Friday, May 27, 2011

Anchor from Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge recovered

The huge anchor from what's believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge has been raised from the ocean floor off the North Carolina coast. Archaeologists believe the anchor recovered Friday is from the famous flagship of Blackbeard. The vessel sank in 1718 just a few months before Blackbeard was killed in battle.

The artifact is the third-largest item at the shipwreck, outsized only by two other anchors. Researchers retrieved the anchor from the shipwreck about 20 feet under water and were bringing it to shore. The work to retrieve it began last week. The anchor is about 11 feet long.

The recovery coincides with the release this month of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." The movie features both Blackbeard and the Queen Anne's Revenge as major players.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Winston Churchill becomes British Prime Minister

This is one of those "small" events & decisions upon which our world turned....can you even imagine what our world would look like today if the King had chosen Viscount Halifax and the "separate peace" with Hitler he stood for in the late spring of 1940....Instead of the separate peace he was counting on with the UK, Hitler got Winston Churchill...and the rest, they say, is HISTORY!

Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, is called to replace Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister following the latter's resignation after losing a confidence vote in the House of Commons.

In 1938, Prime Minister Chamberlain signed the Munich Pact with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, giving Czechoslovakia over to German conquest but bringing, as Chamberlain promised, "peace in our time." In September 1939, that peace was shattered by Hitler's invasion of Poland. Chamberlain declared war against Germany but during the next eight months showed himself to be ill-equipped for the daunting task of saving Europe from Nazi conquest. After British forces failed to prevent the German occupation of Norway in April 1940, Chamberlain lost the support of many members of his Conservative Party. On May 10, Hitler invaded Holland, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The same day, Chamberlain formally lost the confidence of the House of Commons.

Churchill, who was known for his military leadership ability, was appointed British prime minister in his place. He formed an all-party coalition and quickly won the popular support of Britons. On May 13, in his first speech before the House of Commons, Prime Minister Churchill declared that "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat" and offered an outline of his bold plans for British resistance. In the first year of his administration, Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany, but Churchill promised his country and the world that the British people would "never surrender." They never did.