History

WWI Centennial: The Zimmermann Telegram

Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly 100 years after they happened. This is the 263rd installment in the series.<p>January 16-17, 1917: …

Military History

Lesser-known Martin Luther King Jr. quotes celebrate his radical politics

Sick of people whitewashing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, artist Daniel Rarela created this series featuring quotes from King's “Letter From A …

Black History

These presidents all said they were going to change America. How’d that work out?

Twenty-four years ago, William Jefferson Clinton promised change.<p>“Thomas Jefferson believed that to preserve the very foundations of our nation, we would need dramatic change from time to time,” the 42nd president said in his first inaugural address. “Well, my fellow Americans, this is our time.”<p>He …

American History

CIA puts almost 12 million declassified files online for the first time

The CIA has put almost 12 million pages of its records online, allowing anyone with an internet connection to browse 50 years worth of declassified intelligence reports, briefings, and other once-secret documents. Included in the database are US discussions about assassinating Fidel Castro, details …

Technology (UK)

New Black Lives Matter App Lets You Mark Yourself as ‘Unsafe’ in America for Being Black

Black Lives Matter has launched the “Unsafety Check,” which allows black social media users to mark themselves as “unsafe” for being black in America.<p>…

Black Lives Matter

The first black woman to sing at the inauguration had been barred from Washington’s largest concert…

The first black woman to sing at the inauguration had been barred from Washington’s largest concert hall<p>Marian Anderson was an American treasure<p>On …

American History

Israel deploys 'Star Wars' missile killer system

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a "Star Wars"-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed.<p>The Defence Ministry said the U.S.-funded Arrow 3 system, jointly developed by …

Cold War

Emperor Augustus’s Mausoleum in Rome Set for Restoration

The Mausoleum of Augustus, the final resting place of the powerful Roman emperor, is about to get a major facelift, according to <i>The Telegraph</i>. An …

Ancient Rome

You can tour the lost stone city of Petra without ever leaving your chair

Why it matters to you<p>Google's virtual tour of Petra is the latest in the company's attempt to bring culture and history to the masses.<p>The concrete …

Virtual Reality

Kevin Hart Is Bringing More Black Hidden Figures In History To Television

Get ready to learn more about black history aside from the usual stories and lessons we learned in grade school. In the wake of the massive success of <i>Hidden Figures</i>, the real story about the three black women who helped NASA send the first man into orbit, comes Kevin Hart’s special on other …

Black History

The History Channel Alexa skill is getting popular among Echo owners

On this day in 1919, diplomats met to negotiate the end of World War I. In 1950, it’s the same day China and the Soviet Union officially recognized the Republic of Vietnam, and in 1991 former Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry was found doing crack in a hotel room.<p>The This Day in History Alexa …

History Channel

Why You Shouldn’t Watch Donald Trump’s Inauguration on TV

January 20, 2017, will be a pivotal day in American history. Donald J. Trump, the people’s billionaire, will be sworn in as the 45th president of the …

Black History

Dr. King’s 1965 Speech on the Invincibility of Truth is as Timely as Ever

This week in the United States almost every major city, and plenty of smaller ones, will host demonstrations and marches protesting the inauguration of our next president. Donald Trump’s volatile and unpredictable plans for our country have inspired and provoked confusion, outrage, disappointment, …

Black History

“The Child whom you used to lead out into the common”

In April 1785, seventeen-year-old John Quincy Adams had finished his first job, as secretary and translator for American minister Francis Dana in the …

John Quincy Adams

Atlantis Rising: Archaeologists' most extensive search for ancient lost city ever carried out

The world's century-long quest to find the sunken city of Atlantis will come to life in a new National Geographic documentary. Set to premiere on …

Ancient History

PBS Announces Documentary On Civil Rights Leader And Georgia Congressman John Lewis

John Lewis – Get in the Way will air on February 10 as part of PBS’s Black History Month programming.<p>PBS has announced an upcoming documentary on the …

Black History

Wreck of 16th-century Spanish ship found off Florida coast

The third of six sunken Spanish ships that were lost in a hurricane in 1559 has been discovered off the coast of Pensacola, Florida.<p>In the summer of 2016, the wreck of the ship, dubbed the Emanuel Point III, was found resting under the sand 7 feet below the ocean surface in Pensacola Bay. …

Archaeology

Pod save America: 12 podcasts to get you through the Trump presidency

From soul-searching Democrats to the king of rightwing radio, here are the pods to help you understand the new world order – and perhaps the next eight years<p>The week after the 2016 US presidential election, the podosphere was full of black Americans expressing their fears for the future, diehard …

Politics

The history of the Navy SEALs, America's most elite warriors

Of all the special operations forces within the US military, none are as famous as the Navy SEALs. Responsible for such historic actions as the killing of Osama bin Laden, the SEALs are one of the US's go-to choices for extremely dangerous missions.<p>A PBS documentary, "Navy SEALs - Their Untold …

World Politics

From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of the South Carolina Loyalists

Book review: From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of the South Carolina Loyalists by Rebecca Brannon (University of South Carolina Press, …

American History

Jim Brown’s ‘love’ for Donald Trump is at odds with the man we’ve come to know

In his 1972 autobiography, published shortly before he died, Jackie Robinson admitted a regret. It was, said America’s standard-bearer for integration, that he’d allowed himself to be used by McCarthyists on Capitol Hill in 1949 by issuing for them a public rebuke of the nonpareil …

Black History

Prestigious Swarthmore College Offers Class Asking ‘Is God a White Supremacist?’

Another day, another university’s religion program bogged down by political correctness. Earlier this week, we reported on how two top divinity …

White Supremacy

Feeling Anxious on Inauguration Day? These Art Museums Are Offering Refuge

Donald Trump is going to be president. <i>(Say it with me.)</i> Donald Trump is going to be president. If that makes you want to put your head between your …

Black History

ROMAN CONCRETE

<b>(B46)</b> Concrete, as the Romans developed it, had some very definite technical and practical advantages over the traditional, and mainly Greek, methods …

Roman Empire

Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President review – a warning from history

Matt Frei looks at the generations of Trump past, who built their legacy on illegal emigration, trespass and prostitution<p>He is going to be hard to avoid this week. This programme <b>–</b> <b>Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President</b> (Channel 4) – is sort of Who Do You Think You Are? It only goes back a …

Donald Trump

Export ban for Clive of India's £6m rare jewelled flask

An extremely rare jewelled flask given to Clive of India after the Battle of Plassey in 1757 could be exported from the UK unless a buyer can match the £6 million price tag.<p>Culture Minister Matt Hancock has put temporary export bars on the flask and on Clive's huqqa smoking set, which has a price …

India

Oldest Slave Cemetery Discovered On Canary Islands

An archeologist looks at partial skeleton remains, with skull and bones, from an ancient burial area that was excavated at a building site in …

Ancient History

Brexit memo to Boris Johnson: Don't mention the War

<b>Like some latter-day Basil Fawlty, Boris Johnson mentioned the War and didn't get away with it.</b><p>The foreign secretary urged the French president not to "administer punishment beatings" on Britain for choosing to escape the EU "rather in the manner of some World War Two movie".<p>Not surprisingly, …

European History

Germany slowly relaxes its grip on how it confronts the Holocaust

BERLIN — As Germany marks Friday's 75th anniversary of a meeting where senior Nazi officials devised a plan to murder all European Jews, there are small signs the country is relaxing its grip on how it confronts the Holocaust.<p>For decades, Germany has taken a sober, straightforward approach to …

Holocaust

How Obama kick-started black civil rights online

The outgoing president’s 2008 campaign was more revolutionary than we realise, inspiring a new era of Internet activism and black empowerment<p>It’s hard to talk about Obama without discussing the internet.<p>For those of us that make up this vague ‘millennial’ generation, the world can sometimes seem …

Black History