England's most notorious and fascinating royal dynasties. The recent TV show took some enormous liberties with the facts of their lives. Find out some interesting, and real, facts about the Tudors.
Iranians pack the streets for the revolution, shoulder to shoulder. You could see nothing but a sea of people for miles!
In Georgian England orphaned girls had few prospects other than prostitution or domestic service; for some the former might have been a better choice.
After the end of World War Two, Japan was utterly devastated. History books might ignore them, but here's a tribute to the passionate people who helped rekindle the country's spirit.
The name Echidna might not be the most famous in Greek mythology, but her role as a mother was vital, as she was the mother of many of the most famous monsters to appear in stories from Ancient Greece
A short biography of Dr Jose Protacio Rizal,(June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896). Philippine National Hero. He was a nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era.
The former First Lady Rosalynn Carter along with her husband, Jimmy Carter, have been active with the Habitat for Humanity organization and the Carter Center.
When the British made life difficult for German submarines, the U-boats began patrolling US waters. They enjoyed so much success against the unprepared Americans, they called it the Second Happy Time.
There are quite a few fun facts about Roman law that are not very well recognized today. Some of them are actually less fun on account of the severity of the punishment certain crimes received.
Medieval medicine was based largely on inaccurate theories like humorism and sympathetic magic. Many of the herbs and techniques used were as deadly as the illness.
Explores the Gaelic goddess of winter, and her associations in Celtic lore and culture. Also discusses similar figures in Germanic and Slavic tradition.
Books are just books, right? Not really. Many are written with the intent to change the world while others just change it because of the topic. Here are 10 of those books.
Was Joanna Southcott a messenger of God, who would give birth to a New Messiah, or a fraud selling worthless tickets to Heaven?
No doubt, the history of the transatlantic slavetrade still leaves a bitter taste in our mouths, but in what ways do we feel it’s effects today? What good (or bad) has slavery done to the black race?
"Stone Carvings of Cambodia" is a hub about the world-famous Khmer stone carvings, their history, and the culture that gave rise to them. Also discussed in this hub are the rise and fall of Angkor and Angkor Wat.
Gaul was an ancient enemy of Rome, but it was not simply one tribe of barbarians, they were many. Among the Celtic tribes of ancient Gaul the Nervii were considered the bravest and most warlike.
William “Buffalo Bill” Cody was a nineteenth-century bison hunter, scout, and Indian fighter who turned into a showman and had a great influence on the modern view of the taming of the Old West.
Doug Hansen from Kent, Washington, was possibly the first and only postal worker to successfully climb Mt. Everest. This article explores his amazing feat, and his tragic death.
This article explores the political, social, and economic changes that occurred in Europe across the Twentieth Century.
Author of "The Souls of Black Folk," and a founder of the NAACP, W.E.B. Du Bois was a scholar, writer and activist who had a profound and continuing impact on American society.
Was the recklessness showed by Custer at the Little Bighorn fueled by a humiliating rebuke from President Grant?
In 1968 Peanuts, the most popular comic strip in history, was still all white. But a concerned schoolteacher convinced Charles Schulz to bring a black kid into the cast.
Benjamin Franklin was a man with many skills and talents. To name a few, he was an American Founding Father, a diplomat, scientist, inventor, author, and publisher.
Historians today still have trouble identifying what really happened to the colonists of Roanoke Island. There are multiple popular theories that possibly explain this disturbing mystery.
Every military commander to follow him in history has revered Alexander the Great. He is the standard by which every conqueror has not only been judged by historians but also by themselves.
Cattle Annie and Little Britches are mostly forgotten in western history, but not in Oklahoma and Indian Territories. There, they were thee two most famous female outlaws ever to strap on a six gun.
Mary Elizabeth Bowser operated as a Union spy in the household of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Never caught, she was one of the most productive Union operatives of the Civil War.
Well before any of the other belligerents in WW1, the so-called backward Russians, produced the four-engine Ilya Muromets, the world's first heavy bomber.
Explores the lives of female pirates from 1700, including Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Charlotte Badger, and Gunpowder Gertie.
The Underground Railroad was a secret network that developed in the U.S. before the Civil War. The purpose of the "railroad" was to guide runaway American slaves to safe havens in Canada.
Obsessed with fairy tales and building castles King Ludwig II had almost bankrupted Bavaria when he was found dead, under circumstances which remain mysterious to this day.
Feminism in the 21st Century is a mix of many different feminist beliefs. From the influence of the first movement that took root in 1840 to present times, the end-state goal of the women’s movement has not strayed from its intense desire to...
The U.S.S. Batfish (SS-310) was one of the most successful submarines during WWII. This article discusses the Batfish submarine (now housed in Muskogee) and it's devastating role during the war.
While sibling saints are rare, brother and sister saints are most uncommon. These saints reveal the beauty of mutual support between siblings.
The earliest inhabitants of Greece were probably Mousterian hunter-gatherers who roamed the region during the Middle Palaeolithic period. By 4000 BC Neolithic villages were established in most fertile lowland regions. The earliest cities date from...
Poteau's Dunbar School was the first school in Oklahoma to be desegregated. This article tells the history.
At the start of World War Two, 209 Polish defenders in an ammunition depot held off thousands of Germans, a battleship and dive-bombers. Even when hope of relief evaporated, they fought on.
One of the most famous ships in sailing history, the RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage in 1912. Here are 15 interesting facts about the ship and the disaster.
In WW2, African American officers of the 477th Bomber Group courageously put their careers and their lives on the line to fight segregation
A document dating from 1937 has been used to show that Adolf Hitler planned to wage war several years before he did so. But is this a fair analysis?
This article discusses mistaken beliefs, myths, and legends regarding certain historical figures who are mistakenly believed to have been U.S. Presidents.
Of all of the Oklahoma treasure tales, the tales surrounding Standing Rock may be the most interesting. The myths surrounding this treasure range from spanish conquistadors to doctors and ranchers.
The battle of the Somme is today synonymous with military folly and pointless bloodshed, but in truth there were good reasons to attempt the massive assault. The military balance at the time favoured the defender, but there seemed to be no other way to break the deadlock.
After Franco's death, Spain "forgot" about it past. It wasn't until the 21st century that the campaign to recover memory was started.
Birds and man have a long history of weaving intricate objects, materials, and patterns. Read about these fascinating facts woven into this article.
Some people think they know everything about Deadwood, South Dakota, but could they pass a history test that includes the true facts about the town and its people?
Matryoshka dolls, also known as Russian nesting dolls, date back to the 19th century. There are different theories regarding their origin.
Michael Faraday was an English scientist famous for his discoveries in electricity and electrochemistry.
Some of Adolf Hitler's quotations regarding propaganda, leadership and religion and how they reveal the man and his methods. Some may find these chilling in light of the current state of the world.
Who is Perseus? Perseus is a hero of ancient Greek mythology who slew dragons--the Gorgon, Medusa, and the sea serpent, Cetus. He married Andromeda after rescuing her from Cetus.
Pirates, buccaneers and privateers - they all engaged in the same sorts of activities, raiding vessels at sea and coastal towns, yet they were not exactly the same thing. This hub explains the differences between pirates, buccaneers and privateers.
A century ago, Linda Hazzard practiced a form of medicine in Washington State based on her belief that people ate too much food. Her therapies were sometimes fatal to her patients.
Martin Van Buren, although known for his success in politics prior to his presidency, gaining the name "Little Magician," his success while president was not as strong and became very unpopular.
John Quincy Adams the sixth president, not to be confused with his dad John Adams the third president, was known for his philosophical stance on politics among other things.
In the midst of all his life's accomplishments as president, Abraham Lincoln is actually most well known for his assassination. The small, poorly known details about the final moments of his life give us interesting insight into who President Lincoln truly was as a person.
In the first of a series of articles on Medal of Honor winners from the artillery branch, we look at three heroes from World War II.
The most efficient branch of the U.S. Army in World War II was the artillery. 20 years of innovations between the wars helped make it the best in the world.
For over 100 years, the tragic history of the Titanic has captivated people's interest and has continuously been a source of speculation and wonder. Many know the infamous liner struck an iceberg, and sank into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean. But do they know why?
The legend of Princess Sheila NaGeira is well known throughout Newfoundland. She has inspired numerous articles, books, and even a couple of musicals. But just who was this mysterious person?
The Meiji Restoration, or the Meiji Revolution, had and has a controversial image in Japan. This discusses some articles on the subject and the opinion of Japanese liberals and socialists on it.
At Chattanooga, Confederate soldiers were only yards away from Ulysses S. Grant, the most important Union general in the Civil War. But instead of shooting him, they lined up to salute him.
The soldiers of WWI were unprepared for the Horrors of life in the trenches, In the war to end all wars the soldiers in the trenches were living in what was called "Hell on earth"
A brief look at the origins of the London Stock Exchange and how it became the integral financial institution it is today.
Factory work in Victorian England was often sweat labour for low wages; in 1888 a group of young women decided to do something about it.
The Scottish-born inventor and innovator was credited with inventing the first practice telephone, helping improve the lives of the deaf, and founding Bell Telephone Company.
Puritans were instrumental in developing these documents and contributed to democratic thought, the development of America’s unique sense of individualism, and the national concept of work ethics.
Demeter is the archetype of someone who derives fulfillment from nurturing others. It is otherwise known as the Maternal instinct, although in our times many men are free to express nurturing sides.
This is a short history of Imperial measurements and shipping in the American Colonies. The page also explains barrels, hogsheads, kilderkins, and other wooden casks.
For some, life in a medieval castle would have been relatively comfortable; for others, it would have been a smelly and dirty place to live. It depended on whether you were born wealthy or poor, a noble or a serf.
Napoleon Bonaparte or ‘Little Corporal’ as he was called was a real war hero and a great leader of Europe. But his love life has no such greatness and his affairs with three different women were extraordinary and showed the paleness in the charisma of Napoleon.
A red herring and a fine or pretty kettle of fish are idioms with an interesting history. Both the literal meanings of the terms and the unexpected ones are fun to explore.
Who were the parents of Tutankhamun? Little is still known about the life and death of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, but recent DNA analysis on royal mummies of the Amarna period have produced some surprising results
Festubert was a relatively short but bloody battle that took place from May 15th-25th, 1915 in the Ypres salient. In the end, less than a kilometer was gained by the Allies. A more fruitless battle in the entire war would be hard to identify.
An Ohio woman started killing her family members in the 1920s and afterwards is said to have claimed, “The only fun I ever had was after I kilt people.”
Lots of folks lost their heads in the French Revolution. Princess Élisabeth of France was one of them.
Throughout history propaganda has moved individuals and civilizations to do the unimaginable. Understanding the history of propaganda helps to reveal how our susceptibility came to be.
An overview of the primary and secondary historical sources for the events that took place during the First Council of Nicaea, 325 A.D. A list of sources is included with book and chapter references.
Brownies and House Elves feature prominently in the folklore of Northern Europe. But, they weren't always cuddly. In fact, poltergeist activity was often attributed to an angry brownie!
During the American Civil War Robert Smalls became a national hero by capturing a Confederate ship and using it to carry himself and other slaves to freedom.
Gladstone and Disraeli are generally thought of as the two greatest British Prime Ministers of the 19th century. They absolutely loathed each other.
The consequences of the Industrial Revolution seemed answered by Social Darwinism. But, through Carnegie and Alger, we see that Populism and Progressivism were responses to strengthen the Republic.
Ramesses II was not born to rule Egypt, but when his family was selected for the task, he proved to be one of the best leaders of all time and has the artifacts to prove it.
Terrible food, miserable living conditions, brutal discipline, and the strong possibility of an early violent death were the lot of Eighteenth Century sailors.
The Doni Tondo, a Holy Family painted in the early 1500s, is the only panel painting attributed to Michelangelo. It anticipates the colours and the great figures of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
The story of Zeus and Europa in Greek mythology is a well known love story, with the supreme deity abducting Europa before seducing her.
Maritime disasters, whether in times of war or peace, can be some of the deadliest, most devastating events imaginable.This article lists five of the worst shipwrecks in history, from the famous sinking of the Titanic to the little know tragedy of the MV Wilhelm Gustloff.
The French Revolution; Jacobins; Reign of Terror; Guillotine; Vendee Uprising; King Louis XVI; Robespierre; Bigot; Illuminati; Cult of Reason; Atheism; Communism; Feminism; Satanism; the Antichrist.
As World War II was grinding towards to its cataclysmic end, a heroic effort was made to rescue as many people as possible from the Nazi concentration camps.
Therapy has progressed from driving out demons through violence and abuse to psychoanalysis and medication with lobotomies and electroconvulsive shocks along the way.
During the British attack of Fort McHenry in 1814, Francis Scott Key witnessed the event from the safety of a British warship. For those brave men at the fort, the night was a long and deadly affair.
Under London are plague pits used to bury victims of the Black Death and the Great Plague of 1665? Where are the plague pits in London and why were they dug?
The catalyst for the first Persian war stemmed from a revolt by Greek Ionians. It was instigated by Aristagoras, economic burdens, and a feeling of being treated unfairly by the Empire. Athens came to the Ionians aid. During the rebellion, one of...
During the American Civil War, the Confederate president made several decisions that led to the defeat of the South.
Was there a secret language of hand fans? This article looks at the historical references and discusses whether it was a common practice or just a romantic fabrication.
The sock hop, a rockin' rollin' sock-footed dance craze of the 1950s was loved by all dancing teenagers. It was a well-chaperoned dance full of good clean fun and an economical way for teens to spend Saturday night.
The old expression to “set a thief to catch a thief” certainly applied to Jonathan Wild, who prowled the streets of London in the 18th century operating on both sides of the law.
In 1851, at a time when there were only 25 women in a booming mining camp of 5000 men, one of those women was accused of murder, and became the only woman in California ever to be unlawfully hanged.
Great Lakes steamer Rising Sun sailed from High Island to Benton Harbor, Michigan in October, 1917. It was her last voyage. Here is the story plus photos contributed by a reader of the article.
James Buchanan became president just before the United States plunged into the nation’s most deadly war between the pro-slavery southern states and the anti-slavery northern states. As the southern states seceded from the Union one by one in the last months of his presidency, he helplessly stood by.
This article covers events and relationships that led to the short marriage and scandalous separation from his wife of Lord Byron which led to his consequent self-imposed exile from England
Between the mid-1800s and the 1930s, spittoons were as common in American households as pots and pans and as common in American public places as trash cans. It was the golden age of spitting in America. These photos tell the story.
Properly named The United Mexican States, Mexico is the biggest country on the land bridge connecting North and South America. A complex region with a rich cultural and political history. Bienvenido!
Here are five obscure facts pertaining to World War 1, including aircraft losses, chemical warfare, tanks, Sherlock Holmes (sort of), and the first and last British soldiers killed in action.
Helen of Troy is famous in Greek mythology for being one of the causes of the Trojan War. Before her abduction by Paris she had been married, and all of the most eligible of men had vied for her hand.
A woman with the look of everybody’s favourite Grandma has left a trail of elderly men behind her who are poorer for making the lady’s acquaintance.
During World War II, fighter pilots and bombardiers reported strange red ball of light flying alongside them in the European skies. Were these UFOS or a secret Nazi weapon? Or, they something else?
When a strong individual rises up to lead into the future, he can be perceived with mixed emotions. He could be seen as the answer to prayer or as the one destroying what once was strong. Peter the Great of Russia was such a figure. His personality...
Life in the trenches of World War 1 was squalid. Trench fever was one consequence of the dirty conditions but it wasn't an all together unwelcome complaint. Find out what caused trench fever in World War 1.
Julius Caesar is often considered a tyrant. This article argues that he was simply a popular leader living in a different and difficult time.
Although World War I was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the Balkans, the fighting in Southeast Europe is not well-known.
At 89 years-old, Harold Camping predicted the end of the world. He based it on a complex mathematical formula. Interestingly this wasn't his first prediction nor his last. So who was Harold Camping?
A history of the British wig: the "peruke," more commonly called the "powdered wig" or the "judge's wig." What follows is a history of the peruke's origins, terminology, culture, and even a fun Monty Python video.
St. John of the Cross is the patron of Spanish poets. His most illuminative poetry emerged from the darkness of imprisonment.
In the progress of human civilization, two major historical trends have been consequential: the transition to agriculture, and the industrial revolution. These two major events are primarily responsible for certain regions and societies becoming wealthier and more powerful than others. Human progress and advancement continues with ongoing improvements in technology and science.
Andrew Jackson was the first Scots-Irish elected President of the United States, as well as the first westerner, the first not born into a prominent colonial family, the first born in a log cabin, the first born into poverty, the first nominated by...
How did the US end up in the Vietnam War? The answers are many and long, ranging from underestimation of its enemy, to overestimation of itself, and a way of thinking that forced but one course.