This Week In History News, Dec. 3 – 9
Note found inside butt of Jesus statue, possible St. Nicholas bones discovered, ancient human ancestor's skeleton unveiled.
Meet Tsutomu Yamaguchi, The Man Who Survived Both Atomic Bombs
Hear from Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the survivor ("hibakuisha") who endured the Hiroshima blast only to flee home to Nagasaki, where he survived that bombing too.
The Story of Cudjo Lewis — The Last Living Slave Brought To America
As a slave, he went by the name "Cudjo," a day-name given to boys born on a Monday, as the slavers could not pronounce the name "Kossola."
The Time Preston Brooks Beat Senator Charles Sumner With His Cane Over Slavery
Though civil unrest had been brewing for years, many historians claim Preston Brooks' caning of Charles Sumner set the Civil War in motion.
How ‘Mad Bomber’ George Metesky Held New York City Hostage
"Mad Bomber" George Metesky may come off like a comic book supervillain, but his mid-century reign of terror was all too real.
Five Japanese Warships Sunk During Battle Of Leyte Gulf Discovered
These warships from the Battle of Leyte Gulf were found in late November by a team led by billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
The Word ‘Thug’ Comes From A Roving Gang Of Criminals Much Worse Than Any Modern Thug
These guys were the original thug gangsters.
Fart Proudly: Ben Franklin Loved Farting So Much He Wrote An Essay About It
In addition to being a founding father and noted inventor, Ben Franklin once sent a letter now entitled "Fart Proudly" to the Royal Academy of Brussels.
How David Berkowitz Became “Son Of Sam” And Brought A City To Its Knees
David Berkowitz, a.k.a. "Son of Sam," stalked New York's streets for prey by night, then taunted the cops with disturbing letters that brought the entire city to its knees.
BBC Once Convinced People That A Spaghetti Tree Existed [VIDEO]
Despite sounding ridiculous, hundreds of people believed the broadcast, and called to ask where they could get their own spaghetti tree.
Three Revered Historical Civilizations That Embraced Pederasty
Though the subject is highly taboo now, three of the most revered societies in all of human history practiced pederasty for centuries.