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WhoWhatWhen - Interactive Historical Timelines | January 18, 2001 | “WhoWhatWhen is a database of people and events from 1000 A.D. to the present. Create graphic timelines of periods in history and of the lives of individuals. Examples: *Who was alive and what was happening in 1776? *Who was born/died on December 25th? *Which scientists were contemporaries of Pascal? *Which wars were being fought during Mozart's lifetime?”

The Infinity Project | January 9, 2001 | “It's fun to hide my Planets and have people find them, perhaps hundreds of years from now. I got the idea one Spring while digging garden beds. I found several marbles that children had lost sixty or seventy years ago, and they were as colorful and bright as the summer afternoon they were misplaced. In the past twenty years, friends and I have placed Planets in exotic and mundane locations all over the Earth. To find one, you just have to start looking.”

things magazine | September 15, 2000 | “things is published twice yearly by an independent group of young writers and historians as a forum for the free discussion of objects, their histories and meanings.”

Ice Age star map discovered at Lascaux | August 17, 2000 | “A prehistoric map of the night sky has been discovered on the walls of the famous painted caves at Lascaux in central France. The map, which is thought to date back 16,500 years, shows three bright stars known today as the Summer Triangle. A map of the Pleiades star cluster has also been found among the Lascaux frescoes. And another pattern of stars, drawn 14,000 years ago, has been identified in a cave in Spain.” Thanks randomWalks.

Bomber Girl Home Page | July 20, 2000 | “A showcase for aviation nose art and pin-ups that represents combat aircraft from World War II to the present along with affordable posters featuring nose art, war planes and the Bomber Girl pin-up.”

The Briar Press Letterpress at One Art Design | May 9, 2000 | “Antique letterpress museum and resource pages. Preserving the art of letterpress.” Very cool. Thanks Katy.

Babbage printer finally runs | April 18, 2000 | “A computer printer that was originally designed more than 150 years ago has finally been built and will go on display at the Science Museum in London. It is the final piece of a mechanical calculating device designed by the computer pioneer Charles Babbage.” Thanks Stuffed Dog.

HyperHistory Online | April 12, 2000 | “HyperHistory Online is based on the synchronoptic concept and can be regarded as a companion to the World History Chart of Andreas Nothiger. The World History Chart begins with David and Solomon and ends 3000 years later with Einstein, Picasso, Roosevelt and Churchill. In between, in divisions of 10 years, the major events, empires and invasions, inventions and achievements, rulers and leaders, writers, philosophers and scientists of world history can be reviewed at a single glance.”

Inventing the Future | March 24, 2000 | “Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future? Because there is nowhere else to look. The real question is whether the past contains clues to the future. Either history is a series of individual and unrepeated acts which bear no relation to anything other than their immediate and unique temporal environment, or it is a series of events triggered by recurring factors which manifest themselves as a product of human behaviour at all times. If the latter is the case, it may be that the past illustrates a number of cause and effect sequences which may take place again, given similar circumstances. If it is not, then, as Henry Ford put it, 'history is bunk', and there is no profit to be had from its study, or from anything not immediately and only concerned with the unchanging laws of nature.”

Whose history is it anyway? | March 22, 2000 | “Museum historians hope this section prods guests to consider their own place in history and their power to change it. They also hope it prepares visitors to explore how everyday folks from the past answered the same questions. The exhibit clearly announces Missouri Historical Society president Robert Archibald's philosophy of public history — one that starts with current problems like the environment, transportation or education and then works backwards presenting examples of how our predecessors addressed such issues. But does 'Seeking St. Louis' provide a thoughtful and complete picture of the past? Many critics of the exhibit say no.” This story will be routed to postnet.com's pay archives after a week and this link will be broken.

The Encyclopedia Mythica | March 2, 2000 | “The Encyclopedia Mythica is an on-line encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legend.”

Triumph of the Nerds | Feb 17, 2000 | “PBS Online is proud to present the companion Web site for the PBS television special 'Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires.' On television and the Internet, you can learn in vivid detail how youthful amateurs, hippies and self-proclaimed 'nerds' accidentally changed the world.”

LacusCurtius — Trajan's Column | Jan 19, 2000 | A record of the Dacian Campaign and a monument to logistics.

Discovering Archaeology | Jan 18, 2000 | Brought to you by Scientific American, it's not the prettiest site, but it's usually very interesting.

explanation architecture: project: image maps | Jan 11, 2000 | This is an awesome thought. “What can be explained when cameras return historical images with your photographs? Everyday photographs tell where you have been and what you have seen. We are creating cameras and software that show you what was there before you were.” Here are the guts: Inquiry with Imagery: Historical Archive Retrieval with Digital Cameras.

Top 10 Centuries of the Millennium | Jan 1, 2000 | “With the recent proliferation of boneheaded top-whatever lists of the millennium in every magazine that exists, not to mention the public's reborn fondness for bongload-enriched list-making (VH1's The List springs to mind), it seems like the human race is hoping to use a few choice summaries of the last thousand years' very best in plumbing inventions, polka albums, and baked goods to stitch the meaning of the last thousand years into a nice bite-sized package. Hey, if you're a student of history and/or have any moral structure whatsoever, I'm sure you feel the way I do: This millennium pretty much sucked, and making a list of its 10,000 best footwear inventions does little to take the edge off the big scary Third One.”

John Scalzi Presents The Best of the Millennium | Dec 30, 1999 | This is widely being hailed as the best of the “Best ofs.” For example: Best Use of the Brain, Best Mass Hysteria, Best Thing We Should Probably Never Do Again, Best Hideously Inbred Royal Family, Best Dead-End Technology, Best Planet...

Words of Wisdom from Albert Einstein | Dec 30, 1999 | The Person of the Century said alotta smart stuff.

<w3history> | Dec 29, 1999 | The history of the World Wide Web. 1989-2000. “<w3history> is an open project and a work in progress. You will be able to look over the shoulders of the editors and producers and experience the creation of the site as it happens. The ultimate goal of the project is a comprehensive history of the Internet and the WWW over the past ten years by the end of this year. In order to achieve this goal, <w3history> will be continually updated and expanded throughout the year. The project is open to any suggestions, hints and pointers you may have to offer. We're always on the lookout for stories and material related to the development of the World Wide Web.” Among other things, here's the original proposal of the WWW, by Tim Berners-Lee.

Center for History and the New Media | Dec 17, 1999 | “In the past decade new media and new technologies have begun to transform even the ancient discipline of history. CD-ROMS and the World Wide Web challenge historians to rethink the ways that they research, write, present, and teach about the past. The Center for History and New Media was established in the fall of 1994 to contribute to and reflect upon this transformation and challenge. The Center produces historical works in new media, tests the effectiveness of these products in the classroom, and reflects critically on the promises and pitfalls of new media in historical practice.”

Popular Culture Library | Dec 9, 1999 | “The Popular Culture Library was founded in 1969 to support innovative teaching and research in cultural studies. It is the largest and most comprehensive research facility in the United States dedicated exclusively to the acquisition and preservation of primary research materials on 19th and 20th century American popular culture.”

Internet History Sourcebooks Project | Dec 9, 1999 | “Collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use. Includes Ancient History, Medieval Studies and Modern History.” Also includes too many subcategories to list. A big, cool resource.

NYTimes: Old Eyes and New | Dec 6, 1999 | “Art as history: much of what the world knows about the last 1,000 years it has learned from artists. Visual artists have always been intentional chroniclers. They have also been unintentional historians, showing us through their art the intimate details of life long ago. The goal of this special issue, the fourth of six that reflect on the last 1,000 years, is to give history back to artists. We asked an array of recognized artists from around the world to reimagine milestone moments of the past millennium. Taken together, their work forms a modern time line, a way of seeing distant history through new eyes.”

America's Lost Metropolis | The ancient civilization of Cahokia Mounds | Dec 5, 1999 | “One thousand years ago, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, the ancient civilization of Cahokia flourished. At its height, the city was larger than London or Rome. Today, the people are gone and their story is almost completely unknown. Post-Dispatch reporters William Allen and John Carlton looked back at what this area was like at the turn of the current millennium.” Cool iPIX too.

Thomas Edison's Invention Web | Dec 5, 1999 | “...all progress, all success, springs from thinking.” — Thomas A. Edison. This site is dedicated to the genius of Thomas Edison: Biography | Family | Dates & Honors | Movies and Books | Inventions | Phonograph | Electric Lamp | Kinetograph | WinterHome | Winter Laboratory | Edison links.

History of Money from Ancient Times to the Present Day | Dec 2, 1999 | This site contains a chronology and a collection of essays written on various themes using information based on the book on monetary history with the same title.

OSSHE Historic Atlas Resource Library | Nov 27, 1999 | Maps and images of historical cultural significance from North America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Top Economic Events of the Twentieth Century | Nov 27, 1999 | “How fitting that the U.S. economy is ending the twentieth century on the highest of notes. The nation's population is fully employed, poverty and illiteracy are low and falling, and living standards are rising quickly and have never been higher. U.S. households, businesses, investors and policymakers have never been more confident in their own well being and in the ability of the economy to succeed. The nation's current economic success is more than simply the result of a few recent events or policy decisions. It is the product of events and achievements that arguably span at least the past century.” Via MetaFilter.

History-of-Hypertext Timeline | Nov 25, 1999 | A very broad view of what hypertext might include, beginning around c3000BCE.

The Getty Vocabulary Program | Nov 24, 1999 | “The Getty Vocabulary Program, working closely with the Getty Standards Program, builds, maintains, and disseminates vocabulary tools for the visual arts and architecture. The vocabularies produced by the Getty are the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT), the Union List of Artist Names (ULAN), and the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN).” Be sure to see all the links on the Improving Access Using Vocabularies page.

The History of the Universe | Nov 21, 1999 | “This web site is a complete history of the Universe from start to finish. It is based on the belief that if you don't know where you came from, then you cannot appreciate the miracle of being here, nor make wise decisions about where you want to go.” Via Mike's Weblog.

Retro-Perspective: Telecom to 'Dot.Com' | Nov 12, 1999 | “There was a failure of imagination five years ago, when Inter@ctive Week was launched. Failure to think big enough. A directory service, Yahoo!, hardly in gestation back then, is worth nearly $50 billion now. Amazon.com, which is still losing hundreds of millions of dollars, nevertheless is worth $30 billion. The Department of Justice, meanwhile, is suing the world's most valuable technology company, Microsoft. Web wunderkind Netscape Communications created a mass market for browsers, yet it lost the war and was bought by America Online. For 17 million consumers, AOL — which had barely crossed 1 million subscribers five years ago — became the Internet.”

The United States of America v. Microsoft Corporation | Nov 7, 1999 | The official “ Findings of Fact,” if you're interested. Or just read about it on Wired (or anywhere else).

Smithsonian Institution | Archive | “The Smithsonian Institution was established in 1846 with funds bequeathed to the United States by James Smithson. The Institution is as an independent trust instrumentality of the United States holding some 140 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for 'the increase and diffusion of knowledge.' The Institution is also a center for research dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history.”

s m i t h s o n i a n w i t h o u t w a l l s | Archive | “Welcome to the prototype of Revealing Things, the first Smithsonian exhibition to be created specifically for the Internet. Revealing Things uses common, everyday objects to tell stories about people, their cultures, and the meanings they associate with their possessions.”

American Memory | Archive | The Library of Congress presents historical collections for the National Digital Library.

Edison Motion Picture and Sound Recordings | Archive | “Prolific inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) has had a profound impact on modern life. In his lifetime, the "Wizard of Menlo Park" patented 1,093 inventions, including the phonograph, the kinetograph (a motion picture camera), and the kinetoscope (a motion picture viewer). Edison managed to become not only a renowned inventor, but also a prominent manufacturer and businessman through the merchandising of his inventions. The collections in the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division contain an extraordinary range of the surviving products of Edison's entertainment inventions and industries. This site features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles.

Predictions of 1999 ... in 1954 | Archive | “In the fall of 1954, I tried to predict what would happen in 1999. I was science and medical reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune and we named the series '1999: Our Hopeful Future.' The newspaper promoted the series with large posters on our delivery trucks that depicted a family gazing at a wonderful vista of future techology...”

Historical Societies | Archive | Links from around the United States.

National Civil Rights Museum | Archive | “The National Civil Rights Museum is the first and only comprehensive overview of the civil rights movement in exhibit form. It is the educational institution whose purpose is to inspire people to learn the lessons of the civil rights movement and its impact on human rights movements worldwide. The museum provides unique educational experiences through its collections, research, and public learning programs.”

Live from Titanic | Archive | “Discovery Channel's Titanic Live! took viewers to the bottom of the Atlantic for some never-before-seen footage of the remains of the doomed ship. The manned submarine, Nautile covered the stern of the ship, while the unmanned Magellan focused on the bow.” Also see Science of the Titanic.

20th Century Moments | Archive | “A lot of stuff has happened over the last 100 years. And if you don't believe it, listen to '20th Century Moments.' Each day an interesting bit of history about an event that occurred some time in the last 100 years is told through audio. (Free RealPlayer required.) So celebrate the millennium and take a look back either by subject or by date at the great and not-so-great moments of the 20th century.”

The 20th Century: Pages of History | Archive | “The end is near. Of the 20th century, that is — the last 100 years of the Second Millennium. It has been a period of breathtaking human advances, punctuated by catastrophic world wars and a bomb that could end it all. A time when humankind mastered the machinery to let people soar above the Earth, all the way to the surface of the moon.” This year-long series looks at how the 20th century has impacted St. Louis.

The Atomic Archive | Archive | “This site explores the complex history surrounding the invention of the atomic bomb.”

United States Time Capsule Monument | Archive | “In this monument, buried within tons of concrete and steel, will reside samples of the human experience relative to the late 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st Century. Designs allow for a definite number of personal time capsule cylinders in four separate structures which will store and protect these valuable items for 20, 50, 100 and 1000 years.”

Queen Anne's Revenge? - Blackbeard's boat | Archive | In June, 1718, the pirate Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge, sank at Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina. In November, 1996, Intersal, Inc., discovered an early eighteenth century shipwreck believed to be this vessel.

Britannia | Archive | Britannia's History Department has the internet's most comrehensive treatment of Britain's history from the prehistoric era to modern times.

The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive | Archive | ...more than 1300 mathematicians with biographies ... access to a list of 30 articles on the history of various topics in mathematics ... access to a list of more than 60 curves with their history and properties ... a list of mathematicians whose birthday or anniversary of their death is today ... search anywhere in the archive for a word or phrase...

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