Friday, June 5, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #39

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.

Buttons. Plates. A medicine bottle filled with viscous goo. These are among the last remnants of the doomed Franklin expedition, an 1845 journey to the Arctic that ended with two ships sunk and 129 lives lost.

Researchers are collaborating on the excavation of an ancient historical site at Manwoldae, home to the Koryo dynasty’s royal palace, in an unprecedented joint project between the two countries who have technically been at war since the 1950-53 Korean conflict.

A 2,500-year-old predecessor of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman super heroine has emerged on a vase painting kept at a small American museum. Drawn on a white-ground pyxis (a lidded cylindrical box that was used for cosmetics, jewelry, or ointments) the image shows an Amazon on horseback in a battle against a Greek warrior.

The Epic Failure of Thomas Edison's Talking Doll at Smithsonian
Expensive, heavy, non-functioning and a little scary looking, the doll created by America's hero-inventor was a commercial flop.

Explorer Percy Fawcett Disappears in the Amazon, 90 Years Ago at History
In 1925, Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett journeyed into the Brazilian jungle in search of ‘Z,’ an ancient lost city that he believed existed somewhere in the uncharted depths of the Amazon. The British-born explorer expected to make archaeological history, but he and his two companions vanished without a trace. Their disappearance inspired rampant speculation, and many would-be rescuers later died while trying to hunt down evidence of their fate.

WWI Hero Henry Johnson Finally Receives Medal of Honor at History
When the strapped French Fourth Army needed more troops, the U.S. Army lent it the so-called “Harlem Hellfighters”. One of them was Henry Johnson, whose fierce exploits earned him the nickname “Black Death.” Now, nearly a century after his service, Johnson—who died in 1929 at the age of 32—has received the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.

Face of a Saxon man buried for 1,000 years recreated at Telegraph
He looks like Robin Williams.

17th century widow Louise de Quengo, wearing her shoes and cap, was found along with heart of her husband in lead coffin.

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