King George VI Spam as requested 13/15
Colour footage of Britain in 1926.
Queen Inhyeon || 3/5 assassinations, history meme
Fours years passed without any events of importance, and then the queen became afflicted with boils and expired. The records tell us that the queen came to him with her garments covered with blood. To his enquiries she made no answer except to point toward the apartments of the concubine Chang. The king arose and went in that direction, and his ear were greeted with the sound of laughter and merriment. There he beheld the concubine and a large company of sorceresses engaged in shooting arrows into an effigy of the queen and making merry over having done her death by placing a fetich under her room.
This was the signal for one of the king’s outbreaks of rage. In spite of her being the mother of the Crown Prince, he poisoned her and killed all of her sorceress companions. A host of Nam-in also met their death. The almost incredible number of 1,700 people are said to have met their death as a result of this disturbance. In the records we are told that a few years later a secret prison in the palace was abolished. (from)
Catherine the Great || 4/9 kings and queens, history meme
In her youth, Sophia wanted power and she wanted what she “couldn’t live for a day without” — love — and she’d get them both, in spades, but not from the husband who awaited her. Upon her marriage, Catherine — the name the empress gave Sophia on the occasion of her mandatory conversion to Orthodoxy — found herself shackled to a 17-year-old whom one European king would remember as “a mere poltroon … comic in all things … not stupid, but mad.”
Dressed as a colonel of an elite Russian regiment and mounted on a white stallion, Catherine, an expert horsewoman, led 14,000 infantry soldiers to arrest and unseat her feckless husband, who, Nero-like, ignored reports of conspiracy to go on playing his violin. As empress she interacted closely with her subjects, was inoculated with the smallpox vaccine as an example to the country, and aimed to end serfdom. But when her power was threatened, she scaled back her progressive initiatives and chose not to end serfdom. She was also rather cruel and cold in her personal life, but Catherine’s ruthless abrogation of any threat to the power she claimed is at least as delicious as it is deplorable. Whatever it takes, we want her to remain forever where she placed herself — in history’s pantheon. (NYT)
Antique Vampire Hunter’s Kits
"Kits were typically purchased by wealthy Americans going overseas, particularly to Eastern European destinations. Content varies, some kits included: Silver-tipped Hawthorn Stakes, Mallet, Small Silver Crucifix, Large Wooden Crucifix, Pistol, Silver Bullets (engraved with a cross), Vial of Holy Water, Vial of Anointing Oil, Vial of Brimstone, Vial of Vampirism (cure), Vial of Holy Soil, Syringe, Holy Incense, Blessed Candles (inlaid with metal crosses), Rosary, Forceps/Pliers, Silver Knife, Prayer Book, Mirror."
Southern California Basketmakers
We are delighted to share some images of southern California basket makers and their baskets. These women were from the San Manuel Band of Serrano Indians and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. We are also sharing a page from a report describing different forms of Diegueño baskets. These documents were created in the mid-1930s as interest in Indian Arts & Crafts was increasing within the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we would like to share just some of the remarkable pieces of Native American history of tribes in southern California and Arizona. All of these records come from our holdings of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 75).
Aethelstan, the first king of England || 3/9 kings and queens, history meme
He ‘who fought against Anlaf and slaughtered his army and put him to flight, and afterwards with his people dwelt in peace,’ is perhaps best remembered for his famous victory over the combined forces of the kings of Dublin, Scots, and Strathclyde at ‘Brunanburh’ in 937. But Aethelstan, the favorite grandson of Alfred the Great, did much more for the land he ruled: he centralized his government, imposed coinage, and perhaps laid the foundation for its future parliament. For whatever the reason, Æthelstan’s importance as the first king of all England cannot be doubted. In the words of the 12th century poet whom William of Malmesbury quoted, this was indeed a great king, glory of his native land: ‘magnus Adelstanus, patriae decus.’ (x)
Teddy Roosevelt shot, insists on giving speech anyways (October 4, 1912)
3/10 moments, history meme
"While visiting an estate in Ontario’s Niagara Falls two years ago, a film enthusiast stumbled upon a rare World War I Richard Verascope stereo camera previously owned by the French Army. Here’s what he found inside."
history meme. six women: valeria messalina.
Valeria Messalina (c. 17/20 – 48 AD) was the wife of emperor Claudius, notorious for her promiscuity. Messalina once had a competition with a prostitute whereby the winner was the one who copulated with the most men. The competition lasted for 24 hours and Messalina won with a score of 25 partners. Roman sources even claim that she ran a brothel under an assumed name.
To improve her own security and ensure the future of her children, Messalina sought to eliminate anyone who was a potential threat. Due to Claudius’ devotion to her, Messalina was able to manipulate him into ordering the exile or execution of many of her enemies. Messalina’s influence is indicated by her appearance on the obverse of coins of Claudius’ reign, where one would expect the head of the emperor.
In 47 AD, Messalina fell in love with senator Gaius Silius. They became lovers and plotted the murder of Claudius, after which Silius would be the new emperor with Messalina as his empress. Upon discovery of the plot Messalina was offered the choice of suicide instead of execution, but she could not bring herself to end her own life.
moments: “Tank Man”
June 5th, the morning after the Tiananmen Square protests where the Chinese military forcibly removed protesters, an unknown man stopped a column of tanks on Chang’an Avenue, near the Tiananmen Square, from passing. The man, holding shopping bags in both of his hands, walked into the middle of the street, despite the tanks approaching, and placed himself into the way of the vehicles. When the first tank attempted to drive around the protester, the man kept walking into the vehicles way. When all of the tanks stopped, he climed onto the first tank and appeared to have a short conversation with the driver of the tank. After he climbed down, the tank drivers tried another attempt at moving on but the man again ran in their way, continuing his protest, gesturing with his hands and stopping the column again.
Shortly after, a person on a bike stopped by and two men dressed in blue dragged the protester now referred to as “Tank Man” from the street as the tanks started their engines and moved on.
1998, Time included the Tank Man in its list of the Top 100 Most Important People of the Century. [x]