Saturday, February 27, 2016

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #68

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.

The answer is still yes. Absolutely and unequivocally, yes.

Well a black woman won the Grammy for Best Rock Song so...

With no Black actors nominated, it will be interesting to see how host Chris Rock handles the subject tomorrow night. Maybe he'll just drop the mic. Honestly, I think it would be shitty to make jokes about the situation, which I'm sure he will. It's going to be sad to listen to the crowd laugh.

Rare Charles Darwin Letter Will Be Sold at Auction at Discovery
A rare handwritten letter by famed naturalist Charles Darwin to a British marine biologist will be auctioned off Thursday, in which he details plans to release a corrected version of the book “The Origin of Species.”

Hitler Had 'Tiny' Penis, Historians Claim at Discovery
The Fuhrer apparently had a micropenis, due to a condition called hypospadias, a new book claims.

Amelia Earhart's Plane Discovered in Odd Movie Cameo at Discovery
Some eight months before its last, fateful flight over the Pacific, Amelia Earhart's aircraft appeared on theater screens chasing a panicked crowd all around an airport apron and then making a wild takeoff, new research into the world's most famous missing plane has revealed.

Last Survivor of Treblinka Dies at 93 at History
Samuel Willenberg was one of only 67 people to survive the notorious Nazi death camp in occupied Poland, where as many as 925,000 people were killed over a span of 16 months.

In Search of Czar’s Treasure, a Return to the Wreck of RMS Republic at History
The White Star luxury liner went down in the waters off the coast of Nantucket Island in 1909. With the doomed ship went all of its baggage and cargo, including—according to one persistent theory—a secret cache of rare gold coins intended for delivery to Czar Nicholas II of Russia and worth more than $1 billion in today’s dollars.

Three decades after Prime Minister Olof Palme was gunned down on a Stockholm street, his unsolved killing continues to reverberate through Swedish politics and society.

The Surprising History Behind Leap Year at National Geographic
The ancient Egyptians did it, and so do we. Here's how a leap day—which occurs Februrary 29—helps keep our calendars and societies in sync.

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