Category Archives: Historical

What Caused London’s Killer Fog?

In  December, 1952, a  dense fog descended over London, England, and suddenly people began dying.  Over the course of five days, at least 4,000 people, and as many of 12,000, succumbed to breathing problems and approximately 150,000 were hospitalized.  Thousands of animals also died.  This disaster led to the Clean Air Act of 1956, but

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Half-Peace in Our Time?

Just before World War II, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain talked about “peace in our time.”  He was wrong, of course.  But maybe now we’re halfway there. August 29, 2016 was the official start of a ceasefire in Colombia between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known as the FARC.  Thus

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A Good-News Story About Refugees

I’ve been reading  a book entitled The Greatest War Stories Never Told by Rick Beyer and I came across something worth sharing. In September, 1943, Adolf Hitler ordered Denmark’s Jewish population to be deported to the death camps.  The logistics were put in place and more than a thousand German police and Gestapo moved into

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The History of Political Correctness

I can’t remember when I first heard the phrase “political correctness”.   Certainly it has an unfortunate reputation now; I have a friend who equates it with original sin. But if you define it as being appropriate for the circumstances, political correctness goes back a long way.  I’ve recently read a “Verbal Energy” column by

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Where History Comes From, Part 2385

How much of history can you trust?  As a history nerd, I’ve thought about this often (at least 2384 previous times).   I usually end up pondering some of my favorite quotes — “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it”  —  Sir Winston Churchill “History is the version of past events

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