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Archive for April, 2009

06 April
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LIFE Presents: Never-Before-Published Photos From Memphis, April 4, 1968

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April 4th was..

the 41st anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. LIFE magazine has published a set of pictures taken of the scene at the Lorraine Motel directly after the shooting. The photographs were previously unavailable to the public. [Neatorama]

Link to the amazing pictures from Life. Image credit: Phil Scoville.

More…
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Strength to Love
The Measure of a Man (Facets)

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03 April
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Airships

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Zeppelins. Airships. Dirigibles. These words have fired my imagination since I was a child and put together my first Zeppelin scale model. And as a headbanging teen, my devotion to a Led Zeppelin meant that I was always surrounded by icons of these floating horizontal skyscrapers. Every decade or so, there seems to be a resurgence of interest in airships, with new material availability, an energy crisis, or some other motivating factor. Today is no different. So here’s a sampling of some of the airships of the past, a few in the skies of the present, and some fantasies for the near-future. [Make Magazine]

More learning resources:
Airships
Lighter Than Air: An Illustrated History of Balloons and Airships
Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships : Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg

Image credit: east_lothian_museums

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02 April
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The Concorde

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Some great trivia about the Concorde.  Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the post for more resources about this incredible aircraft.  

The record time for Paris-to-NY was (and still is) two hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds. On average, the Concorde traveled one mile every two and three quarter seconds. It was so fast that on westbound flights, it was possible to arrive at a local time that was earlier than when you left your original destination. And of course Concorde’s publicists didn’t miss that opportunity: British Airways used the slogan “Arrive before you leave.” [mental_floss]

More information:
Concorde Alpha-Delta – An Intrepid Journey (History Channel) DVD
Concorde
The Concorde Story: 21 Years in Service (Osprey Civil Aircraft)
 

Image credit:  iamkeir

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01 April
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YouTube EDU

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Educational videos from youtube now made much easier to find.  Like the below.  Here is a direct link to YouTube EDU to find more history jems.

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