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Archive for August, 2008

30 August
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Win a Copy of James Lowen’s Book

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Hurry this offer expires tomorrow!  I’ve read this book and if you are a history lover you will enjoy it!

Found on mental_floss..

…we have a copy of James Loewen’s Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong to give away, so let’s do this: tell us about the historical landmarks in your general vicinity. The most obscure historic site wins the book. We’ll also give away a mental_floss t-shirt to another submission we find particularly enjoyable.

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29 August
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England’s Rock Art from Between 3500 and 6000 Years Ago

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Amongst the outcrops and boulders of northern England keen eyes may spot an array of mysterious symbols carved into the rock surfaces. These curious marks vary from simple, circular hollows known as ‘cups’ to more complex patterns with cups, rings, and intertwining grooves.

From Metafilter.

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28 August
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France denounces genocide claims

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France has rejected Rwandan claims accusing French officials of playing an active role in the Rwandan genocide of 1994 as “unacceptable”.

From the BBC.

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27 August
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History of McDonald’s

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Discover how this fast food giant started out from History of Business blog.

In 1937, the MacDonald brothers opened their frist restaurant (the Airdome) in Arcadia, Califronia selling hot dogs, organe juice, coffee and tea. In 1940, barbeque restaurant opened by siblings Dick and Mac McDonald in San Bernardino, California. Their introduction of the “Speedee Service System” in 1948 established the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant. It’s selling 15 cent hamburgers and 10 cent fries.

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26 August
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Slavery in North Carolina

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Slavery has always been a very interesting topic for me to read about. 

Conditions in the South were favorable for slavery. Large stretches of fertile land, a warm climate that the Negroes tolerated much better than the whites, and unhealthy regions where white men did not care to work – all these drew slavery to America. Established first in the Spanish possessions of the West Indies, it spread as soon as the mainland was settled along the mainland, from Jamestown northward and southward.

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25 August
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Lee’s surrender document

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Officials at a small Civil War museum made an intriguing discovery while sifting through storage: A document long treated as a photo reproduction of the terms of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender appears, upon closer inspection, to contain actual signatures and date to 1865.

Found on You’re History.

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22 August
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Skirmish at Greenbrier, Maryland

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A little-known engagement of the American Civil War. This bucolic crossroads was visited by the hard hand of war. The Confederate Artillerymen await, then unleash leaden death on the Hoosier troops.

Read the whole story at Metfilter.

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21 August
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Egypt to test fetuses from King Tut’s tomb

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Egyptian scientists will carry out DNA tests on two mummified fetuses found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun to determine their link to the young pharaoh, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities said in a statement Wednesday.

Read the whole article at CNN.

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20 August
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Elizabeth Catherine Montour aka Madame Montour

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Great article from

…born in 1667 at Three Rivers, Canada, the daughter of Frenchman Pierre Couc and his Algonquin Native American wife (name unknown). Madam Montour spent several years in the early 1700s at Forts Mackinac and Detroit where her relatives were engaged in the Indian trade.

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19 August
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History of Honda

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I may be a little baised on this post as I am on my second Honda.  But now I know just a little more about the company and its history from this article from History of Business

Company founder Soichiro Honda developed his own design of piston ring in 1938 and won the contract with Toyota. However during World War 2, his entire piston manufacturing facilities was destroyed. The he started a new company and attached the engine to the bicycle which cheaper and efficient. These early Honda motorized bicycles were very popular and the stock of surplus two stroke engines soon ran out. In September 1948 Honda Motor Company officially founded.

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