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Schindler of U.K. Nicholas Winton Dead at 106

Schindler of U.K. Nicholas Winton Dead at 106

The Rotary Club of Maidenhead shared some sad news on Wednesday when it announced the death at 106 of Sir Nicholas Winton, the U.K.’s answer to Oskar Schindler. Winton, of his own accord, went to Czechoslovakia after it was taken over by Hitler’s Nazi Germany just prior to the outbreak of World War II and […]

War of 1812 Anniversary Brings Reenactments Across America

War of 1812 Anniversary Brings Reenactments Across America

June 1 marked the anniversary of the War of 1812. Many scholars refer to this as America’s “forgotten war.” Nevertheless, President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Britain. This lasted for a little over two years making 2015 the bicentennial of the final battle and end of the war. This anniversary of the […]

Magna Carta Celebrates 800 Years

Magna Carta Celebrates 800 Years

The Magna Carta is easily one of the most important legal documents in history. Also known as the Great Charter, this document espouses the idea of protecting an individuals rights, while also calling for governmental accountability. On June 15, 2015, the Magna Carta celebrates 800 years of significance and importance that spans the globe. This is […]

The Black Athena Debate: Egypt, Not Greece, Spawned Western Civilization

The Black Athena Debate: Egypt, Not Greece, Spawned Western Civilization

Historiography is at its best when the historian interpreting data stays within the limits dictated by the range of knowledge he/she commands. No historian should be so credulous to believe that they can get away with positing a thesis, no matter how plausible, on unconventional evidence outside their field of knowledge. Therefore, it is fundamentally […]

‘Texas Rising’ and the Real Santa Anna

‘Texas Rising’ and the Real Santa Anna

The History Channel’s latest series event, Texas Rising, is a sweeping epic that covers the events after the fall at the Alamo, and the subsequent battles for independence against such adversaries as the formidable, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the General of the Mexican Army. The series, which premiered on Memorial Day, kicked off with […]

Memorial Day Started With a Deeper Meaning

Memorial Day Started With a Deeper Meaning

Memorial Day has been called the unofficial start of summer vacation.  There may be many that disagree, but the very thought of it conjures up images of barbecues, swim parties, family gatherings, picnics, or, at the very least, a chance to be lazy and have a day off.  But in its origins, there was a […]

The Holocaust’s Hidden Stories of Jews in German Army

The Holocaust’s Hidden Stories of Jews in German Army

Last Thursday night, May 14, Roger Grunwald put on a one-man play about a largely unknown chapter of the Holocaust: the story of the tens of thousands of German men who were classified under the derogatory term of “mischlinge” (the term Nazis is used to describe those descended from one or two Jewish grandparents), and who […]

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

  The Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo is a big festival of music, dancing, food, and fun. It is a celebration of the Battle of Pueblea, when the Mexican army unexpectedly ran the French out of the country. Cinco de Mayo in English means May 5, which is the day in 1862 that Mexico showed […]

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