Category: History

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Down in New Orleans

The city has been destroyed many times over, by war, fire, disease, and flood. Each time, she comes back to life, more vibrant than before but with another layer of rich history atop her deep and storied façades.

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Oh, the Humanity

My son cannot understand why anyone cared if the Hindenburg blew up because he is eleven years old and thinks the world is an anime.

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The Trouble With Incumbency

My point is that a Trump defeat would be the first time in modern American politics where a good economy wasn’t enough to keep an incumbent in office.

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And Then There Were None

The Doolittle Raiders, as they preferred to be called, had long since planned for there being only one, and then none of them.

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Wednesday Writs for 1/30

The weekly roundup of law and legal related links from around the web. This week features birthright citizenship, dangerous scooters, the notorious NFC no-call and the many crimes of caped crusader.

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Challenger: Learning of Tragedy in Real Time

Days of remembrance, such as this anniversary of the Challenger disaster, remind us that along with the memories and thoughts of what we felt comes a responsibility to teach the past and the lessons from it. Not just for recording the events, but in explaining to those who didn’t live through them what it was like.

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Linky Friday: Pearl Harbor

Linky Friday is Ordinary Times’ end-of-week tradition of bringing you stories and links from across the web and around the world. This week, remembering Pearl Harbor, 77 years later.

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Observance: George HW Bush Lying in State

“Cross-section of America” is a phrase that gets overused. In the lines snaking their way through the Capitol and around a rotunda occupied by the 41st president lying in state, it was made manifest. A living, breathing example of E Pluribus Unum, queued up in neat rows waiting to pass by the honored George HW Bush.

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President George HW Bush Dead at 94

The 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush, has died at 94. His biography, from shot down naval aviator in WW2, to election to the House, failed Senate candidate, UN ambassador, leading the CIA, and VP to President Reagan before his own rise to the White House, is astonishing.

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Linky Friday: A Bit of History

Linky Friday, Ordinary Times’ end-of-week tradition of bringing you links from across the web and around the world. This week, A Bit of History with stories, photos, videos, music, and more for you to read, share, and discuss.

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Despite Promises, Another Black Monday for the Mahoning Valley

41 years after Youngstown’s “Black Monday” meant 5,000 lost jobs immediately and tens of thousands more to follow, the Mahoning Valley endures another day of 4-digit job loss with closure of General Motor’s Lordstown complex.

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Ordinary World: Education

Your Ordinary World links for 29 Nov 2018 with Scott J Davies bringing us links about education to read, share, and discuss.

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Ordinary World for 1 Nov 2018

Your Ordinary World for Thursday, 1 Nov 2018, with a focus on history and featuring links to great writing, unique takes, and interesting POVs, plus Throwback Thursday from the Ordinary Times archive.

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Rename Columbus Day for All Explorers

To expand Columbus Day to encompass other adventurers of all American epochs would be most fitting, and allow today’s far more diverse American citizenry to embrace a common thread in our shared history. So why not rename it Explorers Day, simultaneously celebrating entrepreneurship and discovery, and encompassing all intrepid adventurers, of land, sea, air, and space.