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Archive for October, 2008

17 October
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The Watts Towers

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The Watts Towers were built by one man, without help and without proper construction tools or blueprints. Continue reading for the story of how Simon Rodia single-handedly built the 17-structure project that still stands today in Los Angeles. He spent 34 years building his masterpiece, and then walked away from it.

Found on mental_floss.

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16 October
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“Pirates of the Colosseum” to Invade Rome

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according to the mayor’s office, is a Disneyland-style theme park. “The model is Euro-Disney in Paris,” said Deputy Mayor Mauro Cutrufo, announcing plans to build a vast ancient Rome theme park just outside the city which he says could be up and running within three to four years. The park would provide family-friendly attractions to show visitors what life was like in the Rome of 2,000 years ago.

Found on You’re History.

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15 October
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Ancient Greek “sewn” boat raised

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The 2500-year-old shipwreck was discovered off the coast of Gela, Sicily, by divers 20 years ago, and the local archaeological authorities have been trying to recover it ever since.

Found on the History Blog.

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14 October
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Hannah Dustin

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Great article on Hannah Dustin from History of American Women

Hannah Dustin was a forty-year-old colonial New England woman who was captured during an Indian raid, and escaped from her captors by killing them in the night and fleeing in their canoe. She is believed to be the first woman honored in the United States with a statue.

Listen to podcast number 75 for more information.

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13 October
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History of JC Penny

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Good article from History of Business Blog…

J.C. Penney was founded in 1902 by James Cash Penney and William Henry McManus. The original name for the store that started J.C. Penney in the dry goods business was The Golden Rule, but was changed to J.C. Penney in 1913 when Penney accepted a majority ownership of the chain, William McManus still being a partner. The mother store is located in Kemmerer, Wyoming and still operates as of 2007.

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10 October
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Was the Viking Age Caused by a Shortage of Women?

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Vikings are another facination of mine and this is a very strange hypothesis found on Metafilter.

What caused the Viking Age? It has long been a source of, er, conflict among Nordic scholars. A new study ($ub-only) suggests the Viking Age was triggered by a shortage of women (lack of).

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09 October
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Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

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This comes from Elisabeth Grant at the American Historical Association Blog

From datasets to CD-ROM to online project, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database was decades in the making. And it was time well spent. Voyages (the web site of the project) allows users to experience information on nearly 35,000 slave voyages through a clean and well-designed interface.

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08 October
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Stonehenge Dig

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The recent Stonehenge dig is already revising historical assumptions. Radiocarbon dating of bluestone fragments indicates that the first ring of stones was erected 300 years later than previously thought.

I’ve always been facinated by Stonehenge.  Here is an article about the recent digging there from The History Blog.

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07 October
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La Pedrera

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Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera (Catalan for ‘The Quarry’), is a building designed by the Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí, and built during the years 1906–1910, being considered officially completed in 1912. It is located at 92, Passeig de Gràcia (‘passeig’ is Catalan for promenade or avenue) in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Check out World History Journal for the whole article.

For more information on Antoni Gaudí check out podcast number 58.

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06 October
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Lincoln’s Anger Revealed in Civil War Letter

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Abraham Lincoln’s emotions ran high during portions of the Civil War, suggests a newly documented letter, written by the former U.S. president, in which he harshly chastises a couple for disloyalty, at one point even suggesting their line of reasoning is insane.

Read the whole article at Discovery News.

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