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The Little-Known History of How the Modern Olympics Got Their Start

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Monday, July 9, 2012
Category: History

From www.smithsonianmag.com

One year there was a blindfolded wheelbarrow race, another offered “an old woman’s race for a pound of tea” and on yet another occasion there was a pig chase, with the intrepid swine squealing past the town’s limestone cottages until cornered “in the cellar of Mr.

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The Brilliant Code-Breaker Who Changed The Course Of World War One

Sunday, July 8, 2012
Category: History

From surviving-history.blogspot.co.uk

British ministers were desperate to draw America into the war, aware that this would irrevocably change the course of the conflict. But President Wilson had hitherto showed no appetite for war. The explosive telegram handed to Nigel de Grey was to change all that.

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JFK′s Overshadowed Crisis

Saturday, July 7, 2012
Category: History

From nationalinterest.org

Kennedy never traveled to India during his presidency, but Jacqueline Kennedy visited both India and Pakistan in March 1962. The charismatic and photogenic first lady was a big hit. Nehru was so entranced that he kept a photo of Mrs.

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The history of the fork

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Thursday, July 5, 2012
Category: History

From www.slate.com

The fork is a latecomer to the table. Knives are the descendants of sharpened hand axes—the oldest human tools. It is likely that the first spoons derived from whichever local objects were used to scoop up liquid: The word for spoon in both Latin and Greek derives from a snail shell while the Anglo-Saxon spon means chip.

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The High Priestess of Fraudulent Finance

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: History

From blogs.smithsonianmag.com

As she climbed into the carriage, Dillon apologized for what he was about to ask: Who was her father, exactly? Please, Cassie said, raising a gloved finger to her lips, he mustn’t disclose her secret to anyone: She was Andrew Carnegie’s illegitimate daughter.

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The case for a world republic

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: History

From thebulletin.org

In the late 1940s, the movement for world government was every bit a force as the remarkable movements that would follow, like the environmental, civil rights, and women′s movements. The "United World Federalists," who aspired "to strengthen the UN into a world government," marshaled 720 chapters and nearly 50,000 members.

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Leadership Lessons from Dwight D. Eisenhower #3: How to Make an Important Decision

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: History

From artofmanliness.com

How had Eisenhower found the nerve to make one of the heaviest, most consequential decisions in history? “I had to,” he later explained, “if I let anybody, any of my commanders, think that maybe things weren’t going to work out, that I was afraid, they’d be afraid to.

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Rudolph Valentino, aka the "Latin Lover," and His Enemies

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Category: History

From blogs.smithsonianmag.com

With the Roaring Twenties in full swing and the first talkies on the horizon, Hollywood’s booming film industry already had its share of bankable stars—Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton.

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Button history: a visual tour of button design through the ages

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Category: History

From www.slate.com

Buttons may seem humble today, but they have a decidedly racy side. The history of buttons tells the story of our increasingly form-fitting clothing, with buttons hugging all the right places. Buttons loudly announce wealth, and perfecting their manufacture brought with it boatloads of cash.

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Pankaj Mishra reviews ‘Patriot of Persia’

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: History

From www.lrb.co.uk

Having proclaimed the ‘American Century’, Henry Luce’s Time took a particular interest in commodity-rich Iran, arguing that the ‘Russians may intervene, grab the oil, even unleash World War Three’.

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