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Alternate Histories: 7 More Ways the World Could Be Completely Different

We covered some of the many alternate histories out there. Here are seven more intriguing ways the world could be completely different. 1. What if the Romans won the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest? Effect: No one would speak English. Explanation: In What If? (1999), edited by Robert Cowley, historians pondered what would happen if historical events had [...]

10 Spies You Probably Haven’t Heard About

Sure the names of most spies aren’t common knowledge, but History has a fascinating list of spies whose names you don’t recognize, but probably should learn. Nancy Wake, at left, leads off the list for her daring exploits in WWII. Until she developed a reputation as the elusive “White Mouse,” as her enemies dubbed her, [...]

The Old-fashioned "Homepage"

In the days before the internet (actually 1912-1963), Bostonians could get news headlines at a glance by dropping by the storefront office of The Boston Globe. Handwritten signs and blackboards had the top stories, breaking news, and even sports stats in big print as fast as they were available. And of course, if you wanted [...]

The Late Movies: Lego Battles

Some like to reenact battles from history in their spare time. Others do it on YouTube, using Lego Minifigs. Stop-motion Lego movies are a wonderful way for students to understand and illustrate scenes from history -including war. 1814 The Battle of New Orleans Narrated by the late great Johnny Horton. I found this wonderful Lego film through [...]

6 Famous Veterans

Here’s a TV-Holic tribute to some familiar faces who served their country. Happy Veterans Day to all our men and women in uniform, then and now! 1. Bill Cosby Cosby Show fans will see a lot of Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable in Bill Cosby’s biography. In 1956, Cosby dropped out of high school and joined the Navy. While [...]