Category: HISTORY

May 11, 2011

This Day In History – May 11th

This Day In History – May 11th

FIRST AND ONLY BRITISH PRIME MINISTER ASSASSINATED – MAY 11, 1812 The House of Commons at Westminister circa 1806. This chamber was destroyed by fire in 1834 Spencer Perceval (1 November 1762 – 11 May 1812) was a British statesman and Prime Minister. He is the only British Prime Minister to…

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May 4, 2011

This Day In History – May 4th

This Day In History – May 4th

RHODE ISLAND FIRST COLONY TO RENOUNCE ALLEGIANCE – MAY 4, 1776 Aerial of Providence, Rhode Island – Photograph by Rhode Island State Archives Rhode Island was the first of the original thirteen colonies to declare its independence from Great Britain (May 4, 1776), and the last to ratify the Constitution, doing…

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Apr 27, 2011

This Day In History – April 27th

This Day In History – April 27th

BEETHOVEN COMPOSES FUR ELISE – APRIL 27, 1810 Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized 17 December 1770[2]–26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. The crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous…

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Apr 20, 2011

This Day In History – April 20th

This Day In History – April 20th

After careful consideration and valued feedback from the Sifter’s highly respected readers, Current Events Around the Globe will cease to exist. Replacing the weekly Wednesday post will be: THIS DAY IN HISTORY. A brief look back at notable events in our history. Enjoy! WRIGLEY FIELD OPENS – APRIL 20, 1916 Photograph via…

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Apr 7, 2011

25 Haunting Shipwrecks Around the World

25 Haunting Shipwrecks Around the World

Turks & Caicos – Photograph by IPWNNOOBS Fellow blogger Tom Moran from Urban Ghosts inspired this post. His excellent article on ‘Ship Graveyards: Abandoned Ships, Boats and Shipyards‘ sent me on a quest to find some incredible photographs of shipwrecks around the world. The United Nations estimates that there are more than 3 million…

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Nov 16, 2010

The Ellora Caves: Cliff Temples of India [25 pics]

The Ellora Caves: Cliff Temples of India [25 pics]

Photograph by Girl in the Rain Located in the Indian state of Maharashtra, the magnificent Ellora Caves are 34 structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. An official UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ellora Caves consists of 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain temples and monasteries built between the 6th…

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Feb 4, 2010

The History of Razzle Dazzle Camouflage

The History of Razzle Dazzle Camouflage

The Situation You’re the Fleet Admiral of the Navy in World War I. Your ships are being sunk at an alarming rate by the devastatingly effective German U-Boat. The traditional camouflage isn’t working because your environment (sea and sky) changes with the weather. What do you do? This is the German U-Boat…

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