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Posted Mar 18, 2010 With the premiere of the ten part HBO miniseries, The Pacific , produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, World War II has again come into the living rooms of American families. The Pacific , the follow-up to Band of Brothers , will focus on the US Marines in the Pacific Theater of the war. The below collection focuses on The Pacific War, a term referring to parts of World War II that took place in the Pacific Ocean, the islands of the Pacific and the Far East. The start of The Pacific War is generally considered to be the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
Isabella of France "No man ever excited her resentment who did not perish under its effect; the king himself forming no exception to this fact." Queen Isabella, the infamous "She-Wolf of France", was born in 1295 in... well, France.
In the 1930s, the United States faced one of its greatest natural disasters.
Former mental_floss writers John and Hank Green have started a new nerdy thing on YouTube, and it's pretty great: Crash Course is a series of educational videos covering World History (John) and Biology (Hank). The production values are high (including animation, HD, all that good stuff), and each video is about ten minutes long.
A journal written by a British soldier in the trenches during WWI mentions an odd moment where the fighting stopped so the two sides could make fun of each other. It details how the opposing trenches were sometimes so close that the two sides would call a temporary truce to exchange friendly insults across No Man’s Land. In one ‘rather curious’ incident, a British soldier stood above the parapet to shout: ‘Come on over, Fritz’ in a comedy German accent. One of the enemy then called back – in a perfect English accent – ‘No blooming fear’. Both sides then put their heads above the trench for half an hour to ‘laugh and shout’ at each other before ‘heads went down and the war went on the same as usual’. Tagged as: Battle , British , Diary , Fighting , German , Soldiers , Trenches , War , WWI
This table provides a list of historical U.S. newspapers that are available online at no cost. Newspapers available for free through Google News Historical Archives and Newspaperarchives.com are listed individually as I identify them. Newspapers available through Chronicling America and state digitization projects are usually listed as a group.
Yesterday was March 15, historically known as the Ides of March, on which, according to the dramatic the likes of Plutarch and Shakespeare, Julius Caesar was overthrown and killed by his frustrated Senate.
Note on Brady's Men When the Civil War begins, in 1861, Mathew Brady is the most successful portrait photographer in the USA. Deciding to undertake a photographic record of the conflict, as a commercial venture funded by himself (eventually at a cost of some $100,000), he equips a number of photographic teams with darkroom wagons . ...