Jonestown: Mass Suicide Nov 18, 1978

On November 18, 1978, Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones instructed all members living in the Jonestown, Guyana compound to commit an act of "revolutionary suicide," by drinking poisoned punch. In all, 918 people died that day, nearly a third of whom were children. The Jonestown Massacre was the most deadly single non-natural disaster in U.S. history until September 11, 2001. The Jonestown Massacre also remains the only time in [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:26:23+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , |0 Comments

Coffee and History: The Magical Fruit

The origin of coffee has been shrouded in numerous myths for centuries but has its roots in the Middle East. One story tells of an Abyssinian, currently Ethiopia, a goat herder named Kaldi who after stepping out into his field was shocked to see his goats missing. In the search for his missing goats, he went out to the forest only to find them gathered around a coffee tree [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:53:13+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: |0 Comments

Pomona, Namibia: Diamond Ghost Town

Pomona is a ghost town in southern Namibia south of Lüderitz on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is about 15 km south of Elizabeth Bay, Namibia, in an area called Sperrgebiet, a diamond mining zone with restricted access. Around 1910, at the time of the diamond rush in German South West Africa, diamonds in the Pomona area were so plentiful that they could be picked up from [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:16:34+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ebola Virus: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a rare and often-fatal infection caused by one of the five strains of the Ebola virus. Ebola Virus Disease first appeared in 1976 in a simultaneous outbreak in the areas that are now Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since then, there have been sporadic outbreaks in Africa. Worldwide, there have been 28,639 cases of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:07:05+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War II: Operation Battleaxe 1941

On 28 May 1941, Operation Battleaxe Began, British Commander-in-Chief of the Middle East General Archibald Wavell, pressured by Prime Minister Winston Churchill to launch an offensive to weaken the German siege on Tobruk in Libya. The plan called for a three-stage attack: The first stage called for a three-column advance to defeat the Axis forces in the Halfaya Pass, Sollum, Fort Capuzzo, and Sidi Aziz; the second stage called [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:47:00+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Anglo-Zulu War: Battle of Isandlwana 1879

In December 1878, following the death of several British citizens at the hands of the Zulus, authorities in the South African province of Natal issued an ultimatum to the Zulu king Cetshwayo demanding that the perpetrators be turned over for trial. This request was refused and the British began preparations to cross the Tugela River and invade Zululand. Led by Lord Chelmsford, British forces advanced in three columns with [...]

By | 2017-10-30T14:01:06+00:00 January 21st, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, War of the Colonies|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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