|"Gulliver's Travels" Tops UK Box Office|
January 05, 2011, Reuters by Staff
The 3D update of Jonathan Swift's 18th century satire on human nature "Gulliver's Travels" gave the British box office a storming start to the year, despite having failed to make much of an impact in North America.
The story of travel writer Lemuel Gulliver taking an assignment in Bermuda but ending up among the little people of Lilliput made a high 7.02 million pounds ($10.9 million) on its opening weekend, according to Screen International on Wednesday.
|Remnants of Boozy Village Found Beneath Downtown San Francisco|
January 05, 2011, The San Francisco Examiner (CA) by Kamala Kelkar
y the time it boasts all its glory, the “Grand Central of the West” will actually sit on the site of an ancient village archeologists recently dusted off one relic at a time on their hands and knees.
They found dozens of vestiges — dolls, a piece of a tent, tableware and “many, many liquor bottles” — that tell stories dating as far back as 1848 under a roughly 100-square-foot portion of a parking lot near First and Minna streets by the future Transbay Transit Center. Underneath the asphalt, archeologists rummaged through what used to be shopkeepers’ and entrepreneurs’ homes that once sat between two enormous sand dunes.
|New Revelations about Slaves and Slave Trade|
January 05, 2011, CNN by David Eltis and David Richardson
Most students of American history understand that a dramatic re-peopling of North and South America began in the years after Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World. But they may not realize that it was Africa, not Europe, that formed the wellspring of this repopulation process.
In the 3¼ centuries between 1492 and about 1820, four enslaved Africans left the Old World for every European. During those years, Africans comprised the largest forced oceanic migration in the history of the world. Who were they? Who organized the slaving voyages? Which parts of Africa did they come from? How did they reach the Americas? And where exactly did they go?
|All the President's Men|
January 04, 2011, The Wall Street Journal by Julia M. Klein
With temperatures in the mid-20s, the mid- December dedication of the President's House was an occasion for celebration (that the site, after eight years of controversy and delays, was finished), thoughtful rumination (about the entanglement of liberty and slavery in Federalist America) and incipient frostbite.
Abutting the Liberty Bell Center in the heart of Independence National Historical Park, the $11.9 million project combines architecture and archaeology, memorial and exhibition, in an open-air setting. The exhibition, "The President's House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation," touches on the uses and abuses of federal power, the spread of slavery, Philadelphia's 18th- century free-black community—and, most tellingly, the occupants of the house itself.
|Soapman: The Mummy Made of Soap|
January 04, 2011, Discovery News by Staff
This is no ordinary mummy. It did not originate from ancient Egypt or the Inca. It is not thousands of years old, nor is it wrapped in bandages. (In fact, if you look closely, you'll see this person died wearing knee-high stockings.)
This mummy is from North America. When he was alive, this person live in 18th-century Philadelphia. During a construction project in Philadelphia in 1875, the body was unearthed by accident.
But that's not what makes this mummy special.
|Comparing the Modern Tea Party to the Original|
January 03, 2011, History News Network by Barbara Smith
In light of the recent anniversary of the original Tea Party, shouldn’t we consult history to clarify what the Boston brouhaha of 1773 was really about? Here are some things we would do well to remember today:
&bul; There was little that was “conservative” about the event. A mob seized and destroyed private property. Conservative interests at the time deplored it, and the respectable descendants of the Revolutionary generation did their best to forget it when they wrote up their official accounts of the Revolution.
|Three Hampton Roads History Sites to be Marked|
January 03, 2011, The Virginian-Pilot by Rashod Ollison
Just about every corner of Virginia has historic significance - whether it's a site of a famous battle or the former residence of a groundbreaking musician.
So it shouldn't come as a surprise that 12 new state historic highway markers have been approved, including ones in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
...The other markers cover a spectrum of Virginia history. They include an old Indian town called Opiscopank in Middlesex County, which was noted on a 1608 map by Capt. John Smith; the Nelson County boyhood home of the Rev. Dr. W.A.R Goodwin, "father of colonial Williamsburg"; and the Louisa County childhood home of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Ellen Glasgow.
|The Largest Slave Revolt in U.S. History is Commemorated|
January 03, 2011, The Times-Picayune (LA) by Littice Bacon-Blood
More than a century before the first modern-day civil rights march, there was Charles Deslondes and his make-do army of more than 200 enslaved men battling with hoes, axes and cane knives for that most basic human right: freedom.
They spoke different languages, came from various parts of the United States, Africa and Haiti, and lived miles apart on plantations along the German Coast of Louisiana. Yet after years of planning at clandestine meetings under the constant threat of immediate death, they staged a revolt on Jan. 8, 1811, that historians say is the largest uprising of enslaved people in this country.
|Winchester's Civil War Defences Discovered|
January 03, 2011, Past Horizons by Staff
In the course of excavations prior to a town development in south east England, archaeologists have uncovered a wealth of features relating to Winchesters past.
In 1642 the English Civil War between King and Parliament began its bloody course. During this period, Winchester changed loyalties several times but initially supported King Charles I with Royalist soldiers occupying the town. Later that year Parliamentarian soldiers attacked and quickly captured Winchester. The town council paid them 1,000 pounds in return for an agreement that they would not loot the town, but many did so anyway. Soon however, they moved on leaving Winchester undefended.
|Jamestown Unearths 400-Year-Old Pipes for Patrons|
December 31, 2010, The Associated Press by Michael Felberbaum
Archeologists at Jamestown have unearthed a trove of tobacco pipes personalized for a who's who of early 17th century colonial and British elites, underscoring the importance of tobacco to North America's first permanent English settlement.
The white clay pipes — actually, castoffs likely rejected during manufacturing — were crafted between 1608 and 1610 and bear the names of English politicians, social leaders, explorers, officers of the Virginia Company that financed the settlement and governors of the Virginia colony. Archeologists also found equipment used to make the pipes.
|Sotheby's Cancels Sale of 'Looted' Benin Mask|
December 29, 2010, The Independent (UK) by Rob Sharp
Sotheby's has scrapped its February sale of a controversial £4.5m mask believed to have been looted by British forces from 19th-century West Africa.
A number of private individuals contacted the auction house last week to complain about the sale of the 16th-century ivory mask, once thought to have belonged to an ancient Nigerian king. Local government officials in Nigeria have publicly condemned the sale and criticised the object's current owners, the descendants of a former British government official involved in an 1897 British invasion of Benin, a city-state in what is now Nigeria.
|Logan Lerman ‘The Three Musketeers’ New Photo|
December 28, 2010, GossipTeen.com by Violet
Logan Lerman is the hot tempered D’Artagan in Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming The Three Musketeers 3D. Decked out in 17th century garment of a white tunic and riding pants, Lerman is taking on the classic character from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.
|Slavery Paintings Coming Down from Atlanta Office|
December 28, 2010, The Associated Press by Ray Henry
Murals of slaves harvesting sugar cane on a Georgia plantation and picking and ginning cotton are coming off the walls of a state building on the order of a new agriculture commissioner.
...Slavery was indisputably part of 19th-century farming in Georgia. By 1840, more than 280,000 slaves were living in the state, many as field hands. Just before the Civil War, slaves made up about 40 percent of the state's population.
|Old Visitor Center at Fort McHenry Reduced to Rubble|
December 27, 2010, The Baltimore Sun (MD) by Meredith Cohn
This bombardment was led by one man — a crane operator who ripped into the brick building at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine at dawn's early light.
"He's doing what the British couldn't do," park ranger Scott Sheads said jokingly about the contractor hired to demolish the structure at the fort, which defended Baltimore's harbor against the invaders during the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the poem that would become the national anthem.
|Police Arrest Three, Still Searching for Stolen 300-Year-Old Violin|
December 24, 2010, CNN by Melissa Gray
Detectives have arrested three suspects, but were still searching Friday for a stolen 300-year-old violin worth more than a million dollars.
John Michael Maughan, 26, and two teens from North London were arrested in connection with the theft of the 1696 Stradivarius, British Transport Police said.
|Scrooge 'was a Victim of Brain Disease'|
December 24, 2010, The Times (UK) by John Harlow
IT WAS the night before Christmas and Ebenezer Scrooge was facing a succession of supernatural terrors; or, as the latest medical thinking would have it, he was succumbing to a brain disease so obscure that doctors would not give it a name for another 150 years.
A pair of medico-literary sleuths claimed last week to have tracked down the illness that haunted Scrooge. They concluded that Charles Dickens brilliantly observed the symptoms in A Christmas Carol.
|Colonial Williamsburg Acquires Historic Spanish Letters Describing Threat at Jamestown|
December 23, 2010, The Daily Press (VA) by Mark St. John Erickson
Two rare early 1600s letters expressing Spanish King Phillip III's fears about the new English settlement at Jamestown have been given to Colonial Williamsburg by a best-selling crime writer.
Patricia Cornwell, whose interest in the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological project dates back more than a decade, acquired the historic letters several years ago at the New York auction of an old Spanish family archive.
|Diego Velazquez Portrait Confirmed as Authentic|
December 22, 2010, BBC (UK) by Staff
A 17th Century portrait by Spanish painter Diego Velazquez is back on show at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art years after it was wrongly identified as not being a genuine work.
The Met downgraded the painting of King Philip IV in 1973, determining it was likely done by an assistant or follower studying under the artist.
But experts reversed the decision after a year's worth of restoration.
|Archaeologists Unearth Georgian Garden in St Helier|
December 22, 2010, BBC (UK) by Staff
The find was made by a team from the Societe Jersiaise working at the National Trust property in St Helier.
...The discovery has delighted historians who have been trying to find the details of the original front garden, which dates back to 1800.
|Musket Used in St. John's Motel Robbery|
December 22, 2010, CBC News (Canada) by Staff
VIDEO: The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary released a video Wednesday that shows two youths or young men trying to use an unusual weapon — a musket — in an unsuccessful robbery attempt at a St. John's motel.
Security video from the Super 8 Motel on Higgins Line shows the pair walking into the foyer of the motel, one of them brandishing a musket.
|'Black Swan' Bounty Deal Revealed in Wikileaks Cables|
December 22, 2010, Discovery News by Rossella Lorenzi
Hidden behind a fabulous sunken treasure recovered from a wreck in the Atlantic Ocean lays a story of secret diplomatic cables and Nazi art thieves, according to a revelation from WikiLeaks documents.
...The fight over the Black Swan treasure started when Odyssey recovered the coins, valued at as much as $500 million, and shipped it straight to the United States.
Spain immediately filed a claim arguing that that the coins originated from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, a 36-gun Spanish frigate which sunk off the coast of Portugal in 1804 in a battle with four British Navy ships.
|The Mining Peasant's Circumstances Provide more in-Depth Knowledge about Industrialization|
December 20, 2010, Science Daily by Staff
During the 19th century, most of the mining peasants -- whose task was to produce pig iron -- gradually lost control of both iron ore mines and pig iron production. However, a few worked as local bankers. By lending money and goods, they managed to continue production. They profited from their colleagues, and over time became mining peasant capitalists, known as pig iron merchants. This is revealed in a history thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
The mining peasants were farmers who, alongside their agricultural work, also carried out mining and produced pig iron from ore. During the 17th century, mining in Sweden was organised through specific rights. The period prior to 1810 featured a clear division of labour between mining peasants and ironworks. The mining peasant's job was to break up the ore and produce pig iron. The pig iron was then processed at the ironworks to produce malleable bar iron, which for many years was Sweden's most important export product. Beginning in 1810, these restrictions, rights and freedoms started to be eroded, and were eventually dissolved during the years leading up to 1860.
|Donors Help Louvre Buy Renaissance Masterpiece|
December 18, 2010, AFP (France) by Staff
The Louvre said Friday it can now buy a 16th-century German painting of three naked women after thousands of people went online to donate the extra million euros the Paris museum appealed for.
Five thousand donors contributed after the prestigious museum set up a website last month to call for funds to buy the Renaissance painting of "The Three Graces" by Lucas Cranach the elder, the museum said.
The small work, painted in 1531 and always privately owned, shows three women against a dark background, wearing nothing but necklaces and, for the central figure, a red hat.
|Just Watch Us: The Utopian Dream of Total Openness|
December 17, 2010, The Globe and Mail (Canada) by Doug Saunders
Two hundred and twenty-seven years ago, English reformer Jeremy Bentham proposed an idea that seemed to foretell everything in 2010: What if, instead of private individuals judged only by God, we had a society based on total and universal transparency, in which anyone could be observed at any moment and government activities and citizens' lives could instantly be assessed by anyone who cared to look?
A world without privacy, he declared, would be a world of universal morality: “A new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example: and that, to a degree equally without example, secured by whoever chooses to have it so, against abuse.”
|Written with the Hand of Him Who Wishes He Were Yours|
December 16, 2010, Letters of Note by King Henry VIII
From the hand of King Henry VIII in 1527 we have a letter (the first part of which was written in English, the second part in French) to the second of his six wives, Anne Boleyn. At this point, Henry was reluctantly still married to his wife of 18 years, Catherine of Aragon, and still without the son he so desperately wanted; for the past two years he had been doggedly pursuing Boleyn - a woman who had, much to his frustration, resisted his advances whilst awaiting the annulment of his first marriage - and had recently found lodgings for her in London.
Six years later, in 1533, they married. In 1536, Anne Boleyn was beheaded.