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A Brief History On January 3, 2009, the Genesis block, the first of the blockchains, of the crypto-currency known as Bitcoin was first established online by creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, an alias for an unknown person or persons.  The form of “currency” invented by Nakamoto (or whatever) does not entail any tangible coins or paper money and is purely theoretical online tradable currency.  A decentralized payment system, Bitcoin allows financial transactions of many types to be conducted without the oversight or vagaries of governments or a central bank. Digging Deeper A crypto-currency is a system that uses digital data as a…

A Brief History On January 2, 533, Mercurius, son of Projectus, a Roman priest was elected Pope by the Catholic Church.  Mercurius, his name being derived from the pagan Roman messenger god, Mercury, thought his own name was inappropriate for one who would lead the Christian Church and decided to take another name instead of his own.  His chosen name under which to serve as Pope of the Catholic Church was John, and he became Pope John II.  The “John” he named himself after was not Saint John the Apostle, nor Saint John the Baptist, but instead was taken after…

A Brief History On January 1, 2019, History and Headlines presents some fake news stories you will probably not see or hear in 2019, but then again you never know.  On January 1, 2017, we reported about false news stories that really were run in the media during 2016.  This year, we make up our own fake news stories for your amusement.  Remember, these are not predictions or wishes on our part, even if some of them may seem to be.  Of course, no matter how improbable, some of these fake news stories might become real news stories, and if…

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 28, 1943, the Soviet secret police, NKVD, under the direction of its commander Lavrentiy Beria, began a 3 day operation called Operation Ulusy to forcibly remove 93,139 people of the Kalmyk nationality to forced labor camps in the remote areas of Siberia.  The Soviets had accused the Kalmyks of being pro-German and anti-Soviet, even though 23,540 Kalmyks were serving in the Red Army against the Germans and only 5000 Kalmyks had sided with the Germans, forming the Kalmykian Cavalry Corps.  Soviet officials, ever paranoid and seeing sedition under every rock, overreacted to the Kalmyk nationalist…

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