• Author: Dan Jones “Dan Jones is an entertainer, but also a bona fide historian. Seldom does one find serious scholarship so easy to read.” – The Times, Book of the Year A New York Times bestseller, major
The act making Labor Day a federal holiday spared few words when it was signed into law on June 28, 1894. Above the scripted signatures of President Grover Cleveland, the speaker of the House and the president,
Today, traditional Japanese motifs, designs, and stylistic sensibilities remain popular sources of inspiration behind many contemporary tattoos. Often, many ink artists opt to combine the old with the
In the autumn of 2015, Germany designated the hamlet of Sumte as a sanctuary for hundreds of displaced people. What followed was a test of the country’s deepest principles There is no cinema in Sumte.
It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and Freddie Mercury have cited it as an inspiration. So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds Talk
Medieval or modern, handbags reveal their bearers’ secrets more than they hide them. An Object Lesson. I had started out thinking handbags and purses were the same thing. I was a handbag newbie, an unpaid
At night when things were quiet in the “jaw ward,” the wounded doughboys would take out their small trench mirrors and survey the damage to their faces. Noses had been shot off in the fighting at Saint-Mihiel.
Four hundred years after her death, misperceptions of the Native American icon continue to shape the cultural image of indigenous peoples—though that’s starting to change. On March 21, 1617, a 21-year-old
Nothing about our trip to Mount Rushmore went according to plan. Our flight was delayed. We found ourselves stranded in the Minneapolis airport for four hours. “Minneapolis airport four hours,” we typed
For engineers, boring a tunnel can be fairly straightforward. But when that tunnel goes beneath one of the world’s most heavily protected ancient sites, it becomes a lot more complicated. It’s one of world’s
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For most people, chocolate is purely tasty — but some of its history can be hard to swallow. One reason to explore that history launched this week when chocolatier Jacques Torres opened a museum dedicated
The anniversary of the first jazz recording 100 years ago also marks the beginning of debates that are still ongoing, writes Christian Blauvelt. The five members of the band took the lift to the 12th of
The 404 error was an obvious innovation, yet the internet you know and love wouldn't be possible without it. It's the bane of every web surfer, the internet's version of fingernails on the chalkboard.
Once dismissed as fake, Maya calendar is Americas’ oldest manuscript say Brown University scientists
Josué Sáenz did not know where the plane had taken him. It was the mid-1960s, and he was landing at a remote airstrip tucked between the rugged peaks of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas and Tortuguero, Mexico
“Relations between police and Negroes throughout the country are getting worse,” a mid-sixties newscaster intones over images of police arresting young black men, which appear at the outset of Stanley
It’s Safe to Be Paranoid in the U.S. Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Given the cluttered landscape of the last 14 years, can you even faintly remember the moment when the Berlin Wall came down, the War
The Republic is in danger. Populist leaders — including one of the country's richest men — are stirring up resentment among the masses against the intellectual elites in the Senate. The economy is unstable.
The weather in New York this week has been as tempestuous and shocking to the system as a good punk rock anthem, so it’s fitting that today the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park opens “Hey!