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Today in History for 1st August 2013

Historical Events

1785 – Caroline Herschel becomes 1st woman discoverer of a comet
1832 – The Black Hawk War ends.
1942 – German occupier demands listing of all Dutch telephone subscribers
1963 – Germany FR annexes Elten village
1982 – Petra Schneider swims world record 400m medley (4:36.10)
1990 – Indians’ Alex Cole sets club record with 5 stolen bases in one game

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Famous Birthdays

1630 – Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, English statesman (d. 1673)
1871 – Oskar Fried, composer
1966 – Darryl Hall, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers)
1971 – Julia Chilicki, Somers CT, rower (Olympics-96)
1973 – Tempestt Bledsoe, Chicago, actress (Vanessa Huxtable-Cosby Show)
1979 – Honeysuckle Weeks, English actress

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Famous Deaths

1922 – Vaclav Juda Novotny, composer, dies at 72
1957 – Harvey Glatmin, 1st bondage-photo victim, executed [or 8/18/59]
1973 – Walter Ulbricht, pres German DR, dies at 80
1987 – Benson Fong, actress (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), dies at 70
1987 – Pola Negri, actress (Forbidden Paradise), dies at 92
2006 – Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at HistoryOrb.Com – This Day in History

Congress lawmakers plan new legislation for Latino museum

By hnn

Lawmakers are introducing new legislation in Congress to create a national Latino American history museum.

Two years ago, a presidential commission called for the creation of a Smithsonian American Latino Museum. But the effort has stalled in Congress….

Source:
ABC News

Source URL:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/lawmakers-plan-legislation-latino-museum-19828799#.UflZa-EZ3GU.twitter

Date:
7-31-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Star Trek shuttlecraft on display at NASA HQ

By hnn

Capt. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise had a five-year mission. But one of the starship’s shuttles has been on a nearly 50-year mission that ends Wednesday.

The shuttle craft Galileo, which appeared in seven episodes of the original Star Trek series, is settling in Wednesday at its final landing place, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s space center in Houston.

It has been a long voyage for this nearly full-size shuttle that was built for “The Galileo Seven” episode, which first aired in January 1967. The historic TV prop might never have made it to the space center if it wasn’t for a first-class Star Trek fan….

Source:
USA Today

Source URL:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2013/07/30/star-trek-shuttle-nasa-houston/2600167/

Date:
7-30-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Germany still burying Eastern Front dead from WWII

By hnn

Germany will open its last big war cemetery in Russia on Saturday, marking the culmination of a huge effort to recover Wehrmacht soldiers killed on its Eastern Front in World War II.

By the end of this year, the German war graves commission will have found and reburied a total of 800,000 soldiers in Eastern Europe and Russia since 1992, when the former Eastern bloc countries began helping Germany retrieve the remains of missing soldiers following the end of the Cold War.

On Saturday, German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière will hold a speech at the inauguration of the new war cemetery at the town of Dukhovschina, near the city of Smolensk in western Russia…..

Source:
Der Spiegel

Source URL:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/germany-to-open-last-wwii-war-cemetery-in-russia-a-914093.html#ref=nl-international

Date:
7-31-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Library of Congress races to preserve TV history

By hnn

(CBS News) CULPEPER, Va. — There are moments that define America, and the record of many of them are stored in a vault in Culpeper, Va.

But these videotapes, some 50 years old, are deteriorating, and there is a race to preserve the history they contain.

“I think an important thing is to capture people’s memories, to take people back to the day when they first saw Carol Burnett tug on her ear, or the day when Walter Cronkite couldn’t hardly finish his sentence in November 1963, when Kennedy was shot,” says Rob Stone, the Moving Image Curator of the Library of Congress….

Source:
CBS News

Source URL:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57596237/library-of-congress-races-to-preserve-tv-history/

Date:
7-30-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Great Pompeii Project finally under way

By hnn

The Villa of Mysteries, first excavated in 1909, is named after a large and colourful cycle of frescoes showing young women undergoing an ancient Roman marriage initiation rite. Conservators are using laser technology to restore the colours to their former glory. Pompeii officials released a statement saying this is the first time the technique has been applied to such an important cycle of works a the site and that “it constitutes a viable alternative for preserving surfaces that might be too sensitive for [traditional] mechanical and chemical methods of conservation”. The laser is able to detect and remove the different protective layers that have been applied to the frescos by previous restorers. A spokesman confirmed that the restoration work, which is scheduled to end in October, is going well so far.

Similar laser technology was used on an unusually large scale to clean the courtyard of the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian in Split, Croatia (see link above).

Source:
The Arts Newspaper

Source URL:
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Great-Pompeii-Project-finally-underway/30159

Date:
7-30-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Tomb raiders exploit chaos in Egypt

By hnn

Egypt’s cultural heritage is in danger. Grave robbers, sometimes heavily armed, are taking advantage of political chaos to plunder its poorly guarded archaeological sites. Authorities feel powerless to stop them and fear that ancient treasures might be lost forever….

In January 2011, the world-famous Egyptian Museum in Cairo was looted. Rioters destroyed priceless treasures. But valuable ancient relics went missing far from the capital, as well, due to a lack of supervision at historical sites. After the uprising, the repressive security apparatus withdrew everywhere, and the guarding of historical sites was neglected.

Two-and-a-half years later, the police are slowly venturing into the streets. But they are mainly concerned with ongoing protests. Elsewhere, some Egyptians are behaving as if the state and its laws have ceased to exist.

The army has placed two armored vehicles at the pyramids in Dahshur to deter grave robbers. But, so far, the thieves are undaunted. “We wanted to catch them,” says a guard in Dahshur who asked to remain anonymous. “But then they opened fire on us with automatic weapons.” He and his fellow guards were only armed with pistols. They jumped for cover, and the grave robbers carried on with their plundering….

Source:
Der Spiegel

Source URL:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/tomb-raiders-in-egypt-exploit-political-chaos-to-steal-antiquities-a-914058.html

Date:
7-31-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Viking treasure hoard to make Shetland return

By hnn

TREASURES from the largest hoard of Viking silver ever found in Scotland are returning to the Northern Isles for the first time since they were unearthed on Orkney more than a century ago.

In March 1858, David Linklater chased a rabbit into its hole near St Peter’s Kirk in Sandwick in Orkney, near the Bay of Skaill, and as he dug at the entrance to the warren he came across a few scattered pieces of silver buried in the earth.

His find led to the discovery of the remarkable “Skaill Hoard” – 15 lbs of silver bullion consisting of 115 items of Viking jewellery, including nine brooches, 14 necklets, 27 armlets, an assortment of ingots and silver fragments and Anglo-Saxon and Arabic coins….

Source:
The Scotsman (UK)

Source URL:
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/viking-treasure-hoard-to-make-shetland-return-1-3012297

Date:
7-31-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Diocletian’s palace gets laser facelift

By hnn

Conservators in Croatia have completed a ten-year project to remove more than 1,700 years of grime from the courtyard of the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (AD244-311), in the coastal city of Split. Lasers were used as the primary method to clean the peristyle of the fourth-century imperial residence—an innovative technique that is normally reserved for cleaning individual sculptures or details of larger architectural elements, as opposed to whole structures. According to the architect Goran Niksic, who works for the city, this is the first time lasers have been used on this scale in Croatia to clean stone.

Source:
The Art Newspaper

Source URL:
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Diocletians-palace-gets-laser-facelift/30058

Date:
7-30-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Woolly mammoth DNA may lead to a resurrection of the ancient beast

By hnn

The pioneering scientist who created Dolly the sheep has outlined how cells plucked from frozen woolly mammoth carcasses might one day help resurrect the ancient beasts.

The notional procedure – bringing with it echoes of the Jurassic Park films – was spelled out by Sir Ian Wilmut, the Edinburgh-based stem-cell scientist, whose team unveiled Dolly as the world’s first cloned mammal in 1996.

Though it is unlikely that a mammoth could be cloned in the same way as Dolly, more modern techniques that convert tissue cells into stem cells could potentially achieve the feat, Wilmut says in an article today for the academic journalism website, The Conversation.

“I’ve always been very sceptical about the whole idea, but it dawned on me that if you could clear the first hurdle of getting viable cells from mammoths, you might be able to do something useful and interesting,” Wilmut told the Guardian….

Source:
Guardian (UK)

Source URL:
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/jul/31/woolly-mammoth-dna-cloning

Date:
7-31-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Stolen £1.2m Stradivarius found by police

By hnn

A riddle worthy of a detective novel – involving an internationally acclaimed violinist, her prized instrument stolen at a busy London station, and a false trail leading to Bulgaria – may be nearing its conclusion.

The discovery by police of a 1696 Stradivarius worth £1.2m and two bows with a combined value of £67,000 taken by opportunist thieves in 2010 while Korean-born violinist Min-Jin Kym was eating at a Pret a Manger cafe at Euston station has, she said, left her “on cloud nine” with an “incredible feeling of elation”.

Kim, 35, said in a British Transport police video: “This had been the instrument I had been playing on since I was a teenager, so it was a huge part of my identity for very many years.”…

Source:
Guardian (UK)

Source URL:
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/jul/30/stradivarius-found-min-jin-kym

Date:
7-30-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Kenyan lawyer on quixotic quest to nullify trial of Jesus

By hnn

The conviction of Jesus by Pontius Pilate may be the most famous court verdict — and perhaps the most consequential, since it led to Christ’s crucifixion and the founding of a global religion.

Now a Kenyan lawyer wants to overturn Pilate’s decision, though he wants to keep the faith that flowed from it.

“The selective and malicious prosecution (of Jesus) violated his human rights,” said Dola Indidis, a Roman Catholic who is petitioning the International Court of Justice, based at The Hague, to nullify Jesus’ conviction and death sentence….

Source:
Religion News Service

Source URL:
http://ncronline.org/news/global/kenyan-lawyer-quixotic-quest-nullify-trial-jesus

Date:
7-30-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Critics accuse Canada's Conservative Party of ‘politicizing history’

By hnn

The release of the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s first research strategy — following a two-year process of reflection that was nearly derailed by the federal government’s decision last year to rename it the Museum of History and rewrite its mandate — has revived the age-old debate over the politicization of Canadian history.

With Canada’s 150th birthday approaching in 2017, and the bicentennial of the War of 1812 just passed with unusual fanfare, the public’s appreciation of Canadian history is ripe for revision, and not just because some of the flagship national museum’s exhibits date to the 1990s, not long after it was renamed from the National Museum of Man. From the rewritten citizenship guide that undid years of Liberal ideological dominance, to the renaming of Canadian military units to honour the monarchy, history is increasingly the lens through which the country sees itself, and a ripe target for those who wish to change it.

Now that the words “critical understanding” have been struck from the museum’s mandate, however, critics fear that history without criticism becomes propaganda….

Source:
National Post (Canada)

Source URL:
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/07/30/critics-accuse-the-conservative-party-of-politicizing-history-as-national-museum-mandates-change/

Date:
7-30-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Today in History for 31st July 2013

Historical Events

1658 – Aurangzeb appoints himself Mongol emperor
1948 – “Brigadoon” closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances
1970 – Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ends “Huntley-Brinkley Report”
1978 – Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris
1980 – Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36
1988 – Last Playboy club closes (Lansing Michigan)

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Famous Birthdays

1912 – Milton Friedman, Brooklyn New York, economist (Nobel 1976), (d. 2006)
1913 – Bryan Hextall, NHL hall of famer (NY Rangers)
1914 – Jose Ignacio Domecq, wine maker
1921 – Peter Benenson, British founder of Amnesty International (d. 2005)
1965 – Julian Richards, British film director
1975 – Simon Hirst, British radio DJ

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Famous Deaths

1763 – James Kent, Fredericksburgh NY, legal scholar (Columbia), dies
1891 – Jean-Baptist Capronnier, French/Belgian painter, dies at 77
1932 – Francesco Paolo Neglia, composer, dies at 58
1986 – Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (b. 1900)
1992 – Ralph Strait, dies of heart attack at 56
1994 – Caitlin Thomas, dies

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at HistoryOrb.Com – This Day in History

Wild West – October 2013 – Table of Contents

By David Lauterborn The October 2013 issue of Wild West features stories about Will McLaury of post-gunfight fame in Tombstone, the 1871 Camp Grant Massacre in Arizona Territory, mythologized gunman Clay Allison, the Great Diamond Hoax of 1872 and the tall tale of the last major Comanche attack on Fort Worth, Texas.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History Net