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Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

Apr 18, 2014
Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

It was one of the dark hours in U.S. history. Two hundred years ago this summer, British soldiers overwhelmed American battalions, took the nation’s capital and burned the White House.


An engraving of "The Taking of the City of Washington... by the British Forces Under Major General Ross on August...

Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

Apr 17, 2014
Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

It was one of the dark hours in U.S. history. Two hundred years ago this summer, British soldiers overwhelmed American battalions, took the nation’s capital and burned the White House.


An engraving of "The Taking of the City of Washington... by the British Forces Under Major General Ross on August...

First Lady to address graduating high schoolers in Topeka, Kan., on 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

Apr 17, 2014
First Lady to address graduating high schoolers in Topeka, Kan., on 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver a commencement address this year at an assembly of public high schools in Topeka, Kansas, to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education, the White House announc...

Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

Apr 15, 2014
Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. File - In this Jan. 26, 2014 file photo, sp...

UC Davis professor repeats history with Pulitzer

Apr 14, 2014
UC Davis professor repeats history with Pulitzer

The first time historian Alan Taylor won a Pulitzer Prize, he had just returned to his office at the University of California, Davis from a tennis match when the telephone started ringing with congratulations and interview requests.


This undated image released by W. W. Norton & Company shows Alan Taylor,...

Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Apr 10, 2014
Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had “lived out the promise” envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.


President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the LBJ Presidential Library, Thursday, April...

Getty Museum returns ancient manuscript to Greece

Apr 7, 2014

The J. Paul Getty Museum will return a 12th century New Testament manuscript to a monastery in Greece after museum officials said they only recently learned it was stolen decades before the museum acquired it in 1983.

Russia’s history and politics, not U.S. policies, drive Putin in Ukraine, book argues

Apr 1, 2014
Russia’s history and politics, not U.S. policies, drive Putin in Ukraine, book argues

A scholar who directs an East-West think tank in Maastricht, Netherlands, Van Herpen asserts in a timely new book, “Putin’s Wars,” that the Russian leader deliberately launched two wars after coming to power in 1999, first in Chechnya and then in Georgia, and that his relative success in both led directly to his current...

Gerald Haslam: Grapes of Wrath’s timeless messages, 75 years later

Mar 31, 2014
Gerald Haslam: Grapes of Wrath’s timeless messages, 75 years later

A librarian at the Oildale branch of the Kern County Library in 1952 would not allow me to check out John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath.” I’d just seen the movie, and had heard from pals there was a book based on it, and that it was dirty.


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Turner: With arena to rise, Old Sacramento has chance to shine like never before

Mar 31, 2014
Turner: With arena to rise, Old Sacramento has chance to shine like never before

Old Sacramento is a true civic treasure, but it also remains a partially buried one. With millions of new visitors coming to downtown soon, there's no time like the present, or in this case, the past, to "plus" one of our region's top tourist draws and...



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