Operation Finale

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A new exhibition premiering at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City reveals the secret history behind the capture, extradition, and trial of one of the world’s most notorious war criminals: Adolf Eichmann. Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann, featuring recently declassified artifacts […]

‘For the Mighty Wind Arises, Roaring Seaward, and I Go.’

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Best we can tell, Samuel Taylor Coleridge never visited Lower Manhattan. But if he had experienced this community — surrounded by rivers, but seemingly bereft of opportunities to come in contact with them — he might have recast his most famous lines as, “water, water, everywhere, but none on which to sail.” He would have […]

Today in History

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1540 – Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of treason. Henry marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, on the same day. 1854 – USS Constellation (1854), the last all-sail warship built by the United States Navy, is commissioned. 1866 – At the age of 18, Vinnie Ream becomes the first and youngest female […]

July 26

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1469 – Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Edgecote Moor, pitting the forces of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick against those of Edward IV of England, takes place. 1745 – The first recorded women’s cricket match takes place near Guildford, England. 1775 – The office that would later become the United States Post […]

July 25

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1593 – Henry IV of France publicly converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism. 1603 – James VI of Scotland is crowned king of England (James I of England), bringing the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland into personal union. Political union would occur in 1707. 1609 – The English ship Sea Venture, en route […]

July 24

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1487 – Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against a ban on foreign beer. 1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI. 1823 – Slavery is abolished in Chile. 1823 – In Maracaibo, Venezuela the naval Battle of Lake Maracaibo takes place, where Admiral José Prudencio […]

July 21

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356 BC – The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is destroyed by arson. 1568 – Eighty Years’ War: Battle of Jemmingen: Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alva defeats Louis of Nassau. 1645 – Qing dynasty regent Dorgon issues an edict ordering all Han Chinese men to […]

Making Some Dough This Summer

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Rising high school freshman Jack Greenleaf has been making good use of his summer break. On July 1, he started Bread and Monkey, a banana bread company servicing Battery Park City. On his first day of business, Mr. Greenleaf says that he spent the day baking and publishing his website (with the help of his […]

July 13

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587 BC – Babylon’s siege of Jerusalem ends following the destruction of Solomon’s Temple. 1174 – William I of Scotland, a key rebel in the Revolt of 1173-74, is captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to Henry II of England. 1787 – The Continental Congress enacts the Northwest Ordinance establishing governing rules for the Northwest […]

Jade for Eternity at the China Institute

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The China Institute, located at 100 Washington Street, has a new gallery exhibition open for the summer: Dream of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity. This solo exhibition from Xuzhou Museum, debuting in the U.S. for the first time, displays more than 100 newly-excavated artifacts of jade, terracotta soldiers, and bronzes from the Western […]