Browsing: April

A Brief History On April 12, 2009, the East African nation of Zimbabwe gave up entirely on its troubled currency, the Zimbabwean Dollar, using various foreign currencies in place of the worthless national money.  Many countries have come and gone, and their forms of currency with them, while other nations have changed their national currency for a variety of reasons.  Today we take a look at some of the interesting monetary changes that have occurred in recent history.  What currency would you add to this list? Digging Deeper Zimbabwean Dollar replaced with Real Time Gross Settlement Zimbabwe Dollar (2019) Africa…

A Brief History On Thursday, April 29, 2021, Amazon Studios will have a virtual screening of Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse at 7:00PM.  For a chance to receive one of a limited number of virtual screening codes, please send an email to admin@historyandheadlines.com with the subject of “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse movie pass” as well as a screenshot included with your email showing that you are subscribed to our YouTube channel.  The five recipients of the codes will be determined in the order emails for this opportunity are received and if the above instructions were followed correctly.  The five recipients of the codes will…

A Brief History On April 5, 2010, the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia suffered a collapse, killing 29 of the 31 men working at the site.  The tragedy was the worst US mine disaster since 1970, and resulted in the Massey Energy Company being issued 369 citations for failing to follow proper mine safety laws. Digging Deeper Coal mining is hard, dirty work, and the miners are always at risk for catastrophic accidents and cave ins, especially when safety regulations are not followed exactly.  Even without spectacular accidents, the long term effects of coal dust in the…

A Brief History On this April Fool’s Day, we not only wish you a happy April 1st, but to dispel some historical and current event misconceptions, we also want to share with you three strange events that actually happened in the history of the southernmost continent, Antarctica.  Again, we want to be explicitly clear that what follows are NOT jokes.  These events actually happened! Digging Deeper 1. The Nazis Attempted to Create a Colony There Yes, those guys!  The Third Reich, enemies of Indiana Jones and Captain America… In 1939, Germany sent an expedition to explore a chunk of Antarctica…

A Brief History On April 30, 1993, tennis star Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a “fan” obsessed with rival women’s tennis star Stefi Graf.  Seles was absent from pro tennis for 2 years after the attack, and despite being only 20 years old at the time of the attack never regained her championship form (formerly #1 in the world).  We used this horrible incident to start our article “10 Bizarre Injuries to Athletes” back in 2014, and today we take a look at another 10 such bizarre injuries to athletes. Digging Deeper 1. Kirby Puckett, Baseball. In…

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