Okmok Caldera, Alaska. Photo by J. Reeder. Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.
What led to the demise of the Roman Republic?
Experts now believe that the eruption of a remote Alaskan volcano may be partly to blame.
The Okmok volcano erupted early in the year 43 BC, spewing clouds of ash into the atmosphere and blocking the sun’s rays, causing two of the coldest years in the past two and a half millennia. The event triggered a famine that exacerbated existing political tensions in Rome and led to the rise of the Roman Empire, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings…
Source: It Wasn’t Just Pompeii. Archaeologists Say the Roman Republic and Even an Ancient Egyptian Kingdom May Have Been Ended by Volcanoes
The Queen’s Chamber at Versailles
…Versailles had all the pomp and pageantry of power. The Court was composed of some 18,000 people, perhaps 16,000 of whom were attached to personal service of the King [Louis XVI] and his family with some 2,000 being courtiers, the favored guests – nobles engaged in a daily round of pleasures who were also feathering their nests seeking favors from …
Source: France Before the Revolution – For Bastille Day | toritto
We’ve had the Secret Spitfires documentary and DVD, then the stage play (Shadow Factories). Now the book is published.
Secret Spitfires: Britain’s Hidden Civilian Army by Karl Howman, Etham Cetintas, Gavin Clarke.The History Press. Hardcover. ISBN: 9780750991995. Also available on kindle…
Source: Secret Spitfires – The Book – solentaviatrix
‘… Let us speak of Catherine the Great, Autocrat and Empress of all Russia…
‘Catherine had seen first hand the ravages of smallpox. Catherine herself was spared but she saw the horrors of smallpox and probably decided to make efforts to spare her people from the kind of suffering she saw when ascending the throne. An “enlightened” monarch with a great interest in science and the enlightenment literature of the age, she would lead Russia into its golden age converting it from a backward nation into a …’
Source: On Catherine the Great and Smallpox | toritto
A team of divers and archaeologists discovered the 19th-century fragrance in a shipwreck off the coast of Bermuda.
AFTER AN INTENSE STORM PUMMELED Bermuda in February 2011, the island’s custodian of historic wrecks Philippe Max Rouja went to do a coastal survey and spotted a partially exposed bow of a boat. The bow belonged to the Civil War blockade runner Mary Celestia, which was en route to North Carolina’s Confederate forces when it sank in 1864.
Source: How a Long-Lost Perfume Got a Second Life After 150 Years Underwater – Atlas Obscura
Thousands of artefacts encased in centuries of concrete-like deposits – ranging from Roman antiquities to the contents of a 280-year-old shipwreck – are to have their secrets revealed by a state-of-the-art X-ray system…
Source: Thousands of ancient artefacts from Roman treasure to shipwreck bounty to be revealed by X-rays
The “Torun portrait” of Nicolaus Copernicus (anonymous, c. 1580)
The headline annoyed me. I barely needed to read the story. In a few words, it not only managed to criticise, but to ridicule the speaker… who had voiced a personal opinion… thus passing judgement for the reader, without allowing them to think for themselves. I could not help wondering exactly how far this kind of covert manipulation and underground censorship of thought might…
Source: The Right to be Wrong | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo
Meet the Jackson Town Council of 1920-23, aka the “petticoat rulers”: (from left) Mae Deloney, Rose Crabtree, Mayor Grace Miller, Faustina Haight, Genevieve Van Vleck. COLLECTION OF THE JACKSON HOLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM, 1958.0090.001P
PICTURE, FOR A MOMENT, KAMALA Harris cleaning up a territory known for horse thieves and train bandits, Elizabeth Warren boosting the treasury tenfold, and Amy Klobuchar squaring off against her own husband in an election. Now imagine all these women running on a ticket together, throw in…
Source: Remembering When Women Ruled a Wild West Town – Atlas Obscura
A statue of Winston Churchill may have to be put in a museum to protect it if demonstrations continue, his granddaughter has said.
Emma Soames told the BBC the war-time prime minister was a “complex man” but he was considered a hero by millions..
She said she was “shocked” to see the monument in London’s Parliament Square boarded up, although she said she understood why this…
Source: Churchill statue ‘may have to be put in museum’, says granddaughter – BBC News
Graham Holden and his partner were walking their dog on a Cleethorpes beach when they discovered wreckage that left him “amazed.”
Experts believe that what they found is the remains of an RAF Bristol Beaufighter which crashed shortly after it took off from North Coates in Lincolnshire one day in April 1944. RAF North Coates was located six miles southeast of Cleethorpes when it operated from 1914 until its closure in 1990. The airfield is now operated privately…
Source: Beaufighter Discovered by Couple Walking on the Beach
Workers clean a house in a neighborhood affected by the 1896 bubonic plague. CAPT. C. MOSS / WELLCOME LIBRARY / PUBLIC DOMAIN
ALONG THE WINDING LANES OF Bandra, a coastal suburb of Mumbai with a history of Catholicism, lime-washed crosses can be found near busy intersections. They are markers of a plague that ravaged the city more than a century ago when this metropolis was still known as Bombay. Mumbai was shaped by a catastrophe it has largely forgotten.
Source: How the 1896 Bombay Plague Changed Mumbai Forever – Atlas Obscura
In 1944, when [Simone Segouin] was only 18 years old, she joined the Francs-Tireurs et Partisans – a combat group made up of militant communists and French nationalists. Her father served in the Great War and he was a great inspiration for her to join the resistance. She was known by her nom de guerre Nicole Minet…
Source: 18 year old French Resistance fighter Simone Segouin captured 25 Nazis during the fall of Chartres
Think about the women in WW2. Does Rosie the Riveter come to mind? With her red handkerchief and ‘You Can Do It’ slogan, Rosie is arguably one of the most iconic images of female empowerment and serves as a reminder of the important role women played during the war. But what about the thousands of other women who served their countries? Their roles were vital but often individuals were forgotten. Take Simone Segouin for example…
Source: HERstory: WW2 Veteran Simone Segouin Fought for Freedom & Women Everywhere – Herdacity
At around 9pm on the evening of the 16th December 1908, the pulling and sailing Lifeboat ‘Queen Victoria’ under coxswain John Holbrook answered signals of distress made from a vessel which had grounded on the ledge at…
Source: The Night A Naval Torpedo Boat Went Aground
A document vital to the capture of top Nazi Heinrich Himmler has been unearthed in the UK 75 years after his death. The items belonging to the SS leader, found in the possessions of a judge, are now due to go on display.
On 22 May 1945, a trio of odd-looking men was spotted by…
Source: Heinrich Himmler: How a fake stamp led to the Nazi SS leader’s capture – BBC News