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Today in History

Sixteen year old Otto III is crowned the Roman Emperor.
King Henry VI is killed in the Tower of London. Edward IV takes the throne.
Christopher Columbus dies.
The Reformation is officially adopted in Geneva, Switzerland.
Present-day Martha’s Vineyard is first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.
Paris is divided into 48 zones.
The Democratic party holds its first national convention.
Lawrence, Kansas is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces.
The siege of the Confederate Port Hudson, Louisiana, begins.
The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton.
Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris completing the first solo air crossing of the Atlantic.
British forces attack German General Erwin Rommel‘s 7th Panzer Division at Arras, slowing his blitzkrieg of France.
The first U.S. ship, the S.S. Robin Moor, is sunk by a U-boat.
The U.S. Eighth Army counterattacks to drive the Communist Chinese and North Koreans out of South Korea.
Governor John Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery, Alabama.
The U.S. National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.
In Madras, India, a suicide bomber kills the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.

This Woman Unknowingly Wore Her Engagement Ring Around Her Neck for a Year

The Huffington Post recently shared the story of an Australian man named Terry who made his girlfriend a necklace out of wood for their one year anniversary. What he didn't tell her was that inside the necklace was an engagement ring.
His girlfriend wore the necklace for a whole year and a half before Terry decided to propose. When he did, he asked her to hand him the necklace so he could take a picture of it. Then he used a knife to open the secret latch to reveal the engagement ring inside. She said yes immediately, but it took her a moment before she realized that she had been wearing the ring around her neck the whole time.You can read the whole story at The Huffington Post

Flappers Didn’t Really Wear Fringed Dresses

The latest movie version of The Great Gatsby came out, fashion historians set us straight about flapper fashions: they did not show off one's curves the way the movie costumes did. It turns out that the most iconic signifier of a flapper costume is also false: the fringe. It wasn't common at all in the Roaring Twenties. They didn't have the lightweight, synthetic fabrics that gave us fringe that swirled when dancing. So why do we always think of fringe when we think of flapper fashion? It was the movies.
“Hollywood began mining the 1920s in the 1950s, and order to make it work, they adapted the costuming of the period to look more like what people were actually wearing in the ’50s,” explains Jeanine Basinger, a film historian and the chair of Wesleyan University’s film department. The period setting, Basinger says, was less about what the ’20s were and more about what they weren’t: post-WWII. “The war was a shadow over film at the time, and to take the ’20s as a setting lifted that burden off.”
Read how movies such as Singin' in the Rain and other musicals changed our perception of fashion history at Racked.

Robin Williams' Daughter Says Her Dad Helped Her Understand Mental Illness

Zelda Williams
Robin Williams' Daughter Says Her Dad Helped Her Understand Mental Illness
"I think I'm an accidental advocate in a lot of ways."

The Secret Life of Dutch King Willem-Alexander

When Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated in 2013, her son Willem-Alexander became king. Few people knew until this week that he was a pilot, and has continued flying Fokker 70 planes for KLM after he ascended the throne. Willem-Alexander has been a co-pilot on KLM flights twice a month for 21 years, yet passengers had no idea who was in the cockpit.
Willem-Alexander once said that if he had not been born in a palace, his dream would have been to fly a big passenger plane such as a Boeing 747, so it is no surprise that he intends to retrain for the updated plane.
He told De Telegraaf that he never used his name when addressing passengers and was rarely recognized in uniform and wearing his KLM cap. However, he admitted that some passengers had recognized his voice.
"The advantage is that I can always say that I warmly welcome passengers on behalf of the captain and crew," he said. "Then I don't have to give my name."
He maintains his flying schedule in order to keep his pilot's license. Read more about the king's second job at BBC News.

A Brief History of Goths

What do the barbarian Goths that raided Europe have to do with the young fashionistas who wear black in the more recent era? Not much, because the modern Goths took their name from the word Gothic. And that's where the story gets interesting.
Dan Adams explains the evolution of the word Goth and it was used through history in this TED-Ed video.

The Pickled Head of Diogo Alves

On display in a jar at the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine, the head of Diogo Alves is remarkably well-preserved, looking much like he must have when he was last alive -in 1841.
It’s yellow, peaceful-looking, and somewhat akin to a potato.
The various physicians and anatomy technicians in the preceding hallway all address it with a mix of familiarity and indifference. It’s just there, really. Just the head of Diogo Alves, whose claims to fame include being both Portugal’s first serial killer and the last man to be hanged.
At least one half of each claim is true.
The story of Alves life and crimes is interesting, but he has become more famous as the preserved head at the medical school in the decades since. An article at Atlas Obscura addresses both. Be warned that there are pictures of the head there, but they aren't particularly gruesome. 

The History of Tea

The Chinese discovered it, the Japanese revered it, and the British went nuts over tea. Oh yeah, then Americans loaded it with sugar, lemon juice, and ice cubes. Tea has always been popular, even back when it was eaten instead of being made into a drink.
Learn the history of the second most popular drink in the world (after water) in this TED-Ed lesson from Shunan Teng.

6 Ways People Are Consuming Marjiuana Without Smoking It

‘Who’s a pretty princess now, bitches’

"He has all the best curtsies, nobody curtsies like him, everybody says so #TrumpCurtsy"

America Poses a Unique Threat to World Safety

Jailed for a Facebook Post

5 of the Most Destructive Wingnut Supreme Court Decisions in American History

Dumbass Trump Education Budget Massively Feeds School Privatization at the Expense of Traditional Public Schools

Florida mayor under fire for joke about turning machine guns on press and making them ‘cry like little girls’

Tampa's Mayor Bob Buckhorn made a jokes about pointing huge machine guns at journalists and making them “cry like little girls” -- in front of the press.

History of Titan’s landscape resembles that of Mars, not Earth

Study finds history of Titan’s landscape resembles that of Mars, not EarthThe environment on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, may seem surprisingly familiar: Clouds condense and rain down on the surface, feeding rivers that flow into oceans and lakes. Outside of Earth, Titan is the only other … Read more

Puffy planet provides opportunity for testing alien worlds for signs of life

Fifth-graders making Styrofoam solar system models may have the right idea. A team of astronomers from Vanderbilt, Lehigh and Ohio State universities have discovered a new planet orbiting a star 320 light years from Earth … Read more

The best (and worst) ways to beat mosquito bites

The best (and worst) ways to beat mosquito bites

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