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Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Sir Ernest Shackleton was an experienced seaman and adventurer, who was known for having gone "furthest south" until Roald Amundsen swooped in and became the first to reach the South Pole. Undaunted, Shackleton created a new expedition that was to attempt to cross Antarctica on foot.

The expedition, however, failed at its beginning when Shackleton's ship, the Endurance, got stuck in ice just 200 miles from their destination. The story of their survival out in one of the coldest, most inhospitable climates on Earth is more than just amazing -- it's astounding. Find out more about the adventures of Shackleton and his crew during their voyage to the bottom of the Earth.

History Quote of the Week

Thursday March 27, 2014

"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath." -- by author F. Scott Fitzgerald

For more: History Quotes, Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Monday March 24, 2014
The novel The Great Gatsby is required reading in almost every high school these days, yet when it was published, F. Scott Fitzgerald had no idea that he was to be remembered as one of the greatest American writers. F. Scott Fitzgerald was a big drinker and loved to party, both of which hindered his writing and ultimately led to his death at the early age of 44. Learn more about the fascinating life of author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Monday March 24, 2014
On March 24, 1989, the oil-tanker Exxon Valdez hit a submerged reef off the coast of Alaska, ripping holes in its hull. Since emergency crews were slow to respond, the Exxon Valdez ultimately spilled 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into the beautiful Prince William Sound. Find out how the horrible Exxon Valdez oil spill happened and what damage it did to the wildlife.

History Quote of the Week

Thursday March 20, 2014

"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist." -- Quote by Queen Victoria, in regards to the Boer War

For more: History Quotes, Biography of Queen Victoria

The Boer War

Thursday March 20, 2014
From 1899 to 1902, the British and the Boers (Dutch farmers) fought against each other in South Africa. Known as the Boer War, the Anglo-Boer War, and the South African War, this battle saw the emergence of successful guerrilla warfare but also of unsanitary and poorly run concentration camps. The Boer War was fought over the independence of the two Boer republics and the gold that had been found within. Learn more about the Boer War.

100 Famous Women of the 20th Century

Thursday March 13, 2014

The 100 famous women on this list were truly amazing. A few are remembered for their beauty, but most are well known for their intellect, business-sense, athleticism, or courage. All faced adversity; a few were murdered. Learn more about these fascinating women who made their mark on history.

Want to Write About History?

Thursday March 13, 2014

I am currently looking for two contributing writers to write feature articles here on 20th Century History at About.com. Any U.S. citizen with a passion for history and strong writing skills may apply. If you are interested, please send a cover email, resume, and writing sample to me at history1900s@aboutguide.com.

Each 20th Century History contributing writer will write one to two articles (1500-2500 words each) per month. This is a home-based, online job that will pay a small stipend per article. All content created by the contributing writer(s) will include their own byline.

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Woodstock: The Groovy Music Festival

Thursday February 27, 2014

The 1960s were a groovy time in the United States, with the music festival at Woodstock in 1969 being one of the highlights of the hippie era. It was planned as a three-day concert but is remembered for more than just rock-n-roll -- there were also lots of drugs, sex, and mud. Find out more about the planning of the massive Woodstock music festival and what surprises were in store for those who attended.

Pluto Discovered

Thursday February 27, 2014

It was a very exciting day on February 18, 1930, when Clyde W. Tombaugh, an assistant at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, discovered a new planet in our solar system. A contest was held to pick a name and the name "Pluto" was chosen. For seven decades, Pluto was considered our ninth planet. Learn more about the discovery of Pluto and how it was later downgraded from planet to a dwarf planet.

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