01/26 – The Apollo Theatre

The Apollo Theatre in NYC. (Pinterest.com) On this day in 1934, the Apollo Theatre first opened its doors to Black Americans. The theatre, which had begun life in 1914 as a Whites-only venue, quickly became a fixture in Harlem, NYC. Its first show in 1934 was Chocolate Soldiers starring Adelaide Hall; the success of the…

01/25 – The Black Brant Scare

Andøya Rocket Range, site of Black Brant's fateful launch. (Thornews) On this day in 1995 - nearly four years after the end of the Cold War - the Russian Federation came within minutes of launching a nuclear strike on the United States. In the morning of January 25th, a rocket was detected by Russian early-warning…

01/24 – Shōichi Yokoi’s War

Yokoi (centre left) upon his return to Japan in 1972. (History Collection) On this day in 1972, Shōichi Yokoi - a Sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army, or IJA - was found in a remote cave in the jungles Guam. Yokoi had served with the IJA's 38th Infantry Regiment during WWII, and fought in several…

01/23 – Rorke’s Drift

Alphonse de Neuville's 1880 painting depicts the heroic British defense, based entirely on British eyewitness accounts. (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1879, a group of roughly 150 British Red Coats completed their defence of Rorke's Drift - a trading post known as kwaJimu (Jim's Land) to the South African locals - against a force…

01/21 – The Spirit Rover Almost Kills Itself

A panorama taken by Spirit on Mars. (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 2004, the Spirit Rover - or, MER-A (Mars Exploration Rover-A) - lost contact with NASA headquarters while performing an exploratory mission on Mars. 17 sols (Martian days) into its journey - which had begun in late 2003 - Spirit suddenly stopped communicating.…

01/20 – Iceland’s Kitchenware Revolution

Icelanders revolt. (AP) On this day in 2009, the largest protests in Icelandic history took place at the Althing (parliament building) in Reykjavik in response to the 2008 Financial Crash. Like billions of people around the world, Icelanders were furious with their leaders' handling of the crisis that devastated their economy. Beginning in 2008... The…

01/19 – The Iran Hostage Crisis

Anti-Iranian protesters in the US. What most of these people failed to realize is that Iranians who had chosen to live in America already rejected the Iranian regime, and as such were not "enemies of America". (Flickr) On this day in 1981, 52 American hostages were released from captivity after an agreement was signed between…

01/18 – The Karantina Massacre

Militia fighters engage an unknown enemy during the Civil War, by Catherine Leroy. (Pinterest) On this day in 1976, forces from the Christian Lebanese Front militia and Phalangists overran a Muslim slum in East Beirut and began the Karantina Massacre. 1,500 civilians - Muslims from Syria, Kurdistan and Palestine - were killed in a stunning…