Historical

The Music of Time No 4: Listening for the Change

By Alexander Lee

Understanding the period and context in which a piece of music was created can offer great rewards for the listener. In 1472 or 1473, the Flemish composer Johannes Tinctoris (c.1435-1511) penned an innocuous sounding book, entitled Proportionale musices (‘Proportions in music'). Dedicated to King Ferrante of Naples, it was a [...]
Wed, Sep 20, 2017
Source: History Today Articles
1917: The fragility of Power

By Paul Lay

The First World War ensured the success of the Russian Revolution. Peace would have strangled it at birth. As recently as 30 years ago, the Russian Revolution was still considered by many to be the most significant event of the 20th century. When History Today marked the 70th anniversary of Lenin's seizure of power, as [...]
Wed, Sep 20, 2017
Source: History Today Articles

On this day in 1973, in a highly publicized “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, top women's player Billie Jean King, 29, beats Bobby Riggs, 55, a former No. 1 ranked men's player. Riggs (1918-1995), a self-proclaimed male chauvinist, had boasted that women were inferior, that they couldn't handle the pressure of the game and that even at his age he could beat any female player. The match was a huge media event, witnessed in [...]

Tue, Sep 19, 2017

An ancient Peruvian mummy that has been part of the collection of the Corpus Christi Museum of Natural History and Science for 60 years received its first X-ray yesterday at Driscoll Children's Hospital. Very little is known about the mummy which was removed from Peru by unknown (illegal?) means at an unknown time. It has been at the museum since it opened in 1957, a gift from New York's American [...]

Tue, Sep 19, 2017
Source: The History Blog

On this day in 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout. A modified W-25 warhead weighing 218 pounds and measuring 25.7 inches in diameter and 17.4 inches in length was used for [...]

Mon, Sep 18, 2017


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