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Wired: April 10, 1815: Tambora Explosion Triggers ‘Volcanic Winter’

Wired: April 10, 1815: Tambora Explosion Triggers ‘Volcanic Winter’

Other April 12, 2015 0

by Randy Alfred The 200th anniversary of the Tambora eruption and “the year without a summer.” 1815: Tambora volcano in the East Indies erupts with a mighty roar. It sends enough pulverized rock into

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The New York Times: Lee Surrenders to Grant (150 years Ago today).

The New York Times: Lee Surrenders to Grant (150 years Ago today).

Other April 9, 2015 0

From Our Own (NYT) Correspondent.                                                          

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BBC: Richard III: More than 5,000 people visit Leicester Cathedral coffin

BBC: Richard III: More than 5,000 people visit Leicester Cathedral coffin

Fred Manzo March 25, 2015 0

More than 5,000 people have visited Leicester Cathedral to view Richard III’s coffin before his remains are reintered on Thursday. The king’s casket went on display on Monday morning and people waited up to

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FiveThirtyEightLife: The Worst Board Games Ever Invented

FiveThirtyEightLife: The Worst Board Games Ever Invented

Other February 25, 2015 0

By Oliver Roeder Last week, I dove into the data and design of Twilight Struggle — the best board game on the planet, according to the popular gaming site BoardGameGeek. I spoke with game’s designer,

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The National Interest: Five Ways D-Day Could Have Been a Disaster

The National Interest: Five Ways D-Day Could Have Been a Disaster

Fred Manzo February 24, 2015 0

By Michael Peck: General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s face was grim but composed as he read a short message to the assembled group of reporters on the morning of June 7, 1944. “Our landings in

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The National Interest: Five Ways Japan Could Have Won World War II

The National Interest: Five Ways Japan Could Have Won World War II

Other February 22, 2015 0

By James Holmes Let’s face it. Imperial Japan stood next to no chance of winning a fight to the finish against the United States. Resolve and resources explain why. So long as Americans kept

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New York Times: Monopoly’s Inventor –  The Progressive Who Didn’t Pass ‘Go’

New York Times: Monopoly’s Inventor – The Progressive Who Didn’t Pass ‘Go’

Other February 22, 2015 0

By Mary Pilon For generations, the story of Monopoly’s Depression-era origins delighted fans almost as much as the board game itself. The tale, repeated for decades and often tucked into the game’s box along

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The National Interest: Hitler’s Last Stand – Why the Battle of the Bulge Still Matters

The National Interest: Hitler’s Last Stand – Why the Battle of the Bulge Still Matters

Other February 22, 2015 0

By Michael Peck: The attack began with a barrage from 1,600 guns and rocket launchers that pounded trenches and command posts. Then came waves of tanks and infantry that surged out of the winter

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April 1861: Historical Fiction as Told Through The Poetry Of Donald E. Allen

April 1861: Historical Fiction as Told Through The Poetry Of Donald E. Allen

Donald Allen February 17, 2015 0

By Amazon Staff: April 1861 by Donald E. Allen is a piece of historical fiction as told through poetic verse. Each poem recounts a day of the month of April in the year of

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NYT: How the Civil War Created College Football

NYT: How the Civil War Created College Football

Other February 9, 2015 0

By Amanda Brickell Bellows  At a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass., on June 10, 1890, the philanthropist Henry Lee Higginson declared, “I ask to make [Soldiers Field] a memorial to some dear friends who gave their

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