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  • Tough ladies
    Women worked in World War II factories and transformed their lives
    Women’s history month is a time to celebrate the achievements of all women and how they break down the barriers of society. In bygone days, a woman’s role was limited based on the stereotypes of society. The majority of women would...
  • WAVES
    Eleanor Roosevelt’s WAACy WAVES
    Since the Revolutionary War, women have continuously found a way to be of service to their country, from raising cattle for General George Washington’s army to commanding some of today’s elite naval ships. During the Civil War, women...
  • The Fall of America
    The Fall of America: Lessons Learned from World War II
    This year will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on May 8th (Germany’s surrender) and August 14th (Japan’s surrender). It was undoubtedly one of the bloodiest periods in human history. It is estimated that at least...
  • Iwo Jima flag raising
    The guns of the Battle of Iwo Jima on the 70th Anniversary
    Seventy years ago today, on February 23, 1945, the U.S. Marines raised an American flag on the battle torn volcanic island of Iwo Jima.Now, seven decades later, let's take a look at the guns of that brutal battle.Although Joe Rosenthal’s...
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt on the air
    Old-time radio, 23 February: Roosevelt's radio fireside
    Comprehending and embracing radio to a greater extent than perhaps any American politician of his era (Calvin Coolidge was merely thefirstPresident to appreciate the medium’s potential), Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced theFireside...
  • General Douglas MacArthur
    I shall return, and return, and return
    One of only five men in America’s military history to carry the rank of General of the Army (5-stars) General Douglass MacArthur was ordered by FDR to leave the Philippines on February 22, 1942. Though the general was one of America’s...
  • Cumberbatch earns Oscar nod in 'The Imitation Game'
    Cumberbatch earns Oscar nod in 'The Imitation Game'
    Warning: Spoilers AheadDuring World War II the British army conducted tests and interviews to create a team of highly intelligent people to break the enigma code put together by Hitler and his German Nazis. Alan Turing, (portrayed by Benedict...
  • Book Review: "Larkswood" by Valerie Mendes
    Book Review: "Larkswood" by Valerie Mendes
    Secrets can tear a family apart. Dark secrets can especially ruin the happiness of future generations. Edward, Cynthia, and Harriet Hamilton learned that when numerous dark secrets about their family tore them apart and kept them apart for...
  • Museum of Science & Industry’s Stuka Assessed; Free Kids February at MSI
    Museum of Science & Industry’s Stuka Assessed; Free Kids February at MSI
    Last week, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago lowered its World War II Stuka dive-bomber, which normally hangs from the ceiling in the Transportation Gallery, to the floor to undergo an aircraft assessment and cleaning project that will...
  • Dresden memorial
    Death toll from bombing of Dresden was well above 25,000
    This weekend of February 13-15 marked 70 years since the infamous bombing of Dresden, Germany in 1945. The bombing campaign lasted for three days and leveled most of the city in a vaporizing inferno, and there is universal agreement among everyone...
  • Mel Gibson
    Mel Gibson slated to direct his first film in nine years, 'Hacksaw Ridge'
    According to a Monday story in the Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate is close to an agreement for the North American distribution rights to “Hacksaw Ridge,” a World War II epic starring Andrew Garfield and directed by Mel Gibson. The movie...
  • 'UNBROKEN' free screening and display of its hero's items at National Archives in February
    'UNBROKEN' free screening and display of its hero's items at National Archives
    The National Archives will have a free screening of the hit film "UNBROKEN" on Feb. 10, and will display the star character's World War II service records and his Purple Heart from Feb. 5 through March 4.The film, based on Laura...
  • Aleutian Islands
    Komandorski Islands battle demonstrated American determination
    One of the most unusual conflicts of World War II, the Battle of Komandorski Islands took place in the Aleutian chain. A string of small land masses approximately 1,000 miles long, the Aleutian Islands resemble a line of stepping stones stretching...
  • Rod Gorney and Ric Taylor
    Rod Gorney recalls 'Spare a Dime' father Jay's commitment to social significance
    Rod Gorney, the son of late theater and film songwriter Jay Gorney, was at the recent ASCAP Foundation Awards ceremony in New York to present the Jay Gorney Award. The award recognizes a songwriter’s original song for its message of social...
  • Cast members of the Imitation Game at the November 28th press conference
    'The Imitation Game' review: a solid biopic
    There are plenty of conventional plot points in “The Imitation Game” but the film glides through those plot points rather than abruptly stopping the hit them. Benedict Cumberbatch, one of the most versatile actors today, is often...