Map making can be considered an art. Artists actually were involved in their production. Gerard van Schagen was both an engraver and cartographer from the Netherlands. Based in Amsterdam, he also made reproductions of maps from other cartographers. The map depicts not only continents, but illustrations in all four corners. The top left shows a […]Read more "Gerard Van Schagen Map (1689)"
Libya was able to get the 1992 UN sanctions lifted, ending international isolation. Muammar Qaddafi addressed the UN General Assembly in 2009. Qaddafi in this speech makes an argument for peace and cooperation on various issues including terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and global conflict. Muammar Qaddafi also criticizes the fact the United Nations still remained superpower […]Read more "Muammar Qaddafi Addresses The UN General Assembly (2009)"
This rare photograph captures heads of state from around the world in one setting. Although most of countries were in some form of rivalry or direct conflict, sometimes political situations make diplomacy the only option. Yohannes IV (Ethiopian Empire), Tewfik Pasha (Egypt), Sultan Abdul Hamid II ( Ottoman Empire) and Naser al-Din Shah Qajar ( […]Read more "Meeting of Heads of State From Africa, Asia, and Europe (1889)"
This painting was the work of Jan Mostaert. He was a prominent Dutch Renaissance era painter known for mostly religious topics and detailed portraits. The Portrait of an African man ( sometimes referred to as Portrait of a Moor) generates interest, because it may have been the first known portrait to feature a specific black […]Read more "Portrait of an African Man (1525-1530)"
Watch Here Mattel a major toy manufacturing company was seeking to make another popular product . He-Man became one the most popular toylines of the 1980s. The character first appeared as a toy and in comics. The commercial shows the He-Man and Skeletor action figures from 1982. The series based around the toys premiered in […]Read more "The First He-Man Toy Commercial (1982)"
The newsreel from Pathe shows the Kariba Dam. The Kariba Gorge of the Zambezi river basin is where the dam is located. Between Zambia and Zimbabwe this project was built during the colonial era. The newsreel refers to Zimbabwe as Rhodesia. This was before independence and the overthrow of the white minority rule regime. The […]Read more "Kariba Dam Newsreel (1964)"
Peanuts made its debut in 1950 and became one of the most popular newspaper comic strips. Created by Charles M. Shultz the characters got more exposure in the 1960s in Hallmark cards and a Christmas special in 1965. The video shows an original promo from when A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on CBS. Since […]Read more "A Charlie Brown Christmas CBS Promo (1965)"
The COVID-19 Pandemic The world experienced its worst pandemic since the influenza pandemic of 1918. What started in Wuhan, China rapidly spread. The US, Italy, and China were hit the worst from COVID-19. Nations struggled to get the disease under control which also caused a strain on healthcare systems. Lockdowns, quarantines, and travel bans became […]Read more "The Most Significant Events of 2020"
Ronald Reagan discusses what would be known as the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with reporters Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Bernard Shaw, and Peter Jennings. The Reagan administration came under criticism for attempting to reach an agreement with the Soviet Union. President Reagan was under pressure from mostly the neoconservative wing of the Republican […]Read more "Ronald Reagan Interview Regarding The Washington Summit (1987)"
This is the first interview given by Mengistu Mariam. He was the communist leader of Ethiopia from 1977 to 1991. The Derg regime came to power through a coup in 1974. During the interview he describes the political situation of the country and the nature of the conflict. Eritrea was given to Ethiopia under the […]Read more "Mengistu Haile Mariam Interview (1990)"