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  • "The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century."

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  • "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

    George Santayana

  • "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

    George Orwell

  • "Only the winners decide what were war crimes."

    Gary Wills

  • "The victor will never be asked if he told the truth."

    Adolf Hitler

  • "If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past"


  • "History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon."


  • Based on what you know about him in history books, what do you think Abraham Lincoln would be doing if he were alive today?

    1. Writing his memoirs of the Civil War.
    2. Advising the President.
    3. Desperately clawing at the inside of his coffin.

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  • "I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time." So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance."

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  • "The future will be better tomorrow."

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    Archived Media Articles - History Related

    The China Daily newspaper starts campaign to rid Mount Everest of its "colonial" name. "British colonialists raped the sacred mountain of the Tibetans by giving it a false name," says the report, quoted in The Telegraph. "Until today the world is still persistently humiliating Mt Qomolangma with English-language hegemonism" ...More from What The Papers Say

    Winston Churchill was a war criminal, claims top-selling German tabloid. The campaign by Bild, which claims that the British government set out at the start of WWII to kill as many German citizens as possible, "breaks six decades of virtual silence on the subject," reckons The Telegraph, "and is being seen as the latest manifestation of a belief among Germans that they too were victims of the war - albeit a war started by their country" ...More from What The Papers Say

    Revelations of romantic imbroglio at court. A secret letter from a loyal servant telling of his employer’s passion for marriage into Britain’s Royal Family is revealed in The Times. But the billet doux is not about Paul Burrell, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Queen, but about a royal affair from half a millennium ago ...More from The Times

    Chemist Prof Robin Clark says $24 million "Vinland" map is a fake. A document thought to be proof of Norse explorers charting North America before Columbus has been denounced as an elaborate 20th century forgery, says The Telegraph ...More from What The Papers Say

    Study: History Still a Mystery to Many US Students. Six in 10 Seniors Lack Basic Knowledge; 4th-, 8th-Graders Post Modest Gains ...More from the Washington Post

    Should History Record the Unvarnished Bush? Editing out bush's bloopers: does sanitizing the president's gaffes from official transcripts alter history? ...More from the Washington Post

    India: National Institute of Oceanography Discovers ancient lost city under the sea. The mysterious settlement Mahabalipuram "sank beneath the waves at least 1,200 years ago" and could predate the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians by thousands of years, reports The Telegraph ...More from What The Papers Say

    A Little Neanderthal in All of Us. A scientist re-analyzes DNA samples and concludes that humans interbred with other populations hundreds of thousands of years ago ...More from Wired News

    Scholars Who Dig-itize Gutenberg. In an ambitious project, the US Library of Congress is digitizing its perfect rendition of the Gutenberg Bible. These high-resolution images could reveal more about Gutenberg's invention of moveable type ...More from Wired News

    Elgin marbles 'will never leave London'. Robert Anderson, the British Museum's director, has ruled out any possibility of the Elgin Marbles being returned to Greece ...More from the Times

    George W Bush urged to study history by top adviser. A man who has always preferred "baseball stadiums to libraries," says The Telegraph, "is being encouraged by a senior aide to read history books and consider how his predecessors handled the challenges of war" ...More from What The Papers Say

    Volatile markets were also a thing of the past. The trading markets of ancient Babylon are believed to have been as unstable as our own. Prices of agricultural goods there changed a lot and the death of Alexander the Great led to 20 years of economic instability. Historians made the discovery by studying 3,000 clay tablets which noted the price of foods and materials ...More from Ananova

    Millions are ensnared by Net of 1901. The minutiae of life in 1901 proved a greater draw than Madonna or the events of September 11 2001, as 20 million people tried to log on to a new census website ...More from the Times

    Antarctic History Frozen in Time. Hundred-year-old cheese and other artifacts from Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition remain in their Antarctic hut. A New Zealand trust is trying hard to preserve it all. Kim Griggs reports from Ross Island, Antarctica ...More from Wired News

    Napoleon's poisonous wallpaper auctioned off. Fragments of wallpaper which could have helped killed Napoleon have been sold at auction. The wallpaper contained a cheap colour pigment which turned into arsenic in damp conditions ...More from Ananova

    Mata Hari was innocent, says historian. "A former member of the French Resistance during the Second World War yesterday called for the case of Mata Hari to be re-opened," says The Telegraph, "83 years after the dancer and femme fatale of the First World War was shot as a spy" ...More from What The Papers Say

    History 'not up to date enough'. An historian says the present military conflict shows that school pupils need to know more about modern world history ...More from the BBC

    Black Death's Gene Code Cracked. Scientists decode the genome of the bubonic plague bacterium, paving the way for development of vaccine and treatments for the disease it causes ...More from Wired News

    Beetles, worms and lice are destroying historic manuscripts, claims British Library. Moths have eaten textiles, reports BBC Online, "while silverfish, along with booklice, have devoured a number of 19th-century watercolours. The gelatine on a collection of 100-year-old photographs proved so tasty that silverfish ate the entire archive, leaving behind just the bare paper" ...More from What The Papers Say

    Database to chart history of Black and Asian London. The British Library is to build a website charting 465 years of Black and Asian history in London. The plan is to establish a website culling records from a number of different sources, including the British Library and India office ...More from Ananova

    300 years of government documents posted online. An online archive of government documents dating back three centuries has been launched. The British Library-backed service will make over 23,000 official records freely available. Surfers will be able to view the full text of historic entries dating back to 1689's Declaration of Rights ...More from Ananova

    Famous Photos Frozen Forever. Talk about creepy. Bill Gates' minions are currently laying the floor for a 10,000 square foot, tomblike facility in rural Pennsylvania to preserve, in part, an image of Albert Einstein's tongue ...More from Wired News

    Spies used itching powder to fight the Nazis. British agents during the Second World War used itching powder to fight the Nazis. The joke shop powder favoured by schoolboys was a weapon available to British spies, according to secret war time documents. Secret agents asked for the powder, one of a number of "special devices", to spread on enemies clothing, bedding and even contraceptives ...More from Ananova

    Researchers Lift Obelisk With Kite to Test Theory on Ancient Pyramids. When people think about the building of the Egyptian pyramids, they probably have a mental image of thousands of slaves laboriously rolling massive stone blocks into place with logs and levers. But one Caltech aeronautics professor has set out to demonstrate that the task could have been accomplished by several people using a kite to move the heavy stones ...More from National Geographic

    Auctioneers put Napoleon Bonaparte's coffin under the hammer. "The rare relics were seized as souvenirs by a British soldier in 1840," says The Mirror, "on the remote South Atlantic island of St Helena where Napoleon died in exile" ...More from What The Papers Say

    Watching history go up in flames - "Pearl Harbor film a crude travesty of the actual events". John Updike wrote: "America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy." No matter what history says, America, in the end, always turns out to be a republic of smiles, and Hollywood seldom shirks its responsibility to confirm that the sun shines more strongly in America than it does anywhere else ...More from the Telegraph and Official Pearl Harbor film web-site

    Descendants want justice for Salem's witches. Politicians in Massachusetts are being pressed officially to exonerate five women who were hanged for witchcraft in the late 17th century ...More from the Times

    Palace find shows Jason in new light. A team of Greek archaeologists say that they may have discovered the remains of the ancient city of Iolcus, from which the mythical character Jason set out in search of the Golden Fleece ...More from the Times

    Founding fathers. Less than 50 people founded the entire population of Europe, according to a new way of reading history from the genome ...More from the New Scientist

    Big freeze drove the Vikings out of Greenland. Scientists believe that they have discovered what drove the Norsemen away: the toughest travellers in history simply could not stand the weather any more ...More from the Times

    Is U.S. History Becoming History? Government is increasingly conducted on the computer, but there's no plan to preserve the history made on a computer. While the National Archive struggles to catch up with the times, historians fear valuable records are being lost ...More from Wired News

    Oh Maya, What a Trip. Schoolchildren from around the world take a virtual journey to Mayan ruins over the Web... More from Wired News USA

    1066 and all that ignorance of history. Many UK secondary school pupils thought Oliver Cromwell fought at the Battle of Hastings, according to a survey... More from the Times

    Educational Institutions to Launch e-Library. Six of the world's leading educational institutions have announced plans to create a global public library on the web offering access to material ranging from the Magna Carta, archive interviews with Frank Lloyd Wright, and an interactive tour of Amiens Cathedral... More from The Financial Times

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