27JUN 2016
Facts about Apollo 13

Facts about Apollo 13

Fred Haise (left), Jack Swigert, and Jim Lovell pose on the day before launch. Swigert had just replaced Ken Mattingly as command module pilot after Mattingly was exposed to German measles. Credit: NASA In an instant, the Apollo 13 spacecraft pivoted from a moon-bound landing unit to a crippled vessel. While the spaceflight stands today as a demonstration of NASA innovation…

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26JUN 2016
Abraham Lincoln occupation

Abraham Lincoln occupation

Abraham Lincoln spent an afternoon in Fredericksburg, on May 23, 1862. We know his route through town, we know what he saw, we know some of the people he met. But at only one spot we can place him in our mind’s eye with certainty: the former Farmer’s Bank/National Bank building, at the corner of George and Princess Anne Streets. More specifically, it’s easy to imagine him on…

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25JUN 2016
What happened after WW2 ended?

What happened after WW2 ended?

Almost all people with precious knowledge in administration were nazis. So in reality, Germany looked like this after the war: This changed end of the 60s when German students at the unis demonstrated and rioted about the old nazis still in power in Germany. Suddenly the younger generation asked their parents about their past, because in school history lessons ended at the…

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24JUN 2016
Jefferson Louisiana Purchase

Jefferson Louisiana Purchase

Although Thomas Jefferson came to power determined to limit the reach of the federal government, foreign affairs dominated his presidency and pushed him toward Federalist policies that greatly contrasted with his political philosophy. The first foreign episode involved Jefferson s war with the Barbary pirates. For the previous century or so, Western nations had paid bribes…

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23JUN 2016
World War Two Army records

World War Two Army records

An enormous number of men and women were involved in active service during the Second World War. Phil Tomaselli tracks down elusive record s. It’s now over 70 years since the start of the Second World War and possibly the greatest war ever undertaken by Britain and her Empire is slowly fading into history. The number of veterans 
is getting smaller all the time
 and what, only…

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22JUN 2016
National Geographic Lewis and Clark

National Geographic Lewis and Clark

Illustration from National Geographic s Field Guide to the Birds of North America Black-Billed Magpie Pica pica hudsonia Subspecies of Magpie Large black-and-white bird with long tail and dark bill. Bill, head, breast, and underparts black, with green iridescence on wings and tail. White belly and shoulders; white primaries conspicuous as white wing patches in flight. Length:…

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21JUN 2016
Abraham Lincoln how he died

Abraham Lincoln how he died

President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination is one of the saddest events in American history. Yet on the morning of April 14, 1865, the President awoke in an uncommonly good mood. One day less than a week before, on Palm Sunday, April 9, Robert E. Lee, the commander of what remained of the Confederate States’ Army, surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, the commanding General of the…

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20JUN 2016
Assembly line Industrial Revolution

Assembly line Industrial Revolution

Author: Lewis Hackett Date: 1992 Industrialization: The First Phase Most products people in the industrialized nations use today are turned out swiftly by the process of mass production, by people (and sometimes, robots) working on assembly lines using power-driven machines. People of ancient and medieval times had no such products. They had to spend long, tedious hours of…

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19JUN 2016
American Revolution YouTube Videos

American Revolution YouTube Videos

DAR Photo Galleries DAR Headquarters Buildings The National Society Headquarters Buildings-Memorial Continental Hall, Constitution Hall, and the Administration Building-are housed on a full city block in downtown Washington, D.C. Preserved as National Registered Historic Landmarks, these buildings have hosted historic and cultural events for over a century. Marian Anderson…

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18JUN 2016
French General in the American Revolution

French General in the American Revolution

And the Winning of American Independence The ink was barely dry on the Treaty of Paris in 1763 before the French foreign ministry began planning and preparing for the “next” war with Great Britain. As a nation France was determined to avenge its humiliating defeat during the Seven Years War, which had forced it to give up Canada and had upset the balance of power in Europe…

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