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The Siege of Nürnberg was a battle campaign that took place in 1632 about the Imperial City of Nuremberg during the Thirty Years' War. Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, rather than engage the larger forces of Albrecht von Wallenstein, retreated into the city. Wallenstein immediately laid siege, an action that soon proved difficult for both sides. Despite Gustavus's efforts to...

"Little Boy" bomb dropped on Hiroshima, made with uranium-235 from Oak RidgeIn 1943, after graduating from Washington and Lee University, Bill Wilcox landed a coveted job as a government chemist and was sent to a city that didn’t exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee, then known only as the Clinton Engineering Works, was conspicuously absent from any map. On...

25 years ago, the crew of the Andrea Gail was lost in the perfect storm. Gloucester's Andrea Gail, whose crew was lost at sea during the perfect storm in 1991 nor'easter, is remembered nationally through print and film, and personally in the seaside community. At the heart of Gloucester, America’s oldest seaport, visitors will find an eight-foot-tall...

The Great Chilean Earthquake of 1960, the largest earthquake recorded in the 20th century. Originating off the coast of southern Chile on May 22, 1960. The temblor caused substantial damage and loss of life both in that country and—as a result of the tsunamis that it generated—in distant Pacific coastal areas. The Great Chilean Earthquake hit at 7:11...

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