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Syd Albright

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Updated 5 days, 16 hours ago

HISTORY CORNER: Story of Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo

No one thought a rag-tag army of Mexicans could defeat a larger seasoned army of French regulars who had modern ...

Updated 4 months ago
HISTORY CORNER: The Vikings

Hollywood, video games, books and comics love to portray Vikings as vicious raiders and plunderers brandishing broadswords and axes, while thundering into ba...

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
HISTORY CORNER: Cortes and La Malinche

A bold young man from a small Spanish village with a thirst for adventure journeyed to the New World in 1504 and faced the Aztecs, an ancient and highly deve...

Updated 4 months, 2 weeks ago
HISTORY CORNER: U.S. Navy and Marines defeat Barbary pirates

Thomas Jefferson had barely been inaugurated as President before having to deal with a major thorn in the side of the fledgling United States — attacks on Am...

Updated 5 months ago
HISTORY CORNER: President Andrew Jackson, hero or villain?

Andrew Jackson had a rough day on March 4, 1829, when he was sworn in as the seventh president of the United States by Chief Justice John Marshall.

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
HISTORY CORNER: The turbulent life of escape artist Harry Houdini

Time and again, Houdini's escapes from seemingly impossible predicaments thrilled audiences, who found in him a metaphor for their own lives, an affirmation ...

Updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago
HISTORY CORNER: Diamonds: The world’s greatest gem stone

Marilyn Monroe sang that song in the movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” with the performance ranked the 12th best film song of the century by the American Fil...

Updated 5 months, 3 weeks ago
HISTORY CORNER: The Pilgrim journey from persecution to freedom

Henry VIII’s feud with the Pope over his wanting a divorce from Catherine of Aragon prompted him to abandon the Catholic Church and start his own Protestant ...

Updated 6 months ago
HISTORY CORNER: Devil’s Island and the Dreyfus Affair

Captain Alfred Dreyfus was an artillery captain in the French Army who was convicted of treason in 1894 and sentenced to life confinement in a stone hut on t...

Updated 6 months, 4 weeks ago
HISTORY CORNER: The Golden days of radio

“A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again!”

Updated 7 months ago
HISTORY CORNER: The Roman Emperor and battle that changed history

Three centuries after Christ’s crucifixion, Roman Emperor Constantine was crossing the Alps to battle co-emperor Maxentius who controlled Rome when he and hi...

Updated 7 months, 1 week ago
HISTORY CORNER: Sinking the CSS Alabama

For 123 years, a cannon ball lay imbedded unexploded in the woodwork of a Civil War Union sloop-of-war.

Updated 7 months, 2 weeks ago
HISTORY CORNER: The pioneer nurses: Part II

Clara Barton was born in 1821 in North Oxford, Mass., and had a miserable childhood.

Updated 7 months, 3 weeks ago
HISTORY CORNER: The pioneer nurses

“We rose at 5.30 a.m. and left the wards at 9 p.m. to go to our beds, which were in little rooms between the wards,” wrote Linda Richards, America’s first tr...

Updated 8 months ago
HISTORY CORNER: The Catacombs of Rome

It was sometimes dangerous to be a Christian or Jew in Rome in the first two centuries after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

Updated 8 months, 1 week ago
HISTORY CORNER: Chasing Cochise

Cochise was about 6 feet tall, weighing 175 pounds with prominent cheekbones and long black hair.