Category Archives: HISTORY

General Masaharu Homma and Manila, the open city

General Masaharu Homma and Manila, the open city


The day after Christmas 1941, when his forces left, US Army General Douglas MacArthur had declared Manila an open city and retired to the Bataan and Corregidor Island. Darkened windows were in lights again, and nightclubs were filled with frantically cheerful people. The same day the huge warehouses of oil burned, to prevent the fuel fall into Japanese hands.

Place to visit: Malta

Place to visit: Malta

Surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean, the city of Valletta is one of Europe’s finest historic attractions. Here visitors enjoy sumptuous palaces, theatres, gardens and churches that recall the heyday of the Knights of St John, known also as Knights Hospitaller

Nestorian controversy

Nestorian controversy

Nestorius (c. 386 – c. 451) was Patriarch of Constantinople from 428 to 431, at which point he was condemned by the Church as a heretic because he believed that Christ was actually two persons – divine and human. Upon condemnation, Nestorius and his followers formed a new Christian sect, which today is known as Persian, or Nestorian Church.

When Calamity Jane ‘rides on’

When Calamity Jane ‘rides on’

Martha (or Marthy) Jane Cannary was the oldest of six children, having two brothers and three sisters, born to Robert and Charlotte Cannary. Both of her parents were born in Ohio. In 1865, the family emigrated over five months with a wagon train from Missouri to Virginia City, Montana. Her mother died along the way in Black Foot, Montana, in 1866.

Has good King Wenceslas started it?

Has good King Wenceslas started it?

If you’re looking for something that explains the origins of Boxing Day, well, you’re not going to find it here. The day-after-Christmas holiday is celebrated by most countries in the Commonwealth, but in a what-were-we-doing-again? bout of amnesia, none of them are really sure what they’re celebrating, when it started or why.