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Archive for April, 2008

04 April
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Richmond’s End

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Civil War buffs will enjoy this article found on Today’s History Lesson

On April 3, 1865, Union forces finally captured the Confederate capital of Richmond. The end to the American Civil War was in sight. But if you can believe it, the activities of the night before are even more interesting.

Read the rest at Today’s History Lesson

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03 April
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Christmas Island…no kidding!

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There is an actual island called Christmas! I discovered this today while reading the blog Today’s History Lesson. The tiny island is in the general shape of a dog and is currently Australia’s territory. It’s 52 sq miles rises just above the ocean North-East of Australia, where its population of 1,493 live. Read more about Christmas Island in this Wikipedia article. And don’t be surprised if this makes it to the air on the podcast.

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02 April
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Most Popular Articles of February

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I think it is very interesting to see what you visitors like the most on the site. And if I am interested you might be too. So here are the most popular blog articles on historyonair.com for February 2008.Popular Articles February 2008

  1. Identity of Mona Lisa Discovered http://historyonair.com/?p=55
  2. Top 5 Myths about Christmas http://historyonair.com/?p=52
  3. 10 Weird Facts about US Presidents http://historyonair.com/?p=56
  4. Updates to William Wallace Episode http://historyonair.com/?p=53
  5. Elizabeth: Part 3 – http://historyonair.com/?p=51
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01 April
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History Website of the Day: Art History!

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Art history has a big place in our home as my wife is a art history fanatic. So, when I found this website I sent her a link right away, and I knew I should share this great site with all the History Podcast listener’s as well.

A good deal is known about Donatello’s life and career, but little is known about his character and personality, and what is known is not wholly reliable. He seems to be a person of simple tastes. However, patrons often found him hard to deal with in those days when artists’ working conditions were regulated by guild rules. Donatello seemingly demanded a measure of artistic freedom. Although he knew a number of Humanists well, the artist was not a cultured intellectual. His Humanist friends attest that he was a connoisseur of ancient art. The inscriptions and signatures on his works are among the earliest examples of the revival of classical Roman lettering. He had a more detailed and wide-ranging knowledge of ancient sculpture than any other artist of his day. His work was inspired by ancient visual examples, which he often daringly transformed. Though he was traditionally viewed as essentially a realist, later research indicates he was much more.

Read the whole article at On Art History.

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