Friday, January 30, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #21

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.

New Tattoos Found on Ötzi the Iceman at Discovery
New scans have revealed a total of 61 tattoos on the 5,300-year-old mummified body of Ötzi the Iceman, reigniting the debate on whether the inkings were a form of acupuncture that predates the first recorded use of the practice in China by 2,000 years.

Winston Churchill's Funeral, 50 Years Ago at History
Six days after former British prime minister Winston Churchill passed away at the age of 90 in his London home following a severe stroke, hundreds of millions of viewers around the globe tuned in to their televisions on January 30, 1965, to watch the largest state funeral the world had ever seen at the time. On the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s funeral, look back at the day when Great Britain said farewell to the man who defended the country from the Nazis in World War II.

The amazingly intact remains of a meditating monk have been discovered in the Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia. The mummified body, which was covered in animal skin, has been sitting in the lotus position for about 200 years.

The Final Push to Berlin: The History Behind "Fury" at History
By April 1945, the Allies had entered the heart of Nazi Germany and were weeks away from victory in Europe. Before the January 27 release of the war drama “Fury” on DVD, learn more about the final Allied push to Berlin that serves as the backdrop to the film about a battle-hardened Sherman tank unit fighting behind enemy lines in World War II.

The Real-Life Story Behind "American Sniper" at History
“American Sniper,” the new film directed by Clint Eastwood has been both a critical and commercial smash. Personally, I was bored by it. Nominated for six Academy Awards, the blockbuster tells the real-life story of the late Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle, who became the deadliest sniper in American history during four tours of duty in Iraq between 2003 and 2009.

A self-educated farmer spent more than a year experimenting with different ways of taking photographs through a microscope. And in 1885, he became the first person to successfully photograph a single crystal of snow. Here is a collection of his snowflake photographs from 1890…

PTSD in the Ancient World at Archaeology
Soldiers have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder for at least 3,000 years. The symptoms were thought to have been caused by the spirits of the enemies whom the patient had killed in battle.

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