Friday, May 8, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #35

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.

It was on 8 May 1945 that Allied forces accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany, marking the end of the war in Europe. But it was not the end of WW2. It would take another three months before Japan surrendered. Events have been held across Europe to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two on the continent.

New study of Iceman reveals oldest known example of red blood cells at Phys.org
A team of researchers with the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, Italy, has found examples of the oldest known samples of red blood cells. The team explains how they found the red blood cells and why they now believe the Iceman died very quickly.



By paying tribute to both sides of the family and promoting the continuity for which the monarchy is so famed, Will and Kate received worldwide praise and resounding public approval for their name selection. Their decision was expected to be a conservative one, but it is one steeped in royal history and family tributes galore.

Biggest Cheats in Sports History at Discovery
The NFL this week released a report following an independent investigation of the New England Patriots' now notorious "Deflategate" incident, in which the eventual Super Bowl champions were accused of deflating balls for the AFC championship game. The conclusion of the latest scandal ensures that the team will join the pantheon of the greatest cheats in sports history. In this slideshow, meet some of the other athletes to hold that inglorious title.



On May 7, 1915, a German U-boat operating off the coast of Ireland fired a torpedo into RMS Lusitania, causing the massive ocean liner to list precariously and then sink in just 18 minutes. The attack, part of Germany’s campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare, killed 1,198 passengers and crewmembers, including 128 Americans.

These History-Making Artifacts Can Only be Found at Presidential Libraries at Smithsonian
From coconut shells to boat cloaks, these mementos tell fascinating tales from American presidential history and are on display at the presidential library museums around the nation.

A 55kg bar of silver found in shallow waters off Saint Marie island may have belonged to the notorious 17th-century Scottish pirate.



As the centenary of Orson Welles is marked, we look at the alleged mass panic he caused with a hoax alien invasion broadcast of The War of the Worlds in 1938.
Mostafa Min, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, has reportedly approved an old project to build a replica of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The new lighthouse will be erected near the location of the original, which was damaged by a series of earthquakes, on the island of Pharos.

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