The Discovery of the High Priest

A vintage photograph, documenting the discovery of the “high priest” statuette and its protective vessel, during the 1929/30 excavation season in Uruk.

"Big Nims" Laughing On the Western Front

"Big Nims" of the United States' 3rd Battalion, 366th Infantry, during World War I. He found great amusement in contemplating the grotesque appearance of his comrade with a gas mask adjusted over his face and head.

Ancient Relief Returned To Egypt

A limestone relief, bearing the cartouche of King Amenhotep I, had been offered for sale in a London auction house. But it has now been given by the UK to Egyptian authorities. What happened? An archaeologist who spotted the relief in London realized it had been stolen from the Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor in 1988. The archaeologist alerted Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, and the ministry’s Repatriation Department used legal and diplomatic channels to stop the sale in London. The limestone relief is back in Egypt, where it had rested for almost 3,500 years.

Political Maps of China in the 1920s

After 4,000 years of dynasties, beginning with the Xia in the 2100s BCE, China had a rough transition to modernity. The country would not be truly unified until after World War II and the victory of the Communist Party in 1948.

"History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them."

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891 – 1956), popularly known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer. He campaigned against social discrimination towards Untouchables (Dalits), while also supporting the rights of women and labor.

Basketball Used To Be Keep-Away

Today, basketball teams can only hold onto the ball for so long before they have to shoot. In the NBA and WNBA the shot clock is 24 seconds. Effectively, this means teams have to give up control of the basketball every 24 seconds or so.

This restriction was not always there. Before 1954, it was legal for a team to build up a comfortable lead, then simply hold onto the ball for the rest of the game!

"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, each of us will have two ideas."

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) an Irish playwright, critic, and activist.

"Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph."

Haile Selassie

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Members

At the Leondi Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 5th, 1972. Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman to be elected to the United States Congress. She represented New York's 12th Congressional District in the House for seven terms, from 1969 to 1983.

Meet the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team - A Segregated Japanese-American Army Unit

The United States' government interned ethnic Japanese who lived in the western United States in camps, at the outbreak of World War II. In addition, all Japanese-American men of draft age, except those already in the armed forces, were classified as 4-C, enemy aliens, forbidden to serve their country. The Japanese government used the internment camps, and military prohibition, as propaganda in Asia. Look, they said -- this is a racial conflict! All Asians might fight against the anti-Asian Americans!

In response, the United States government decided to allow some Japanese to join the military. In 1943, the Army started recruiting in the internment camps for a special, segregated unit. This would be the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team. Many military leaders were reluctant to have Japanese Americans fighting under them. General Eisenhower’s staff had initially rejected the idea of Japanese-American troops, but General Mark Clark, commander of the Fifth Army in Italy, had said that he would “take anybody that will fight”.

The 442nd became one of the most decorated units in World War II. And after 25 years, twenty surviving members of the 442nd would be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor -- the United States' highest award for valor. Sadly, it took 25 years for the US government to look past the skin of men who died to protect it.

Click through the image gallery to see some photographs of the unit, taken during the war.

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    By Lillian Audette

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