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  • Could Japan Have Fought On? October 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Could Japan Have Fought On?

    On the 6 August 1945 American planes dropped their first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The Japanese would surrender within a month, arguably hundreds of thousands of US lives and very possibly hundreds of thousands of Japanese lives were saved by Little Boy and his elder brother Fat Man. The Japanese surrender came about because of […]

    History Roundup 219 including Hideous Hats October 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 219 including Hideous Hats

    Today’s links follow. 1) Hideous Hats: UK 2) Digging Through Oldest Graveyard in the World: Ethiopia 3) Prehistoric Sweat Lodge: US 4) Waiting Mortuaries: US 5) Mystery Burial Vault: Cork, Ireland 6) Uboats  and WW1: Germany 7) Seeing Fairy Review: Peter Muise 8) First Round World Flying Woman: US and from the archives 9) Occam’s […]

    Daily History Picture: Christopher Robin with Poo October 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Christopher Robin with Poo

    A.A. Milne’s son with his beloved bear: a posed photo of Pooh and Christopher Robin?

    Faking History on the Internet: Romans Invade Ireland October 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Ancient
    Faking History on the Internet: Romans Invade Ireland

    ***Thanks to Louis for help with this story*** The following is a parable about how history is written on the internet. Let’s imagine you have a web page and you want people to visit it. How could you get the history scoop of 2014? Well you could go and bribe some doctorate students, ask for […]

    History Roundup 218 including Holocaust Mannequins October 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 218 including Holocaust Mannequins

    Today’s post is on ancient door bells and today’s links follow. 1) The Golden Spoon: Europe 2) Holocaust Mannequins: US 3) The Enema Button: England 4) Franklin Wreck Confirmed: Canada 5) Bringing Ancient Wine Back: Israel 6) Looking For King Harold: England 7) Glass Breaker Ghost: Mass US 8) Top Ten Toilets Through Time: bathrooms and […]

    Daily History Picture: Martyrs of Nagasaki October 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Martyrs of Nagasaki

    A particularly murderous episode in Japanese history

    The First Automatic Door Bell in History? October 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The First Automatic Door Bell in History?

    ***Thanks to the person who sent this in. Sorry I can’t find your name now!*** It is the middle of the first century AD and you need holy solace from priests in your native Alexandria. You head down the dingy streets of the city as the sun is just breaking and then turn out in […]

    Beachcombed 52 October 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Beachcombed 52

    Dear Reader, Sun still shining in Italy and Mrs B with six more weeks till baby touchdown. Some tension here not least because she has opted for a home birth… den! den! den! doooorn! Huge thanks to those who sent in emails below and also to Borky, Invisible, Chris S, Ricardo, Wade and Amanda for sending in […]

    Daily History Picture: Black Power! October 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Black Power!

    In 1968 at the Olympics

    History Roundup 217 including House of the Rising Sun September 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 217 including House of the Rising Sun

    Today’s  links follow. 1) Stories and Fires: Prehistory 2) Junior Psychopath or Polt: Cornwall 3) House of the Rising Sun: US 4) Putting Animals on Trial: Europe 5) The Twentieth Centuries Most Powerful Idea: self determination and devolution 6) Plundering Brits in WW1: Greece 7) Lost City Found: Cambodia 8) Rich Cremations: Poland and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Massacre on the Day of Bartholomew September 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Massacre on the Day of Bartholomew

    Massacre in Paris of Protestants, 1572.

    Index Biography #11 September 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Index Biography #11

    *** Peter G wins this. The wife with same name gave away… For answer spool down*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down […]

    History Roundup 216 including Arm Wrestling History September 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 216 including Arm Wrestling History

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bringing Mithras Back: London 2) Clever Museum Video: Hamilton 3) Marriage Bust Ups in the 1800s: UK 4) The Most Famous Arm Wrestling Match in History: US 5) Amazing Gold from Stonehenge: UK 6) Potty Training Through Time: the west 7) Into the Trenches in Red and Green: WW1 8) Digging Up […]

    Daily History Picture: Fat and Slim September 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Fat and Slim

    A photograph from the 1890s showing a side-show couple: fat boy and slim boy boxing.

    The First Funeral Wreath, c. 60,000 B.C.? September 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
    The First Funeral Wreath, c. 60,000 B.C.?

    Archaeology is an extremely vague art and the greatest danger its practitioners face is the temptation of joining chance findings together to create imaginary narratives. Take the first flower funeral in history. In 1960 Ralph Solecki, a US archaeologist, excavated a Neanderthal grave in Iraq in the famous Shanidar Cave: one of several Neanderthal graves […]

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