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A Brief History On December 30, 2018, we at History and Headlines take a moment to remember some of the notable people that died this year.  (Yes, we know there is an entire day left in the year, so we will update the article to include any last minute deaths of note.)  As always, we invite you, the reader, to nominate any other worthy people that died in 2018 that we neglected to mention, especially as we are not trying to name every single person of minimal celebrity that died.  If you choose to mention a person that died, please…

A Brief History On December 16, 1901, British artist and conservationist Beatrix Potter self-published the book that would launch her literary career, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, a book that would sell 45 million copies (Note: Number of copies sold and ranking among various best selling lists vary by source.  The initial success of the book led to it being published by an established publisher a year later.)  Peter Rabbit would end up as perhaps the 10th best selling Children’s Book of all time, and around the 35th best selling book of any type in history.  Ah, but Potter was…

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.)  See our previous article,  “The Real Moby…

A Brief History On November 8, 1901, people once again proved that human beings are willing to riot over just about anything.  This time it happened in Greece and was precipitated by the publication of the Gospel of Matthew in a translation from Latin into the modern Greek vernacular (demotic Greek).  Known as “Black Thursday,” November 8, 1901 was the climax of the Gospel Riots and 8 of the rioters were killed.  (We have previously published numerous articles about riots, so if you are interested in checking out some of these ridiculous and sometimes deadly events, please use the search…

A Brief History On October 4, 2018, we are still recovering from the eye-candy comic book film fest that is Venom, the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  We went to review the film with reservations based on rumbles of previous reviewers having expressed less than glowing tales of the film.  We heard that 30 minutes or more had been cut from the final print, leaving a choppy and disjointed movie.  NOT TRUE!  Venom flows logically and seamlessly and features Tom Hardy, one of our favorite actors of today.  Plenty of eye candy comic book like special effects and…

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