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Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Source: History Today

At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President [...]

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Because the Internet is a silly place, the 30-ton black granite sarcophagus unearthed in Alexandria earlier this month became something of a meme. It looks so deliciously ominous that the plan to open it sparked a viral wildfire welcoming/warning the demonic powers sure to be unleashed once the lid was pried up.

Fearing no plague-wielding revenants or curses from ancient gods, a team of experts dispatched by the Ministry of [...]

Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: The History Blog
The First Japanese Man in America

Adam Stanley

A teenager shipwrecked on a Pacific atoll helped transform relations between Japan and the United States. A Japanese teenager named Manjirō, from an impoverished family in a tiny fishing village, found himself thrust into a struggle for survival after being shipwrecked on a Pacific atoll in 1841. Following a dramatic maritime rescue, Manjirō was catapulted into [...]
Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: History Today
The Enigma of Emily Bronte

Claire O'Callaghan

Since the moment Emily Brontë died we have tried – and failed – to understand who she was. Although Wuthering Heights (1847) is now acclaimed as a classic of English literature, its author has been remembered less fondly – and rather unfairly. Across numerous Brontë biographies from the Victorian era onwards, Emily has been portrayed in [...]
Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: History Today

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