Friday, March 27, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #29

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.

On March 26, 1920, Scribner’s publishing house released “This Side of Paradise,” the debut novel by author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald would spend spent the rest of the 1920s and 30s chronicling the excesses of the “Jazz Age” in short story collections and novels like “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender is the Night.” Ninety-five years after he published his first book, learn 10 surprising facts about the glamorous and tragic life of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers.

Richard III, the last English king to die in battle 530 years ago, was finally laid to rest on Thursday in a solemn ceremony in Leicester Cathedral, a few steps from the car park where his twisted skeleton was found in 2012.

For the past seven years, the United Nations has recognized March 25 as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. For this year’s ceremony, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the unveiling of a memorial created to honor the history of the transatlantic slave trade, and draw attention to modern day equivalents of human rights violations.

The still-life watercolor was painted when Adolf Hitler was in his mid-twenties, and sold by his Jewish art dealer Samuel Morgenstern, who was later sent to the Lodz Ghetto.

In 1969, Yoko Ono and John Lennon held two week-long Bed-Ins for Peace against the Vietnam War. While they haven't exactly been successful in ending war, they did garner a lot of attention.

Genes from frozen woolly mammoth remains have been copied and pasted into the genome of an Asian elephant. This is the first time that mammoth genes have been functional since the animals went extinct some 4,000 years ago.

As the April anniversary of Lincoln's last ride approaches, a historian recounts the president's other horse and buggie moments.

An article in The Guardian responds to reports that a Nazi hideout was excavated in northwestern Argentina by archaeologist Daniel Schavelzon, who claimed that the ruins of three stone buildings in the jungles of Teyú Cuaré National Park could have sheltered war criminals on the run after World War II.

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