Browsing: Religion

A  Brief History On May 13, 1998, Jakarta (or Djakarta) Indonesia experienced race riots directed against the ethnic Chinese minority. These Indonesians of Chinese descent owned many of the shops and stores, creating jealousy and ill will, resulting in looting and rape. Many countries have minorities that are discriminated against, either officially by law or by common practice. Here in the US we are most familiar with discrimination against African-Americans, but here and around the world there is much more than that. Here are 10 examples of minority groups struggling against such oppression. What groups would you add to this…

A Brief History History’s worst war and its associated genocide is an dark chapter in human history overflowing with bizarre episodes.  This article presents a timeline of the most notable such incidents, some depressing and others inspiring! Origins of World War II On August 22, 1902, Helene “Leni” Riefenstahl was born in Southern Bavaria in Germany.  Thirty years later she would meet Adolf Hitler, the man who helped her become the greatest female filmmaker of the 20th century, but that association would nearly destroy her as well. On August 8, 1918, the Allied offensive known as the “Hundred Days Offensive” began with…

A Brief History On March 7, 1274, Saint Thomas Aquinas died having not completed his masterpiece, the Summa Theologiæ, in which he defines evil as the absence or privation of good.  Tragically, numerous men and women have walked our Earth demonstrating few if any “good” qualities.  This article lists these most evil examples of humans in chronological order by their dates of birth. A few quick things to keep in mind before reading this list:  First, this article is a work in progress in that it only links to people featured in greater detail in existing articles on History and…

A Brief History On February 14, 1349, the city of Strasbourg, France was the scene of a St. Valentine’s Day massacre 150 times worse than the more famous Chicago incident! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find Strasbourg at the time an independent Imperial City located in the region now known as Alsace on the French-German border. Lest you think anti-Semitism was something invented by the Nazi’s in World War II, pogroms against people practicing the Jewish faith go back a long time, even before the earliest settlement of Strasbourg in 12 B.C. In 1349, only a year after an epidemic of…

A Brief History As you may have read earlier on our site today, on February 14, 269, Saint Valentine reportedly experienced martyrdom.   He is but one of numerous saints whose lives and/or deaths can be considered unusual or “cracked”.  Traditionally, Christians commemorate the saints with what is generally known as a Calendar of Saints, marking the various feast days of saints.  We shall do similarly by providing our own Calendar of Saints featured on History and Headlines.  Whether you are a Christian or not, the stories of these individuals are nevertheless quite fascinating!  And yes, we are posting two Saint…

1 44 45 46 47 48 50