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The Largely Forgotten Los Angeles’ Chinese Massacre

The Largely Forgotten Los Angeles’ Chinese Massacre

Melissa June 6, 2014 2

On a cool October night in 1871, 18 Chinese men and boys were massacred by a bloodthirsty mob in Los Angeles. The Cause Debate continues over the actual trigger for the riot, but most

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A Brief Look at the Werewolf Through History

A Brief Look at the Werewolf Through History

Kathy Padden May 30, 2014 1

Since ancient times, the fusion of man and wolf has been the stuff of legend and folklore (“wer” was the word for “man” in old English, with “man” being completely gender neutral). Virtually every

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The King’s Law – The Code of Hammurabi

The King’s Law – The Code of Hammurabi

Theodoros II May 29, 2014 2

Hammurabi was the oldest son of Sin-Muballit, and he became the sixth king of Babylon upon his father’s abdication around 1729 BC (based on the short chronology timeline). Even though he didn’t inherit much

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The Slave Who Helped Assemble the Famous “Freedom Statue” in Washington D.C.

The Slave Who Helped Assemble the Famous “Freedom Statue” in Washington D.C.

Karl Smallwood May 29, 2014 2

The Statue of Freedom sitting atop the dome of the U.S. Capitol building in Washing D.C. has more alternate names than the obscure half of the Wu Tang Clan. Over the years, the names

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How One Man’s Attempt to Create the Philosopher’s Stone Out of Human Urine Led to the First Element Discovered Since Ancient Times

How One Man’s Attempt to Create the Philosopher’s Stone Out of Human Urine Led to the First Element Discovered Since Ancient Times

Matt Blitz May 28, 2014 5

Phosphorus is an essential element for life. Forms of it are found in DNA, RNA, and all living cell membranes. It is the sixth most abundant element in any living organism. Phosphorus can also

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The Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857

The Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857

Emily Upton May 26, 2014 0

On September 11, 1857, the Baker-Fancher emigrant wagon train was rolling through Mountain Meadows, Utah, about 35 miles southwest of Cedar City. The train was made up of several smaller parties that joined together

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The Sacred Band of Thebes Entirely Made Up of Male Lovers

The Sacred Band of Thebes Entirely Made Up of Male Lovers

Melissa May 13, 2014 2

In the 4th century B.C., for a period of 50 years a small force of 300 elite Theban soldiers dominated Grecian battlefields. What makes this band of brothers unique in history is that it

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The Goingsnake Shootout

The Goingsnake Shootout

Emily Upton May 12, 2014 1

Ezekiel Proctor was a 19th century Cherokee man who had walked the Trail of Tears from Georgia to the Indian Territory when he was just seven years old. He was proud of his heritage,

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WWII Files: Japan’s Secret Weapon- Exploding Balloons

WWII Files: Japan’s Secret Weapon- Exploding Balloons

Staci Lehman May 12, 2014 1

WWII saw the development of some zany designs for weapons, such as when the U.S. developed pigeon guided missiles and (literal) bat bombs (the latter of which were a little too effective, accidentally destroying the testing

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The Lawrence Massacre of 1863

The Lawrence Massacre of 1863

Emily Upton May 9, 2014 0

Kansas had been swept up in the debate over whether or not it should allow slavery for some time. When it was finally decided that Kansas would be a free state, the South was

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The Jackson State Massacre of 1970

The Jackson State Massacre of 1970

Melissa May 7, 2014 1

Overshadowed by the coverage of the Kent State Massacre that occurred not two weeks prior, when two people were killed and 11 injured while protesting at Jackson State College in the spring of 1970,

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Damnatio Memoriae: When the Romans Purposely Erased People from History

Damnatio Memoriae: When the Romans Purposely Erased People from History

Karl Smallwood May 2, 2014 2

Damnatio memoriae (condemnation of memory) was a punishment reserved for certain people the Romans decided to dishonour for one reason or another. Rather impressively, it involved trying to get rid of all records that

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Chastity Belts Were Never Actually Used in Medieval Times

Chastity Belts Were Never Actually Used in Medieval Times

Matt Blitz May 1, 2014 3

The lasting images of what most of us perceive to be the “medieval times” includes heroic knights, stampeding horses, court jesters, giant turkey legs, ruling kings, and pure maidens wearing chastity belts. But the

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That Time Detroit Gave Saddam Hussein the Key to the City

That Time Detroit Gave Saddam Hussein the Key to the City

Matt Blitz April 29, 2014 2

In 1980 America, the Cold War was still very much hot, Ronald Reagan was elected President, and the United States’ Olympic hockey team shockingly upset the USSR in what would be dubbed “The Miracle

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How the King James Bible Came About

How the King James Bible Came About

Emily Upton April 29, 2014 7

Today I found out about the origin of the King James Bible. Back in 1603, Queen Elizabeth I passed away. She had ruled England for 45 years, was well-loved, and provided a sense of

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A Brief History of Beer

A Brief History of Beer

Kathy Padden April 18, 2014 6

Beer brewing and drinking are activities that have been part of the human experience seemingly since the dawn of civilization. Around 10,000 years ago, mankind began to move away from living life as nomadic

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The Curious Relationship Between Richard the Lionheart and King Philip II of France

The Curious Relationship Between Richard the Lionheart and King Philip II of France

Emily Upton April 16, 2014 1

Today I found out Richard the Lionheart and Philip II of France “ate every day at the same table and from the same dish, and at night their beds did not separate them.” There

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The U.S. Army’s Camel Corps

The U.S. Army’s Camel Corps

Emily Upton April 8, 2014 2

Today I found out that camels were acquired by the United States military and played a role in the settlement of the American west. Camels are no strangers to war. They have been used

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