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June 7, 1848: Paul Gauguin is born. This colorful (with regards...

Tahitian Women on the Beach, 1891. The Painter of Sunflowers, 1888. Self-Portrait, 1885. Les Alyscamps, 1888. The Swineherd, Brittany, 1888. Self-Portrait (Les Miserables), 1888. Tehamana Has Many...

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It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking...

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. June 8, 1949: Nineteen Eighty-Four is published. George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel was the product of his abhorrence of...

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Schiclegruber Doing the Lambeth Walk or A British Government...

Schiclegruber Doing the Lambeth Walk or A British Government Official Trolls Nazis with a 1940s-style Mash-up. In 1942, Charles A. Ridley of the British Ministry of Information created a short...

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June 10, 1819: Gustave Courbet is born. Beauty, like truth, is...

Man with a Pipe, 1848-1849. Man with Leather Belt, 1845-1846. The Desperate Man, 1844-1845. The Wounded Man, 1854. The Cellist, 1847.June 10, 1819: Gustave Courbet is born. Beauty, like truth, is...

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How to Spot a Communist In recognizing a communist, physical...

How to Spot a Communist In recognizing a communist, physical appearance counts for nothing. If he openly declares himself a communist, we take his word for it. 

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June 11, 1864: Richard Strauss is born. … my principle is...

June 11, 1864: Richard Strauss is born. … my principle is simply that you should let deeds and works speak for you, not words.

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how would you describe your political views?

Um, I don’t know how I would describe my own political views, but according to that political compass website… I’m not a political person at all, though, so please don’t read too much into that. This...

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World War II-Era Kodachromes These images are stunning. Not only...

World War II-Era Kodachromes These images are stunning. Not only do they showcase a few of the millions of “Rosie the Riveters” who worked in the defense industry during this time, but they do so in...

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June 12, 1967: The Supreme Court declares anti-miscegenation...

June 12, 1967: The Supreme Court declares anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional.  For forty-three years prior to this landmark civil rights case, Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act made marriage...

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June 12, 1890: Egon Schiele is born. I must see new things...

Self-Portrait with Hands on Chest, 1910. Portrait of Gerti Schiele, 1909. Man with a Floppy Hat, 1910. Death and the Maiden, 1915. Self-Portrait, 1911. Woman's Back. Portrait of Arthur Roessler, 1910....

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June 13, 1934: Hitler and Mussolini meet in Venice for the first...

June 13, 1934: Hitler and Mussolini meet in Venice for the first time. The first meeting between Europe’s two new fascist leaders was not successful and, in retrospect, a little amusing. Mussolini had...

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June 14, 1777: The United States adopts the “Stars and...

Washington crosses the Delaware, 1776. The flag over Ft. McHenry, 1814. Lincoln and McClellan, 1862. TR and the Rough Riders, 1898. The Pledge of Allegiance (Lange), 1940s. Raising the Flag on Iwo...

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Spacesuits in Film (and Television):  1950-2012.

Destination Moon (1950). The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Star Trek (1968). 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Alien (1979), badass Ripley style. Alien (1979) Star Trek: First Contact (1996). Star...

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Hey, I just wanted to say that I just found your blog and I love it! You seem...

Thanks so much! :D (And I really love your avatar. And your background. And your Bob Dylan tag.)

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Sorry, should have specified! I was thinking 19th-20th centuries - something...

Ohh, I get you. Yeah, I don’t know a lot of text-based history blogs centered around that time period, unfortunately… Actually, I’ve been looking for more blogs like this (versus the photograph-heavy...

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Not a blog, but anyone looking to understand current events should read Paris...

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June 22, 1964: Dan Brown is born. Dan Brown’s thriller...

June 22, 1964: Dan Brown is born. Dan Brown’s thriller novels, the most famous of which is probably The Da Vinci Code, are entertaining for what they should be read as - which is light airport fiction....

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June 22, 1941: The German invasion of the Soviet Union...

German infantrymen, July 1941. Red Army machine gunners, 1941.June 22, 1941: The German invasion of the Soviet Union begins. Since the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Nazi Germany and...

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Love your blog! I love history and your awesome posts give me my history fix...

Thanks! I’m glad that you guys enjoy this blog. But yeah, on Dan Brown - I mean, I don’t hate his books or anything, because they’re very entertaining, but here’s an actual (paraphrased) statement I...

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June 23, 1982: Vincent Chin dies. On June 19, thirty years ago,...

June 23, 1982: Vincent Chin dies. On June 19, thirty years ago, a Chinese-American man named Vincent Chin was confronted by two white autoworkers in a strip club (where Chin was celebrating his...

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