Category: History

British Pathe put entire back catalogue of 85,000 films online for free

British Pathe put entire back catalogue of 85,000 films online for free

Nestled among horrific footage of the Hindenburg crash and a woman imprisoned in an underground room are bizarre, forgotten pieces of history – including a 10-stone toddler. Now newsreel archive British Pathé has opened these vaults to the public, uploading all 85,000 of its films to Youtube as a gift to the public. The firm was an iconic part of British […]

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‘Houston, We Have A Problem’: A Look Back 44 Years After The Apollo 13 Mission

‘Houston, We Have A Problem’: A Look Back 44 Years After The Apollo 13 Mission

Via Inquisitr Thanks in part to Ron Howard’s space odyssey movie, Apollo 13, several generations are very aware of what happened in one of the most incredible survival stories in NASA’s history, when the 1970 mission went terribly wrong and changed from an obscure event to one that captured the attention of millions, who were glued to their television sets for days. […]

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First Man In Space Remembered

First Man In Space Remembered

By Dave Reneke On April 12, 1961, the world met Yuri Gagarin, a former Soviet Air Force pilot who shot from obscurity to international fame after orbiting the earth. He did it in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. But the mission records the Soviet Union submitted to international authorities to secure Gagarin’s place as the first man in space present a […]

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The riddle of the Voynich Manuscript

The riddle of the Voynich Manuscript

Via BBC The puzzling – and thus far indecipherable – nature of an old manuscript has confounded some of the world’s greatest cryptologists. Is there truly a code to break, or is it all an elaborate hoax? I have come to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, at Yale University, to solve a mystery that makes The Da Vinci […]

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Forgotten flight: the lonely voyage of Apollo 6, and the terrible day it happened

Forgotten flight: the lonely voyage of Apollo 6, and the terrible day it happened

By Sean Munger

Forty-six years ago today a rocket blasted off from Cape Kennedy in Florida, orbited the Earth three times, and splashed down 10 hours later in the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii. No one was on board. This flight was known as Apollo 6, and was one of the unmanned test flights conducted by NASA in its run-up to the manned […]

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The death mask of Oliver Cromwell

The death mask of Oliver Cromwell

By Sean Munger This haunting face, cast in wax, is the visage of one of the greatest and most controversial men in British history. Oliver Cromwell, one of the major figures in the English Civil War, was Lord Protector of England from 1653 to 1658–a fancy title for what was essentially a  military dictator. This mask was cast from his […]

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Sealed for a century: ‘Time capsule’ from soldier who died on the Somme

Sealed for a century: ‘Time capsule’ from soldier who died on the Somme

Via Daily Mail A moving ‘time capsule’ containing the last belongings of a First World War soldier has been found in an attic after 98 years. The possessions of Private Edward Ambrose were sent home from the Western Front to his devastated parents after he was killed at the Somme. Too painful for his family to look at, the poignant items were […]

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Study of Black Death skeletons reveals plague may have been airborne

Study of Black Death skeletons reveals plague may have been airborne

Via Ancient-Origins An analysis carried out on 25 skeletons of plague victims discovered by railway engineers beneath London last year, has revealed that the Black Death was even more lethal than previously thought. Scientists are now doubtful that the epidemic was spread by the bites of infected fleas living on rats. Instead, it appears that the pathogen mutated into a […]

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Spanish historians claim to have found Holy Grail

Spanish historians claim to have found Holy Grail

Via Irish Times It has been the subject of theological and historical argument for centuries, but Spanish historians now claim to have tracked down the Holy Chalice, the cup from which Christ was supposed to have drunk during his last supper. They believe the 2,000-year-old vessel is in a church in León, in northern Spain. Margarita Torres and José Ortega del […]

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Was Camelot built in Wigan?

Was Camelot built in Wigan?

Via Daily Mail Historian Graham Robb believes Camelot was built at the end of Brookfield Road, Standish. The area is said to have been the meeting place of two Celtic pathways.   For centuries, historians believed King Arthur’s Camelot was Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, but new research has cast serious doubts on this theory. Historian Graham Robb has spent years studying Celtic pathways […]

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