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Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-14-07)
The 76in x 63.5in (193cm x 161cm) landscape was painted in the war years of the early 1940s, about 20 years after Churchill moved into the much-modified Elizabethan manor house. The picture was bought by a private collector.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-14-07)
Fifteen members of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (Tighar) will hunt for evidence that the American pilot and her navigator, Fred Noonan, may have crash-landed on a reef and died as castaways on the long-uninhabited atoll of Nikumaroro.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-13-07)
The Ocean Alert, a survey vessel, was boarded in international waters as the Spanish civil guard searched for information on the origin of 500,000 silver coins and bars of gold found by Odyssey Marine Exploration. Spain claims that the treasure comes from a Spanish galleon sunk in Spanish waters, while Odyssey says it was found in the Atlantic ocean and has refused to name the wreck.
The treasure was flown from Gibraltar airport to the company's American base in May.
After the boarding, the American captain of Ocean Alert was ordered to the Spanish port of Algeciras, where authorities inspected the crew's possessions and the contents of the ship's computers. No one was arrested.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-12-07)
Many Westerners in the city choose to travel in armoured four-wheel-drive vehicles surrounded by armed guards. Rory Stewart eschews such caution.
A 33-year-old Eton and Oxford-educated former diplomat, affectionately known as "Lawrence of Belgravia", Mr Stewart arrived in Kabul in March last year on a mission to save what remained of the city's ancient centre.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-11-07)
The four-wheeled car, called La Marquise, was built in 1884 for the Count De Dion, one of the founders of the automobile manufacturers De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux. It has only had two other owners since, according to Gooding & Company, the auction house selling it.
The four-seater, fuelled by coal, wood and paper, takes about half an hour to work up enough steam to go. In an 1887 race, La Marquise hit an average speed of 26 miles per hour on a 19-mile course. The following year it won the world's first motor race, beating out its three-wheeled competition, another De Dion-Bouton.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (7-14-07)
But the new library in this growing Phoenix suburb has gone a step further. It is one of the first in the nation to have abandoned the Dewey Decimal System of classifying books, in favor of an approach similar to that at Barnes & Noble, say, where books are shelved in “neighborhoods” based on subject matter.
SOURCE: NYT (7-13-07)
Also gone will be the especially elaborate full-bottomed wigs worn on ceremonial occasions; the smaller, cheaper and much less uncomfortable bob wigs that will still be worn in criminal trials will do. And a single, simple robe design will replace the five different sets of formal robes that judges had to maintain for different court sittings and times of year.
Echeverria, 85, has been under house arrest since late last year after a Mexican court ordered him to be tried over the so-called Tlatelolco massacre.
Echeverria's lawyer Juan Velasquez told Reuters a federal judge had granted him a type of injunction commonly used in Mexico on the grounds that there was no case against him. The prosecuting judge has 10 days to appeal.
“Jewish style” restaurants are serving up platters of pirogis, klezmer bands are playing plaintive Oriental melodies, derelict synagogues are gradually being restored. Every June, a festival of Jewish culture here draws thousands of people to sing Jewish songs and dance Jewish dances. The only thing missing, really, are Jews.
“It’s a way to pay homage to the people who lived here, who contributed so much to Polish culture,” said Janusz Makuch, founder and director of the annual festival and himself the son of a Catholic family.
The release of the tapes along with 78,000 pages of newly disclosed documents should be a trove of fascinating detail and context for historians, archives officials said. The Nixon library in Yorba Linda, Calif., is now part of the National Archives, as a result of an agreement forged after years of bitter fights between the government and the Nixon family over custody of his official papers.
The most dramatic and revelatory tape recordings involving abuses of government power were disclosed in 1996 and included Nixon’s conversations as recorded by a hidden taping system as the Watergate scandal enveloped and eventually forced him from office.
The newly released recordings provide a fresh glimpse of the political Nixon, especially in the heady moments of his 1972 landslide re-election victory over his Democratic opponent, Senator George McGovern, as the Watergate clouds were just beginning to form.
SOURCE: NYT (7-11-07)
The architect, Rosa María Alvarado Martínez, said late Monday that she was forced to keep quiet about the grisly discovery after men identifying themselves as police officers said they would kidnap and kill her son if she went public.
The three bodies were discovered in 1981 as Ms. Alvarado and a construction crew were remodeling a Mexico City hospital that had previously been a vocational school where radical students clashed with the federal police and soldiers.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (7-13-07)
Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said on Thursday he would use computed tomography, or CT, scanning and DNA to test more than 40 royal mummies at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
In June, the mummy long thought to have been King Tuthmosis I was found to be a young man who died from an arrow wound, Hawass said. History showed Tuthmosis I died in his 60s.
"I am now questioning all the mummies," he told Reuters in an interview. "We have to check them all again.
"The new technology now will reconfirm or identify anything for us."
SOURCE: CNN (7-13-07)
President Lyndon Johnson served barbecue to world dignitaries at the ranch in the rolling hill country 70 miles west of Austin, and first lady Lady Bird Johnson lived there for three decades after her husband died.
With her death Wednesday at the age of 94, the National Park Service will soon take over the 4,000 square-foot stone and wood home on the historic LBJ Ranch, near the town of Stonewall.
Lady Bird Johnson is scheduled to be buried next to her husband Sunday in the family's private cemetery less than a mile away from the ranch house.
Name of source: National Security Archive
SOURCE: National Security Archive (7-13-07)
The documents published today show that some officials argued that even with a program as sensitive as satellite reconnaissance, greater openness, both within and outside the government, could help a variety of U.S. policy objectives. A certain degree of transparency, these officials believed, would legitimize space reconnaissance (by removing the stigma of espionage), allow more extensive use of satellite imagery for both national security and civilian purposes, and preserve the credibility of the classification system. As the documents demonstrate, other officials naturally raised objections, often citing the likely unfavorable reactions from the Soviet Union and other nations as well as operational security concerns.
Compiled by National Security Archive Senior Fellow Dr. Jeffrey T. Richelson, the documents in this briefing book include National Security Action Memoranda, national intelligence estimates, and other sensitive internal records produced by the White House, the CIA, the United States Intelligence Board, the National Photographic Interpretation Center, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Department of Defense, and the Air Force.
The new posting and related documents are available on the Archive's Web site.
Name of source: http://thinkprogress.org
SOURCE: http://thinkprogress.org (7-13-07)
HEWITT: Oh, that’s fascinating. Last question, how do you think history’s going to evaluate George W. Bush?
LIEBERMAN: Well, I personally believe look, mistakes were made, and I know the polls are down, but I think on the largest issue of our time, which is the rise of Islamist extremism, that he will be judged as a president who saw the threat, and in the midst of an unpopular war, he stuck with it. And so I think overall, over time, his ratings among the historians will be greater than his ratings in the polls today.
Lieberman’s comments echo those by Rush Limbaugh, who in May said, “Long after we’re all dead and gone, when historians who are not yet born begin to write about this era, they’re going to place George Bush in the upper echelon of presidents who had a great vision for America, who looked beyond our shores, who didn’t just restrict himself to domestic policy niceties.”
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (7-13-07)
Known as the Siloam inscription, the tablet was found in a tunnel hewed to channel water from a spring outside Jerusalem's walls into the city around 700 B.C. — a project mentioned in the Old Testament's Book of Chronicles. It was discovered in 1880 and taken by the Holy Land's Ottoman rulers to Istanbul, where it is now in the collection of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.
Lady Bird Johnson returned home late last month after a week at Seton Medical Center, where she'd been admitted for a low-grade fever. Her husband died in 1973.
She died at her Austin home of natural causes about 4:18 p.m. CDT, said Elizabeth Christian, the spokeswoman. She said she was surrounded by family and friends.
She was hospitalized with a stroke in 2002 that left her with difficulty speaking. But even after that she continued to make public appearances and in May attended an event at the LBJ Library and Museum featuring historian Robert Dallek.
SOURCE: AP (7-13-07)
Still, even as Nixon's lieutenants explored every avenue for defeating Democrat George McGovern and nullifying critics of all stripes — "hit them" was a favorite phrase — the president brooded over his reputation as a hard man whose gentle side was not being seen by the public.
Nixon called that side of him "the whole warmth business."
In 1970, he wrote an 11-page, single-spaced memo detailing his acts of kindness to staff and strangers and expressing regret that he was getting no credit for being "nicey-nice."
SOURCE: AP (7-9-07)
Lawmakers, in turn, have threatened to hold subpoenaed officials in contempt of Congress....
Q: Where in the Constitution does it say Congress can hold someone in contempt for not testifying?
A: It's not in the Constitution. It is an implied power of Congress, just like executive privilege is an implied power of the presidency.
Q: Is there any legal underpinning for a contempt of Congress citation?
A: Yes. The Supreme Court said as early as 1821 that without the power to hold people in contempt of Congress, the legislative branch would be "exposed to every indignity and interruption that rudeness, caprice, or even conspiracy, may mediate against it."...
SOURCE: AP (7-5-07)
Both have built replicas of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. The replicas consist of two walls constructed more than a decade ago by a Michigan group, and replica a Florida group unveiled last year. In the past few months, both groups have fired off volleys of e-mails over a trademark dispute and threatened each other with legal action.
The Michigan-based Vietnam Combat Veterans Limited said Florida's group has used its name, "The Moving Wall," on a commemorative coin and other literature. The Florida group, Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard, said any use was a mistake and it has stopped selling the coins.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (7-13-07)
Saladin, the great Muslim leader, laid siege to Masyaf castle in the 12th century. But he thought twice before launching an assault on the Assassins, who had a reputation for mounting daring operations to slay their foes.
"Anyone who tried to take the Assassins' castle would be dead the next day," said Haytham Ali Hasan, an archaeologist involved in the restoration project.
Name of source: National Geographic News
SOURCE: National Geographic News (7-12-07)
The victims—five adults, one child, and one infant—were members of an obscure native culture known as the Gallina, which occupied a small region of northwestern New Mexico around A.D. 1100 (see New Mexico map).
The culture suddenly vanished around 1275, as the last of its members either left the region or were "wiped out," archaeologists say.
SOURCE: National Geographic News (7-11-07)
"It is not at all an exaggeration to call it 'Lascaux on the Nile,'" said expedition leader Dirk Huyge, curator of the Egyptian Collection at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, Belgium.
"The style is riveting," added Salima Ikram of the American University in Cairo, who was part of Huyge's team.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (7-13-07)
Instead, the operative, Murray Chotiner, wrote his own note advocating that the Republican Party recruit Kerry. Kerry did go to Yale University, after all; he must be one of them, Chotiner surmised. "He is a Yale graduate and is inclined toward the 'establishment,' " Chotiner wrote in a memo to Attorney General John N. Mitchell and White House Chief of Staff H.R. "Bob" Haldeman. "His background could be Republican."
The memo was included in about 80,000 pages of documents released Wednesday by the National Archives, which oversees the Nixon library.
Dated April 26, 1971, four days after Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about ending the Vietnam War, the memo, like many of the tapes and documents from the Nixon White House, showed how closely administration critics were scrutinized.
SOURCE: WaPo (7-3-07)
First, there is the graffiti scrawled across them, abrasive as wartime expressions can be: "Today's pigs are tomorrow's bacon" on one, "Stay high stay alive" on another, trippy thick stripes of bright blue, red and yellow on a third. Two eye sockets are filled with red candle wax, as though the skull had been used to light up a soldier's lonely night decades ago.
Second is their story. Unlike the thousands of other human specimens kept at the Defense Department's National Museum of Health and Medicine, staff anthropologists said, the skulls had been confiscated from U.S. soldiers who were trying to bring them home as macabre souvenirs from Vietnam in the 1970s.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (7-13-07)
For an outsider, such a remarkable find might seem extraordinary. In Timbuktu and its surrounding villages such as Ber, where Muhammad lives, it is commonplace. After centuries of storage in wooden trunks, caves or boxes hidden beneath the sand, tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts, covering topics as diverse as astronomy, poetry, music, medicine and women's rights, are surfacing across the legendary Malian city.
Their emergence has caused a stir among academics and researchers, who say they represent some of the earliest examples of written history in sub-Saharan Africa and are a window into a golden age of scholarship in west Africa.
SOURCE: Guardian (7-13-07)
The documents, dating from 1920 to 1950, are expected to shed new light on some of the most notorious excesses of the post-revolutionary and Stalinist eras, including Stalin's forced collectivisation of agriculture in the early 1930s, in which up to 10 million people died.
The archives, which include some two million documents, also cover the political purges of the late 1930s, which saw hundreds of thousands of party members executed as counter-revolutionaries or shipped off to gulags.
Name of source: Earth Times
SOURCE: Earth Times (7-12-07)
So gay pride in a number of cities in Germany means a mixture of jubilant parades and solemn walking tours for a new post-liberation generation of gay men and lesbians who are discovering a hitherto unpublicized dark chapter of Nazi persecution.
After German unification, hundreds of thousands of case histories were released and historians have been sifting through them. Their findings are just now being published. And the findings have shocked even many historians who knew that atrocities had occurred, but were surprised by the extent of them.
Name of source: Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH)
SOURCE: Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH) (7-13-07)
SOURCE: Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH) (7-13-07)
The Teaching American History (TAH) grant program supports three-year projects to improve teachers’ knowledge and understanding of traditional American history through intensive, on-going professional development.
Name of source: http://abc.net.au
SOURCE: http://abc.net.au (7-12-07)
The radical overhaul of the school curriculum for 11 to 14-year-olds is designed to bring secondary education up to date and allow teachers more flexibility in the subjects they teach, the Government said.
But although Adolf Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi, Joseph Stalin and Martin Luther King have also been dropped from the detailed guidance accompanying the curriculum, Mr Churchill's exclusion is likely to leave traditionalists aghast....
Churchill's grandson Nicholas Soames, also a Conservative Member of Parliament, described the move as "madness."
"It is absurd. I expect he wasn't New Labour enough for them ... this is a Government that is very careless of British history and always has been.
"The teaching of history is incredibly important," he added.
"If you're surprised that people do not seem to care that much about the country in which they live, the reason is that they don't know much about it."
The History Curriculum Association said it was "appalled" by the move, saying the new curriculum would "promote ignorance" and was pandering to a politically-correct agenda.
Name of source: San Francisco Chronicle
SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (7-12-07)
On a recent Saturday, passengers stood on the ship's teak decks, enjoying a fogless afternoon and a two-hour history cruise narrated by Capt. Wade Church. Docents from the Potomac Association, including David McGraw, took visitors on a guided tour of the ship's three decks, telling of Roosevelt's time there. The association, a nonprofit historical and educational organization devoted to teaching the continuing influence of the Roosevelt era, also offers dockside tours, fall and spring educational tours by reservation, and cruises.
Name of source: Boston Globe
SOURCE: Boston Globe (7-12-07)
For some, it may just be any woodsy area in Pawtucketville. But for Dracut teacher Rebecca Duda, rejuvenating this spot along Pawtucket Boulevard has become a mission.
Looking closer, past protruding branches and a mossy, leaf-ridden floor, the remnants of smashed headstones clutter the area. Remains of stone pillars where family plots were marked are hidden there. Claypit Cemetery is Dracut's oldest burial ground. It is also forgotten, with more than 20 known residents laid to rest here some 200 years ago, their markers smashed by vandals or buried under brush.
Adding to the web to be unraveled, Pawtucketville was part of Dracut when the burials took place. The land was later annexed to Lowell, but all who are buried there are part of Dracut's past.
"This is more than just cleaning up the cemetery, since there isn't much of a cemetery there anymore," said Duda, an eighth-grade history teacher at Lakeview Junior High School in Dracut. Duda is spearheading the Claypit project, with hopes that she and her team will be able to restore the cemetery.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (7-11-07)
The National Museum of Computing will be based at Bletchley Park where World War II code breakers built the first recognisably modern computers.
The museum's centrepiece is the rebuilt Colossus computer that broke high-level German communications during WWII.
The museum's founders are seeking funds and backers to exhibit more machines from its extensive collection.
SOURCE: BBC (7-12-07)
Archaeologists believe the pieces of copper alloy date from the middle of the 4th Century.
They were found in a sand dune, but the location in the Uists has been kept secret to protect the site.
Archaeologists said it was a "lucky find" as the coins were at risk of vanishing in a high tide.
SOURCE: BBC (7-11-07)
Experts have said the newly-uncovered Rotherwas Ribbon could be as important as Stonehenge.
The Ribbon [of stones] is thought to be about 4,000 years old
However, the site is in the path of a controversial planned relief road.
Herefordshire Council said a protective shield will be built over the site to save it for future generations and the road will then be built over it.
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK) (Click here to see pictures.)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (Click here to see pictures.) (7-12-07)
Never seen before, these astonishing photographs, lovingly hand-touched in colour to bring to life the nightmare of Passchendaele, were released this week to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the battle that, between July and November 1917, claimed a staggering 2,121 lives a day and in total some quarter of a million Allied soldiers.
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (7-11-07)
The German Interior Ministry has announced it will sell 2,000 bunkers and shelters formerly in place to protect civilians. The ministry said such rooms were no longer necessary because threat scenarios had changed.
Name of source: Baltimore Sun
SOURCE: Baltimore Sun (7-3-07)
The Maritime Museum in Fells Point and the Baltimore Civil War Museum in Harbor East will close Sept 1. The closures will save about $50,000 a year and allow the 163-year- old historical society to eliminate its deficit by mid-2008, said society Director Rob Rogers.
Name of source: Montgomery Advertiser
SOURCE: Montgomery Advertiser (7-12-07)
James Bonard Fowler, 73, of Black, a town in Geneva County, admits he shot Jimmie Lee Jackson on Feb. 18, 1965, but said it was in self-defense. He has pleaded "not guilty" and remains free on a $250,000 bond. Historians say that Jackson's death was the catalyst for the historic Selma-to-Montgomery march.
George Beck, Fowler's attorney, said Jackson's 1965 autopsy report reveals that the doctor who performed an operation on Jackson at Selma's Good Samaritan Hospital killed him.
District Attorney Michael Jackson, who is prosecuting the 43-year-old civil rights case, said that's ridiculous. He said there never would have been an operation had it not been for a gunshot wound inflicted by Fowler.
"Shoffeitt's autopsy report stated that the surgeon who operated on Jimmie Lee Jackson failed to sew up a hole in his intestine and that allowed feces to enter Jackson's abdomen, causing an infection called peritonitis, from which he died," Beck said.
He said Jackson's attending physician, Dr. William Dinkins, who is also dead, listed the cause of death on Jackson's death certificate as "peritonitis, due to condition of gunshot wound."
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (7-12-07)
Using the world's first virtual 3-D reconstruction of the site, historians recently found evidence of a fortress that was later converted into its more peaceful, pious function.
“Once you put all the archaeological evidence into three dimensions, the solution literally jumps out at you,” said William Schniedewind, chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies at UCLA and the project’s principle investigator.
Name of source: Bloomberg
SOURCE: Bloomberg (7-12-07)
Lohse died on March 19, aged 95, and has since become the focus of a three-nation investigation into a looted Camille Pissarro painting discovered in a Swiss bank safe that was seized by Zurich prosecutors on May 15. The painting's prewar owners said the Gestapo stole it from their Vienna apartment in 1938. Lohse controlled the Liechtenstein trust that rented the safe.
``Paintings have been willed to relatives and friends in individual bequests,'' Willy Hermann Burger, the executor of Lohse's will, said in an interview at his home in Munich. Burger, who declined to name the beneficiaries or disclose details on individual artworks, said he's sure none of the paintings in Lohse's private collection are looted.
Lohse became Paris-based deputy director of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg, the Nazis' specialist art-looting unit, in 1942, according to the interrogation report compiled by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services' Art Looting Investigation Unit, which questioned him in Austria from June 15 to Aug. 15, 1945.
Name of source: http://www.thisisthenortheast.co.uk
SOURCE: http://www.thisisthenortheast.co.uk (7-10-07)
Experts believe tools, pottery and timber stakes unearthed near Durham City show a site within view of Durham Cathedral was a place of mass worship as far back as 3,000 BC.
What the Neolithic-era North-Easterners did during the meetings is still buried in history, but possible activities include ceremonial cremations and burials.
Name of source: Nixon Library
SOURCE: Nixon Library (7-11-07)
By agreement between the private Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation and the National Archives, control over the bulk of the facilities of the private Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace were transferred over to the federal government for use by the new Library. In addition, the transfer agreement gave to the Federal government presidential materials previously returned to President Nixon and his estate in the 1980s and 1990s. As a result, the National Archives today is marking the establishment of the new Library by releasing approximately 78,000 pages of previously restricted documents focusing on political activities of Richard Nixon and the Nixon administration.
Name of source: Herald (Australia)
SOURCE: Herald (Australia) (7-11-07)
The Cu Chi Tunnel complex is one of Asia's stranger holiday fantasies, with its firing range of Vietnam War weaponry, displays of booby-trap bamboo spikes, tunnels to crawl through and dioramas of waxwork GIs setting fire to villages.
It amounts to a Vietnam War theme park on the site of one of the war's most heroic battles.
Even the smiling waitresses wear black Viet Cong-style pyjamas as they try to sell you bottles of rice wine containing a dead cobra, a suitably macho tipple for visitors who have unleashed their inner warriors with a rented AK-47.
Name of source: Columbian
SOURCE: Columbian (7-10-07)
Then she gave her favorite airplane to Pearson Air Museum.
It wasn’t just any airplane, either. It was the 1953 model Cessna that in 1956 and 1957 she flew solo around the world.
“I’m not crying out loud — not yet,” said pilot Jan Wood, 85, of Reseda, Calif. She was a little unsteady on her legs in the 100-degree heat as she stepped out of the airplane at the museum at 3 p.m.
Name of source: CBC News
SOURCE: CBC News (7-10-07)
Bobby James Wilkinson has also been ordered to "cease and desist" from communicating or helping to communicate messages that would likely expose people to hatred or contempt for being part of an identifiable group protected by law against discrimination, tribunal member Athanasios D. Hadjis ruled Tuesday following a hearing in January.
Name of source: http://www.radio.cz
SOURCE: http://www.radio.cz (7-10-07)