Stories tagged: History
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 5:55 A.M.
South Africa honors more than 600 dead in WWI ship sinking
It was a cataclysmic loss among many during World War I. On the foggy early morning of Feb. 21, 1917, in the channel between Britain and France, a British steamship …
TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017, 5:45 A.M.
Spokane fire engine preserved for historical significance but there’s no place to exhibit it
Tom Heckler, curator of the Spokane Fire Department museum, was recently gifted a 1977 engine to add to his collection. The problem? He doesn’t have anywhere to display it.
FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2017, 9:36 A.M.
Oregon museum becomes Smithsonian Institution affiliate
An Oregon museum has been selected as a Smithsonian Affiliate, allowing it to access exhibits and artifacts from the world’s largest museum and research complex.
MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 1:47 P.M.
Trump’s tweets are presidential records, but deletions?
The National Archives and Records Administration says President Donald Trump’s tweets are considered presidential records that need to be preserved for historic purposes, but officials have yet to say whether …
MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 12:38 P.M.
Does D.B. Cooper evidence link hijacker to Boeing? Plot thickens
You know the recent stories exploring whether D.B. Cooper was a Boeing employee? Never mind. That theory only lasted a few days. Time for a new speculation.
SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2017, 11:32 P.M.
Alexander Hamilton’s letters to go up for auction
The hottest Broadway show is shining its spotlight on a collection of historic American documents: Alexander Hamilton’s letters, being auctioned at Sotheby’s.
SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016, 7:13 P.M.
IS effort to erase Iraqi history devastates archaeological sites
The giant winged bulls that once stood sentry at the nearly 3,000-year-old palace at Nimrud have been hacked to pieces. The fantastical human-headed creatures were believed to guard the king …
MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016, 1:01 P.M.
Group aims to preserve 134-year-old Springfield bridge
An Iowa-based nonprofit has targeted one of the Oregon’s oldest bridges for preservation. The Register-Guard reports the 134-year-old Hayden Bridge in Springfield has been little used over the past quarter-century.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016, 2:13 P.M.
Ancient human ancestor was one tall dude, his footprints say
He stood a majestic 5-foot-5, weighed around 100 pounds and maybe had a harem. That’s what scientists figure from the footprints he left behind some 3.7 million year ago.
SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2016, 6 A.M.
10 prominent early astronauts carrying on U.S. space history
Early U.S. space history is fading with the death of John Glenn, the last of the Mercury 7 astronauts, and the 2012 passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man to …
THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016, 2:26 P.M.
Oregon Trail Interpretive Center getting 170-year-old map
The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center will be the new home of a book of historic pioneer maps thanks to Sen. Ron Wyden.
SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016, 5:30 A.M.
With 75 years of perspective, we can re-examine the legacy of Pearl Harbor even as we honor those who served
The living memory of the attack on Pearl Harbor is almost extinguished. It’s time to rethink how we want to remember Dec. 7, 1941, 75 years later – and beyond.
SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016, 5:30 A.M.
Finding meaning in Pearl Harbor as attack slips from collective memory
The approaching anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will be greeted by an American public that is quickly losing its collective memory of that fateful event. As those …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016, 7:49 A.M.
Archeologists think they found Pilgrims’ original settlement
Archeologists have pinpointed what they think is the exact spot where the Pilgrims lived in the years after landing in the New World.
TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2016, 11:41 P.M.
Gonzaga hopes there’s more magic in Orlando
Orlando has been good to Gonzaga. A neutral-court victory over a ranked foe in the championship game. Blowout wins over coaching giants such as Maryland’s Gary Williams and Oklahoma’s Lon …
MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016, 10:25 A.M.
Israel to launch major expedition to find Dead Sea Scrolls
An Israeli antiquities official says Israel is embarking on a major expedition to find more Dead Sea Scrolls.
MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016, 4:59 P.M.
How long did it take for life to rebound after the death of the dinosaurs?
It doesn’t take a very long time to irreversibly change the planet. In just a few dozen millennia – a geologic blink of an eye – three quarters of Earth’s …
THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2016, NOON
Everyday objects lend insight into ancient Roman culture at Jundt
‘Roman Myth and Mythmaking’ at the Jundt demonstrates how Romans constructed and spread their cultural and religious beliefs through the small objects they used every day.
FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016, 12:45 P.M.
World’s first fossilized dinosaur brain may have been found
A bit of lumpy brown rock no bigger than an orange could be the world’s first fossilized dinosaur brain.
MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016
Then & Now: The first YMCA
The YMCA has been in Spokane more than 130 years. The Young Men’s Christian Association, founded in London in 1844, was started to offer healthy activities, both physical and spiritual, …
FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2016, 3 P.M.
While herding sheep, Australian man discovers bones of a giant dinosaur. Meet Wade.
In 2005, David Elliott was guiding his mob of sheep through central Queensland, Australia, when two fossilized bone fragments poking out of the soil caught his eye. Elliott returned to …
TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016, 1:54 P.M.
‘Higgs bison’ mystery solved with help of ancient cave paintings
Paleontologists cheekily dubbed the species the “Higgs bison” – a play on the famously elusive subatomic particle – because it was so mysterious. Little did they realize that the creature …
MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016
Spokane Valley’s University City Mall
Earl D. McCarthy left Washington State College in 1938, and started working for Sears and Roebuck and, later, the John W. Graham Co. McCarthy served in the Navy in World …
MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016
Then and Now: Melcher Tire Co.
Melcher Tire Co. had multiple locations in the 1920s and 1930s, selling Goodyear and Firestone tires, and also providing retreads.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016, 2:28 P.M.
New Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens
America’s first national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture opened Saturday with emotional but joyful words from the country’s first black president, who said he hoped the stories contained …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2016, 2:44 P.M.
Historic recognition: George Washington’s family tree is biracial
The National Park Service and the nonprofit that runs George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate are concluding that the rumors were true: In separate exhibits, they show that the first family’s …
MONDAY, SEPT. 5, 2016
Then & Now: Sperry Flour Mill
Austin Sperry founded the Sperry Flour Company in Stockton, California, around 1850. At that time, the gold rush miners were fed with flour shipped from South America and the East …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 1, 2016, 2:34 P.M.
Spokane descendant visits Georgetown as school announces plan to make amends for sale of slaves
As Georgetown University announces its plans to make amends for the sale of slaves in the 1830s, a Spokane resident and descendant of a man sold tours the institution for …
MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2016
Then and Now: The Mayfair Café
The Mayfair Café at the corner of West Second Avenue and Washington Street was torn down recently to create a parking lot. The one-story structure was built in 1890, the …
MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2016
Then & Now: Earl Clack and Husky Oil
When you see an advertisement extolling the quality of one brand of auto gas over another, think of H. Earl Clack of Havre, Montana.