In the later part of the 17th century, the ruling Sultan of the Ottoman Empire sent an edict to the Ukrainian Cossacks on his northern border, demanding that they stop launching raids into his territory. In response, the Zaporozhians sent back what may be the most wonderfully insulting diplomatic message in history.
“The Cossacks Write a Letter to the Sultan”, by Ilya Repin
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In the later half of the 19th century, a political protest movement broke out in America’s farmlands, which advocated a radical program of economic reconstruction. It was called The Grange.
A Grange poster
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Just by his name, one can tell that Ethelred the Unready was not one of England’s most effective–or popular–kings.
King Ethelred the Unready. The absurdly big sword is just Dark Ages propaganda. This guy was no warrior.
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Launched on the eve of the Second World War, the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Belfast played a role in some of the most crucial naval actions of the war. Today, she is permanently docked on the Thames River as a floating museum.
HMS Belfast Museum
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The city of Pittsburgh PA was once the center of the industrial world. But Pittsburgh was originally founded as a military fort, part of the struggle between two colonial powers to dominate the new world of North America.
Blockhouse, Fort Pitt Museum
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The Museum of the Rockies, in Bozeman MT, is one of the biggest science museums in the world. Because it is located near some of the most extensive fossil beds in the US, it has a wonderful collection of skeletons, making it “dinosaur central” for research. Much of what we have learned about dinosaurs in recent years has come from the Museum of the Rockies, and most of that has come from just one person who has been based at the museum—Jack Horner.
Museum of the Rockies
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The ENIAC was not the first electronic computer to be built, but it was one of the most significant, and had a huge influence on the development of the modern computer industry.
One of ENIAC’s circuit boards on display at the American Computer and Robotics Museum, in Bozeman MT
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