A Brief History On November 14, 1851, author Herman Melville published his greatest book, Moby-Dick (or The Whale).  Certainly the best known novel concerning whales or a whale, Moby-Dick has not only stood the test of time as a novel, but has also generated several movies and provided numerous cultural references.  The first line of Moby-Dick, “Call me Ishmael” is one of the best known opening lines of any novel.  Today we explore 4 of the Greatest Stories about Whales.  What stories would you add to the list?  (Either real life or fiction.) Questions for Students (and others): What whale…

A Brief History On November 13, 1901, a British lifeboat crew answered the distress flares of a small ship in peril off the coast of Norfolk, England, only to suffer terrible hardships in attempting to launch their lifeboat from shore to go to the sailors in peril.  So hazardous were the conditions, that the lifeboat ended up being turned over on top of the crewmen, causing 9 of the heroic rescuers to drown.  Cases in which rescuers end up being killed or severely injured themselves are not at all rare, and today we will discuss a few such cases. Digging…

A Brief History On November 11, 1918, a full century ago, an armistice took effect ending the fighting of World War I.  Later, a peace treaty would be signed officially ending the war, but neither the Armistice nor the Treaty of Versailles could end the suffering generated by World War I nor could they prevent the even bigger World War (II) that would follow.  Today we take a look at the costs of The Great War 100 years after the fighting (supposedly) ended. Digging Deeper The first line on the account of the cost of World War I is one…

A Brief History On November 10, 1580, another chapter in the long, sorry story of the troubled relationship between the English and the Irish was written when the English Army finished a 3 day siege of Dún an Óir (Fort of Gold) at Ard na Caithne, Ireland, by beheading 600 of the defenders, including members of a Papal army contingent, just one of a long history of atrocities committed by both sides.  The Irish and their allies (including Spanish and Italians, as well as some Catholic Englishmen) were fighting for the Catholic Church with the blessings of the Pope against…

A Brief History Drama television series fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Project Blue Book on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM at AMC Westwood Town Center 6 in Rocky River, Ohio!  For your chance to get a pass, please log on to http://www.gofobo.com/PBB2JCU.  This pass is valid for up to two seats.  Seating is first-come, first-served and is not guaranteed.  You must be with your guest to enter.  Saving seats for other parties is prohibited. Digging Deeper   Executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe® winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Contact),…

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