Sean's Blog

Thoughts on history and culture.

"Those who hate you don't win": thoughts on Nixon's resignation.

Today (August 9) is a historical anniversary that, while I'm sure won't go un-noticed, may well go unappreciated. Forty-six years ago today, on August 9, 1974, Richard M. Nixon resigned as...

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Hiroshima at the dinner table: what the atom bomb "debate" misses.

Seventy-five years ago today, on August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first atom bomb used in combat on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, in one of the most consequential acts in recent...

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The war that began our descent: The 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Thirty years ago today, on August 2, 1990, military units of Iraq's elite Republican Guard crossed the border between that country and its southern neighbor, Kuwait, in an audacious invasion...

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Sweltering in the Old World: The European heat wave of 2003.

On August 10, 2003, a thermometer in Faversham, Kent, in England, registered 101.3° F (38.5° C), the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK until it was finally exceeded on July 25,...

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The year climate change came to Norway: The great drought of 1947.

This article was inspired and informed by a paper given by Magnus Vollset at the International History of Meteorology Conference in Bergen, Norway in November 2014. The words are mine, but most of...

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Disappeared: The Women of Tensegrity, missing since 1998.

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In the spring of 1998, shortly after the death of New Age writer and philosopher Carlos Castaneda, five women closely connected with Castaneda...

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Civilizers or conquerors? The first missionaries to Hawaii.

The rather dour-looking faces you see at the top of this article are regarded in many ways as the "pioneers" of Hawaii. They were among the very first Europeans (or people of European stock) to...

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Pan-American World Airways: the rise and fall of a 20th century cultural icon.

Seventy-three years ago, on January 6, 1947, Pan-American World Airways offered its very first around-the-world airline ticket. In that heady time just after World War II you could fly on a...

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"The Man Who Saw Tomorrow": the movie that ruined Nostradamus.

Have you heard of a "seer" or "prophet" named Nostradamus? Chances are pretty good that you have. What do you know about him? If you're like most people, probably not much more than this: he lived...

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Disappeared: Malcolm "Mac" Graham, and the "Palmyra Curse."

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Forty-five years ago today, on August 30, 1974, at least one and probably two grisly murders occurred in one of the most faraway locales on...

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