History


On This Day: Communist North Korea Slaughters American POWs in the Bloody Gulch Massacre

On Aug 12, 1950, elements of the 13th Regiment of the North Korean People’s Army slaughtered seventy-five United States Army POWs captured during the Battle of Pusan Perimeter.  The murdered American POWs consisted of men from artillery battalions of the US Army’s 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions. In an area west of Masan, South Korea,Continue reading “On This Day: Communist North Korea Slaughters American POWs in the Bloody Gulch Massacre”

On This Day: Famed German Artist Friedrich Georg Weitsch Was Born

Born Aug 8, 1758 into a family of well known artists, Friedrich Georg Weitsch would eventually rise to the top of his field when he was appointed a Royal Court Painter to Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick. Weitsch began his studies under his father, well known German artist Pascha Johann Friedrich Weitsch, and byContinue reading “On This Day: Famed German Artist Friedrich Georg Weitsch Was Born”

Library of Congress Acquires Original Artwork of Vera B. Williams

by The Thornical Press Staff The Library of Congress announced that it has acquired fifty-eight original watercolor illustrations painted by famed author Vera B. Williams for her children’s books, A Chair for Always and Cherries and Cherry Pits. According to LOC, the artwork was acquired from Williams’ children on behalf of the Vera B. WilliamsContinue reading “Library of Congress Acquires Original Artwork of Vera B. Williams”

On This Day: IBM Releases The Harvard Mark I

On Aug 7, 1944, IBM released the Harvard Mark I, also known as the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, which was one of the first mechanical operating machines capable of executing complex computations automatically. Developed by Dr. Howard Aiken of Harvard University and manufactured at IBM’s New York Endicott plant, the Mark I stood 8 feetContinue reading “On This Day: IBM Releases The Harvard Mark I”

On This Day: Warner Bros.’ Vitaphone Ushers In The Era Of Talkies

It’s Thursday night, Aug 6, 1926, and you’re standing in line at Warners’ Theatre in New York City waiting to see the premier of the highly hyped film Don Jaun starring John Barrymore and Warner Bros.’ new star, the Vitaphone sound film system. Vitaphone, developed by Western Electric in the 1920s and acquired by WarnerContinue reading “On This Day: Warner Bros.’ Vitaphone Ushers In The Era Of Talkies”

On This Day: The Bloody Naval Battle of Dogger Bank Occurs In 1781

As the American Revolution raged in North America in 1781, the British and Dutch Republic found themselves battling it out on the North Sea during the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War in the Battle of Dogger Bank.   In the predawn hours of Aug 5, British Vice Admiral Sir Hyde Parker spotted sails of a Dutch convoy onContinue reading “On This Day: The Bloody Naval Battle of Dogger Bank Occurs In 1781”

On This Day: Einstein–Szilard Letter Gives Birth To The Manhattan Project

On Aug 2, 1939, a letter written by physicist Leo Szilard and signed by famed physicist Albert Einstein was sent to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in which they warned of possible German development of atomic weapons.  In the letter, Szilard and Einstein urged Roosevelt to initiate a nuclear program in the United States.  As theContinue reading “On This Day: Einstein–Szilard Letter Gives Birth To The Manhattan Project”