Friday, February 13, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #23

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.

Ten Fascinating Presidential Facts to Impress on President's Day at Smithsonian
Nothing will impress people more than your presidential knowledge.

Richard III Killed by Sword Thrust Upwards Into Neck at Discovery
King Richard III was killed by a sword thrust from the base of the neck all the way up into his head, according to researchers at the University of Leicester who have located a major injury in the interior surface of the skull.

Found in one of the Diros caves in southern Greece, the prehistoric remains were positioned curled into the fetal position. Although the pair was originally found in 2014 by a team of archaeologists and speleologists, the Greek Ministry of Culture announced the results of DNA and radio carbon tests on Thursday, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Nothing says 'I love you' like a dead couple.

As author Brian Abrams details in his new book, “Party Like a President,” many a president has enjoyed a stiff drink after a long day at the Oval Office. On Presidents’ Day, learn more about the boozy history of some of America’s chief executives. Nothing honors dead presidents more than examining their drinking problems.

History is full of extraordinary twosomes – some are remembered for their long-lasting romances, while others are defined by their tragic downfalls. Here, History Extra rounds up seven of the most memorable couples in history, as voted for by its readers. (Antony and Cleopatra, not Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton obviously)

Illegal metal-detecting at Hadrian’s Wall is wrecking part of the country’s cultural heritage, landowners, police and experts have said. Areas close to the 1,900-year-old world heritage site have been targeted in a crime known as nighthawking. Turf has been pulled up and searchers have raked through the dirt to steal items that may have been hidden since Roman times.

A century ago on February 12, 1915, dignitaries commemorated the 106th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth by laying the cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The neoclassical monument designed by Henry Bacon has become an iconic piece of architecture, but had one of the designs from the other competing architect been selected, the familiar Lincoln Memorial would have looked different—like in the form of a ziggurat, Mayan temple or Egyptian pyramid. I can't imagine why these were rejected.

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