The 1950s Queer Black Performers Who Inspired Little Richard

Little Richard honed his craft as a teenage drag queen. We see the influence of gay contemporaries like Esquerita and Billy Wright. Introduction ince Little Richard died on May 9, he’s been rightly celebrated as one of the most exciting and influential performers in the canon of American popular music. But in most tributes, the[…]

World War Two Weapons That Flopped

World War Two saw a massive increase in weapon types and technology. Some didn’t work out quite so well. Panjandrum: The Ultimate Invasion Weapon This ungainly device was intended to be used against the beach defences of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. It consisted of two rocket-propelled wheels, ten feet in diameter, joined by a cylinder filled with[…]

Aerial Warfare during World War One

From Zeppelin airships to propaganda leaflet drops, aerial combat was used on a large scale for the first time in World War One. Introduction Aerial warfare was by no means a First World War invention. Balloons had already been used for observation and propaganda distribution during the Napoleonic wars and the Franco-Prussian conflict of 1870-1871.[…]

The Life and Works of Ancient Roman Historian Tacitus

Publius Cornelius Tacitus (l. c. 56 – c. 118 CE) was a Roman historian, active throughout the reign of Trajan (r. 98-117 CE) and the early years of Hadrian (r. 117-138 CE). His best-known works are Histories and Annals, which cover the history of the empire from the time of the Julio-Claudians to the reign of Domitian (r. 81-96[…]