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0a3d7829480267a63997ae3c91bb2ebe Adelia @Adelia - about 2 years ago
Caravaggio Lost at Sea | History Today
Self portrait by Louis Finson, 17th century. Jean Bernard/Bridgeman Images.In early July 1610 Caravaggio set sail from Naples, carrying several mysterious paintings. Some four years earlier he had been sentenced to death for killing a Roman nobleman in a duel and had been...continued
Caravaggio
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A59a299a48e660a4cad891f05afdefa8 Geovany @Geovany - about 1 year ago
Warsaw in Flames | History Today
Civilian prisoners captured during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943. Buyenlarge Archive/UIG/Bridgeman Images.The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is one of the events most readily associated with the history of the Holocaust, a focal point of Holocaust commemoration. Even as the wa...continued
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2f3192374c3e88221a336dc5d319c4a3 Zetta @Zetta - over 1 year ago
The Computer in the Aegean
Mechanism of Antikythera, Fragment C. National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Wiki Commons/Zde.In April 1900 a startled telegraph operator based in Athens decoded a signal reporting the discovery of a vast treasure trove beneath the Aegean Sea. Government authorities di...continued
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1a914154cd263fa68f1b8d6529ef63dd Sandrine @Sandrine - about 5 years ago
A Hidden Chapter: Women of the Klan
The Ku Klux Klan has entered popular memory as a sometimes menacing, sometimes almost comical, group of angry men, clad in white robes with hooded faces, setting crosses alight, or thundering through Reconstruction-era American towns on horseback. This image, however, fai...continued
Women of the klan
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6c170accf2ec5f1d4dbc252c635bb25c Erik @Erik - almost 5 years ago
A History of Chop Suey
On the night of 14 June 1904, New York’s Chinatown was plunged into a deep gloom. For the past 20 years, it had thrived off the city’s seemingly insatiable appetite for chop suey. Every night, restaurants along Moot and Pell were thronged with sophisticates clamouring for...continued
Chopsuey
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C32976707dcb28036c1f4ea777f1875b Kraig @Kraig - almost 5 years ago
The Triumphs and Tragedies of Judicial Politics
The United Kingdom Supreme Court has delivered a hugely significant verdict, the consequences of which will reverberate throughout the nation’s political life for generations to come. With one legal stroke, the Justices, whose opinion was presented by Baroness Hale on Tue...continued
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0a3d7829480267a63997ae3c91bb2ebe Adelia @Adelia - over 2 years ago
How Father Christmas Found his Reindeer
Illustration for Robert  L. May’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1949 © Getty Images.When I was a child, I could never have imagined Santa Claus without his reindeer. They were as much a part of his character as his bushy white beard, his red coat, or his sack of present...continued
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Da22e3d6f8549192c3eca95f63ffdcdc Elody @Elody - almost 2 years ago
No Laughing Matter | History Today
Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart, by Frans Hals, 1623. Bridgeman Images.In Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose (1983), laughter is no laughing matter. Set in 1327, the story follows William of Baskerville as he investigates a series of mysterious deaths at a Benedictine mona...continued
Laughing
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E5a600388a4be6ed5b515081737d8445 Angus @Angus - almost 5 years ago
A History of Börek | History Today
During the reign of Sultan Mehmet IV (r. 1648-87), the Dîvân-ı Hümâyûn (imperial council) would meet every other morning in a domed chamber of the Topkapi Palace. When the Grand Vizier and his ministers had dealt with affairs of state, they would sit down to a magnificent...continued
Borek
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F83221f06565aed5272a3e729d6efe18 Alexander @Alexander - almost 5 years ago
The History of the Barbecue
Lockhart, Texas has plenty of reasons to feel proud. With its unique collection of 19th-century buildings, it is one of the prettiest towns in Caldwell County – and a favourite of Hollywood producers. More than 50 films have been made there, from Baby, the Rain Must Fall ...continued
Bbq
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54935a891902e2aabfc16d0ef9ab31da Americo @Americo - over 2 years ago
The Battle of the Gauges
Cartoon by Angus Reach, 1845 © Lordprice Collection/Alamy.Queen Victoria was definitely not amused. Whenever she travelled from her estate on the Isle of Wight to her castle at Balmoral, she encountered the inconvenience of twice changing trains, once at Basingstoke and a...continued
Gauge
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C0decc0c6b5bd408c22c456fa130a368 Marie @Marie - over 2 years ago
A Donkey’s Day in Court
The Trial of Bill Burns, by P. Mathews, 19th century. Alamy.There were gasps as the victim was led into court. Some laughed. Clerks whispered excitedly. The defendant, Bill Burns, was appalled. Putting his thumb to his nose, he blew a loud raspberry. But of the victim’s i...continued
Donkey
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8bc9d6e15b3458e41c925e171d8de6d8 Jany @Jany - over 1 year ago
Genes‘R’Us: Science and Ideology in the Lysenko Controversies
Trofim Lysenko measuring the growth of wheat on one of the kolkhoz fields near Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, c.1930s.Like many wealthy Americans in the first half of the 20th century, the self-made entrepreneur Roger Babson believed fervently in the power of genes. There are onl...continued
Genes
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A59a299a48e660a4cad891f05afdefa8 Geovany @Geovany - over 3 years ago
How did the Elephant get its Trunk?
‘In the High and Far off Times, the Elephant … had no trunk,’ wrote Rudyard Kipling. ‘He had just a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side.’ But there was one elephant’s child who was more curious than the rest. He wanted to ...continued
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036a71cbab8d3106d8fc0389f9b4ef6f Eleanora @Eleanora - about 3 years ago
Catullus and Lesbia’s Sparrow | History Today
No sparrow has provoked as much affection or controversy as that commemorated by the Roman poet Catullus (c.84-54 BC). The pet of an unnamed puella – presumably his beloved ‘Lesbia’ – the bird in question appears in two short verses, each written in charming hendecasyllab...continued
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7bcb1d07c0ef7a8d3ef21a145cb66a5c Giovanni @Giovanni - about 2 years ago
Weighing up the Evidence | History Today
Map of the universe according to the theories of Tycho Brahe, from Andreas Cellarius' Harmonia Macrocosmica, 1660 © Granger/Bridgeman Images.It is one of the most famous quotations that was never said: Eppur si muove (And yet it moves). Galileo Galilei’s muttered protest ...continued
Weighing up
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39b1531710d6d8cc8cd7a9a0bb2d9867 Ryleigh @Ryleigh - over 4 years ago
A History of Monkeys | History Today
In 1562, an etching by Pieter van der Heyden turned the Dutch art world upside down. Modelled after a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, it depicted a well-known folk story. In the middle of the scene, a peddler lies sleeping beneath a tree. As he is slumbering, howeve...continued
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Cc9f6ece4882994c85a7dc0305a4b841 Marjory @Marjory - almost 4 years ago
Bats: Out of Hell? | History Today
What would vampires be without bats? In Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), locus classicus of the modern vampire, the two were inextricably linked. With his ‘sharp, white teeth’, pointed ears, ‘highly-arched nostrils’ and cloak ‘spreading out around him like great wings’, the ...continued
Bats 2
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656f443bf945c1d489be8648db415f13 Cynthia @Cynthia - over 1 year ago
Armless Fun? | History Today
The Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum, Paris, 1964. Photo © Gamma-Keystone, France via Getty Images.On 8 April 1820 Olivier Voutier was digging on the Greek island of Milos (or Melos) when he spotted something extraordinary. A 23-year-old ensign in the French navy, he ha...continued
Demilo
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0cefff9aac729a36835c46e07795e1e7 Mariano @Mariano - over 1 year ago
The ‘Lost’ Emperor? | History Today
One of the alleged Sponsian coins featuring a bust of the emperor Sponsian, depicted wearing a radiate crown, c.260-70 © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.Carl Gustav Heraeus was not the sort of man who got excited easily. A stiff Swedish-born scholar, he had risen fro...continued
Coins
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70753e5e348bf454161ee0bcc63fed8d Juliet @Juliet - about 3 years ago
Placing the Platypus | History Today
On 29 August 1884 William Hay Caldwell sent the most important telegram ever written about a platypus. Then just 25 years old, he had spent four months searching for its eggs on the banks of the Burnett River in North Queensland – with little success. After much splashing...continued
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6232f8a636fcadbbec0b89d4f6ded6e2 Ericka @Ericka - almost 3 years ago
Dolphins of the Belfiore | History Today
Calliope, missing Muse of epic poetry? Or a lost Venus? Detail of a painting by Cosimo Tura, c.1455-60, National Gallery, London © Bridgeman Images.In the mid-15th century, Ferrara was one of the most glittering cities in Renaissance Italy. Under the rule of Leonello and ...continued
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Eb0f1753654cff1630386503eeba7c5d Bobby @Bobby - almost 4 years ago
Dürer’s Enduring Rhino | History Today
On 20 May 1515, the first Indian rhinoceros to set foot in Europe in more than 1,000 years arrived in Lisbon. A gift to Manuel I of Portugal from Alfonso de Albuquerque, who had himself received it from Sultan Muzafar I of Gujarat, it caused a sensation. News of the extra...continued
Rhinos
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76cef6f73945104b91bf5d96ec4a3ce2 Rowan @Rowan - over 4 years ago
A History of Haggis | History Today
In 2009, the world of haggis was rocked by controversy. While most of us might think of it as the quintessentially Scottish dish, Catherine Brown, a Glasgow-born food historian, claimed to have discovered a cookery book from 1615 ‘proving’ that the ‘great chieftain o the ...continued
Haggis
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Aafc872a384e36f0c748991d0e7580c6 Minnie @Minnie - almost 3 years ago
One Giant Leap for Tortoise-Kind
USSR stamp commemorating Zond 5, 12 April 1969. Wiki Commons.On 17 September 1968 two Russian tortoises found themselves hurtling through space, almost 325,000km from Earth. Bobbing about weightlessly in narrow cages, they were hungry, thirsty and probably more than a lit...continued
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