In the midst of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt launched the New Deal, a massive government-funded effort to restart the economy, put people back to work, and provide a social safety network that Americans had never had before. Today, the programs of the New Deal form the spine of America’s society. But back in the 1930s, Roosevelt was bitterly opposed. The extreme right-wing, much of which openly supported Hitler, Mussolini, and fascism, condemned FDR and his programs as “communistic”. But the New Deal also had critics from the left as well, and the most popular of these was Louisiana Senator Huey P Long.
Huey Long gravesite, Baton Rouge LA
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During the height of the Cold War, the US Air Force sought to produce the ultimate doomsday weapon—a bomber that could not only deliver atomic weapons, but which would use nuclear-powered engines.
NB-36 test bed in flight
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Once a luxury cruise ship in service with the Soviet Union, the Lyubov Orlova ended her days as a derelict floating, completely empty, in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The empty ship “Lyubov Orlova”
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For some reason, “serial killers” seem to be mostly an American phenomenon. But there have also been serial killers in other countries, and one of the most brutal was in the Soviet Union in the midst of the Cold War.
Andrei Chikatilo’s police mug shot
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The Denisovans, one of our early human relatives, are known only from a finger bone, two teeth, and the ghostly remnants of their DNA inside our own genome.
Skull of Homo heidelbergensis
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The Stuka dive bomber is a familiar icon of the Nazi Luftwaffe. But its actual lifetime as an effective combat airplane was limited because of its deficiencies in design.
Ju-87 Stuka at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
Continue reading Icons of Aviation History: Junkers Ju-87 Stuka
Perhaps the most famous fighter plane of World War One, the Sopwith Camel shot down more enemy planes than any other model. But with its tricky handling characteristics, it also killed more inexperienced trainee pilots than any other.
Replica Sopwith Camel on display at Cavanaugh Air Museum, Dallas
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