The First Ferris Wheel (1893)

The Ferris Wheel is an iconic amusement park ride. American civil engineer George Washington Gale Ferris was responsible for its creation. The Ferris Wheel was built for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. This was a celebration that was held to mark the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the New World. World’s fairs become […]

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Gerard Van Schagen Map (1689)

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 […]

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Muammar Qaddafi Addresses The UN General Assembly (2009)

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 […]

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Kariba Dam Newsreel (1964)

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 […]

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