What happened to Wallis Simpson after Edward died? Was she senile? Was she bedridden? Or was she imprisoned in her own home by her elderly French lawyer, Maitre Blum? And when did she really die?
During the 17th century, the first Europeans that settled in the Middle Colonies of British North America – composed of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania – were the Dutch and Swedish Lutherans. In 1681, William Penn, a Quaker,...
In June 1999, NATO commander US General Wesley Clark ordered troops to seize Kosovo’s airport from the Russians by force. The British questioned this order, not wanting to start World War III.
President Andrew Jackson, nicknamed Old Hickory, lived a hard left, but through his hard work and outgoing personality, he became quite successful in all of his endeavors.
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.
When building an empire, nations go through certain processes to promote their power and expansion, usually through society, politics, and the economy.
The story of Zeus and Europa in Greek mythology is a well known love story, with the supreme deity abducting Europa before seducing her.
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.
The transformation of Japanese dress at the end of the Classical Period was gradual, but profound. Today, we will examine kimono in the time of the Shogun and samurai.
The Sleep of King Arthur in Avalon, 1898 King Arthur is perhaps the most well-known subject in Anglophone literature. Not many other legends that originated over a millennium ago are still told as frequently and with such gusto today. But, what...
In July 1940 Hitler stood poised on the Channel coast, ready to invade England. He drew up a seemingly elaborate plan called Operation Sealion that was ambitious but foolproof at first glance. However, a closer look seems to suggest otherwise...
One of the most recognisable of figures of Greek mythology, Atlas was not a god of Mount Olympus, but was from the preceding Titan dynasty. Atlas would be an enemy of Zeus and would be punished.
Explore Ancient Greece through fun, hands-on activities your homeschoolers or classroom students will love. Learn about the Gods, myths, geography and geometry. Come step back to Greeks of Old...
To stop thousands of Belgians, spies and smugglers from slipping over to the neutral Netherlands, the Germans constructed an electrified border. Up to 3,000 people were electrocuted.
The Civil War Battle Of Vicksburg gave the North a great strategic advantage, and brought US Grant to the top among Union generals, positioning him to finally win the war.
On May 19, 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was led to the scaffold and executed by swordsman. She now lies in St. Peter ad Vincula with her cousin, Henry VIII's fifth wife, Katherine Howard.
The ship Admiral Gardner sank in a raging storm in 1809 sending to the bottom of the ocean thousands of copper coins that would take nearly two centuries to recover.
The shipwreck of the El Cazador with its vast silver coin hoard in 1784 would trigger a sequence of events which lead to America’s purchase of the vast track of land known as the Louisiana Territory.
A brief look at the debate over whether or not Napoleon should be considered a savior, or tyrant of France
Medical schools used to rely on cadavers for dissection supplied by The Resurrection Men. As demand rose, tragically, body snatching was soon to lead to murder
When it comes to Mesoamerican and South American civilizations, nothing is much known about their gods and mythologies. While there are sufficient scriptures written about the ancient eastern civilizations such as Mesopotamia, Greece, India and...
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”.
She was the small cruise ship that gained both fame and infamy during her 40 years as the Cunard Flagship. But after being replaced by Queen Mary 2 in 2008, where has she gone? Answer: Exile.
The Roman Baths complex in the city of Bath, England, is a major tourist attraction. It offers a fascinating look at the lives of Ancient Romans in Britain.
Founded in 1832, Skullyville was one of Oklahoma’s oldest, most important towns. Throughout its brief but turbulent existence, Skullyville served as the capitol of the Choctaw Nation, was a key stop on the renowned Butterfield Stage Route, was ravaged by the bloody Civil War, and was known as a cultural and educational center.
Late in the 19th century, a crack shot was needed to keep African railway construction from grinding to a halt.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial salutes Veterans who died during the war. The Wall has an interesting history surrounded by controversy. The Three Servicemen Statue and Womens Memorial are also in the park.
Californians are used to earthquakes, but once in a while a seismic event gets everyone's attention. Long Beach and San Francisco each had historic quakes.
An oral storytelling performance can be both entertaining and educational. Prose, poems, and songs can all tell a story. Myths and traditional tales are often shared orally.
Hockey, football, rugby, baseball. Contemporary ball games have roots in the athletic competitions and games of the Middle Ages.
During the 1863 siege of Vicksburg, with no newsprint available, the town's newspaper was printed on wallpaper. The July 4, 1863 edition of the Vicksburg Daily Citizen became one of the most famous published during the Civil War.
After the Amarna Period, a strange, diplomatic incident occurred that is now known as the ‘Zannanza Affair’. A cry for help from an Egyptian queen would eventually lead to murder and warfare.
During World War II, some men who refused to fight volunteered for a study on the effects of starvation on the human body.
Jacques Benveniste gained the unusual honor of being awarded two Ig Nobel prizes for work that appeared to support the claims of homeopathy.
Andrew Jackson's reputation is not the greatest, but was he really the Indian hater people claimed he was?
Did General George Gordon Meade, Union commander at Gettysburg, miss a golden opportunity to end the Civil War in 1863 by failing to cut off Robert E. Lee’s retreat?
When the earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 occurred on the New Madrid Fault, many thought the world was ending.
The Tudor monarch was a man of large appetites and it took a small army of servants to feed him and his court.
In the U. S. Constitution, the phrase,"three fifths of all other Persons," designates the slave population in its entirety; it does not refer to the humanity of each black person.
Dan Quayle is an American politician who served as the 44th Vice President of the United States from 1989 to 1993, teaming with President George H.W. Bush.
The Bretons are descendants of the Britons, who emigrated from southwestern Great Britain to the farthest western shores of Brittany, France and brought the Brittonic Celtic languages with them.
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.
A time of political and cultural upheaval throughout Europe, the Ireland of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, was a period of cultural revolution that reshaped the nation irrevocably.
Around the landscape of Denmark can be seen evidence of trolls. Their caves, mounds, and holes dot the landscape. Are they really fierce savage monsters though?
Review and summary of Susan Pedersen's book, "The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire."
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...
Maria Marten was a young woman living in Suffolk in eastern England who had the misfortune to fall in love with a wastrel.
The Russian Revolution of 1905 began on January 9, 1905 with the massacre in St. Petersburg, where troops fired on a peaceful crowd attempting to bring petitions for change to the Tsar. This day has been named Bloody Sunday. The crowd was led by Father George Gapon who formalized the demands of the revolutionaries to present them to Tsar Nicholas II. While Father Gapon was working with the radicals he became sympathetic to their cause and was the main author of “A Most Humble and Loyal Address,
Wondering where witches lived? Let's go on a global journey from England to Ireland to America, and I'll show you homes of some of the most famous witches in history.
The Canongate is the lower section of the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh, in Scotland. It was once a separate burgh from the city itself before becoming incorporated in 1865. Therefore it developed a history and culture of its own.
In Georgian England orphaned girls had few prospects other than prostitution or domestic service; for some the former might have been a better choice.
In an era when blacks were thought incapable of flying airplanes, Eleanor Roosevelt went up with a black pilot at the controls. By doing so, she helped establish the famed Tuskegee Airmen of WW2.
The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest Islamic Empires to date. It expanded from the Red Sea to present day Algeria to the borders of Austria-Hungry, and in its vast territory Islam encountered many different types of people (Ahmad 20). On the western front of the empire the Ottomans conquered Byzantine, Venetian, and other European territories. Each of these areas were predominately Christian previous to Ottoman rule and were able to remain so during. For the purpose of this paper, Ottoman i
What it was like in the capital city of the Confederacy when it fell to the hated Yankees, as depicted in the Civil War diaries of residents of the city?
When one thinks of ancient libraries, one thinks of Greece, Egypt and Rome - but great libraries have existed the world over throughout the centuries. Fire, war and time destroyed most of the world's ancient libraries, and with them volumes of irreplaceable knowledge.
John Quincy Adams, son of former president John Adams, was an American statesman who served as a diplomat, minister and ambassador to foreign nations, treaty negotiator, United States Senator, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, and the sixth president of the United States from 1825 to 1829.
The reign of King James VI resulted in Scotland becoming one of the worst perpetrators of witch trials in Europe. Why was James so obsessed with witchcraft?
The 16th century English buccaneer Sir Francis Drake died without heirs and this has inspired many to search for a supposed fortune.
Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone revolutionized 19th century communication and was the precursor to the development of of the satellite mobile communications revolution of today...
Was the recklessness showed by Custer at the Little Bighorn fueled by a humiliating rebuke from President Grant?
The Hittites and Mitannis descended from Aryan migrants who came from a larger civilization of Indo-European people. The Hittite empire was important in Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical histories.
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.
"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use." Those who assume that the first lady of etiquette was a proper person from a privileged background would...
Thomas Read Rootes Cobb wrote in 1858 in his "An Inquiry into the Law of Negro Slavery in the United States of America" pamphlet that "the most enlightened have, at some period within their existence, adopted it as a system ..."
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.
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.
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.
The experiment to ban alcohol in the United States sparked a creative explosion as people found ingenious ways of subverting the law.
Did Jesse James and his gang bury treasure in Oklahoma? If so, what happened to it? Explore some of the theories as to what happened to their ill-gained loot here.
Are witches real, are they just legend, or perhaps both? Learn more about Pythia, the ancient Greek witch and oracle - mistress of divination and necromancy.
Review and summary of historian Andrew Needham's book, "Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest"
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.
At the turn of the 19th century, British English began to change while American English stayed the same. How and why did this happen? Read more to find out..
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?
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.
The first Zeppelin ever lost to the enemy in air-to-air combat was the German LZ 37. British Sub-Lieutenant Rex Warneford brought it down, but he didn't shoot it down.
British propaganda in WW1 accused the Germans of shipping their dead soldiers in a “corpse factory” where they would be rendered into oils, candles, nitroglycerin, and other products.
This article explores the life and character of Nat Turner; famous leader of the Southampton Slave Insurrection.
The words "In God We Trust" have been on United States money for over a century. How did this motto get on our money? - here is the story.
The 1976 generation of school children brought down the almighty Apartheid regime. They did it with sticks, stones, petrol bombs and road blocks. and becoming ungovernable. A Revolution exploding..
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.
Who are some of the most notable First Ladies of the United States? How did they contribute to the success of their husband’s careers in politics and to the life of their country?
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.
Queen Ahmose Nefertari was a powerful queen in Ancient Egypt and could be viewed as the mother of the 18th dynasty. Find out more about Ahmose Nefertari and her life in Ancient Egypt.
Until Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her in 2015, she was the longest-reigning woman in history. Here are some fun and interesting facts about Queen Victoria.
Ora Labora known as “Christian German Agricultural and Benevolent Society of Ora et Labora” (Pray and Work), where it's parishioners could combine work with prayer, and live according to the Methodist Church Discipline. Founded in 1862 on Michigan’s Wild Fowl Bay, the colony disappeared in 1867
Analysis and summary of historiographical trends surrounding Latin American neutrality during World War One.
To understand Luther and the Protestant Reformation, one has to understand humanism. This Renaissance was a movement that would have man taking control of their own lives and souls: “man was now the creator of his own destiny.” This was the...
Queen Elizabeth I of England had been a robust woman all of her life, and a renowned beauty. But within the space of 6 months, between 1602 and 1603, her health deteriorated suddenly and she died. This article explores how she may have been a victim of the quest for the fashionable ideal of her day.
German, Belgian, French, British, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian armies used war-dogs in the Great War as sentry dogs, scout dogs, casualty dogs, explosives dogs, ratters, and mascots etc. Heroes all!
The Ainu are generally viewed as peripheral to Japanese history, but in reality, they were engaged in cultural, economic, and environmental exchanges with Japan that were very historically relevant.
"I cannot tell a lie," "Play It Again, Sam," "Beam me up, Scotty..." Famous quotes from famous people or movies? Think again! You would be surprised to know how many famous MISQUOTES there are!
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.
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.
The reconstruction after the Revolutionary and Civil wars in the United States were alike and contrasted in several ways. Both the Revolutionary War reconstruction and Civil War reconstruction had similarities and differences.
The Victoria age which spanned from 1837 to 1901, saw great changes in technology, industrialization and population growth. Those with the means employed servants for every aspect of running a home. In fact the 1851 census of England, Scotland and...
An analysis of Harriet Jacobs' "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" and William Faulkner's "The Bear" in his collection of stories, "Go Down, Moses". I have explored their similar views on the treatment of slavewomen and the assertion that slavewomen suffered more than slavemen.
The USS Missouri was was struck by a kamikaze during WW2. What happened after that was controversial and unpopular.
Religion wasn't always lacking LGBT figures and themes! Records of ancient mythology indicate many gods and legendary heroes - of every color in the rainbow.
There are several members of the British Royal Family who have effectively been expunged from history. Prince George is one of them. The uncle of Elizabeth II, he had a scandalous life & tragic death
Medieval Europeans believed nutmeg had curative powers and Arabs loved it for its scent and flavour; the spice was worth more than its weight in gold and this led to bloodshed.
The dictionary definition of bleach is "the whiteness that results from removing colour from some thing." The process of bleaching is now extensively applied in science. It is a process that provides a handy solution to countless industrial...
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.
Oppressive regimes. Peasants uprising. The rush of victory. The 20th century was a time of mass upheaval all over the world, where working class peoples demanded more from their governments and took up arms to get it. In Russia and Mexico, the story...
Historians agree that artifacts indicate women in ancient Egypt enjoyed larger scale gender equality when compared to women of other civilizations throughout history, including those who lived during more modern eras.
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.
Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was an influential promoter of the U.S. Constitution and founded the nation's finacial system.
The life and identity of the founder of the Waldensian Movement in Europe is shrouded in mystery. But what we do know about him is profoundly inspirational.
Magazines, books, art materials, toilet tissue, wall-coverings, tickets, posters, packaging and even money are all made from paper. But where does paper come from, who invented it and how is it made?
An interpretation of primary sources on the lost colony of Roanoke, detailing one possible outcome of the settlers' fate.
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.
The humble aspirin tablet is a staple of household medicines. The simple tablet is often overlooked, however it has a fascinating history that spans centuries.
In WW2, African American officers of the 477th Bomber Group courageously put their careers and their lives on the line to fight segregation
The story of Frances Wills, Harriet Pickens, and Mildred McAfee–Three pioneering female officers who helped integrate the US Navy.
What was the cause of the Salem Witch Trials? This article assesses the differing Puritan and Enlightenment views on the Salem Witch Trials during 1692
During the Battle of the Somme, the British and Germans fought for 64 days over a 75-acre patch of woods called High Wood. The British threw in cavalry, gigantic flamethrowers and their new tanks.
Review and summary of Orlando Figes' book, "A People's Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution."
This article explores the life of Heinrich Himmler; overseer of the Einsatzgruppen (SS) and Nazi Germany's notorious concentration camps.
The US produced many mental mindsets about communism and the USSR that forced it to undertake various actions throughout the Early Cold War, often ones which were less than advantageous to itself.
The rights of individuals or groups of human beings have been denied through exploitation by others throughout time, but it is incredible the extent to which some abusers will go. The Dionne Quintuplets suffered from several...
The homes of the first Colonial settlers in America were built simple but sturdy enough to meet the demands of a people who required only the basics of life. Design and aesthetics were non-existent and a non-essential luxury...
This site will share with you some of the history of the French Huguenots and the French speaking Walloons and their relationship to family history and genealogy. Genealogists and family historians have a special interest in the French Huguenots...
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?
James Madison was the father of the Constitution and wrote much of the Federalist Papers. He also had a great influence over George Washington, despite his mild-mannered, shy personality.
Bonfire Night was a big event in the lives of a working class children back in the 1950s. A first-hand account of how we celebrated it, who Guy Fawkes was, and why his effigy is still burned
Despite being one of Britain`s greatest ever generals, Monty was a very difficult person to deal with.
Unlike his wimpy appearance in art, the real St. Aloysius Gonzaga had formidable will power and manly virtue.
At the Tehran Conference in 1943, Churchill told Stalin and Roosevelt that history would be kind to him, as he would write that history. Is he worthy of such historical kindness?
George Washington played a role in two whiskey rebellions. The first occurred, when Yankee distillers began making whiskey from grain, while the second was the actual revolt of whiskey makers in PA.
Review and summary of the historiographical interpretations that surround the emerging Cold War and its impact on world history.
Review and Summary of Paul Cohen's book, "History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth."
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.
Sitting along Interstate 17 in Arizona' s Verde Valley between Phoenix and Flagstaff is an ancient Indian ruin known as Montezuma Castle. Here is the history from its origins as a dwelling to today's
It all began in the 19th century ... when you think of beer, think of Ohio. The Buckeye State (especially in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus) has its own history for brewing beer and ale.
Normans and Anglo Saxons clashed in the longest, hardest-fought and most decisive battle in England in the early Middle Ages. William the Conqueror's victory changed English history forever.
Tyburn was a famous site for public executions in London for many centuries. Many criminals and traitors against were executed on Tyburn Tree and hanging days were huge public spectacles.
Andrew Carnegie was a poor immigrant from Scotland and ended up becoming an American entrepreneur during the time of the Industrial Revolution.
Review and summary of Stephen Rabe's book, "The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America"
In April 1155 BC, pharaoh Ramesses III had his throat cut to the bone. A conspiracy was revealed which involved the women from his harem, sorcerers and high court officials.
Ancient Egyptian nobles and kings loved to keep dwarfs and pygmies in their households. Dwarfs were believed to have supernatural powers and a special connection to the gods.
Learn about the years between World War I and World War II—they began with such promise but ended in such tragedy.
It is hard to believe that in the 19th century, a man could have his wife committed to a psychiatric hospital based solely upon his whim. Yet it was the law that made this possible.
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.
James Monroe, aka the last cocked hat, was the fifth president of the United States. He had a great impact on our country, playing an integral part in the Louisiana Purchase.
During the Great War, the Japanese were allied with the Triple Entente. Though their casualties were miniscule, their navy patrolled half the world and even fought in the Mediterranean Sea.
Why did polio live among humans for thousands of years with few cases of paralysis, then change and cripple or kill thousands each year?
St. John of the Cross is the patron of Spanish poets. His most illuminative poetry emerged from the darkness of imprisonment.
An article on how the Compromise of 1850 caused the breakup of the union, and eventually the Civil War. It also includes the effects the compromise had on slavery and new territories.
In 1958, the Ku Klux Klan held a rally against the Lumbee tribe in North Carolina. They quickly found that they were picking on the wrong group. The KKK got run out of town–permanently.
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.
Alexander II of Russia brought about great reforms to his country that have gone forgotten over the years.
In addition to Benjamin Franklin's political and scientific involvements, he wrote engaging stories to help his readers with many aspects of their lives. These are his five best books that I've read.
Maria Bochkareva was the only woman allowed to join a combat unit in any army in 1914. She formed and commanded the 1st Russian Women's Battalion of Death in 1917 and led it into battle.
Resources for those who have woken up to our responsibility to find out the real history from Iwo Jima veterans who are still alive.
In terms of Nordic mythology, Farbauti is a God. In a certain comic book universe she's a goddess. Here is the tale of how a minor male god had a gender bender for a modern audience.
A profile of four Presidents of the United States who chose not to run for reelection (and one who chose to) and what happened to them afterward.
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"
Soviet Captain Alexander Marinesko, commander of the submarine S-13 during World War II, holds the questionable distinction of causing the most shipping deaths in history.
Jane Shore was born to a respectable, prosperous family during the War of the Roses, but she was to become notorious as Yorkist King Edward IV's mistress. So find out more about her amazing life
Cambridge is one of the quintessential university towns in the UK and it has a long & interesting history. Here are 5 facts about the city of Cambridge and its history you may not have heard.
Curious about the roots of the unique Asian culture we know of today? Here’s a chronological summary of the major periods of Japanese history.
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.
The terror and squalor of World War I trenches pushed many soldiers to the edge of madness; the therapy prescribed for some of these was a firing squad.
The medieval jester grew out of ancient traditions of the comic actor. Many diverses cultures around the world have had some form of the jester, but the medieval court jester is the most iconic.
"My heart and I lie small upon the earth like a grain of throbbing sand. Drifting clouds and tinkling waters, together with the warmth of a genial summer day, bespeak with eloquence the loving Mystery round about us." — Zitkala-Sa
Theseus is one of the most famous of the Greek heroes. This is the story of how he entered the deadly maze of the Labyrinth and encountered the Minotaur, half-man and half-beast.
America's first president, George Washington was keenly aware of his importance as the nation's first president, once remarking that "There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not be hereafter drawn into precedent." This essay provides an overview of Washington's actions as America's first president and how his actions established precedents for the American nation today.
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.
When World War Two erupted, Switzerland declared its neutrality, but after France surrendered in 1940, Hitler started planning Operation Tannenbaum (“Christmas Tree”), the invasion of Switzerland.
German flak towers were not just elevated anti-aircraft defenses; they were massive fortifications resembling castle towers bristling with anti-aircraft weapons. Not one was destroyed during the war.
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...
Tecumseh's death in 1813 is one of the most significant moments in American history depicted in a frieze in the rotunda at the U.S. Capitol. His death marked the end of his pan-Indian confederacy.
The front line troops in the trenches of World War 1, like soldiers in every war, devised their own slang to describe their world. Some terms will be familiar, some will not.
How has Switzerland remained neutral for almost 200 years? It’s not because they declared their neutrality; it’s because they have ensured that invaders would pay dearly for attacking 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.
France's 1940 army was a more powerful force than it is as remembered as, but also suffered from serious shortcomings.
The grand stirring and upheaval of the American Revolution triggered a widespread epidemic of debate concerning the proper place of women in the public sphere. New political ideas and associative independence were at the forefront of women’s issues throughout colonial America.
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.
Albert Einstein was a famous physicist well-known for his theory of relativity. He is considered to be the Father of Modern Physics. Read on to learn more about his life.
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)
Celtic Ireland, the time between the Bronze Age and before the coming of Christianity in the 4th century AD, is often looked on as something of a golden age in Irish history. At this time, the island was home to a rich and flourishing culture with...
The lore of the honey bee from across the Celtic lands, as originally published in Celtic Guide (Volume 4, Issue 7, July 2015).
After over five years of war and more than 55 million deaths, the most feared empire in modern history met its end in Berlin. At its center was the paranoid, drug-transformed emperor, Adolf Hitler.
In all of history, Sequoyah was the only Native American Indian to conceive and perfect an entire alphabet.
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.