An Animated Look at the History of Weapons


Expedition in the central parts of South America; Castelnau Expedition, 1850-59 ; By Castelnau, Francis, comte de, 1812-1880 on Flickr.

Publication info Paris :Chez P. Bertrand,1850-1859.
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May 22 1985: Wolfgang “Woolie” Reitherman Passes Away

One of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men”, Wolfgang “Woolie” Reitherman, passes away suddenly in Burbank, California at age 75. He was the first animator to be given a directorial role for the full length feature The Sword in the Stone. He will be named a Disney Legend in 1989.


Petoskey stones are the fossilized skeletons of a type of ancient coral reef species known as Hexogonaria percarinata, which once covered all of what is now eastern Canada and the United States. They were formed when sheets of ice scraped the bedrock, picking up the long-dead fragments of coral, and then grinding off their rough edges and depositing them along the eastern seaboard of North America. 

The War Ends in Europe

The massive swastika atop the Nazi party stadium in Nuremberg is blown up in dramatic fashion by advancing U.S. troops, ca. April 25, 1945, in the final days of the World War II in Europe.  Less than 2 weeks later, German forces surrendered unconditionally to the Allies on May 7, 1945.

Excerpted from “The War Ends in Europe
Motion Picture Films from “United News” Newsreels, 1942 - 1945