The “Dark Day,” Tom Petty & the Lost Cause, pigeon-guided missiles, and Coke.

The New York Times “Disunion” blog takes a look at the international impact of the Civil War: How the Civil War Changed the World.

On this day in 1780, something very creepy and ominous happened in New England that freaked everyone out. What was it, and what caused this “Dark Day?”

Speaking of New England, a cataloger at the state library of Massachusetts made a neat discovery while handling an 1813 biography.

Over on Civil War Pop, Christian McWhirter returns to the subject he does best: music. Here he shows how Tom Petty’s Southern Accents album is a dose of the Lost Cause.

Megan Kate Nelson wants to help you win a major award. Just take advantage of her “Bancroft Prize Title Generator!”

So did you know the US military once tried out having pigeon-guided missiles? (Yes, pigeons.) Here is a list of seven unusual experiments by the US military.

Those of us of a certain age were already very familiar with the Coke commercial that ended Mad Men, but here the Smithsonian explains the history and significance of that iconic TV ad.


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