Browsing: June 10

A Brief History On June 10, 1190, during the Third Crusade, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa (r. 1155-1190) drowned in the river Saleph while leading an army to Jerusalem. Digging Deeper Frederick I Barbarossa (“red beard”) is generally considered one of Medieval Europe’s greatest emperors.  He had a long reign as not only Holy Roman Emperor but also as King of Italy, King of Germany (King of the Romans), and King of Burgundy, ruling some of these realms from 1152 until his death in 1190, or nearly forty years! He accomplished much while emperor of a large portion of central…

A Brief History On June 10, 1942, and again on June 10, 1944, the German army committed atrocities in Czechoslovakia (Lidice), France (Oradour-sur-Glane), and Greece (Distomo, Boeotia) in separate incidents.  Slaughtering or massacring innocent civilians or prisoners of war was a sadly not uncommon practice of one of history’s most brutal regimes.  Here we list 10 such examples of how rotten the Nazis really were, and thus why there should be no romanticizing about their “glory days.”  Indeed, with good reason, multiple Nazis appear on the list of most evil people in history due to their many atrocities.  Most of…

A Brief History On June 10, 1990, in an incredible tale of survival and an equally improbable freak accident, a British Airways pilot was sucked out of the windscreen of his jetliner and lived to tell about it. Digging Deeper Flight 5390 from Birmingham had taken off and was heading for Malaga, Spain (a beautiful resort town on the Spanish Costa del Sol) when the unthinkable happened.  Without warning, the left panel of the windscreen blew off the plane and the captain was suddenly sucked out through the missing panel. Captain Lancaster had taken the jet to over 17,000 feet…

A Brief History Based on the British equivalent of the real life Amityville Horror referred to as the Enfield Poltergeist,  the major motion picture The Conjuring 2 is set to open on Friday, June 10, 2016. Digging Deeper Having seen an advance screening (“screaming?”) of the film, we can assure ghost movie buffs of a solid treat with high production value. The casting, acting, and special effects are up to high industry standards, and the serious attempt to portray much of what happened during the real events in a run down section of Enfield, England from 1977 to 1979 give…