Dynamic Directory - April 20, 2019

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Pharos Lighthouse at Alexandria
Pharos Lighthouse at Alexandria

One of the wonders of the ancient world, the lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt was located on the island of Pharos.

Captain Kidd - Pirate
Captain Kidd - Pirate

Captain William Kidd was born in Scotland in 1645 and has an interesting story as a sailor, privateer or pirate. Did the courts judge fairly?

Challenger and the Last Crew
Challenger and the Last Crew

This NASA graphic highlights the Space Shuttle Challenger, her last crew, the patches from her numerous missions and a featured spacewalk.

Charles Darwin - Death of Annie Darwin
Charles Darwin - Death of Annie Darwin

Charles Darwin was grief stricken when his daughter Annie died (most likely from tuberculosis).

Columbia - DOD - Shuttle Disintegration
Columbia - DOD - Shuttle Disintegration

On the 1st of February, 2003, two RNAF (Royal Dutch Air Force) pilots were training on a Longbow Apache Helicopter (AH-64) out of Fort Hood, Texas. Practicing maneuvers, the pilots were about 100 feet above ground when they saw a most unusual sight. They recorded this video, depicting disintegration of the space shuttle Columbia.

Courage: Leading a Team into the Unknown
Courage: Leading a Team into the Unknown

David Balme, a 20-year-old Royal Navy officer has a formidable task. He must lead a group of sailors boarding a stricken U-boat. What will they find at the bottom of the stairs?

Crop Circles: Eyewitness Reports
Crop Circles: Eyewitness Reports

More than 5,000 crop circles have appeared in over 40 countries since the first recorded sighting in the 17th century. In this extraordinary study, Lucy Pringle, Britian's foremost crop circle expert, brings together her stunning aerial photographs with her many years of intensive research investigating a phenomenon which continues to baffle scientists throughout the world.

Dave the Octopus
Dave the Octopus

Scientists have mapped-out the octopus genome! A villain in "Penguins of Madagascar," Dave is an octopus who changes form. A very intelligent invertebrate, the Common Octopus can change form ... but into "Dr. Octavius Brine?!"

Death of People in Pompeii
Death of People in Pompeii

As a pyroclastic flow races toward Pompeii, people in the town fear for their lives. Thousands of years later, when excavators begin to uncover what happened in Pompeii, residents' bodies are found - positioned just as they had died.

Defending Britain against Anglo-Saxon Invasions - Portchester
Defending Britain against Anglo-Saxon Invasions - Portchester

Even before Rome left Britannia, Anglo-Saxons tried to invade Britain. The Romans defended against such invasions by building forts along Britain''s coast. Portchester, located in southern England, was one of those forts.

Demons - Novel by Dostoevsky
Demons - Novel by Dostoevsky

Known as Dostoevsky's most-violent novel, "Demons" is based on a real-life murder which took place in 1869.

Diplodocus - Dinosaur Found in 1899
Diplodocus - Dinosaur Found in 1899

Diplodocus was a massive dinosaur which ate plants. It had a really long tail which served as a counter-balance to its really long neck.

Dorothea Lange - American Photographer
Dorothea Lange - American Photographer

Dorothea Lange, a famous American photographer who captured the plight of Depression-era people with her camera, took many still-famous pictures in the 1930s.

Dragon Head - Viking Ship
Dragon Head - Viking Ship

Learn about Vikings and artifacts from the Viking-era which archaeologists are finding at Norwegian burial sites.

Duck and Cover - Civil Defense Film
Duck and Cover - Civil Defense Film

In 1951, the American government, in consultation with the National Education Association, created a film instructing young school children what to do in the event of a nuclear attack.

Empress Theodora - Ancient Champion of Women's Rights
Empress Theodora - Ancient Champion of Women's Rights

Theodora was one of the most-influential women of the ancient world. She was a champion of women's rights. She had laws passed which prohibited the trafficking of young girls and changed existing laws impacting divorce to give more benefits to women.

Enoch L. (Nucky) Johnson - Nucky Thompson
Enoch L. (Nucky) Johnson - Nucky Thompson

Star of "Boardwalk Empire," Nucky Thompson becomes "the virtual dictator" of Atlantic City by protecting people engaged in the business of Prohibition-era alcohol. Nucky himself grows wealthy until he loses it all during a four-year prison term.

Eugene ("Sledgehammer") Sledge - Battle of Peleliu
Eugene ("Sledgehammer") Sledge - Battle of Peleliu

Eugene Bondurant Sledge describes the horror of the World War II battle at Pelelieu, east of Okinawa.

Euphrates River - Key Facts
Euphrates River - Key Facts

The Euphrates River forms part of the boundary for the Fertile Cresent in Mesopotamia. It is still an important River flowing through today's Turkey, Syria and Iraq.

Execution at the Fort Smith Gallows
Execution at the Fort Smith Gallows

During the days when the Federal Court had jurisdiction over Indian Territory, many people hanged on Ft. Smith's gallows. The National Park Service tells us about it.

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