Archive for the 'History' Category

What do you do after surviving your own lynching?

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Buzzfeed: On August 7, 1930, three black teenagers were lynched in Marion, Indiana. James Cameron was one of them. He lived. By Syreeta McFadden.

“The photo of the lynching of two Indiana teenagers would never grace the pages of the local paper. But the image is everywhere.
[…]
“Did you know that there was a third boy they tried to lynch that night?” our museum guide, a tall but frail older man, asked us, his voice warm and gravelly. We didn’t. Our guide went on to explain that there were actually three ropes strung up on the maple tree in Marion on August 7, 1930. A third teenager had been dragged from his jail cell to the courthouse square. His name was James Cameron and he was the only known person to have ever survived a lynching in America.
We were standing in front of him.”

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Driving on the Moon

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

My Own Private Sky: Restored “16mm” footage from Apollo 16 Mission.

Link via dangerousmeta!

Last man to walk on the moon

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

The Two-Way: Gene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82.

“The last person to leave footprints on the moon has died. NASA reported that Gene Cernan died Monday at the age of 82, surrounded by his family.

Gene Cernan flew in space three times, including twice to the moon. Cernan was big, brash and gregarious. And if he hadn’t been lucky, he could have missed his chance to walk on the moon.”

See also MetaFilter: The Last Man on the Moon for more links.

Bears Ears National Monument

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Bears Ears: The Movement to Protect a Cultural Landscape. (Vimeo, 11min)

The film is outdated only in the sense that the area has now been declared a National Monument by President Obama; it sheds light on what there is to see and why the Native Americans value the land so much. Makes me want to see it even more!

Thanks for the link, Garret!

This speech “will go down in the history books”

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Deutsche Welle: Opinion: Obama’s positive outlook. “US President Barack Obama has held his farewell address. It is one of the few speeches by an outgoing president that will go down in the history books, believes DW’s Miodrag Soric.”

Watch the speech and/or read the transcript at Whitehouse.gov. The video is also available directly on YouTube: Farewell Address to the American People (51 minutes).