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"Auschwitz-Birkenau, then and now" (via BBC) The juxtaposition of images is chilling

In pictures: Auschwitz-Birkenau, then and now

A new publication by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland combines photographs taken in the death camp during World War II alongside pictures of the same location today.

Meet Caroline Norton. If you have gone through a divorce and had someone advocate for your rights, you have her to thank for it. In the mid 1800's Caroline was in a loveless marriage to a man who beat her savagely. On several occasions she was thrown out of her own home, and forbidden access to her children. In those days, married women were put into the same category as "lunatics, idiots, outlaws and children". Their rights were in the hands of others. Caroline petitioned...

The wife who changed history - by asking for the first divorce

Viciously beaten by her aristocrat husband. Thrown out of her home. Banned from seeing her own children. Caroline Norton paid a terrible price for an unwise marriage. Yet her courage in daring to seek a divorce 150 years ago unleashed a social revolution that was to change Britain for better... and for worse

100-Year-Old Photos of Destitute East End Children. Taken by Horace Warner in 1912 in Spitalfields England.

Amazing Vintage Photographs of Destitute East End Children From 100 Years Ago

Taken by Horace Warner in 1912 in Spitalfields England.

Children pretend to be nurses in the ruins of a bombed London, WWII. BBC

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Children pretend to be nurses in the ruins of a bombed London, WWII. BBC

The biggest survey of Native American DNA has concluded that the New World was settled in three major waves. There are at least three deep lineages in Native American populations.

Americas 'settled in three waves'

The biggest survey of Native American DNA has concluded that the New World was settled in three major waves.

The man who saved the world... 50 years ago, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasilli Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 refused to agree with his Captain's order to launch nuclear torpedos against US warships and setting off what might well have been a terminal superpower nuclear war. His story is finally being told - the BBC is airing a documentary on it...to see documentary

The Man Who Saved the World (2014) - IMDb

Few people know of him... Yet hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him. The actions of Stanislav Petrov, a retired Soviet military officer, prevented the start of a worldwide... See full summary »

Keshia Thomas, then 18, protecting a man dressed in confederate flag at an anti klan protest. One of the more inspiring images I've ever seen.

The teenager who saved a man with an SS tattoo

In 1996, a black teenager protected a white man from an angry mob who thought he supported the racist Ku Klux Klan. The young woman's bravery is still inspiring people today.

anne of cleves scan March 2014 issue of BBC History

anne of cleves scan March 2014 issue of BBC History

Stylised map of the British Isles after the Anglo-Saxon conquest. Green = Gaelic territories. Yellow = Pict territories. Red = Brythonic Celt (British) territories Brown = Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms

King George VI and his wife in 1940 with Winston Churchill, who ordered the BBC to cut stammers and pauses out of the monarch's speeches because the king suffered from stuttering.

Revealed: How Churchill ordered BBC to remove King George VI's stutters in recorded wartime speeches

The story adds to the intrigue surrounding the Oscar-nominated film The King's Speech, which features Colin Firth’s portrayal of the monarch battling his impediment.

itsjohnsen: Cheers in London as the war in Europe comes to an end. VE Day, May 8, 1945. BBC

She Devoured Men The Way She Devoured Cigarettes

itsjohnsen: “ Cheers in London as the war in Europe comes to an end. VE Day, May 8, 1945. BBC ”

Queen Mary I and her half-sister and successor, Queen Elizabeth I; daughter of Anne Boleyn.

Queen Mary I and her half-sister and successor, Queen Elizabeth I; daughter of Anne Boleyn.

Provocative two-part documentary in which Dan Snow blows the lid on the traditional Anglo-centric view of history and reveals (in part 2 of 2) how the Irish saved Britain from cultural oblivion during the Dark Ages of 400-800AD. Travelling back in time to some of the remotest corners of the British Isles.

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Promiscuous: Henry and his queen, as portrayed in BBC TV series, The Tudors

Anne Boleyn DID have an affair with her brother: The poem that 'proves' the adultery of Henry VIII's queen

Professor George Bernard, an authority on the Tudor period, says a French poem - written a few days after Anne was beheaded in 1536 - reveals the truth about her bedroom secrets.