Category Archives: Hidden History

March 17, 2020

The 1939 Invasion of Germany (Video)

The largely unknown Allied invasion of Germany in September 1939.

March 10, 2020

How Iran Threw the World’s Greatest Party In a Desert (Video)

In 1971, Iran threw an extravagant and exclusive party to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian empire. The party had a grandeur never seen before in the world’s recorded history. It had delicious food from the world’s best restaurant, exquisite drinks, luxurious accommodations, medieval European style decorations, and more importantly – the party had the most decorated guestlist – heads of states from 65 different countries, emperors, kings and queens, princes and princesses, sheiks, sultans, and business figures of all kinds from 5 different continents. The venue of the event was not some ancient castle or a seven-star hotel, instead, everything was organized from scratch, in the middle of a desert, by building plastic tents. The cost of all of this? Not a million dollars; Not a billion dollars; this party almost cost a dynasty. It proved to be a stepping stone for the rise of the Iranian revolution and the fall of the Iranian Monarchy that changed the country forever.

December 24, 2019

Kremlin Secret Files: Magic drugs for Soviet leaders (Video)

They say that there was a magic pill that could cure any illness and prolong life. But only the Soviet leaders had an access to it. Get inside the Kremlin walls and learn what the heads of USSR used to eat and drink, how they protected themselves from illnesses and what their main phobias were. Meet the doctors, chefs and close relatives of people who ruled the state and find out all the Kremlin secrets.

October 7, 2019

Video: Hawaii and the Tanager Expedition of 1923

When Theodore Roosevelt created the Hawaiian Islands reserve for the protection of native birds, the expansive Northwestern Hawaiian island had not been the subject of a systematic scientific inquiry. The expeditions aboard the USS Tanager changed our understanding of some of the nation’s most remote territories. It is history that deserves to be remembered.

February 7, 2018

Sitting with Wyatt Earp

Never-before-seen biographer materials donated to the Tombstone Courthouse.

Dreams of a “fly-on-the-wall” moment in Western history certainly include sitting with Wyatt Earp in the 1920s as he set the record straight about his life and legend, including
his take on the 1881 Gunfight Behind the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory.

During Sunday visits to the Los Angeles cottage Wyatt shared with his wife, Josephine, Wyatt’s secretary John H. Flood Jr. captured every word.

For nearly 100 years, those shorthand notes—along with an early typed manuscript of Earp’s biography and photos of the last years of the Earps’ lives—have been in private hands.

Now the public can become a fly-on-the-wall to Wyatt’s version of his days in Arizona, Kansas and Colorado, thanks to a donation to the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park by Eric Weider, former owner and publisher of Wild West magazine.

“This is as close as you can get to talking to Wyatt Earp, and hopefully will contribute to the knowledge of the West,” Weider says.

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February 5, 2018

Chicano Founder Preaches La Raza Nationalism – Corky Gonzales, UCLA 1969 (Video)

Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales preaches nationalism for “Chicanos” in a speech at the University of California Los Angeles in 1969. This was one year before Chicano Park was occupied in San Diego and provides a good idea what the Park is about and how they feel about police. The Chicano Park Steering Committee calls it the first part of Aztlan to be occupied and they say that the domination of the rest of Aztlan will grow out of the Park. The call the Park the Ombligo (navel) of Aztlan. Gonzales was one of the four Founders of Chicano political movement.

February 2, 2018

Joe Kennedy III and America’s Long Overdue Reckoning About His Family

“The fact that the Kennedy family — the original postwar dynasty of the one percent — possessed, and exerted, the influence to squash the case is the essence of what Chappaquiddick means. The Kennedys lived outside the law.”

From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:

Joe Kennedy III and America’s Long Overdue Reckoning About His Family

There’s a wide chasm between how Democrats perceive the Kennedys and the actual truth, and it’s not petty to keep pointing out that gap. There’s a stack of evidence showing that a lot of the Kennedys were horrible, selfish, abusive people who were somehow stage-managed and airbrushed into secular saints. The list of scandals runs generations, from lobotomizing Rosemary Kennedy, to JFK making Jackie get electroshock treatments, to the multiple allegations against William Kennedy Smith, to Patrick Kennedy driving under the influence. And of course, Chappaquiddick.

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January 27, 2018

Geronimo Prize Breaks Record

World record broken by firearm presented to a soldier after he helped capture the notorious Apache leader.

A Model 1886 Winchester rifle presented to the man who captured Apache leader Geronimo 130 years ago this August is now the most expensive single firearm ever sold at auction, after hammering down for $1.1 million at Rock Island Auction Company’s spring sale that concluded May 1.

Other guns have sold higher as a pair, but no other single firearm surpasses this auction record. The previous record holder was an 1849 Colt pocket revolver, serial no. 63306, that hammered for $950,000 at Sotheby’s New York in 2012.

Starting from their Arizona Territory headquarters at Fort Huachuca, Capt. Henry W. Lawton and his troops ferociously tracked Geronimo and his warriors through a desolate landscape for months before succeeding in convincing the Apache leader to surrender, for the final time, in 1886. Geronimo’s capture marked the end of the Apache Wars, even though troops would still face problems with Apaches, particularly the Apache Kid’s outbreak in 1889. But the Apaches’ overall 200-year reign of terror, starting with their attacks on Spanish missions in the late 1600s, was given a death blow with Geronimo’s capture.

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January 24, 2018

Surviving Captivity: Idaho-bound Fanny Kelly kept her wits about her during her scrapes with death

Fanny despaired the loss of her entire family and the role her advice had played in these events. After a disastrous attack by Union Brig. Gen. Alfred Sully’s force, the Sioux threatened to burn Fanny at the stake; Ottawa spared her. For the next five months, Fanny was passed around between tribes.

In 1864, as the Civil War ground toward its bloody finish, the West was aflame in widespread Indian conflicts of unimaginable violence and scope. Unconcerned by the dangers of traveling in small groups, a party of Idaho-bound emigrants camped on Little Box Elder Creek in present-day Wyoming. On July 12, they were detected by a roaming party of Oglala led by their war chief, Ottawa.

As the Indians approached, the emigrants prepared to issue a welcome of powder and shot, but Fanny Kelly dissuaded them. She passionately pointed out the Indians’ overwhelming numbers. Fanny’s husband, Josiah, acceded to her pleas and parlayed with the Sioux. The warriors demanded provisions and a prized racehorse. The Kellys gave everything asked for, save Josiah’s guns.

The emigrants were allowed to go in peace, but became apprehensive as the warriors continued to travel with them. Approaching a rocky glen and fearing a trap within, Josiah called a halt. Josiah convinced the leader to accept a farewell feast before departing.

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January 21, 2018

Long-lost tapes reveal details of plan hatched by the ‘Jewish Avengers’ to kill six million Germans by poisoning the country’s water supply in revenge for the Holocaust

Film maker Avi Merkado unearthed ten tapes buried in a museum in Israel. They shed light on Avengers’ foiled plot to poison the water in post-war Germany. Channel 4 documentary Holocaust: The Revenge Plot will air on January 27.

Long-lost tapes reveal details of a foiled plan by the Jewish Avengers to kill six million Germans by poisoning the country’s water supply in revenge for the Holocaust.

Film maker Avi Merkado found ten tapes, buried in a museum in Israel, which detailed how a band of Jewish partisans formed after the Second World War.

The recordings – which have never been heard in public – are at the heart of a new documentary entitled Holocaust: The Revenge Plot, due to air on January 27.

Recorded in 1985, when their leader Vilnius Ghetto survivor and Israeli poet Abba Kovner, was dying of cancer, they provide the most detailed account of the group’s 1946 plans.

The tapes describe how The Avengers, led by Kovner and Pasha Reichmann, funded their activities with £5 notes, forged by Jews in concentration camps and exchanged on the black market.

They claim that the late Israeli Presidents, Chaim Weizmann and Ephraim Katzir, were instrumental in helping the Avengers acquire the poison they needed for their audacious plot.

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