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True Story of Gaelic-Speaking Scots Who Escaped Nazis Gets Silver Screen Treatment

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 19, 2017 at 3:00pm 6/19/2017 at 3:00pm
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A great addition the World War II cinema is on its way.

From The Scotsman:

Heroic Private William Kemp, Corporal Sandy MacDonald and Lance Corporal James “Ginger” Wilson fled Hitler’s clutches in June 1940.

They managed to escape weeks after their Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment had surrendered to enemy forces.

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Celebrating Freedom on Juneteenth

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 19, 2017 at 1:00pm 6/19/2017 at 1:00pm

I first blogged about Juneteenth last year. As I noted then, the day’s significance is almost criminally under appreciated.

This year though, I’m thrilled to see more national publications commemorating the 19th of June. Juneteenth even received the Heavy treatment.

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Scientists in Antartica Discover 118-Year-Old Painting by British Explorer

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:30am 6/17/2017 at 10:30am
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Scientists found a painting by famous British explorer Dr. Edward Wilson in one of the first structures built on Antartica. Wilson painted the artwork in 1899. From Sky News:

The almost perfectly-preserved artwork was painted by Dr Edward Wilson, a British polar explorer who died in Antarctica with his expedition leader Captain...

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Remembering D-Day: June 6, 1944

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 1:00pm 6/6/2017 at 1:00pm
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On this day, 73 years ago, the Allies stormed into Normandy, France, and led an invasion to liberate Western Europe from the Germans. These men risked everything to bring an end to one of the most evil regimes in history.

American, British, and Canadian soldiers took part in Operation Overloard, also known...

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WWII Ended in Europe 72 Years Ago

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:00pm 5/8/2017 at 7:00pm
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On May 8, 1945, the German army collapsed around Europe after Adolf Hitler’s successor Karl Dönitz officially surrendered to the Allies. This date has become known as Victory Day in Europe, aka VE Day, to mark the end of World War II on the continent.

At first, the German High Command led...

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Did Experts Find Christopher Columbus’s Anchor?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 3:27pm 5/2/2017 at 3:27pm
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It appears so! The experts used a “space treasure map” to locate an anchor in the Caribbean, which some believe belonged to Christopher Columbus. Fox News reported:

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Rare Copy of Declaration of Independence Discovered in England

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 24, 2017 at 5:20pm 4/24/2017 at 5:20pm
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Can you imaging finding something like this? One of the greatest pieces of writings in history has a second copy…in England. Harvard University researcher Emily Sneff came across it back in 2015 when she searched for the Declaration of Independence in Britain. She found something in a West Sussex record office...

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Ancient Village Discovered on Canada’s West Coast Predates the Pyramids

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:00am 4/11/2017 at 7:00am
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This is a fascinating story and kind of a fun break from politics. Researchers have discovered an ancient settlement off the west coast of Canada that is approximately 14,000 years old.

The Independent reports:

14,000-year-old village discovered in Canada...

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100 Years Ago Today, America Entered World War I

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:30pm 4/6/2017 at 6:30pm
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On April 6, 1917, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to enter World War I, 373-50, almost three years after the war began. President Woodrow Wilson vowed American neutrality, but that all changed due to Germany’s submarine warfare. Wilson admitted America’s tactic did not work:

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Skirt of Queen Elizabeth I Found, Will Be Displayed

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:30pm 1/10/2017 at 4:30pm
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A long lost skirt belonging to Queen Elizabeth I was found in a Herefordshire church. It had been cut up and used as an altar cloth.

It’s believed to be the only surviving piece of clothing from Queen Elizabeth I’s wardrobe.

The Telegraph has the story:

A piece of fabric described as the Holy...

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Pearl Harbor Attack: “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10:33am 12/7/2016 at 10:33am

75 years ago today, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. On December 8, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered one of the most famous speeches, which the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will display until December 31:

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States...

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George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 7:00am 11/24/2016 at 7:00am

This is my favorite time of year. For a brief while the world is grateful. People are kind and patient; willing to look beyond themselves. There’s a collective sense of gratitude. What better place to be than a country who, from her conception, devoted time to thankfulness.

Every year I take a few...

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Titanic Letter From Its Last Days Up for Auction

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10:00am 10/7/2016 at 10:00am

Henry Aldridge & Son will auction a letter written aboard the Titanic right after the massive ship hit an iceberg. Second Officer Charles Lightoller, who survived, wrote his letter to a a friend of assistant surgeon Dr. John Simpson on May 1, 1912:

“I deeply regret your loss, which is also mine,”...

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Yale employee smashes allegedly racist stained-glass window, Yale won’t press charges

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 9:00am 7/13/2016 at 9:00am

A cafeteria worker at Yale’s Calhoun College named Corey Menafee “resigned” from his job last month after using a broom handle to smash a window. The stained glass image in the window depicted slaves working in a cotton field.

Menafee, who is black said the image angered him and that “we shouldn’t...

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Family Discovers Rare Thomas Jefferson Letter in Attic

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 5:30pm 7/5/2016 at 5:30pm

A family found a letter from Thomas Jefferson from 1815 to the U.S. Ambassador to France about the victory in the War of 1812:

“As in the Revolutionary War, [the British] conquests were never more than of the spot on which their army stood, never extended beyond the range of their cannon...

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Remembering John Adams’ Support of the Declaration of Independence

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 4, 2016 at 7:00pm 7/4/2016 at 7:00pm

Thomas Jefferson rightly receives the lionshare of credit for writing the Declaration of Independence, though he wasn’t the only founder who had a hand in its creation.

Following the introduction and debate of Richard Henry Lee’s resolution to dissolve ties with Great Britain, the Second Continental Congress appointed a Committee of Five...

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The Importance of Elie Wiesel’s “Night”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 4:30pm 7/3/2016 at 4:30pm

In honor of the passing of Elie Wiesel, I’d like to share a personal story about how I was affected by his work.

In the early 1980’s I found myself at a new school in the eighth grade. My English teacher required my class to read Wiesel’s major work

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