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Today in History:  February 22


1630 - Quadequine introduced popcorn to English colonists at their first Thanksgiving dinner.

1784 - "Empress of China", a U.S. merchant ship, left New York City for the Far East.

1819 - Spain ceded Florida to the United States.

1855 - The U.S. Congress voted to appropriate $200,000 for continuance of the work on the Washington Monument. The next morning the resolution was tabled and it would be 21 years before the Congress would vote on funds again. Work was continued by the Know-Nothing Party in charge of the project.

1859 - U.S. President Buchanan approved the Act of February 22, 1859, which incorporated the Washington National Monument Society "for the purpose of completing the erection now in progress of a great National Monument to the memory of Washington at the seat of the Federal Government."

1860 - Organized baseball’s first game was played in San Francisco, CA.

1865 - In the U.S., Tennessee adopted a new constitution that abolished slavery.

1879 - In Utica, NY, Frank W. Woolworth opened his first 5 and 10-cent store.

1885 - The Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC. It opened to the public in 1889.

1924 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.

1984 - The U.S. Census Bureau statistics showed that the state of Alaska was the fastest growing state of the decade with an increase in population of 19.2 percent.

1994 - The U.S. Justice Department charged Aldrich Ames and his wife with selling national secrets to the Soviet Union. Ames was later convicted to life in prison. Ames' wife received a 5-year prison term.

1997 - Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut and colleagues announced that an adult sheep had been successfully cloned. Dolly was actually born on July 5, 1996. Dolly was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell.

2002 - In the Philippines, An MH-47E Chinook helicopter crashed into the ocean. All 10 men aboard were killed.

2010 - A copy of "Action Comics #1" sold at auction for $1 million. The comic featured the introduction of Superman.

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America's Other World War II Internment Camps

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The Success of the Byzantine Empire: Stable currency, social mobility

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Egypt unveils its oldest papyruses, detailing pyramid-building

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Rome subway line runs into Roman barracks and burial ground  

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Unseen photos of Europe after World War II

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The Nazi metropolis Hitler planned to build if he won WW2

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Deaths of Roman emperors vs. coinage debasement

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Nazi Eichmann letter asking for pardon released

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Ancient Journeys: What was Travel Like for the Romans?
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What it was like to survive the atomic bombing of Hiroshima

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Inca Road: The ancient highway that created an empire

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Just two miles from Stonehenge lies ‘Superhenge’

Just 3.2 kilometers (2 mi) away from Stonehenge lies a stone monument 15 times the size of its more famed neighbor. Located at Durrington Walls in Great Britain, “Superhenge’s” origins are just as murky and obscure as Stonehenge’s. Unlike Stonehenge, Superhenge is no longer visible above ground, but the buried stones uncovered in 2015 provide a clear picture of how it once appeared. The stones would have stood around 4.5 meters (15 ft) high when it was built during the Neolithic period.

For some unknown reason, the stones fell over around 4,500 years ago and were then buried. Inside of the henge, smaller, timber-ringed circles have been discovered. There has been only one stone taken from the site—the so called “cuckoo stone,” which was built from sarson stones, the same stones quarried for Stonehenge. [ More ]

 

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Hitler was a tweeker, report reveals

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was addicted to crystal methamphetamine, a recently released American Military Intelligence dossier shows, according to a British tabloid.

The 47-page document reveals that Hitler, often described as a lifelong hypochondriac, took 74 different medications including crystal meth – believed to be a remedy for fatigue at the time.

The report claims that "Der Führer" took the drug before meeting with Italy's Benito Mussolini in 1943, when he "ranted" — as he was wont to do — non-stop, for over two hours without a break.
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Lighthouse of Alexandria: Ancient wonder to be rebuilt in Egypt

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Cave explorers find treasure from era of Alexander the Great in Israel

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Footage of 1915 Chicago ship disaster that killed 844 found

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New York Times in 1922: "Hitler's anti-Semitism was not so genuine"

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Blackbeard's Booty: Pirate ship yields medical supplies

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Post-traumatic stress 'evident in 1300BC'

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Amelia Earhart plane fragment identified

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In Cold War, U.S. spy agencies used 1,000 Nazis

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Day out at the gallows and other bygone photographic oddities

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Hitler's Former Food Taster Reveals the Horrors of the Wolf's Lair

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Buried Nazi gas chambers discovered by archaeologists in Poland

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Stonehenge secrets revealed by underground map

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Did the historical Jesus exist? Some scholars don’t think so

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Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told

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Ancient Mayan Cities Discovered in Mexico

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Archaeologists' evidence of bloody apocalypse in 12th century America

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Viking 'ring fortress' discovered in Denmark

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Lost civilization in Antarctica?

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The Original 7 Wonders of the Ancient World

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Scientists discover secret of pyramids' construction
 
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 Ancient Egyptian kitten skeletons hint at cat domestication
 
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 Top ten myths about the Romans
 
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Mexico's amazing ruins
 
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Viking rune hints at a ‘queer’ playfulness to violent Norse culture
 
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Silent raw footage of the bombing of Nagasaki
 
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Himmler never mentioned holocaust to wife despite her dislike of Jews
 
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Hitler in color

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Lost Egyptian City Revealed Under Water

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Hear the voice of Alexander Graham Bell

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Dresden: Death from Above

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The Historic Khyber Pass

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The Great Wall of China is more than twice as long as previously believed

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Unpublished Photos

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A 9/11 History Tour of NYC
 
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All ate well in Pompeii

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Cannibal Donner Party Had Lincoln Documents

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Top Ten Passions of Ancient Rome

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"White nationalist" profiles:

John Ross Taylor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ross_Taylor

J. B. Stoner
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.B._Stoner

 

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