Friday, December 19, 2014

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #15

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb is a round-up of brand spankin' new history articles, selected by yours truly. Click on the link to be directed to the home site where you can read a professional being professional in their entirety.

Because BuzzFeed is funny like that.

Will the Search for Amelia Earhart Ever End? at Smithsonian
Nearly eight decades after she disappeared in the South Pacific, the aviator continues to spark intense passion - and controversy.

In dark waters just outside the Golden Gate Bridge, archaeologists have pinpointed the final resting place of the worst shipwreck in San Francisco's history. New sonar maps show for the first time the mud-covered grave of the SS City of Rio de Janeiro, nearly 300 feet below the surface. The steamer sank on Feb. 22, 1901, just before reaching its destination, with 210 people on board, most of them Chinese and Japanese immigrants.

“If I were married to you, I’d put poison in your coffee,” Lady Astor once famously remarked to Winston Churchill. “If I were married to you,” he replied, “I’d drink it.” Saying exactly what Churchill said isn’t easy.

London Mayor Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill's Cheekiest Quotes at Smithsonian
London's mayor talks about his new Churchill biography, 50 years after the British Bulldog's death.

Time capsule hidden by Adams, Revere unearthed at CBS
A time capsule dating back to 1795 has been recovered in Boston's Old Statehouse. It was originally placed by Revolutionary War figures Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.

US, Cuba Declare Historic Breakthrough at Discovery
The United States and Cuba made a historic breakthrough in their Cold War stand-off Wednesday, moving to revive diplomatic ties and launch measures to ease a five-decade US trade embargo. In the wake of a prisoner exchange, President Barack Obama said the United States was ready to review trade ties and to re-open its embassy in communist Cuba that has been closed since 1961.

Winged warriors: pigeons in the First World War at History Extra
In the centenary year of the First World War, the UK is reflecting on the bravery of the men and women involved in the conflict. Yet often the pivotal role of animals in the war is overlooked: from camels that carried wounded men to safety on the North West Frontier of India, to dogs fitted with apparatus for laying telephone wires. Here, Lee Fribbins from Racing Pigeon magazine explores one of the most important war animals – the humble homing pigeon.

Million-Mummy Cemetery Unearthed in Egypt at Discovery
She's literally one in a million. The remains of a child, laid to rest more than 1,500 years ago when the Roman Empire controlled Egypt, was found in an ancient cemetery that contains more than 1 million mummies.

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