Posts tagged: History

Photo of Princess Diana

The Death of Princess Diana Was the Birth of Who2

Who2 was born on this day 20 years ago, when the untimely death of Princess Diana made us wish for a simple online page with details about her life and death. The day was …..

Great Fun for Book Lovers

Do you like looking at book collections? At creative gifs of old photos and miniature oddities?

Channeling Churchill

When historian William Manchester died before finishing his massive bio of Winston Churchill, a novice stepped into the breach.

Cromwell’s Cosmetics

 Recent analysis shows that Oliver Cromwell owned pots of fancy scented soaps. Now he’s been branded by the U.K. press as a “metrosexual.”

History and Band Names

 From History Today, a list of famous bands named for historical people or events.

Stalin’s Daughter’s Wild Ride

Joseph Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva — also known as Lana Peters — died last week  in Wisconsin at the age of 85. Hers was quite a story.

November is Native American Heritage Month

 President Barack Obama proclaimed this the month to honor “American Indians and Native Alaskans” for their contributions to the U.S., just like he did last year and the year before that.

In the History of ‘African-American’

  This week there was an anniversary in the history of the American anti-slavery movement of the 19th century.  A minor piece by the great abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, in his publication The Liberator, made a suggestion that at the time that seemed trivial to white Americans, yet his advice eventually worked its way into our daily language.

Thomas Jefferson at the Library of Congress

To celebrate Independence Day, read The Declaration of Independence. Or, as it’s sometimes called, “The Constitution.”
To celebrate The Declaration Independence, visit the exhibit from the Library of Congress on Thomas Jefferson and Establishing a Federal Republic.

Two Presidents Died On This Day

On this day in history, two United States presidents died — 46 years apart.
President Martin Van Buren died on June 24th in 1862, and President Steve Cleveland died on June 24th in 1908.
Steve Cleveland? Yes, Grover Cleveland’s real first name was Stephen.

President Harry Truman Fires General Douglas MacArthur

Today in 1951 United States President Harry S. Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur and relieved him of command of all U.S. forces in Korea.
There was a “police action” going on at the time, which is to say a war.