In the early hours of July 17th 1918 a family and four faithful servants waited in a dim-lit cellar in a house called “The house of special purpose”. There they were told that they had to pose for a family photo to prove they were still alive .Thisfamily was no other than the family who once ruled Russia. The father was the ex-tsar of Russia, who was a weak ruler but he was a gentle and kind man who loved his family. The mother was descended from Queen Victoria’s bloodline who had a tough childhood after the lost of her mother and baby sister at a young age. Which shaped her into a shy woman. They had five children who were definition of innocence itself. The four beautiful daughters : One was intelligent, one was dutiful, one was brave and one was able to make all frowns turn into a smile. The youngest of the five was the delicate little boy who was originally set to rule Russia someday but that never came to be. And finally the four servants who stuck with them through thick and thin. After waiting, guards started to fill the room and there was no photo to be taken but instead a death sentence was read out. In the blink of an eye bullets ricocheted off the walls and the echo of screams filled the room. After the gunfire, the children and some of the servants were still alive so they were brutally shot/bayoneted to death. In total it took 20-30 minutes to kill all 11 people in that cellar.
This happened 99 years ago today, may they all rest in peace.
99 years ago, in 1918, the labor organizer and Socialist presidential candidate Eugene Victor Debs was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and attempting to obstruct the draft with a speech he delivered in Canton, Ohio earlier that year, in which he criticized the United States’ entry into World War I and war in general. In response to his conviction, Debs delivered a statement to the court in which he explained his philosophy and the motivation behind his actions, and expressed his unwavering faith in the ultimate triumph of socialism and of the people. This is that statement.
Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
In 2015, Lida Xing was visiting a market in northern Myanmar when a salesman brought out a piece of amber about the size of a pink rubber eraser. Inside, he could see a couple of ancient ants and a fuzzy brown tuft that the salesman said was a plant.
As soon as Xing saw it, he knew it wasn’t a plant. It was the delicate, feathered tail of a tiny dinosaur.
“I have studied paleontology for more than 10 years and have been interested in dinosaurs for more than 30 years. But I never expected we could find a dinosaur in amber. This may be the coolest find in my life,” says Xing, a paleontologist at China University of Geosciences in Beijing. “The feathers on the tail are so dense and regular, this is really wonderful.”
He persuaded the Dexu Institute of Palaeontology to buy the artifact.
After analyzing the delicate tail, Xing and his colleagues in China, the U.K. and Canada now have an idea of what type of dinosaur it is, and of the evolutionary clues it holds. Their research was published Thursday in the journal Current Biology.
They say that 99 million years ago, a baby dinosaur about the size of a sparrow got stuck in tree sap and never made it out. Had the young dinosaur had a more auspicious day, it would have grown up to be a little smaller than an ostrich.
Today is the anniversary of the Romanov’s execution. They were killed 99 years ago today.
Many people don’t know that the real-life Anastasia AND the real-life Maria both left the room their family was executed in alive. The daughters were wearing corsets with gems and diamonds sewn inside them, which worked as bullet-proof vests. They were shot at over and over, but still did not die. Many soldiers ran from the sight, claiming it was God’s will that the daughters be left to live. Olga and Tatiana were both shot in the head after shooting them in the chest did not work. Maria and Anastasia had fainted from fear; when the bodies were being moved, Maria sat up and screamed. The head executioner “hit her in the face with the back of a rifle until she stopped screaming,” according to one biographer. Anastasia, some soldiers claimed, was helped out of the truck holding the bodies when she woke up and ran. It was later proven that, whether she ran or not, she died that night with her family – either from the soldiers catching her or from her already sustained wounds.
America’s Previous Coast-To-Coast Eclipse Almost Proved Einstein Right
“While the Moon slowly moved across the Sun’s disk, a mostly cloudless sky heralded great excitement for the team, as many stars near the Sun would have been visible under those conditions. But the duration of eclipse darkness was to last just barely two minutes, and with totality approaching, thin clouds began to cover the Sun just prior to the critical moments where the sky grew dark. For about 15 minutes, including all of totality, the Sun was eclipsed not only by the Moon, but by clouds as well. Not five minutes after it ended, the area surrounding the Sun was completely clear again.”
On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will travel coast-to-coast across the United States, bringing darkness during the day to portions of 14 separate states. The last time such an event occurred was 99 years ago, back in 1918. Back then, Einstein’s General Relativity still had not been proven, and this eclipse not only provided that opportunity, but held an opportunity for America to rise to scientific prominence in the world. The U.S. Naval Observatory sent a team of physicists to Baker City, Oregon, to attempt to make the critical observations. If Einstein was right, starlight would deflect during the day the closer a star’s position was to the Sun. If nature was kind to those fastidious observers, the data could indicate which theory, Newton’s or Einstein’s, was correct. But at the critical moment, the Americans were defeated by nature itself, in the form of clouds.
Summery: You’ve been taken hostage and Bucky has a mission where your being held.
Word Count: 1,300+
Warnings: Themes of torture, death, guns, heights(idk if this is a trigger).
A/N: So this is my largest one shot so far, idea and proof reading from @helllaellla AKA biggest cutie pie ever. Its kind of fluff, idk what it is really. *gif not mine.
Key: Italics are Bucky’s thoughts. Speech with brackets are Russian (I don’t speak Russian and didn’t want to use google translate).
The mission was simple. Get in the building, get the information and get out. No unnecessary deaths and all hostages saved. Since Bucky knew the complex he was obviously Fury’s first choice, but Steve and Natasha were on standby.
‘You ready, James?’ Natasha called out from the cockpit. Bucky looked down at the vast white of Siberia and sighed.
‘As ready as I’ll ever be, Natalia!’ He shouted back. He looked over his shoulder at Steve who offered him a hopeful smile.
Despite being a supersoldier and master assassin Bucky was afraid of heights (he did die falling of a moving train). But he knew the mission had to be completed and he was best equipped for it. So he swallowed his fear and jumped out of the jet that was circling his target.
‘Okay, Barnes. Wait to open your parachute, we don’t want them spotting you’ Bucky could hear Maria’s voice through his earpiece. Modern technology is amazing. ‘3-2-1. Now!’
Picture taken 99 years ago showing the allied high command standing out of the train wagon where the Armistice was signed at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of 1918. Thus ending The Great War. The second from right to left is Ferdinand Foch, commander-in-chief of the french armed forces.