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Rise and Fall of Silver Islet

In 1868 Canada as a nation was one year old and for the most part a relatively untouched land dominated by a harsh and lonely wilderness, The North Shore of Lake Superior was one such area and in that year the government decided to levy a tax upon all mineral lands. As such the Montreal mining companies sent a small surveying party to prospect it's holdings in the Thunder Bay district, this res

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Galileo

Galileo

It was a time of discord in the Christian world, threatened by the Protestant Reformation the Roman Catholic Church demanded strict adherence to its dogma enforced by the violent threat of inquisition, fear of heresy was in the air. In this turbulent era Galileo Galilei would become Europe's most celebrated scientist, if there is any one person who it can be said created modern science it has t

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A Defeated People

A Defeated People

A Defeated People is a historical short documentary which was released in 1946 by the Crown Film Unit, the film depicts the shattered state of Germany after the second World War, both physically and as a society. What makes this film interesting is that the overall tone of it is one of sympathy towards the german people rather than the typical attitude of blame, which was more common for the time.

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins

This Easter marked the 100th anniversary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising. Michael Collins who was born in Clonakilty, Co. Cork on the 16th of October 1890 was a foot-soldier in this Rising and during the War of Independence (1919-1921) he became director of intelligence for the I.R.A., their primary objective being to weaken the British intelligence system through an effective network of Irish spi

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The Big Burn

The Big Burn

On August 19th 1910, an assistant forest ranger named Edmund Pulaski emerged out of the smoked filled Bitterroot Mountains, that loomed over the town of Wallace, Idaho. For months himself and his crew has been fighting wild fires in the Bitterroot's but despite all of their efforts he was afraid that the town was going to burn. Pulaski's worst fears came true the very next day when the town of

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Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary

Queen Elizabeth I, conqueror of the Spanish Armada, Tudor defender of the Protestant faith, the headstrong Virgin Queen who refused to marry, but out of all of her challenges her most grueling battle happened to be with another women, her own cousin, Mary Stuart Queen of Scots. Elizabeth had not faced a more relentless threat to her crown or her life, both claimed the English throne, two Queens o

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The Incredible Machine

An interesting short film that was originally released in 1968 by Bell Telephone Laboratories, The Incredible Machine details the advancements being made in the field of computing and digital technology at the time. Featuring the 'Graphic 1' computer system which itself was designed by Bell Labs we get a taste of digital music composition, electronic circuit design, digital movie production, digit

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Hitler of The Andes

In April 1945, Hitler was the most wanted man in Europe. Dead or alive, the victorious Allies needed to see his body in the dock of a courtroom or in a grave but in the chaos of war proof that the dictator had died proved elusive. Maybe Hitler was dead or maybe he had escaped, this was a question many had at the time. The mystery of the missing dictator drew in spies, scientists and historians

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The Shooting of Ronald Reagan

On March 30th of 1981, just a mear 69 days into Ronald Reagan's presidency an attempted assassination was carried out on his life. Reagan had just wrapped up a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. and upon leaving the venue a man by the name of John Hinckley, Jr. opened fire on him, as a result of which President Reagan and three others were hit and wounded. The m

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