Tag Archive for History

Rare 1796 Half-Cent Coin Fetches $357,000 At Auction

Not bad, but it’s not quite a $1-Trillion Coin. (pic via HuffPo) Rare 1796 U.S. Half-Cent Coin Belonging To Deceased Mountain Climber Fetches $357,000 At Auction: A rare U.S. half-cent coin from 1796 fetched $357,000 at auction this week. The piece…

To Be A “Lifelong Pigeon Fancier”

Fascinating, and fun, story. (pic via WSJ) But I do hope never to be known as a “lifelong pigeon fancier.” Pigeon Defeats U.K. Code Breakers – WSJ.com: LONDON—Britain’s world-renowned code-cracking intelligence experts have admitted they’ve met their match—in a dead…

Two Inside Looks At NASA …

These are fun. Going boldly: Behind the scenes at NASA’s hallowed Mission Control Center – Ars Technica: HOUSTON, TEXAS—Astronauts have been saying “Houston” into their radios since 1965. The callsign refers in general to the Johnson Space Center in Texas,…

Book Review: Tigers in the Mud by Otto Carius

Picked this one (Tigers in the Mud: The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius) up on a whim a couple months ago. Otto Carius is one of the most famous/decorated tank commanders in history. In WWII he led…

A Real Life Hogan’s Heroes

I can’t imagine the stones this guy had. “POW Greasley confronting Heinrich Himmler (in glasses) in the POW camp, demonstrating (with his shirt off) how they need more rations. He was not aware that hthis superior officer was Himmler himself.”…