Log in

No account? Create an account
Pirate Attacks & Corrupt Clergy: Vatican Archives Reveal Secrets
By Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor
September 30, 2014 07:58am ET

A medieval tale of a dead bishop's treasure, a pope and a pirate whose name means "fire blast" or "fire fart" has been revealed in newly published documents from the Vatican archives.

The tale may seem more like Hollywood than reality.

"Hollywood could use this story. But Hollywood does not know anything about it because it is buried in the documents edited here," Charles Donahue Jr., a professor at Harvard University, wrote in the preface to the newly published book "The Spoils of the Pope and the Pirates, 1357: The Complete Legal Dossier from the Vatican Archives" (The Ames Foundation, 2014).

SOURCE: http://www.livescience.com/48067-pirate-tale-revealed-in-vatican-archives.html?cmpid=558326

I can't find the book, boo.
By Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor | July 07, 2014 08:08am ET

Life-size human statues and column bases from a long-lost temple dedicated to a supreme god have been discovered in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.

The discoveries date back over 2,500 years to the Iron Age, a time period when several groups — such as the Urartians, Assyrians and Scythians — vied for supremacy over what is now northern Iraq.

Click here for the rest and the source.Collapse )
By Lakshmi Gandhi

Today's thugs can trace their literary ancestry to the highway robbers who formed the Thuggee Cult of India. The thuggees were hunted down, imprisoned or killed in the 19th century during British rule.

Monday, November 18, 2013

During a 1906 meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Sir William Turner submitted part three of his research "Contributions to the Craniology of the People of the Empire of India." Included were the photographs of individual skulls from a group who the British Medical Journal said "made it their business to frequent the great highways of India and become friendly with travelers, with a view to setting upon them and strangling them."

Meet the original thugs.

The word "thug" traces its roots to the Hindi and Urdu word thag, which means thief or swindler, and which itself is derived from the Sanskrit verb sthagati (to conceal). The word would enter the English language in the 1800s during the British imperial rule of India.

The skulls examined by Turner in the craniology study once belonged to members of what was called the "Thuggee Cult." The thuggees were believed to be a professional organization of criminals and assassins who reportedly had strangled thousands of people on India's roadsides.

Click here for the rest and the source.Collapse )
Nov 6, 1962:
U.N. condemns apartheid
SOURCE: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/un-condemns-apartheid

On this day in 1962, the United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution condemning South Africa's racist apartheid policies and calling on all its members to end economic and military relations with the country.

In effect from 1948 to 1993, apartheid, which comes from the Afrikaans word for "apartness," was government-sanctioned racial segregation and political and economic discrimination against South Africa's non-white majority. Among many injustices, blacks were forced to live in segregated areas and couldn’t enter whites-only neighborhoods unless they had a special pass. Although whites represented only a small fraction of the population, they held the vast majority of the country's land and wealth.

Following the 1960 massacre of unarmed demonstrators at Sharpeville near Johannesburg, South Africa, in which 69 blacks were killed and over 180 were injured, the international movement to end apartheid gained wide support. However, few Western powers or South Africa's other main trading partners favored a full economic or military embargo against the country. Nonetheless, opposition to apartheid within the U.N. grew, and in 1973 a U.N. resolution labeled apartheid a "crime against humanity." In 1974, South Africa was suspended from the General Assembly.

Click here to read the rest and for the source again.Collapse )
31 July 2013 @ 09:56 am
1916: "First Lady" of NASCAR Louise Smith Born
1965: J. K. Rowling born

Click here for the rest and the source.Collapse )
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
21 June 2013 @ 11:39 pm

By Dean Nicholas | Posted 13th June 2013, 9:29

(Go to the source to see the image.)

Above is an image of Charles II's cellar book of 1660. Scroll your mouse over the image for a closer look, and see how much of the text you can decipher.

Click here for the rest and another link to the source.Collapse )
Wednesday 20 Feb 2013 12:01 am
(Pictures at the source)

A notorious baby killer and a woman who cut up and boiled her employer are among 2.5million criminal records published for the first time.

Dating from 1770 to 1934, the findmypast.co.uk archive is the largest collection of rap sheets from England and Wales ever released.

Everything from Edwardian ‘Asbos’, where habitual drunks were banned from pubs, to mugshots, court documents and appeal letters have been made available.

One case history features infamous Amelia Dyer who is thought to have killed 400 babies. The ‘baby farmer’ tricked desperate mothers into thinking she offered a caring home for illegitimate children.

Click here for the rest and the source. Pictures are at the source.Collapse )
22 September 2012 @ 11:40 am
1776: Patriot executed for spying
1828: Shaka Zulu assassinated
1862: Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation

Click here for the articles and the sources.Collapse )
At the opening of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Peking, Mao Zedong announces that the new Chinese government will be "under the leadership of the Communist Party of China."

Click here for the rest and the source.Collapse )
21 September 2012 @ 06:50 am
In Revolutionary France, the Legislative Assembly votes to abolish the monarchy and establish the First Republic. The measure came one year after King Louis XVI reluctantly approved a new constitution that stripped him of much of his power.

Click here for the rest and the source.Collapse )