Socialism’s DIY Computer
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The Galaksija computer was a craze in 1980s Yugoslavia, inspiring thousands of people to build versions in their own homes. The idea behind them was simple – to make technology available to everyone.

A Trip Through Paris, France in late 1890s / Un voyage à travers Paris, 1890
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Upscaled with neural networks footage from the dawn of film taken in Belle Époque-era Paris, France from 1896-1900.

On the Spot: David Carpenter
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‘Looking at medieval history through the prism of Max Weber is challenging.’

The Rules of Drinking
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The long history of drinking games – and how to win them.

Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II
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The special exhibit Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II, on view in the Hall of Democracy’s Senator John Alario, Jr. Special Exhibition Hall from March 5 to January 3, 2021, and curated by the Museum’s James Linn, tells the story of the 23rd and their deception operations across Europe through featured artifacts such as artwork, uniforms, an inflatable tank, and more.

Four historical crashes that lead to safer sky nowadays
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The risk of dying on a plane is one in 11,000,000, when dying in a car accident are about one in 5,000.While air travel can be associated with unprecedented safety, comfort, and speed, unfortunately every coin has a dark side. We looked at four major historical commercial aircraft crashes and the significant safety improvements made in their aftermath.  

The Bourne Collection: Online Search Is Older than You Think
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Charlie Bourne was an expert in computerized search for 40 years before Google. CHM has recently finished cataloging his unique collection of materials documenting the history of online search and information systems from the 1950s onward, supported by a generous grant from the National Archives.

How Four Americans Robbed the Bank of England
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In Victorian London, a gang of U.S. hustlers attempts a ten-million-dollar heist on the safest bank in the world. Can the detective who inspired Sherlock Holmes catch them?

The Sad, Sad Story of Laika, the Space Dog, and Her One-Way Trip into Orbit
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A stray Moscow pup traveled into orbit in 1957 with one meal and only a seven-day oxygen supply

Victorian Slum House
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Genealogists experience the harsh living conditions of their ancestors in the slums of London in the mid- to late-19th century.

The True Story of Catherine the Great
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Hulu's "The Great" offers an irreverent, ahistorical take on the Russian empress' life. This is the real history behind the period comedy

Roman Finger Counting

I recently wrote a final paper on the history of written numerals. In the process, I discovered this fascinating tidbit that didn’t really fit in my paper, but I wanted to put it somewhere. So I’m writing about it here.

The History of the Hawaiian Shirt
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From kitsch to cool, ride the waves of undulating popularity of a tropical fashion statement

A brief history of medieval magic
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From Narnia to Harry Potter, so many modern manifestations of magic come from the Middle Ages. Hetta Howes, who is writing a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London, investigates…

This World War II Bomber Took More Enemy Fire Than Most Others and Always Came Home
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Seventy-five years after a memorable mission, the B26 bomber 'Flak-Bait' undergoes preservation at the National Air and Space Museum

Antoine Lavoisier

Antoine Lavoisier (26 August 1743 – 8 May 1794), was a French nobleman and chemist who was central to the 18th-century chemical revolution and who had a large influence on both the history of chemistry and the history of biology. He is widely considered in popular literature as the "father of modern chemistry". Lavoisier's importance to science was expressed by Lagrange who lamented the beheading by saying: "Il ne leur a fallu qu'un moment pour faire tomber cette tête, et cent années peut-êt…

Catherine of Bosnia

Catherine of Bosnia (Bosnian: Katarina Kosača/Катарина Косача; 1424/1425 – 25 October 1478) was Queen of Bosnia as the wife of King Thomas, the penultimate Bosnian sovereign. She was born into the powerful House of Kosača, staunch supporters of the Bosnian Church. Her marriage in 1446 was arranged to bring peace between the King and her father, Stjepan Vukčić. The queenship of Catherine, who at that point embraced Roman Catholicism, was marked with an energetic construction of churches througho…

The Man in the Bottle
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Carnegie The Magic Detective is a blog devoted to the history of magic and conjuring with an emphasis on Houdini.