Nov
10
2011
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What's the difference between white poppies and red poppies for rememberance?

poppies-white-redEvery November in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, many people wear an artificial poppy flower. In a few countries, it’s April or May instead of November. Sometimes the poppy is white, but usually it’s red. What’s the difference? The red poppy is sold in the UK by the Royal British Legion, and in other countries [more...]

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Nov
05
2010
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Where Can I Find WWI Enlistment Records?

World War I soldiers at Camp Meade, MarylandI have good news and bad news. There are millions of records of World War I soldiers available on the internet…enlistment records, unit musters and roll calls, reports of actions, lists of wounded and dead, commendations and much more. That’s the good news. The bad news is that WWI military information is scattered all over the danged place [more...]

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Jun
17
2010
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What were Australians debating during the early 1940s?

world-war-ii-marchThe Mosman Debating Society debates of the early 1940s started with topics related to World War II: That the centre of the British Empire should be transferred to Australia That Britain should bomb Germany That women like war That Australia is capable of defending itself unaided All of those took place in 1940. After that, [more...]

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May
08
2009
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Which are the most peaceful countries?

Photo by thegoinggreenboutique - CC-BYIt’s obvious that some countries are much more peaceful than others, but is there a way to measure peace? The Global Peace Index aims to do just that, and they publish their rankings. The ten most peaceful countries (in 2008) won’t surprise you: Iceland, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, Japan, Ireland, Portugal, Finland, Luxembourg and Austria. [more...]

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Feb
08
2009
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What’s the War of Jenkins’ Ear and why is it celebrated at Wormsloe?

Wormsloe fort ruins (photo by Brian Stansberry - CC-BY)Cutting off an ear doesn’t happen so much nowadays, but it was a great way to make a statement in bygone centuries. Poor Robert Jenkins had his ear sliced off by the Spanish, in an incident that ultimately triggered a war. In the 1730s, the Spanish controlled Florida and pretty much all of the lands [more...]

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