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Today: Remember Hiroshima

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On this day in 1945 80,000 people were killed instantly and thousands more have died from injuries or illness attributed to the nuclear attacks on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later with the bombing of Nagasaki ten thousands more of mostly civilian population in Japan was killed with the second atomic bomb dropped by the US…

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RIP: Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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Much can be said about Alexander Solzhenitsyn who died this weekend in Russia, and many will certainly do. With a courageous person like him having left us a few words by us might be allowed as well. He was…

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Weekend Activity: Browse the National Archives with Digital Vaults

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The National Archives have put 1,200 of its 20 Billion documents online for access through an 2D search interface. Digital Vaults as the Adobe Flash interface is called allows you to explore photographs, documents and video clip plus the connections between them.

Once all interface elements are loaded, the application presents you with a series of starting point, click one and the image for the selected topic will be shown in the center of the window surrounded by related items.

Additional information is available for each of the items by clicking on them and…

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Quote of the day: Learning from History

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana (1863–1952), U.S. philosopher “…Studying history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes. This saying comes from the writings of George Santayana, a Spanish-born American author of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries…“


New York: Historic Bus and Subway Maps

The New York City Subway Resources site nycsubway.org has many historic subway and bus transit maps – most of them in high resolution format.Some of the maps are dating back to 1888. Also have a look at their “Subway Art Guide” with a list of over 125 artworks in New York City Subway Stations. Maps, [...]


USA: 100 most influential Americans of all time

US long standing political magazine The Atlantic will be publishing its “Most Influential Americans issue” later this month on November 21, but until then you can cast your vote online. The Atlantic has compiled the list with the help of a panel of historians. The list will be officially released online the week of November [...]