The Real Gotham

When someone hears of the town of Gotham, they usually associate it with the popular Batman movies and comic books. But there is actually a real village called Gotham located in England. And there is a legend associated with this village that is every bit as interesting as a superhero story. In the 1200s, King…

The Great Smog of London

London, long a major population center in the United Kingdom, had suffered from air pollution since at least the 1200s. The fog that regularly blanketed the city was part of its identity. But the morning of December 5, 1952 began with clear skies, though it was quite cold. As usual, coal fires throughout the city,…

The Anti-Confederate Rebel

History books and movies like to the portray the Confederate South as completely united against the Union forces of the North in the American Civil War. But one man and his rebellion prove that this idea is not completely true. Newton Knight was born in Jones County, Mississippi in 1837. Jones County was a relatively…

Was Jane Austen Poisoned?

In July of 1817, popular novelist Jane Austen died. This writer of such perennial favorites as Pride and Prejudice and Emma was only 41, and she did not have a history of health problems. As medical science was not very advanced in the 1800s, no one knows what killed her, though Addison’s disease and lymphoma…