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Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II

Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  31 Comments  •  11 hours ago

Members of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment decorated their planes with flowers ... and dropped 23,000 tons of bombs. MEGAN GARBER JUL 15, 2013 TASS / GETTYIt was the spring of 1943, at the...
Remembering the Alamo Scouts - Secret Warriors of World War II

Remembering the Alamo Scouts - Secret Warriors of World War II


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  26 Comments  •  yesterday

By now, most of the world knows what the U.S. Navy SEAL unit can do. The recent covert operation that went down in Abbottabad, Pakistan—Team 6 swooping down on a compound in four stealth...
Katherine Johnson: The Girl Who Loved to Count

Katherine Johnson: The Girl Who Loved to Count


Via: jasper2529  •  History & Sociology  •  22 Comments  •  yesterday

“I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed … anything that could be counted, I did.” So said Katherine Johnson,...
The Tin Can Sailors Of Taffy 3 - The Battle Of Samar - The Epic Naval Battle Of WWII

The Tin Can Sailors Of Taffy 3 - The Battle Of Samar - The Epic Naval Battle Of WWII


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  36 Comments  •  3 days ago

This is a repost of an article from 4 years ago.  Naval experts call it the greatest mismatch in U.S. Naval history. The small fleet of Taffy 3 made up of destroyers, destroyer escorts and baby...
He took a DNA test in search of his birth father — and found a daughter instead

He took a DNA test in search of his birth father — and found a daughter instead


Via: perrie-halpern  •  History & Sociology  •  19 Comments  •  3 days ago

By Elizabeth Chuck and Shako Liu IRVINE, Calif. — Ted Wood, a Sacramento, California, attorney, signed up for Ancestry in 2013, hoping to find his father. Wood, 50, had met his birth mother in...
Back in Omar's district, police deal with gangs, relations with tight-lipped Somali community

Back in Omar's district, police deal with gangs, relations with tight-lipped Somali community


Via: vic-eldred  •  History & Sociology  •  2 Comments  •  4 days ago

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - In the dead of the cold, late night on Tuesday, a young Somali man was shot in the hip. Someone took him to the local trauma center, left him there, and drove off. The man...
There Were American Nazi Summer Camps Across the US in the 1930s

There Were American Nazi Summer Camps Across the US in the 1930s


Via: krishna  •  History & Sociology  •  11 Comments  •  4 days ago

During the latter half of the 1930s, a surprising number of Nazi-themed summer camps sprouted across the United States. Organized locally and without the support of Germany, these summer outings...
The Lawless Border With Canada Was Once America’s Main Security Concern

The Lawless Border With Canada Was Once America’s Main Security Concern


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  30 Comments  •  one week ago

Near the westernmost point of the border between the United States and Canada, the Peace Arch straddles the world’s longest undefended international boundary. The inscription atop the monument...
The Great Wall of Jordan: How the US Wants to Keep the Islamic State Out

The Great Wall of Jordan: How the US Wants to Keep the Islamic State Out


Via: krishna  •  History & Sociology  •  1 Comments  •  2 weeks ago

[Note:  I am seeding this as background to the "border wall" discussion-- it was published in 2016] King Abdullah II of Jordan is meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on...
1919

1919


By: johnrussell  •  History & Sociology  •  11 Comments  •  2 weeks ago

100 years ago is far enough in the past to represent "long ago", but not so long as to be ancient history. 100 years seems to be a time that almost within our reach, but still well before "our...
BATTLE OF HAYES POND: THE DAY LUMBEES RAN THE KLAN OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA

BATTLE OF HAYES POND: THE DAY LUMBEES RAN THE KLAN OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  35 Comments  •  4 weeks ago

The Battle of Hayes Pond was an armed confrontation between the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the Lumbee Indians at a Klan rally near Maxton, North Carolina, on the night of January 18, 1958....
Aging isn't a curse. But ageism is a serious global problem.

Aging isn't a curse. But ageism is a serious global problem.


Via: perrie-halpern  •  History & Sociology  •  10 Comments  •  4 weeks ago

Kentucky in the Civil War - Nancy's Fire, Elizabethtown, KY

Kentucky in the Civil War - Nancy's Fire, Elizabethtown, KY


Via: dowser  •  History & Sociology  •  47 Comments  •  3 months ago

My great-great grandmother, Nancy Ann Edlin Trumbo was a full-blooded Cherokee, whose family escaped The Place Where They Cried(what we call The Trail of Tears). Both of her parents, Hannah Essex...
The Home Front During WW2

The Home Front During WW2


By: buzz-of-the-orient  •  History & Sociology  •  14 Comments  •  3 months ago

The Home Front During WW2 If you were living during WW2, in which case you would have to be at least 73 years old, what do you remember from those days?  I was born in January of 1937, so I was...
From sperm donor to 'Dad': When strangers with shared DNA become a family

From sperm donor to 'Dad': When strangers with shared DNA become a family


Via: perrie-halpern  •  History & Sociology  •  3 Comments  •  3 months ago

By Elizabeth Chuck When Peter Ellenstein goes out to dinner with his children, who range in age from 17 to 30, the meals are raucous, and there is always a lot of catching up to do — especially...
'How to get a husband': Cringeworthy 1950s dating article advises women to 'cry softly in a corner' and 'stumble into a room' to attract eligible men

'How to get a husband': Cringeworthy 1950s dating article advises women to 'cry softly in a corner' and 'stumble into a room' to attract eligible men


Via: mocowgirl  •  History & Sociology  •  52 Comments  •  3 months ago

A 1958 magazine article advising women on how to attract a partner has surfaced on the internet, triggering a frenzy across social media. Titled '129 Ways to Get a Husband', the feature in...
Remembrance

Remembrance


By: vic-eldred  •  History & Sociology  •  10 Comments  •  3 months ago

The President is on his way to Paris, France to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11th. That war ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918....
Hoping to cash in on the Mega Millions jackpot? Here's why winning isn't always a good thing

Hoping to cash in on the Mega Millions jackpot? Here's why winning isn't always a good thing


Via: perrie-halpern  •  History & Sociology  •  60 Comments  •  4 months ago

Winning the $970 million Mega Millions jackpot may sound like a dream come true. But if you purchase a lottery ticket, buyer beware: Coming into that much wealth can easily become a nightmare....
The Elephant and The Jackass (Donkey)How did the Republican and Democratic Parties Get Their Animal Symbols?

The Elephant and The Jackass (Donkey)How did the Republican and Democratic Parties Get Their Animal Symbols?


Via: robert-in-ohio  •  History & Sociology  •  3 Comments  •  4 months ago

In U.S. politics, the Democratic Party has been represented by a donkey and the Republican Party by an elephant for decades. But few people know how long they've symbolized the two big parties, or...
Old Tyme Arcade games!

Old Tyme Arcade games!


By: krishna  •  History & Sociology  •  60 Comments  •  5 months ago

OK-- Just to get us started, here are 4 that were popular (mostly early 1980s I believe...???). Anyone played any of these? Other favourites? P.S: If you have the patience watch through to the...
The Hollywood trope that men and women can't be 'just friends' sets both sexes up for failure

The Hollywood trope that men and women can't be 'just friends' sets both sexes up for failure


Via: perrie-halpern  •  History & Sociology  •  72 Comments  •  5 months ago

The events of the last year — the #MeToo movement and its exposure of rampant sexual harassment in the media and Hollywood, as well as accusations that Supreme Court nominee Brett...
The republic for which it stands

The republic for which it stands


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  1 Comments  •  5 months ago

The Pledge of Allegiance is creepy. It is, explicitly, a loyalty oath, so that right there is one big check in the creepy column. But it’s worse than that, because this isn’t just a one-time...
Anita Hill: How to Get the Kavanaugh Hearings Right

Anita Hill: How to Get the Kavanaugh Hearings Right


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  11 Comments  •  5 months ago

Anita F. Hill, right, is sworn in to testify before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the confirmation of Judge Clarence Thomas by Chairman Joseph Biden in October 1991.Arnie...
Ani Bundel Miss America 2019 final: The bikinis are gone, but Gretchen Carlson's beauty pageant may not be worth saving

Ani Bundel Miss America 2019 final: The bikinis are gone, but Gretchen Carlson's beauty pageant may not be worth saving


Via: perrie-halpern  •  History & Sociology  •  16 Comments  •  5 months ago

The 92nd Miss America pageant is being held this weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with new leadership and a newly empowered mandate. Over the last ten months, the organization has undergone a...
Native Americans Propose Change To Yellowstone Landmark Names

Native Americans Propose Change To Yellowstone Landmark Names


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  4 Comments  •  5 months ago

On a cold January day more than a century ago, U.S. troops massacred nearly 200 Piikani people on a Montana river bank. Most were women, children and old folks. "It's hard to imagine," Chief...
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