Category Archives: Historical

Happy Birthday Gutenberg Bible

I have just learned that August 24, 1456 was the date the first Gutenberg Bible was bound and finished in Mainz, Germany. Contrary to popular belief, Johannes Gutenberg did not invent the printing press. Books had been printed in China and Korea on presses, but with wood and bronze type. Gutenberg’s innovation was a system

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The Plot To Sabotage Auschwitz

One benefit of studying history is the unusual stories you run across. Especially those involving exceptional bravery. I’ve found another one. Witold Pilecki was a Polish cavalry officer turned resistance fighter in World War II. On September 19, 1940, he went out during a Warsaw street round-up with a specific purpose — to get arrested

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Lest We Forget — Some Historical Photos

A friend of mine has been sending me links to historical photos, which, as a history nerd, I think are worth sharing. There is no central theme except they are in the past, and I think they speak for themselves. Group One (Scroll down) — https://soulfoodfriday.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/getting-some-historic-perspective1.pdf Group Two (Click on each photo to move to

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Dr. Rebecca Crumpler, Medical Pioneer

History never ceases to amaze me. For example — In 1883, a 145-page volume entitled A Book of Medical Discourses in Two Parts was published. Its appearance was significant for two reasons. It was one of the first American medical guides to offer advice for women and children, including a bit of marital advice. More

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