Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: Why would anyone want to tear down the statue of Robert E. Lee?

July 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

“I was raised by one of the greatest men in the world. There was never one born of a woman greater than Gen. Robert E. Lee,” said William Mac Lee, a black slave that Lee inherited from his wife’s family, who throughout the Civil War faithfu...

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History Corner: California bandit Tiburcio Vasquez killed people, robbed, charmed the ladies, fought for Californian-Mexican rights, and ended up on the gallows

July 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

Biographer John Boessenecker described California outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez as “handsome, literate, charming, played guitar, and was a skillful dancer. Women were attracted to him and he had many love affairs. He enjoyed reading romantic nove...

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HISTORY CORNER: World War II: The death of an empire and dawn of a new Japan

July 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

It was a cloudy day and the ceremony lasted only 29 minutes.World War II ended with the Japanese signing the Instrument of Surrender documents on the deck of the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. The American copy of th...

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HISTORY CORNER: History remembers the Magnificent Seven under age 25 and what they did

July 07, 2019 at 5:00 am

Age doesn’t seem to matter much when history shows how young people can accomplish so many great things. Here are just seven of them who accomplished great works when only 25 years old or younger:Alexander the Great was 18 when his father, ...

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History Corner: Sailing aboard the wooden warships was tough and dangerous

June 30, 2019 at 5:00 am

Sailing the high seas aboard wooden sailing ships in ancient times took iron men with courage and the unflinching determination to achieve their goals whether exploration of the great unknown, opening new frontiers for commerce, or facing e...

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History Corner: William O. Douglas, the unusual U.S. Supreme Court Justice from Yakima

June 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was described by Judge Richard A. Posner, a law clerk at the Court while he was there, as “bored, distracted, un-collegial, irresponsible … rude, ice-cold, hot-tempered, ungrateful, foul-mouthed...

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HISTORY POPCORN: Scuba diving with Astronaut Buzz Aldrin

June 09, 2019 at 5:00 am

Dear History Corner readers:Everyone has a story to tell. For more than seven years, History Corner has told stories about people, events, places and things. Someone wrote the information down and that’s why it survives to this day. You hav...

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HISTORY CORNER: Swords of our Fathers

June 02, 2019 at 5:00 am

Solemnly the four men quietly marched in step before the guests at the Veterans of Foreign Wars dinner in Coeur d’Alene, their ceremonial swords by their sides. All four are decorated U.S. military veterans who fought in Vietnam — Lew Aller...

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HISTORY CORNER: Shoshone Mike and ‘The Last Indian Massacre’

May 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

During a bitter cold winter in northeastern Nevada, a family of hungry Shoshone/Bannock non-reservation Indians from nearby Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho rustled a few head of cattle for food. They also killed four ranchers to get them, an...

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HISTORY CORNER: The mighty oak tree has long been revered in history, with 600 different kinds around the world — but none native to Idaho

May 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

After starting as a small acorn, oak trees can grow to a huge size and survive life facing torrential rains, bitter winters, drought, disease and raging fires — but not man’s ax. The oak is a treasure to humans and animals and is well recor...

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