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Archive for February, 2009

19 February
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HMS Victory Discovered

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In July 1744, she set sail to rescue a Mediterranean convoy blockaded by the French Brest fleet in the River Tagus at Lisbon. After victoriously chasing the French fleet away, she escorted the convoy into the Mediterranean Sea as far as Gibraltar, then set sail to return to her home port in England. During the course of the voyage, her fleet captured a number of valuable prizes, and she was also reported to have taken on board a consignment of 400,000 pounds sterling for Dutch merchants. On her return trip to England, HMS Victory was lost with all hands in a violent storm on October 5, 1744.

From this PDF.  Found via Metafilter.  Link to Odyssey Press Release.  Write up also found on The History Blog.  Video and article at Discovery News.

Image from flickr user mre1965.

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18 February
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Aztec Warriors Grave

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From Flickr User GazzaS

 

Archaeologists in Mexico City have discovered a mass grave of what may have been the last warriors to resist conquistador Hernán Cortés, who took the Aztec capital in 1521.

The above from National Geographic.  Where there is also a video.

The History Blog also has a write up on this subject as well as a link to the AP article.  Image from Flickr User GazzaS.

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17 February
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Mr. Rogers

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Check out this podcast on Mr. Rogers.  Remember him?

The latest Tank Riot podcast is an outstanding appreciation of Mister Rogers, possibly the nicest, most genuine guy in American history — a man so nice that when his car was stolen, the thieves returned it once they figured out whose car it was; a man so nice that he was able to stop a Burger King ad that used a soundalike by publicly declaring that he was “disappointed” in them. Rogers saved public TV and was critical in the fight to legalize VCRs, too. This is a really great hour of audio — the Tank Riot guys really know a lot about the subject are are filled with genuine affection for him (I defy you to listen to his Congressional testimony without getting a tear in your eye).

Found on Boing Boing.  Listen to the podcast episode here.  Image from Flickr user booskitty.

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16 February
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1880 Topography of Manhattan

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See the original topography of Manhattan in this old 1880 map.  Found via Digg.  Full size image here.

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15 February
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Roman Mythology

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From Flickr User mharrsch

Take the Roman Mythology Quiz from mental_floss.  Image from Flickr user mharrsch.

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14 February
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at History Podcast,

Jason, Michelle and Samantha

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13 February
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Spammer Attack

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From Flickr User freezelight

From Flickr User freezelight

 

In early February spammers (lowliest of the low) attacked the History Podcast Forums.  I have taken down the forums until I can implement new code to stop them.

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11 February
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Cool Map of Undersea Water Cables in 1901

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Thought this was very cool and wanted to share it.  Found via Gizmodo and reddit.  Click here for the full size.  See the Wikipedia article and what the cable system looks like now after the jump…

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10 February
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Honest Abe on Flickr

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Abtaham Lincoln images posted on Flickr for everyone to see. Found via Speaking of History…

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09 February
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History Deals

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40% off A&E, History Channel and Biography DVDs right now at Barnes and Noble.

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