Friday, February 20, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #24

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.

How air conditioning helped Ronald Reagan become president at History Extra
Best-selling author Steven Johnson tells BBC History Magazine about the weird and wonderful revelations that feature in his new show, How We Got To Now, including how air conditioning helped the election of Ronald Reagan as American president…

Instead, they want to create their own curriculum that would include speeches by Reagan and Bush, as well as the 10 Commandments.

Vote for this year's History Hot 100 at History Extra
BBC History Magazine wants to know which figures in history you’re most interested in at the moment – whether it’s someone you’re reading about, the subject of a recent television or radio programme, or perhaps someone you’re studying. To take part, simply visit – where you can get nominating.

Disney creates fictional worlds for their princesses to live in, drawing on historical and mythical inspiration to create beautiful fairy tales. BuzzFeed wondered what the princesses would’ve looked like if they’d existed in the real world, so they used context clues from the films to determine, as specifically as possible, the time and location of each Disney princess’s story.

Three shrines, dating back about 3,300 years, have been discovered within a hilltop fortress in Armenia. Local rulers at the time likely used the shrines for divination, a practice aimed at predicting the future.

Seventy years ago, U.S. Marines stormed the beaches of the craggy, bombed-out island of Iwo Jima. The island’s Japanese defenders had entrenched themselves in a honeycombed network of caves, tunnels, pillboxes and spider holes, and U.S. forces would spend the next several weeks advancing inch by bloody inch across unforgiving terrain. When the fighting finally ended in late-March, nearly 7,000 Marines and some 21,000 Japanese troops lay dead.

When farmers digging a well in 1974 discovered the Terracotta Army, commissioned by China’s first emperor two millennia ago, the sheer numbers were staggering: an estimated 7,000 soldiers, plus horses and chariots. But it’s the huge variety of facial features and expressions that still puzzle scholars. Were standard parts fit together in a Mr. Potato Head approach or was each warrior sculpted to be unique, perhaps a facsimile of an actual person?

With concerns about infectious disease in the news, a look back at history's most famous carrier.

How scientists used CCTV technology to reveal what Anne Boleyn really looked like at Telegraph
CCTV technology reveals a painting previously thought by some to be Jane Seymour, is actually a genuine painting of Anne Boleyn.

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