Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: America’s first nuclear submarine began in Idaho

March 03, 2019 at 5:00 am

At 11:47 in the morning of Jan. 21, 1951, first lady Mamie Eisenhower smashed a bottle of champagne on the bow of the USS Nautilus and America’s first nuclear submarine slid down into the Thames River in Connecticut.It was a proud moment fo...

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History Corner: Makah Indians of Olympic Peninsula captured three Japanese sailors lost at sea

February 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

In 1834, the seal and whale-hunting Makah Indians of the Northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula were surprised to see a dilapidated Japanese junk drift ashore with three Japanese sailors on board. They had seen Europeans before years ear...

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HISTORY CORNER: Pilgrims and Puritans were among those that shaped American character

February 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

America is an exceptional country, and Americans are exceptional people. How did that happen?It started with the Pilgrims when they arrived at Cape Cod aboard the Mayflower from England in 1620, followed 29 years later by the arrival of the...

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HISTORY CORNER: Historic walls from Jericho to Mexico — do they work?

February 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

With all the chatter today about building a security wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, perhaps there’s merit to looking into the history of walls and whether or not they have been a good idea.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate mino...

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HISTORY CORNER: Dogs of our fathers: Part III

February 03, 2019 at 5:00 am

Great dogs in movies and TV

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HISTORY CORNER: Dogs of our fathers: Part II

January 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

Smoky was a tiny Yorkshire terrier that seemed to know that she had a mission on Earth. In World War II, an Australian soldier found her huddled in an abandoned foxhole in the New Guinea jungle — possibly left behind by retreating Japanese ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Dogs of our fathers: Part I

January 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

Common belief claims pet dogs evolved from wolves. But not everyone agrees. Some say early humans raised wolf pups as pets and after a few generations they somehow became domesticated. Or perhaps wolves observed that man was better at hunti...

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HISTORY CORNER: France’s gift to the United States: the Statue of Liberty

January 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

For 143 years, the Statue of Liberty has shined as a beacon of hope and freedom in a world filled with too much despair and bondage. Édouard de Laboulaye was a French intellectual with an interest in President Lincoln, the U.S. Constitution...

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Dark chapters in the cultural history of a growing America

January 05, 2019 at 5:00 am

When Columbus landed in the New World in 1492, North America was home to as many as 15 million Native Americans. The 2010 Census says that today there are 5.2 million people in the United States who identify as American Indian and Alaska Na...

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HISTORY CORNER: Native Americans, explorers, trappers, settlers and miners — the Snake River has seen them all

December 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

High on the Continental Divide at a place called Two Oceans Plateau at 8,200 feet altitude, three tiny creeks in Yellowstone National Park flow west and south into Wyoming’s Lake Jackson. That’s how Idaho’s 1,078-mile Snake River was born. ...

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