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Today in History

Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France.
At the Battle of Champion’s Hill, Union General Ulysess S. Grant repulses the Confederates, driving them into Vicksburg.
President Andrew Johnson is acquitted during Senate impeachment, by one vote, cast by Edmund G. Ross.
The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England sets up the Afghan state.
Joan of Arc is canonized in Rome.
The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood.
A specially trained and equipped Royal Air Force squadron destroys two river dams in Germany.
Chinese Communist Forces launch second phase of the Chinese Spring Offensive in the Korean War and gain up to 20 miles of territory.
A Big Four summit in Paris collapses because of the American U-2 spy plane affair.
After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper returns to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury.

There Are 21 Million Victims of Human Trafficking Right Now

​Thinking Happy Thoughts Really Can Stop You From Being So Stressed

​Thinking Happy Thoughts Really Can Stop You From Being So Stressed

Ways Your Crazy Schedule Wrecks You Below the Belt

​3 Ways Your Crazy Schedule Wrecks You Below the Belt
​3 Ways Your Crazy Schedule Wrecks You Below the Belt
​Fatigue and brain fog may not be the only effects

The Victorian Belief That a Train Ride Could Cause Instant Insanity

When train travel was fairly new, somehow the idea took hold that rising on one could cause a man to go insane. There were tales of socially unacceptable behavior, particularly fights and attacks on women. And these made the news, which made the incidents seems more prevalent than they were.
As the railway grew more popular in the 1850s and 1860s, trains allowed travelers to move about with unprecedented speed and efficiency, cutting the length of travel time drastically. But according to the more fearful Victorians, these technological achievements came at the considerable cost of mental health. As Edwin Fuller Torrey and Judy Miller wrote in The Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present, trains were believed to “injure the brain.” In particular, the jarring motion of the train was alleged to unhinge the mind and either drive sane people mad or trigger violent outbursts from a latent “lunatic.” Mixed with the noise of the train car, it could, it was believed, shatter nerves.
The novel experience made people nervous, which probably sparked some incidents. Train travel also caused people of different classes to be in close proximity, which may have exacerbated anxiety. But over time, people got used to travel, mad "railway madness" seemed to disappear. Although modern-day riders know that if you ride a commuter train every day, you're going to see some strange behavior even today. Read about railway madness and the trouble it caused at Atlas Obscura.

Elizabeth Taylor, Christie’s, and the Case of the Cursed Necklace

This is a nice necklace, made of gold and rubies and once belonged to movie star Elizabeth Taylor. But is it worth $8 million? Taylor had an extensive collection of fabulous jewels, many with precious gems much larger than these rubies, but this one, given to her by Richard Burton, was supposed to have also belonged to Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor who built the Taj Mahal. Christie's was charged with finding a buyer for the necklace, and they did, but it was returned. And the Taylor estate refused to refund the money to Christie's. The kerfuffle has Christie's in a bind, and they are holding more of Taylor's jewelry collection until the deal is worked out. You can read the details of the necklace and its status, plus see a gallery of Elizabeth Taylor's other fabulous jewels that may be auctioned off at Vanity Fair.

The Totally Normal Town Where Everyone Worked on Weapons of Mass Destruction

Los Alamos, New Mexico, was where Robert Oppenheimer and his team of physicists worked at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory to design the world's first nuclear bomb. Before the laboratory, there was little to be found in the area, but when employees moved in, it became a community. After the war, the development of nuclear weapons continued at Los Alamos, but the government didn't want that to be widely known. A 1954 public relations campaign made it seem like just another town.
It had multiple barber shops, movie theatres, and jewelers, a photography store, pastry shop and even a florist. There was a police force and fire department, albeit one directly subsidized by the federal Atomic Energy Council that also had to be trained in special firefighting techniques involving radioactive materials. There was a daily flight from Los Alamos to Albuquerque, a library stocked with over 18,000 titles, and living space aplenty, with the smallest one-bedroom apartments going for $22 a month and rents for the largest units capped at $135. Residents of Los Alamos could even listen to the radio, a luxury that wasn't afforded them during wartime. Their local station, KRSN was presided over by a certain Robert Porton, whose "large record collection is the envy of many a disc jockey."
Sure, most of 12,000 citizens were working on developing weapons of mass destruction or the family members of someone who was, but other than that, Los Alamos was a paragon of idyllic 50s American life.
Read about how Los Alamos went from a brand new wartime facility to a "normal" town at Motherboard.

Long Work Hours Don’t Work for People or the Planet

Getting Out of Our Coal Hole

America’s Charter Schools Have A Commitment Problem

Evidence Mounts That School Choice Isn't Delivering Promised Results

I’m an Orphan, Even Though My Mother’s Still Alive

Why the US does not have universal health care, while many other countries do

Texas Moving To Ban Jews, Muslims, and Gays from Adopting

Texas Moving To Ban Jews, Muslims, and Gays from Adopting
It will be the most discriminatory adoption policy in the country.

It’s the Wealth Gap, Stupid

Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars

Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars

Half The World’s Salmon Supply Threatened

Half The World’s Salmon Supply Threatened As Dumbass Trump’s EPA Withdraws Alaskan Mining Restrictions
It’s being called a “backdoor deal” by critics and a “slap in the face” to the citizens of the Bristol Bay region who petitioned to keep the region protected.

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