Computer Space was innovative, but how was it to play?
The game that launched today’s massive video game industry was not a roaring success. The oft-told story of why turns out to be off the mark.
A man fishes the head of a statue of Queen Victoria from the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg. Her statue and a statue of Queen Elizabeth were toppled and vandalized on Canada Day.
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Movements that challenge former national icons demonstrate the importance of history-making in an age of racial reconciliation. But ‘history wars’ won’t get us anywhere.
Afrofuturist’s work is rooted in the desire to transform the present for Black people. Here actor Mouna Traoré in ‘Brown Girl Begins’ (2017) directed by Sharon Lewis set in a post-apocalyptic version of Toronto.
Afrofuturist’s work is rooted in the desire to transform the present for Black people. To do so, they imagine a reality in which Black people are the agents of their own story, countering histories that discount and dismiss them.
Johnson: artfully unkempt as a way of life.
When preened and powdered aristocrats starting losing their heads, politicians learned to start dressing like ordinary people.
Henry ‘Box’ Brown’s arrival in Philadelphia.
Abolition in the UK tends to focus on the work of Yorkshireman William Wilberforce but there were many Black abolitionists whose tireless work has been forgotten.
Before satellites, fire crews watched for smoke from fire towers across the national forests.
K. D. Swan, U.S. Forest Service
The US has learned that it cannot suppress its way to a healthy relationship with fire in the West. That strategy failed, even before climate change proved it to be no strategy at all.
The perception in France of a reversal of strategy is in fact a coherent move for Australia, in line with 200 years of Australian diplomatic tradition – for better or worse.
Royal satire has softened over the last 300 years, but audiences are more sensitive to barbs against the institution.
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others all had their own cures for the Spanish flu. But some of these may have made things worse.
Portrait of the ladies of the Bluestocking Society as the characters of the Muses in the Temple of Apollo.
National Portrait Gallery
People have always wanted others to know they’re smart, and what better way to do that than with clothes?
‘That physicians in the Anti-Vaccine Society (England, early 19th C) were concerned that Jenner’s smallpox inoculation gave people bovine-like features.’ – historian’s tweet in reply to author asking about memorable finds.
Historians, archivists and other researchers got in touch with tales of their archival finds and bizarre research moments. These ranged from the quirky to the disturbing to the profound.
Political biographies show us who is ‘worthy’ of being written about … and who is overlooked in history.
Esther Nesbitt lost two of her children to drug overdoses.
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The multibillion-dollar settlement will trigger the release of troves of documents that may shine new light on what caused the opioid crisis.
The most important lesson from the US withdrawal from Afghanistan may be our failure to learn from history.
Many elderly ended up in workhouses as they were unable to work normal jobs and therefore cover the costs of living.
The quality of life for the elderly in Georgian England was so bad many chose suicide.
The eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 sent volcanic dust and gases circling the Earth, creating spectacular sunsets captured by artists.
William Ashcroft via Houghton Library/Harvard University
The Rev. Sereno Edwards Bishop mobilized ship captains to track the extraordinary sunsets appearing around the world after Krakatau erupted in 1883.
The expansion of railways meant more people could travel around the country for seaside getaways.
Expanding railways and changes in labour practices meant that the Victorians had time for a proper holiday and many took to the British coast.
In England, children were seen as a way to replenish the military and sustain the economy.
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Go back to 17th- and 18th-century England and France and you’ll see the same sort of handwringing over birthrates that we’re seeing today.
Poster showing ‘The Leader of the Luddites’ (1812)
Why a workers’ rebellion in 19th-century England is relevant in the age of data extraction, gig labour and management by algorithm.
History is better taught to young, impressionable minds from an early age.
Hannibal Hanschke/picture alliance via Getty Images
Nigeria should stop showing contempt for history as a subject, profession or topic of discussion.