Friday, May 15, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #36

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.

In the early part of his career, King played to exclusively black audiences, but his heartfelt vocals and undeniable talent saw him embraced by a much broader fanbase as time went on - touring Europe and topping the charts. King, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

The new film is squarely in the tradition of apocalyptic literature -- a genre of storytelling which goes back into ancient mythology and religion. Discovery visits a few key moments in the history of the apocalypse story.

The animal mummification industry that thrived in ancient Egypt held a secret which was not revealed for almost 3,000 years: around a third of the carefully wrapped religious offerings are boneless — and, for the most part, empty.

Without Winston Churchill’s leadership, Britain arguably wouldn’t have survived its darkest hour and successfully repelled the Nazi menace. But without his wife, Clementine, Churchill might never have become prime minister. By his own admission, the Second World War would have been “impossible without her.”

The man most closely associated with the foiled 17th-century gunpowder plot to assassinate James VI and I can be likened to a jihadist of today, the head of a counter-extremism think tank has said.

Nikola Tesla was a famed and eccentric inventor, philosopher, and futurist. With nearly 300 patents to his name, Tesla made significant contributions to the study of electricity and radio transmission.
The Greek government has finally acknowledged that the British Museum is the lawful owner of the “Elgin Marbles”. The surprise announcement came only 48 hours after Amal Clooney sent the Greek government a 150-page report admitting that there was only a 15% chance of their success in a British court. However, quite understandably, the Greek government has decided that what Clooney is really saying is that they have no case.

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