All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘history’

Nellie Bly Honored With Google Doodle, Karen O Song

Nellie Bly is the subject of Google’s doodle for May 5, as the day would have been the journalist’s 151st birthday. Bly was her pen name. Her real name was Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman. She was best known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days and an an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental …

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Selfie Seekers Caught Carving Initials into the Colosseum

What would you do for the perfect selfie? Would you deface a landmark – one of the most famous historical locations in the world? Two Californian women did. The Guardian reports that security at Rome’s Colosseum caught the women, aged 21 and 25, shortly after carving their initials into the ancient rock. The two were apparently able to scratch a …

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Althea Gibson Honored With Google Doodle On Birthday

Althea Gibson is the subject of a new Google Doodle currently gracing the search engine’s homepage in the U.S. The tennis legend was born on this day in 1927. Gibson was the first black athlete to play international tennis, and became the first to win a Grand Slam title (the French Open). She also won both Wimbledon and the U.S. …

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Genealogy: Three Tips To Get It Right

If you have ever wondered where you came from, you may want to give genealogy a try. Genealogy is more than just studying the past, it can help you learn more about your family and maybe even yourself. Whether you are just now starting to research your genealogy or have been doing it for a while, you may be in …

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Iron Age Coins Unearthed in Britain

Over two dozen of rare Roman and Iron Age coins were discovered inside of a cave in Dovedale, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. Four of the coins were initially discovered by a random cave dweller in the Peak district, which lead to a full-scale excavation by archaeologists. In what has been described as an extremely rare occurrence, 26 coins from two civilizations, …

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Happy Birthday Song: Where Did It Come From?

Happy birthday to you…. Almost everyone knows the “Happy Birthday Song” in one form or another. While this is true of the song, there are some interesting tidbits about this particular melody you may not know. Surprisingly, one of the biggest mysteries to many people who know the song is where it came from. If you didn’t know, the “Happy …

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‘Dracula Castle’ For Sale to the Right Buyer

Bran Castle, a national monument and landmark in Romania commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle,” is not formally on the market for a disclosed sum, but the present owner says the property is up for grabs if the price and buyer are right. Mark Meyer of the firm Herzfeld & Rubin helped the current owners, Archduke Dominic and his sisters Maria-Magdalena …

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1805 Letter Penned by Thomas Jefferson Goes on Sale

A July 24, 1805 letter written by United States Founding Father and President Thomas Jefferson went on sale for $35,000 in Philadelphia. The Raab Collection is handling the transaction, after an anonymous private collector came forth with the one-page historical note, which had never before been seen by the public, or examined by scholars. The letter was penned by Jefferson …

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The World Wide Web Turns 25 This Week

In 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee turned on the World Wide Web. Since then, it has become one of the most pervasive technologies ever created. In fact, one could argue that it’s the most important invention in human history. To celebrate the Web’s 25th anniversary, CNN has shared the very first news report it put out on the Web. Unfortunately, the …

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Bill Guarnere, of Band of Brothers Fame, Dies at 90

William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, Sr. was rushed to a hospital from his home in Philadelphia Saturday morning. By the time Saturday night had arrived, Guarenere had died from a ruptured stomach aneurysm. Guarnere was 90 years old. Bill Guarnere rose to fame in the United States after the production of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers in 2001. The miniseries …

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Mein Kampf Copies Signed By Hitler To Be Auctioned

Now that the Christmas shopping season is over, most people don’t have to constantly worry about getting a gift for that certain someone who just seems to have it all. For those of us who want to get some early shopping in for that person with bizarre tastes that gift cards just won’t satisfy, however, a unique opportunity has poked …

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Mark Helprin’s Novel Is Now A Colin Farrell Film

“If it weren’t for music, I would think that love is mortal.” This prosaic musing about music might seem like words written by a romance novelist. Indeed, it’s a quote from one of Mark Helprin’s novels. However, the 66-year-old author has created far more than mere love stories and his work covers various subjects. As he has jumped across genres …

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