“Freedom” In China: 26 Years After The Tiananmen Square Massacre

Tiananmen Square Massacre

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Twenty six years ago, thousands of Chinese troops entered Tiananmen Square and opened fire on unarmed protesters. As many as one million demonstrators–mostly university-age liberals–had gathered there in the weeks prior, seeking both political and economic reforms. While the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had silenced previous demonstrations, the violent retaking of the Square was so brutal that it earned the name the Tiananmen Square Massacre.


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3 Historic “Firsts” That We’ve All Got Totally Wrong

Every schoolchild (in the United States, at least) grows up with the so-called “Great Man” theory of history etched into his or her mind. Rather than teaching trends and contingencies, which is hard, much of history education takes the form of memorizing the names of whoever went to the Moon, won some battle, or chopped down a cherry tree.

While bad enough as it is, many of the unimportant details we learn in school aren’t even accurate. While it’s true that Neil Armstrong really was the first man on the Moon, many of the other “firsts” your history book taught you were actually done by other people, often years or centuries before the guy who got famous did what he did. Thus, it falls to the Internet (again) to fix the shortcomings of the nation’s school systems.

Teddy Roosevelt And The Rough Riders Braved The Battle Of San Juan “Alone”

Historic Firsts Rough Riders

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Etheldreda Laing’s Autochrome Garden Of Eden

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Janet Laing at around 16 years of age c. 1914. Source: Getty

At the turn of the 20th century, photography was on the cusp of major transformation. The French Lumière brothers introduced the Autochrome process in 1907, and as the below images show, Etheldreda Laing was one of its early masters.

Laing had a strong attraction to photography, and having been enthralled by the hobby since the late 1890s. When Laing and her husband Major Charles Miskin Laing moved to Bury Knowle House in the Oxford district of Headington in 1899, she had a darkroom added to the property so she could develop her own images.

Upon the Lumières’ introduction of the Autochrome color process in 1907, Laing showed an immediate and avid interest. Beginning in 1908 and nearing her 40s, Laing took scores of pictures of her daughters Janet and Iris–primarily in the lush and colorful gardens of their Oxford home. The images may have been taken just after the Victorian age ended, but they elicit all the delicate grace of the era.

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Appreciate Your Bikini: A Brief History Of Women’s Swimwear

History of Women's Swimwear Styles

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As the summer heat hits full blast, people everywhere are flocking to the water. While the tendency to hit the waves when the going gets hot is not unique to a given time or people, what we wear (or don’t!) certainly is. From full-on dresses to itsy-bitsy bikinis–plus weird contraptions called bathing machines–you’ll love this history of women’s swimwear.

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The history of women’s swimwear begins with a simple outfit known as the birthday suit. All jokes aside, up until the 19th century people frequently bathed nude. And while women were known to cover themselves with clothing that resembles our modern day bikini, the outfits weren’t for swimming. In fact, swimsuits were invented in the mid 1800s. Their creation came out of necessity; recent improvements in railroad systems and other transportation methods had finally made swimming and going to the beach a recreational activity.

1876 Swimwear

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