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Re: Re: Today in History
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2015, 03:15:21 PM »
I read some reviews Icarus, looks like an interesting book for a mathematical  layperson such as myself. I'll definitely pick up a copy when I find one. :)

After seeing your signature, I just could not resist.

HISTORY, n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools

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The atheist, as such, has no belief. To say he believes there is no God is inaccurate; he merely does not believe there is a God. Atheism is a non-belief, a word without a corresponding thing; to object to its recognition and pre-eminence is the same thing as to be jealous of a vacuum.

There is an excellent essay on Bierce and Robert Ingersoll, who might now be called a "New Atheist" though he lived long before the term was coined: "The Blasphemer Robert G. Ingersoll: Why He Mattered to Ambrose Bierce" | The Ambrose Bierce Site
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2015, 11:30:52 PM »
On this day 1989, the gates of the Berlin wall were opened amid cheers of happiness of the oppressed eastern Berliners.

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Re: Re: Today in History
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2015, 11:42:11 PM »
483 years ago today (Nov 16th) the Spanish conquistador Pizarro led a surprise attack against the Incas.   

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The Battle of Cajamarca was the ambush and capture of the Inca ruler Atahualpa by Francisco Pizarro and a small Spanish force on November 16, 1532. The Spanish killed thousands of Atahualpa's counsellors, commanders and unarmed attendants in the great plaza of Cajamarca, and caused his armed host outside the town to flee. The seizure of Atahualpa marked the opening stage of the conquest of the pre-Columbian Inca civilization of Peru.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2015, 03:02:27 AM »
On this day in 1869, with the opening of the Suez Canal it was for the first time possible for a vessel in the Mediterranean Sea to cross into the Indian Ocean without sailing around Africa.


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Re: Today in History
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2015, 06:39:37 AM »
On this day 1989, the gates of the Berlin wall were opened amid cheers of happiness of the oppressed eastern Berliners.
And one of those East Germans went on to run the united Germany.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2015, 07:36:12 AM »
^ and one of those east Germans went on to win the worlds championship in singles ice skating. That was the beautiful Katerina Witt.

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Re: Re: Today in History
« Reply #21 on: November 24, 2015, 11:03:01 AM »
On November 24th, 1859, Darwin's On the Origin of Species was first published.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2015, 05:06:29 AM »
1947 The UN General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.

1961  Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spaceship. The ship orbited earth twice before returning.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2015, 03:44:09 AM »

The return of the British contingent of the International Brigades on December 7, 1938. It wasn't just Pearl Harbor.
 

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2015, 09:27:25 PM »
How do schools manage to teach history which keeps getting bigger and bigger ?  Where should they begin and what should they leave out ?  It is very difficult as all history had an effect on the future but there is too much of it !    Should children just be told about last few hundred years but cover the world more thoroughly now ' the world has shrunk'  or do the same  for their own country ?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2015, 01:10:05 PM »
How do schools manage to teach history which keeps getting bigger and bigger ?  Where should they begin and what should they leave out ?  It is very difficult as all history had an effect on the future but there is too much of it !    Should children just be told about last few hundred years but cover the world more thoroughly now ' the world has shrunk'  or do the same  for their own country ?
Interesting question. Maybe it will be down to 'time's filter' of what is important. Humans can only cope with so much information. I'm sure during the 1930s WWI was very widely discussed, but now not so much. As time passes we get a perspective on what matters so the relevant history is perceived as that which has shaped us in the past.
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Re: Re: Today in History
« Reply #26 on: March 14, 2016, 08:35:08 PM »
Today Albert Einstein would have turned 137 years old! :party:
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #27 on: March 15, 2016, 03:38:11 AM »
^ The old boy left us some good stuff to work with.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #28 on: April 01, 2016, 04:48:40 PM »
April 1, 2001: Laws that permit marriage for same-sex couples and grant same-sex couples adoption rights in the Netherlands come into effect. Four same-sex couples are married at the stroke of midnight by the Mayor of Amsterdam.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2016, 08:15:26 PM »
April 1, 2001: Laws that permit marriage for same-sex couples and grant same-sex couples adoption rights in the Netherlands come into effect. Four same-sex couples are married at the stroke of midnight by the Mayor of Amsterdam.

How awesome, and look at that it was 15 years ago, something to be extremely proud of...meanwhile here in America they're still trying to pass "Religious Freedom Laws" which will allow them to discriminate legally.

I should move to the Netherlands, sounds nice....except for all of the extremely tall men. That would be strange. ;)
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