This Week In History News, August 13 – 19

Published August 18, 2017
Updated April 13, 2018

New D.B. Cooper findings, Trump's father's KKK connection, 13-million-year-old skull discovery, Jack the Ripper postcard auction, and "the most bizarre dinosaur ever found."

D.B. Cooper Mystery Finally Solved Thanks To New Physical Evidence?

Db Cooper

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A group of volunteer investigators claim to have discovered new evidence that will help solve the longstanding mystery of the fate of D.B. Cooper.

Fox News reports that the group has revealed that the investigators have uncovered what “appears to be a decades-old parachute strap.” This parachute strap was recovered on the location where a “credible source” stated that D.B. Cooper landed after his daring heist.

Dig deeper here.

That Time Trump’s Father Was Arrested At A KKK Rally

Queens Kkk Rally

YouTubeBrooklyn Daily Eagle coverage of the 1927 Ku Klux Klan march in Queens.

After the violence that occurred this weekend — during which more than 30 people were injured and three were killed at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia — Donald Trump made a statement that people on both sides of the political spectrum took issue with:

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” he said. “On many sides.”

He failed to mention the hate groups responsible for the rally (which was initially spurred in response to the removal of Confederate statues) or to explicitly denounce their message of racism.

This is actually not the first time that the Trump name has been in the news in connection with a white supremacist rally. For that, we have to go back 90 years.

Read the story here.

13-Million-Year Old Skull Found On Smoke Break Offers Clues On How Humans Came To Be

Ancient Baby Skull


Buried under layers of volcanic ash in Northern Kenya, a skull the size of a lemon was recently uncovered by scientists.

It belonged to a baby ape that lived 13 million years ago and is remarkably preserved — complete with impressions of the creature’s brain on the inside and its adult teeth that had yet to grow in.

“We’ve been looking for ape fossils for years — this is the first time we’re getting a skull that’s complete,” Isaiah Nengo, the anthropologist who led the discovery, told National Geographic.

Read more here.

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