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locust hill

from lewis and clark posted in history by pete_nice

Locust Hill is the birthplace of Meriwether Lewis. Only a few minutes from Charlottesville, the property of nearly 2000 acres was purchased by Lewis’ grandfather, Robert Lewis, in 1730. The plantation stayed in the Lewis family for five generations into the 21st century.

Meriwether Lewis was born here in 1774, and moved away to Georgia with his mother and stepfather just a few years later. Lewis returned here to live briefly as a young man and manage the estate for a few years prior to entering the army.

The house Meriwether Lewis was born in was built out of logs by his father William in 1766. That house burned down in 1837, and a new house was rebuilt incorporating some of the material of the original house.

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from intentional community, cults posted in history by pete_nice

From 1981 to 1985, the followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh built and lived in the city of Rajneeshpuram on the 64,000+ acres of the Big Muddy Ranch near the small town of Antelope, OR.

This became the subject of the 8-hour documentary, Wild Wild West. While the Rajneeshees religious practice and beliefs are generally glossed over, the film delves into (sometimes staggering) detail about the power dynamics between the community and the surrounding city, county, state, and federal governments, and eventually themselves.

Highlights include the first bio-attack in American history, mass transport of homeless people and blendered beavers.

Two thumbs up.

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lake oahe

from indigenous rights, environmental movement posted in history by pete_nice

The fourth largest reservoir by volume in the United States, Lake Oahe, is the product of the Oahe Dam on the Missouri River.

Native American culture runs deep in these parts: the western part of the lake is split into the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The legendary Sioux leader, Sitting Bull, may be buried at two possible sites near the lake.

In the 1960s, the US Army Corps of Engineers initiated 5 dams that flooded 200,000 acres of the habitable land in this area. As of 2015, the poverty rate is still associated with the history of this event.

In 2016, the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) made repeated attempts to cross Lake Oahe to bring crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in the northwestern corner of North Dakota to the oil refinery at Pakota, Illinois.

Many Bothans died to bring you this information.

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uss pueblo

from north korea, totalitarianism posted in history by pete_nice

The USS Pueblo started life on the shores of Lake Michigan, at the Kewaunee Shipbuilding and Engineering Company in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, on April 16, 1944.

After several twists and turns, she found herself as a "spy ship" hovering around the Tsushima Strait in the Sea of Japan. On January 23, 1968, the North Koreans attempted to assassinate the president of South Korea. Feeling a bit overzealous, they sent a sub out to capture the Pueblo as well.

For 11 months, 82 crewmen were held in captivity. They were subjected to a show trial and found their images used for propaganda, so they constantly gave the middle finger to the camera, telling the North Koreans it meant "Good Luck" in Hawaiian.

The crew was released in December of 1968. Today, the Pueblo is moored in the Potong River in Pyongyang as a museum ship against the imperialist capitalist overlords.

Currently, it is the only US Navy ship commissioned that is being held captive.

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wreckage of u-2 spy plane

from the cold war posted in history by pete_nice

On May Day (May 1) in 1960, Francis Gary Powers was flying a mission in a Lockheed U-2 spy plane when a series of missiles brought down his plane near Svedlovsk. The plane crashed but was not destroyed, and and a sensationalized trial led to Powers being convicted and sentenced to 3 years of prison and 7 years hard labor (he was traded for a Soviet spy after 21 months).

Today, the wreckage of the U-2 can be viewed at the Central Armed Forces Museum (formerly known as The Museum of the Soviet Army).

We'd like it back now, please and thank you.

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