History

The Dire Wolf, Not Just in Westeros

The Dire Wolf, Not Just in Westeros

on July 17, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

The dire wolf (Canis dirus, “fearsome dog”) was a prehistoric carnivore of the Western Hemisphere in the late Pleistocene Epoch (125,000–10,000 years ago). The extinct species probably evolved from Armbruster’s wolf (Canis armbrusteri). The dire wolf was about the same size as the Yukon and Northwestern wolves, the largest modern gray wolves (Canis lupus). Its skull and dentition matched those of the gray wolf, but its teeth were larger with greater shearing ability, and […]

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This Day in History July 17th

This Day in History July 17th

on July 17, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

July 17 is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 167 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Christian feast day: Alexius of Rome (Western Church) Cynehelm Cynllo Jadwiga of Poland Martyrs of Compiègne Magnus Felix Ennodius Pavel Peter Gojdič (Greek Catholic Church) Marcellina Piatus of Tournai Romanov sainthood […]

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Lunar Perils

on July 16, 2019, 8:26 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Fifty years ago today, at 9:32 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Canaveral atop a 34-story Saturn V rocket. The destination for Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins was, as the entire world knew, the moon. If NASA could return the astronauts safely to Earth, it would be […]

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This Day in History July 16th

This Day in History July 16th

on July 16, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

July 16 is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 168 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Christian feast day: Gondulphus of Tongeren Helier Our Lady of Mount Carmel Fiesta de La Tirana (Tarapacá Region, Chile) Reineldis July 16 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Engineer’s Day (Honduras) Holocaust Memorial Day […]

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This Day in History July 15th

This Day in History July 15th

on July 15, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

July 15 is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 169 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Christian Feast Day: Abhai (Syriac Orthodox Church) Bonaventure Dispersion of the apostles Donald of Ogilvy Edith of Polesworth Edith of Wilton Plechelm Quiricus and Julietta Swithun Vladimir the Great (Eastern Orthodox; […]

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This Day in History July 14th

This Day in History July 14th

on July 14, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

In 1933, The Nazi eugenics begins with the proclamation of the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring that calls for the compulsory sterilization of any citizen who suffers from alleged genetic disorders. Interesting enough that in a recent conversation with a local attorney of a prosperous law firm with Democrat political leanings, he stated we should enact that very policy.

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This Day in History July 13th

This Day in History July 13th

on July 13, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

July 13 is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 171 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Christian Feast Day: Abd-al-Masih Abel of Tacla Haimonot (Coptic Church) Clelia Barbieri Eugenius of Carthage Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor Mildrith of Thanet Silas (Catholic Church) Teresa of the Andes July […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer  Most Infamous DUEL in American History: Alexander Hamilton v. Aaron Burr

American Minute with Bill Federer Most Infamous DUEL in American History: Alexander Hamilton v. Aaron Burr

on July 12, 2019, 6:43 AM / in History

He intentionally fired into the air, but his political rival, the sitting Vice-President Aaron Burr, took deadly aim and fatally shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel JULY 11, 1804. Alexander Hamilton was born in the British West Indies on the Island of Nevis, either in the year 1755 or 1757, and grew up on the Island of St. Croix. Just […]

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This Day in History July 12th

This Day in History July 12th

on July 12, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

July 12 is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 172 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Birthday of the Heir to the Crown of Tonga (Tonga) Christian Feast Day: Blessed Louis Martin and Zélie Martin (parents of St. Thérèse de Lisieux) Hermagoras and Fortunatus Jason of Tarsus […]

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News, History and Opinion According to Real Clear Politics

on July 11, 2019, 8:28 AM / in History, News

Good morning, it’s Thursday, July 11, 2019. Twelve years ago today, a great woman died of natural causes at age 94. Although christened Claudia Alta Taylor, we knew her — the whole world knew her — as “Lady Bird.” Lady Bird Johnson served as first lady of the United States from November 1963 until January 1969 before returning home to Texas […]

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“A Century of Surveillance”

on July 11, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History, National News, Opinion

By Walter Olson  /  Overlawyered Arbitrary and intrusive executive power, with the threat it can pose to individual rights and the rule of law, is not some novel development of the past Presidency or two (or three or four). It goes back to the earliest days of the Republic. “American Big Brother: A Century of Political Surveillance and Repression,” a […]

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‘Killed’ in Vietnam and buried with comrades, this Marine returned from the dead.

‘Killed’ in Vietnam and buried with comrades, this Marine returned from the dead.

on July 11, 2019, 6:00 AM / in Bedtime Stories, History

By MICHAEL E. RUANE | The Washington Post | Published: July 8, 2017 Special Thanks to Thomas HALLETTSVILLE, Texas — Ronald Ridgeway was “killed” in Vietnam on Feb. 25, 1968. The 18-year-old Marine Corps private first class fell with a bullet to the shoulder during a savage firefight with the enemy outside Khe Sanh. Dozens of Marines, from what came […]

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This Day in History July 11th

This Day in History July 11th

on July 11, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

July 11 is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 173 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays China National Maritime Day (China) Christian Feast Day: Benedict of Nursia Olga of Kiev July 11 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Day of the Flemish Community (Flemish Community of Belgium) Eleventh Night (Northern […]

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The South Carolina-class battleships

The South Carolina-class battleships

on July 11, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

The South Carolina-class battleships, South Carolina and Michigan (pictured), were built during the first decade of the twentieth century. They were the first American dreadnoughts, far outstripping older battleships that relied on smaller fast-firing guns at close range. The two ships were designed by Rear Admiral Washington L. Capps with a homogeneous battery of superfiring large guns and relatively thick armor, both favored by naval theorists. They were smaller than foreign dreadnoughts […]

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Quote for Today

Quote for Today

on July 11, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History, People

“The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world. Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human life. […]

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Grace White Sherwood

Grace White Sherwood

on July 10, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History, People

Grace White Sherwood (c. 1660 – c. 1740), called the Witch of Pungo, is the last person known to have been convicted of witchcraft in Virginia. A farmer, healer, and midwife, she was accused by her neighbors of transforming herself into a cat, damaging crops and causing the death of livestock. She was charged with witchcraft several times; at her eventual trial in 1706, Sherwood was […]

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Hot Times in Death Valley

Hot Times in Death Valley

on July 10, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s July 10, 2019. Fourteen separate wildfires blazed across California in 2017, including one in Santa Barbara County that wiped out the animals in a Boy Scout nature center, and another in Northridge that caused 140,000 people to lose their air conditioning on a day the temperature reached 98 degrees. I’m reminded that on this date in 1913, […]

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July 10th in History

July 10th in History

on July 10, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

July 10 is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 174 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Armed Forces Day (Mauritania) National Day of Commemoration (Ireland) Christian Feast Day: Amalberga of Maubeuge Rufina and Secunda Seven Brothers July 10 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Independence Day, celebrates the independence of […]

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The Donald and The Gipper

on July 9, 2019, 8:22 AM / in History, Opinion

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Tonight in Cleveland, Major League Baseball showcases its luminaries in its annual All-Star Game. Last year’s festivities were held in the nation’s capital, where Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper won the Home Run Derby in dramatic fashion. His feat enticed Nats fans into hoping that Bryce would stay in the town named after […]

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July 9th in History

July 9th in History

on July 9, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 175 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Christian Feast Day: Agilulfus of Cologne Amandina of Schakkebroek (one of Martyrs of Southern Hunan) Blessed Marija Petković Everilda Gregorio Grassi (one of Martyrs of Shanxi) Martyr Saints of China Martyrs […]

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