Most veterans returning from World War II brought home souvenirs. However, some left Europe with their own collection of riches worth millions of dollars, including the Hesse Crown jewels, which ended up in the hands of American officers stationed in Germany.
The Molly Maguires was an Irish 19th-century secret society active in Ireland, Liverpool and parts of the eastern United States, best known for their activism among Irish-American and Irish immigrant coal miners in Pennsylvania. After a series of often violent conflicts, twenty suspected members of the Molly Maguires were convicted of murder and other crimes […]
The ODESSA is an American codename (from the German: Organisation der ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen, meaning: Organization of Former SS Members) coined in 1946 for a possible Nazi underground escape plan at the end of World War II by a group of SS officers with the aim of facilitating secret escape routes. The idea has been widely […]
The Utah War (1857–1858), also known as the Utah Expedition, Utah Campaign, Buchanan’s Blunder,[ the Mormon War, or the Mormon Rebellion was an armed confrontation between Mormon settlers in the Utah Territory and the armed forces of the United States government. The confrontation lasted from May 1857 to July 1858. There were some casualties, mostly […]
Mercury 13 refers to thirteen American women who, as part of a privately funded program, underwent the same physiological screening tests as the astronauts selected by NASA on April 9, 1959 for Project Mercury. The term was coined in 1995 by Hollywood producer James Cross as a comparison to the Mercury Seven name given to […]
The Rosetta Stone is a granodiorite stele, found in 1799, inscribed with three versions of a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt in 196 BC during the Ptolemaic dynasty on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The top and middle texts are in Ancient Egyptian using hieroglyphic script and Demotic script, respectively, while the bottom is in […]
At each step in the march westward on the American frontier pioneers fought a cunning and ubiquitous enemy–disease and epidemics. There were wounds from knives and guns and no hospitals. To survive in the 18th and 19th centuries you had to find a doctor–or someone calling himself one. Meet the last defense against death in […]