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PoliTech went on Texas Tech’s campus to see how much our leaders of tomorrow know about their nation’s history and politics today.
A brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant.
Watch and tell me what you feel.
Al Capone may be known for dealing in illegal booze and organized crime, but his brother Vincent Capone was a cop in Homer, Nebraska. Apparently he was a really good at his job too. His backstory is pretty interesting if you have some time. Read more here.
Books about Al Capone and his family can be found here.
Reenacting a horrifying death is fun!
Wired has a cool collection of famous photogs posing with the pictures that captured history. All are included in a new book called Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends.
December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy.
On December 7, 1941, the U.S. naval base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, was attacked by Japan. In less than 2 hours, the U.S. Pacific Fleet was devastated, and more than 3,500 Americans were either killed or wounded. The incident triggered a mobilization for war. On December 8, the United States declared war against Japan; on December 11, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States.
This small, short document symbolizes and foreshadows the events and world climate that would define the last half of the twentieth century.
(via National Archives)
Errol Morris makes documentary films. His latest effort only runs 6 minutes and explores a very odd mystery regarding the Kennedy assassination. In the short, Morris interviews Josiah “Tink” Thompson, a former philosophy professor and expert on the JFK assassination. The topic is “The Umbrella Man,” a mysterious character who appears in the Zapruder film of the shooting.
Why is this lone man holding a large black umbrella on a beautiful sunny day? And isn’t it a little suspicious that the shooting starts right as the presidential motorcade passes the mysterious man?
Who was “The Umbrella Man”? Watch the video here.
From Mental Floss.
It amazes me that more and more info is still coming to light regarding the 1963 JFK assassination.
Was it Oswald? Was it the CIA? Did the Warren Commission cover things up? What about the witnesses in the Book Depository? Did the fatal gunshot came from a “grassy knoll” on Dealey Plaza? I don’t have the time and energy to get into it all here, but there is a lot of great new discussion taking place on these very old questions.
Click here to dive in.
Most feel there is more to this story, and I can’t say that I blame them. If it was a slam dunk case with one shooter (Lee Harvey Oswald), then why did the Government decide to seal the assassination records for 75 years (to 2039)?
No wonder conspiracy theories abound.