Friday, January 16, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #19

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.

Flops from a "knife and fork cleaner" to a "cholera belt" provide a curious look at life in 19th century England.

All you need is your replica 3-D-printed kylix, some diluted grape juice, and some friends.



As the final weeks of World War II raged on, Adolf Hitler came to the slow realization that his Reich would fall. As Soviet forces descended on Berlin, Hitler took shelter in a specially made bunker deep beneath the ground of his chancellery. It was in that space that he would marry Eva Braun and spend his final days before shooting himself and leaving his body to be burned.

Ever feel like the Internet has been around forever? Turns out you were right. Take a look at the ways the internet was channeled throughout history.

Analysis of fecal matter from the natural mummy of Cangrande della Scala, a medieval warlord, has established the Italian nobleman was poisoned with a deadly heart-stopping plant known as Digitalis or foxglove.



More than 45 years after his death, Martin Luther King, Jr. still stands as one of the most symbolic, most loved, and most tragic of figures of the Civil Rights Movement. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, take a look back at his life and some of his greatest accomplishments.

He is considered one of the defining figures of the 20th century, remembered for his inspirational speeches and for leading Britain to victory in the Second World War. But you might be surprised to learn that Winston Churchill had a patchy academic record, almost married a woman other than Clementine, and was one of the first adopters of the ‘onesie’.

Legend has it that when Genghis Khan died in 1227, his soldiers murdered the builders of his tomb and all the people who witnessed his funeral procession. The soldiers themselves were then killed, leaving no one alive who could reveal the location of the notorious warlord’s final resting place. For the past several years, scientists have enlisted thousands of volunteers to go through high-resolution satellite images of vast swathes of Mongolian landscape, seeking any unusual features that might lead them to Khan’s tomb.

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