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Category: History

When iceboxes were cool

Before electric refrigerators were introduced, Americans used iceboxes. Those of you more than a few years younger than I probably never had one and frankly, I don’t particularly remember the one my […]

More on Washington’s torture quote

While it lacks the punch of the excerpted quote, the full text of George Washington’s charge to the Northern Expeditionary Force on September 14, 1775 was as follows: Camp at […]

Those who forget the past …

“Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner] … I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment […]

Blackbird singing

Meet the SR-71 Blackbird — in my humble opinion, the most spectacular and beautiful plane ever built. I just stumbled across some rare photos of her and I still have goosebumps. It seems […]

Swastika? Hmm …

I don’t have to worry about offending and losing a bunch of paying customers (aka $$$), so I’m going to put in my two cents’ worth on this story. Saturday […]

The Sixties

It’s late to mention something that started on May 29, but CNN’s original series “The Sixties” is wonderful television. Whether it’s because I was there and old enough to be […]

From D-Day to present day

This is one of ten interactive D-Day images featured on The Guardian website. (You’ll have to visit the site to see the images change.) By moving your cursor over the images, […]

D-Day: Etched in the sands of time

(Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the June 6, 1944, Normandy invasion — the beginning of the end of World War II. The following post from last September is as appropriate […]

Oklahoma City Bombing, April 19, 1995

.. . . “We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May […]

Japanese WWII megasubmarine found

Probably because of the distractions of the holidays, I completely missed the December 2 report that a lost WWII Japanese megasubmarine had been found. As a kid I never missed […]

Etched in the sands of time

British artists Jamie Wardley, 33, and Andy Moss, 50, and a team of volunteers traveled to Arromanches beach, Normandy, to create this haunting reminder of the lives lost during the Operation […]

The inside of the White House after it was gutted in 1950 (Photo: National Archives)

The White House was gutted in 1950

Not everyone is aware that in 1950 the White House was gutted and rebuilt. It was old, dilapidated, and parts of it were in danger of collapsing. Pres. Harry S Truman […]

Cheer up, it’s Doomsday (again)

Time for something more cheerful than the Westboro Baptist Church. Doomsday, anyone? I found this image on NBC’s website. They asked a good question: At exactly what time on Dec. […]