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Henry Gunther

Henry Nicholas John Gunther (June 6, 1895 – November 11, 1918) was an American soldier and likely the last soldier of any of the belligerents to be killed during World War I. He was killed at 10:59 a.m., about one minute before the Armistice was to take effect at 11:00 a.m.

 

Sorry for the pedantry, but almost for sure not the last. This just doesn't work this way. Humans aren't robots to furiously fight till 11.00 a.m. and happily relax at 11.01 a.m. There surely were skirmishes which lasted some time after the official armistice. If someone just killed your brother in arms and then appearing from the trenches one minute later, you'll likely kill the bastard: "yes, sir, my watch is a little behind..."



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Sorry for the pedantry, but almost for sure not the last. This just doesn't work this way. Humans aren't robots to furiously fight till 11.00 a.m. and happily relax at 11.01 a.m. There surely were skirmishes which lasted some time after the official armistice. If someone just killed your brother in arms and then appearing from the trenches one minute later, you'll likely kill the bastard: "yes, sir, my watch is a little behind..."

Yes, very true. Not all the active troops scattered across the world had actually heard about the Armistice on time. One American general even ordered his commanders to keep fighting beyond the Armistice, and later had to face a Congressional hearing for it. The news of the Armistice also took longer to reach East Africa, and then in Ireland and Russia, new civil wars had erupted which both involved troops from the allied powers.



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Those womens' fashion posts are fascinating, thanks Yuli.

The first interesting trend has to be the Neoclassical trend of the 1800s/early 1810s when ladies decided "What should I be today? How about a Greek nymph."


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Discovered this new subreddit:

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Built in 1504, demolished in 1910. What was the oldest house in Hamburg, Germany. Credit Insta: historyblackandwhite

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Towers of Bologna, Italy. Built in the 12th century. Over time they were demolished and others collapsed. Only 2 remain today. (These are exaggerated artistic renders; the towers weren't actually that high, but they look amazingly modern and the second one genuinely resembles a medieval photograph)

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The late 3rd century Tetrapylon of ancient Palmyra, Syria. Deliberately destroyed by ISIS, 2017.

 

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The bastards


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Coming up to the 10th anniversary of this.

 

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I've been increasingly fascinated by New York City in the 1970s, especially what was once the slummier areas like Hell's Kitchen, Times Square, Bronx, Harlem, and whatnot. It really was an incredibly sleazy time of extreme social class divides. However, these divides weren't as sanitized as they are now.  The streets were barely clean, and the infrastructure was visibly pisspoor; if you look at movies like The Warriors and Taxi Driver, they didn't really have to use any sets because the city was already that crappy. Technology wasn't that great; unlike today when even a prole schlub and a top-tier boogie have the same smartphone and game console and use the same internet, things were quite different back then. VCRs and cable TV were futuristic innovations that only the wealthy could really have; it cost quite a bit of money to have a substantial record or 8-track collection. There weren't quite as many benign distractions to boot. You'd have to buy movie reels to view on a projector before the days of VHS and laser discs and wanted to watch a movie at home. That, or wait for it to air on TV (undoubtedly heavily censored). Otherwise you'd have to wait for a theater to play it again, and if it was something like a grindhouse flick that you could only find in a poor neighborhood, like a B-tier Brucesploitation kung fu movie or erotic Satanic Eurohorror that even the director and actors couldn't remember filming due to the sheer amount of marijuana and LSD, you were just shit out of luck. 

And then there was the sex. Good god, Time Square was apparently ripped straight out of Saints Row back in the '70s because it seemed like every establishment in town was a whorehouse, hot burlesque clubs, dirty theater, or porn shop.

There's a good reason that things like hip hop, disco, punk rock, and heavy metal flourished so heavily here.


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Japan was hitting its peak in the 1980s, on its way to becoming a true economic giant to rival the USA.

 

Then the property bubble burst in the early 90s and the "lost decade" followed. This became the lost 20 years, and arguably the lost 30 years.

 

 



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Imagine how people must have reacted back then, visiting New York and seeing these buildings for the first time.

 

 



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Westminster Abbey, London, during the Tudor era.

 

 

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Asteroid’s 22m-year journey from source to Earth mapped in historic first

Fri 23 Apr 2021 00.16 BST

Astronomers have reconstructed the 22m-year-long voyage of an asteroid that hurtled through the solar system and exploded over Botswana, showering meteorites across the Kalahari desert.

It is the first time scientists have traced showering space rock to its source – in this case Vesta, one of largest bodies in the asteroid belt that circles the sun between Jupiter and Mars.

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Mineralogical analyses of the fragments suggest that the lump of rock that became 2018LA was originally buried deep beneath the surface of Vesta but was flung into space during an impact that left a crater on the asteroid about 22m years ago.

The ejected space rock wandered the solar system, its surface being battered by cosmic rays, until it fell into the gravitational arms of the Earth and plummeted to the ground.

Laboratory tests showed that the oldest grains inside the discovered meteorites dated to 4.56bn years ago, a time when the solar system was still forming from a super-hot disc of interstellar gas and dust. Details are published in Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

https://www.theguard...ourney-to-earth

 

 



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The Guardian’s first ever edition – annotated

Ads on the front page, news on the back, and a frankly unbelievable story about a ghost: the Manchester Guardian’s first edition on 5 May 1821 is full of gems. We unearth them in this annotated version

Wed 5 May 2021 06.00 BST

 

https://www.theguard...ition-annotated

 

 

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A Giant in the year 1905 enjoying a beer in a tavern

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