History

Do you know when we celebrate Armed Forces Day? Yes, it’s on the third Saturday of May each year and you can find the story of it at Armed Forces Day. It tells how it was started in 1949, when Harry Truman promoted a single day rather than the separate Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps days – although the latter still also celebrate Marine Corps Days. There’s much illustrated history on this Defense Department site. (Kim Komando)

Hyper History Online is a fascinating set of timelines that display the key historical movements and events from prehistory to the present day in graphical form. Color coded timelines are shown for regions such as North America, Europe, the Middle East etc. with summary text of each event accessible with a single click. Want to dig deeper? Over 250 chapters of Book Text keyed to the timelines provide a full historical narrative, or you can focus on Politics, Science, Culture and Religion. This is a magnificent resource for history buffs. (David Henry)

There’s a wonderful collection of photos of New York City at the Wired New York – Forum. The black-and-white images start in the 1880s and continue until the color era began in the early 1940s. There are candid people-photos here, and the pictures are bursting with life; but it’s mainly a feast for those with an eye for great architecture, particularly of the beaux-arts period—sadly much of which is now gone. (Jim Moohan)       

I came across a newspaper article on the seventieth anniversary of the Silver Jubilee of the Nizam of Hyderabad, India at that time when he was the richest man in the world. Checking up on the internet, I found a treasure: Time magazine’s 1937 cover photo of the splendidly bejeweled Nizam and an accompanying cover story. Read by twenty-first century eyes, it strikes one as somewhat obsequious in tone but nevertheless salivating over the riches spelled out in some detail. (Guardian Weekly)

What did ancient Rome really look like? Based on a sophisticated computer model, you can get a pretty good idea by looking at Rome Reborn. This site can walk you through the Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon and other sites with still images and video clips of the model, which is based on the best knowledge we have. (Kim Komando)

Hallowed Ground includes National Geographic’s three video tributes to Arlington National Cemetery. “It is a place of profound sadness and pride, the garden where America’s honored dead are laid to rest. It is a place of mourning, communion, and healing, where families and friends gather in memory of lost loved ones. … Arlington National Cemetery is a sacred square mile (three square kilometers) of Virginia soil, watered by a nation’s tears.” (David Henry)

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