How did I not know about this? History is awesome! #historyrocks#Repost@history with @get_repost
On #ThisDayinHistory 100 years ago, hot molasses flooded the streets of Boston, killing 21 people and injuring scores of others. The molasses burst from a huge tank at the United States Industrial Alcohol Company building in the heart of the city. It was close to lunch time on January 15 and Boston was experiencing some unseasonably warm weather as workers were loading freight-train cars within the large building. Next to the workers was a 58-foot-high tank filled with 2.5 million gallons of crude molasses. Suddenly, the bolts holding the bottom of the tank exploded, shooting out like bullets, and the hot molasses rushed out. An eight-foot-high wave of molasses swept away the freight cars and caved in the building’s doors and windows. The huge quantity of molasses then flowed into the street outside. It literally knocked over the local firehouse and then pushed over the support beams for the elevated train line. The hot and sticky substance. In all, 21 people and dozens of horses were killed in the flood. It took weeks to clean the molasses from the streets of Boston. This disaster also produced an epic court battle, as more than 100 lawsuits were filed against the United States Industrial Alcohol Company. After a six-investigation that involved 3,000 witnesses and 45,000 pages of testimony, a special auditor finally determined that the company was at fault because the tank used had not been strong enough to hold the molasses. Nearly $1 million was paid in settlement of the claims. #MolassesFlood#Boston#USHistory #1919
Trivia Tuesday with the Salem Museum! Last week, we talked about how early efforts to travel to Salem by boat were "sunk" by the coming of the railroad. Citizens of Salem were indeed excited when the first Virginia and Tennessee Railroad train arrived from Lynchburg in December, 1852. There were speeches, a barbecue lunch, fireworks and a cannon salute! The biggest objection, however, was that the tracks south of the river were on the wrong side of town, and would have been more convenient if located along Clay Street. Modern train-lovers will enjoy the Salem Museum's American Flyer layout on display through January 26, which takes visitors back to "Plasticville" and the 1950s and 60s.
Mad jack was the nick name earned by lieutenant Colonel John Churchill after he held 42 german soldiers hostage while wielding a sword in occupied Norway during a (1941) raid. He pictured in this picture to the lower right of pic holding that very sword in Inveraray Scotland during a training routine kinda crazy seeing a soldier holding a sword during ww2
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These men may seem strong but the only reason they were able to lift this tank was because it was an inflated balloon. The allies employed its ghost army of inflatable decoys to trick the germans into thinking there were building troops up to attack Calais they even used fake radio transmissions to make them believe attack was heading in this direction when it wasn't this made germans move troops away from were the real attack would occur
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The milkman was determined to remain chipper and do his duty even after the german Blitz of (1940) left London in ruins love how he is delivering milk and there fire fighters putting out fire in back ground British sure can deal with alot
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Come on a snake on a leash come on really can someone tell me if they still do this now a days?
Ten years ago, today, on the afternoon of January 15, 2009, U.S. airways flight 1549 took off from La Guardia Airport bound for Charlotte NC. The 150 passengers and five crew members didn’t make it to their destination that day. The flight was disrupted when, only moments into the flight, the plane encountered a flock of Canadian geese. The birds were sucked into the plane’s two engines causing the engines to fail immediately. With no thrusters, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, in constant contact with air traffic control, could find no airstrip near enough for the plane to glide into for the emergency landing. Sully made the only call he could have. He decided to ditch the plane on the Hudson River. At 3:30 Captain Sullenberger made the announcement no passenger wants to hear “Brace for impact.” And just three and a half minutes into the flight, completed an unpowered ditching in the Hudson River, ironically landing directly opposite the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Miraculously, there were no fatalities! This History Moment was brought to you by the Smoky Mountain Relic Room, Home to the largest diversity of History for sale in North America! Located inside Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville TN #smokymountainrelicroom#relicroomrendezvous#historymoment#history#historyrocks#historybuff#historyfacts#historylover#aviation#aviationhistory#historygeek#miracleonthehudson#sully#sullysullenberger#canadiangeese#goosesmoothie
A 1800 artists Prediction of water strolls via hot air balloons and boat shoes and other crazy idea as can see
The leaning Tower of Pisa was actually never straight to begin with the foundation began to sink when they started on the second floor and by 3 floor it started to lean I wonder when it will finally tip over
During the height of the Cold War, one of America’s greatest concerns was the possibility of Soviets disrupting communications. At this time all international communications were either sent through undersea cables or bounced off the Earth’s natural ionosphere. Should the Soviets attack and disable the undersea cables, America would be left at the mercy of the unpredictable ionosphere for communications! The U.S. military had identified a problem and in 1958 a potential solution was born. It went by the name of Project West Ford. Walter E. Morrow, Project West Ford researcher at MIT’s Lincoln Labs suggested that if Earth possessed a permanent radio reflector, in the form of an orbiting ring of copper threads, America’s long-range communications would be safe from any potential Soviet disturbances. On Oct. 21, 1961 the U.S. launched it the first batch of copper needles into space. Unfortunately, the payload failed to deploy from the spacecraft. Two years later, in 1963, the U.S. Air Force, again launched 480 million tiny copper needles into space. The needles were packed in blocks of gel designed to evaporate in space. When released, the needles spread, creating a copper ring around the Earth. Each needle was designed much like an antenna, to repeat the exact signal it receives outward in all directions. Engineers managed to send a voice transmission from Camp Parks, California to Millstone Hill, Massachusetts. This message was transmitted at a data rate of approximately 20,000 bits per second. (That’s about the speed of a 1992 telephone modem!) The voice connection was described as “intelligible”. The project was a success! The project was terminated on July 2 of the same year due to advances in satellite technology making the relatively low-tech advancement of Project West Ford unnecessary. Wow! History rocks! This History Moment was brought to you by the Smoky Mountain Relic Room, Home to the largest diversity of History for sale in North America! #smokymountainrelicroom#relicroomrendezvous#historymoment#history#historyrocks#historybuff#historyfacts#historylover#projectwestford#nasa#usaf#coldwar#coldwarhistory#communication
This was an epic night.😄 I took my mom to an opera and she was all like- “Finally you will take a break from the tv show you are obsessed with. (@cw_reign btw). The curtain goes up, the performance starts. Few minutes in I realize that the story is about Prince Don Carlo and Queen Elizabeth of Spain, daughter of Catherine de Medici. So basically, I just kept watching my tv show,but instead of the the Tv, I had it live on stage.😄 Can say, my mom was not pleased that she had to watch another almost 4 hours of story connected to the Valois line.😄😄 #theatre#opera#nightout#history#historyrocks#best #😄 #catherinedemedici
Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle used to order his troops to surround him with bayonets before single handedly disarming each of them supposedly quite calmly without any of his own weapons. This photo is of one of those such demonstrations this was taken in (1943)
Besides all the other problems that nazis had to face during operation Wunderland 2 which aimed to cut Soviet naval convoys and supply routes in the arctic kara Sea they had to also fend out polar bears even the polar bear hated the nazi and knew to kill them lol were is the polar bears recognition
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Chinese soldier in (1940) Burma made a special monkey friend he or she looks so cute holding onto Chinese soldiers pack and guns
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Think this may be craziest thing seen so far lol
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Our volunteers are hard at work designing the new 2019 display! This year's display is focused on women's fashion history, in particular, the use of hand fans! In addition to displaying a selection from our Hand Fan collection, the display will be featuring art that describes women's fashion through history. We are excited to see the final result!
#fashion#girlpower#fans#historyrocks # #2019herewecome#art#fashionhistory
Savić was born in 1892, in the village of Koprivnica, near Raška, in Serbia. In 1913, her brother received call-up papers for mobilization for the Second Balkan War. She chose to go in his place—cutting her hair and donning men's clothes and joining the Serbian army.She quickly saw combat and received her first medal and was promoted to corporalin the Battle of Bregalnica. Engaged in battle, she sustained wounds and it was only then, when recovering from her injuries in hospital, that her true gender was revealed, much to the surprise of the attending physicians.
Mental Floss described the repercussions: "Savic was called before her commanding officer. They didn't want to punish her, because she had proven a valuable and highly competent soldier. The military deployment that had resulted in her gender being revealed had been her tenth. But neither was it suitable for a young woman to be in combat. She was offered a transfer to the Nursing division. Savic stood at attention and insisted she only wanted to fight for her country as a combatant. The officer said he'd think it over and give her his answer the next day. Still standing at attention, Savic responded, "I will wait." It is said he only made her stand an hour before agreeing to send her back to the infantry." In 1914, in the early days of World War I, Savić was awarded her first Karađorđe Star with Swords after the Battle of Kolubara. She received her second Karađorđe Star (with Swords) after the Battle of the Crna Bend in 1916 when she captured 23 Bulgarian soldiers single-handedly.
She was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour) twice,Russian Cross of St. George,British medal of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael, Serbian Miloš Obilić medal.She was the sole female recipient of the French Croix de Guerre 1914–1918 with the gold palm attribute for service in WW1
Girl was sneaky smart and skilled from what I read you don't fuck with this women lol 10 men holy shit
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This is just a myth that's been around for long time but thought be funny to share i dont think it's real like come on powered by angry bees lol they would die before your done
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Timothy O'Sullivan (1873) photo of Navajo Indians Near fort Defiance can someone tell me what is that stuff in tree corn?
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Like many ancient royalty King Tut's parents were related. They were actually brother and sister,according to dna taken from his mummified body He was also disabled and probably had malaria and found a pic of his face rebuilt so can see what he may have looked like in life enjoy
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Here is an interesting historical fact from mongolia hope this person got out alive
This was taken in Vinnitsa (1941)The sickening muder of innocent women and children and men by german soldiers I dont like showing these pics so horrible but we must never forget lest we repeat the past hate people who say this didnt happen or that the camps werent real like come on theres proof cant deny history to make you feel better