The 1932 Presidential elections may have been the most consequential in recent American history. But the results were almost overturned by a man with a gun.Continue reading The Assassination Attempt on FDR
Greek fire was the most terrifying weapon of its day. It was a flammable liquid that could be sprayed on its target from a distance, could not be put out easily, and burned even on water. To this day, we do not know how it was made.
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Fort Ontario in Oswego NY was the target of a French attack in 1756 during the French and Indian War.
Continue reading The Battle of Fort Oswego
Perhaps the most famous fighter plane of the Second World War, the Spitfire was produced in numerous versions throughout the entire conflict and saw service in every theater.
Continue reading Icons of Aviation History: Spitfire
An early history of “trousers”.
So, a few days ago I was poking around on YouTube watching some old TV commercials, when I happened to come across this gem that I had remembered seeing years ago:
Continue reading An Early History of Pants and Trousers
In 1966, the US Strategic Air Command lost four nuclear weapons over Spain when a B-52 bomber collided with a tanker plane.Continue reading The Palomares “Broken Arrow” Nuclear Bomb Accident
The first evidence we have for the use of fire by early hominids comes from several sites, dated roughly 1 million years ago, which were likely occupied by Homo erectus. But the earliest evidence for hominids actually making fire is much younger.Continue reading Quest for Fire
The Mitchell Park Botanical Conservatory, more popularly known as “The Domes”, is a county-run botanical garden in Milwaukee. The collection is housed inside three large domes, each one containing plants from a particular climatic and geographical zone (domestic gardens, tropical forests, and deserts).Continue reading Milwaukee’s Domes Conservatory
Buluc, also known as Puluc, is an ancient board game played by the Maya in Central America.Continue reading The Maya Game of Buluc
One of the more interesting displays in Arizona’s Musical Instrument Museum centers around an extremely odd instrument called the “theramin”.Continue reading The Theramin
The sling is best-known from the Biblical legend of David and Goliath. But it is one of the most ancient of weapons, likely dating back over 10,000 years.
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A short history of “museums”.Continue reading A History of Museums
During the First World War, the US Army depended for most of its tactical communications upon a small group of female volunteers called “the Hello Girls”.Continue reading The “Hello Girls” of WW1
The iceberg that sank the Titanic in April 1912 had a history that stretched back over several thousand years.Continue reading The Iceberg That Sank the “Titanic”
At the time it was built, the Willow Run B-24 factory in Michigan was the largest and most ambitious aviation project ever undertaken.Continue reading Willow Run B-24 Plant