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This document is entitled “The Progression of Events of 20 July 1944”; it was auctioned

This document is entitled “The Progression of Events of 20 July 1944”; it was auctioned on January 31st.

The six-page typed document contains the eyewitness account of General Adolf Heusinger describing the events of July 20th, 1944. Heusinger was in the Wolf’s Lair, standing next to Adolf Hitler when a bomb contained in a suitcase, planted by Claus von Stauffenberg, exploded, killing four men and injuring Hitler himself.

The overall plot to overthrow Hitler and take control of the German military was a modification of an official plan to continue government operations in the event of a breakdown in civil order. The plan was named “Unternehmen Walküre”, or “Operation Valkyrie”.

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“Suspended Together” by Manal Al-Dowayan. The installation consists of 200 fibreglass do

Suspended Together” by Manal Al-Dowayan.

The installation consists of 200 fibreglass doves. Each dove carries a Saudi Arabian permission document which allows women to travel. These documents are issued by the male guardians of Saudi women, and are required for unaccompanied travel.

The documents in the installation were donated by journalists, scientists, artists, and other leaders in Saudi society, from the ages of six months to 60 years.

Via Colossal.

January 31st, 1606: Guy Fawkes and three of his co-conspirators, having been found guilty of treason

January 31st, 1606: Guy Fawkes and three of his co-conspirators, having been found guilty of treason, were dragged from the Tower of London to the Old Palace Yard at Westminster. They had been sentenced to be drawn, hanged and quartered.

Fawkes’ associates went to the scaffold first. When it was Fawkes’ turn, he managed to climb high enough that, upon jumping from the scaffold, his neck broke and thus he was spared the more gruesome aspects of his sentence.

His body was nevertheless quartered and the pieces distributed across the kingdom to serve as a warning.

“The Landing of Julius Caesar” and “The Landing of Brutus”, watercolours fin

“The Landing of Julius Caesar” and “The Landing of Brutus”, watercolours finished in ink, by William Blake, 1793.

These paintings were meant to be turned into engravings and included in Blake’s “The History of England”. No copies of the book are known to exist. The watercolour studies are currently held by Princeton.

The Turgot Map of Paris was commissioned in 1734 by Michel-Étienne Turgot, and printed between 1734

The Turgot Map of Paris was commissioned in 1734 by Michel-Étienne Turgot, and printed between 1734 and 1736.

The map is drawn from an isometric perspective and is in the form of 20 separate, non-overlapping engravings. The assembled map is approximately 2.5m high by 3.2m wide. The original copper plates are kept at the Chalcography of the Louvre, where they are still used to reprint copies of the map which are available for purchase.

The map can be found in a single file at Wikimedia Commons, and divided up into higher-resolution chunks at the Kyoto University Library and at Harvard University.

Currently near the top of the list of things I wish I could go and see is the Royal Society’s

Currently near the top of the list of things I wish I could go and see is the Royal Society’s “Treasures of the Royal Society Library”, an exhibition celebrating their 350-year-old collection of scientific books.

The exhibition’s website has more examples of what is on display.

The New York Public Library has launched a site called the Stereogranimator, a crowdsourced project

The New York Public Library has launched a site called the Stereogranimator, a crowdsourced project to generate animated GIF files or 3-D anaglyphs from the NYPL’s extensive collection of historical stereographs.

Have a look at the site to view the gallery of images that have been converted, or to create and share your own using the site’s web-based interface.