066: An Immense Box of Sand

Italian soldiers defending the Tripoli perimeter in 1911. Note the use of defensive trenches.

 
Spurred on by right-wing agitation at home, the government of Italy declares war on the Ottoman Empire to secure its claim to the province of Tripoli, known in our time as Libya.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Overture to La Forza del Destino
Composed in 1862 by Giuseppe Verdi. Public domain.
Performed by the University of Chicago Orchestra, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. Source.

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065: The Panther Leap

The German gunboat SMS Panther.

 

Unrest and instability plague the Ottoman Empire, and a year of relative calm in the rest of Europe ends when a German gunboat suddenly appears off the coast of Morocco.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“Kâtibim”
Traditional Turkish folk song. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

Tradidional Moroccan folk music
Public domain.
Recorded by Freesound user Eelke and used pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. Source.

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064: A Night to Remember

Sixteen-year old newsboy Ned Parfett hawks newspapers reporting the Titanic disaster outside the London office of White Star Line. Ned would later enlist in the Royal Artillery and be killed in action on October 28, 1918, just two weeks before the end of the Great War.

The world’s largest ocean liner, Titanic, strikes an iceberg and sinks on the night of April 14, 1912, becoming history’s most famous maritime disaster.

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Overture to Oberon, or The Elf King’s Oath
Composed in 1826 by Carl Maria von Weber. Public domain.
Performed by The United States Navy Band. Public domain recording. Source.

“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”
Composed in 1911 by Irving Berlin. Public domain.

“Eternal Father, Strong to Save”
Composed in 1860 by William Whiting. Public domain.
Performed by The United States Navy Band. Public domain recording. Source.

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063: Like a Bull Moose

A period cartoon from Punch comments on the rivalry between Taft and Roosevelt.

The growing rift between US President William Howard Taft and his predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt, comes to a head in the 1912 Presidential election, as Roosevelt decides to challenge Taft for the Republican Presidential nomination.

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Opening Theme

“Scott Joplin’s New Rag”
Composed in 1912 by Scott Joplin. Public domain.
Performed by Gerluz, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license. Source.

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062: To Strive, To Seek, To Find, and Not to Yield

A modern photograph of the ceremonial “South Pole.” Behind it are the flags of the signatory nations to the Antarctic Treaty, and in the background is the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition had returned to great acclaim, but had failed to reach the South Pole. Scott, Ernest Shackleton, and Roald Amundsen planned competing expeditions, each hoping to be the first human being to reach this remotest corner of the world.

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Opening Theme

String Quartet
Composed in 1921 by Albert Doyen. Public domain.
Performed by Steve’s Bedroom Band, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 license. Source.

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061: Terra Australis

The US research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer cruises past the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf.

Antarctica, the remotest part of the Earth, was barely visited by humans until the 1890s. Over the next 25 years, however, many expeditions from many nations would explore this harsh land.

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Opening Theme

Phantasie
Composed in 1905 by William Yeates Hurlstone. Public domain.
Performed by Steve’s Bedroom Band, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 license. Source.

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060: Very Unkind of Those Canadians

An old Standard Oil Company sign.

William Howard Taft takes another stab at tariff reform, a Federal anti-trust suit breaks up the Standard Oil Company, and Irving Berlin publishes “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.”

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The Twentieth Century Rag

“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”
Composed in 1911 by Irving Berlin. Public domain.

Overture to Treemonisha
Composed in 1910 by Scott Joplin. Public domain.
Performed by L’Orchestra dell’Università di Firenze, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license. Source.

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059: Ultima Thule

Photograph taken by Robert Peary of his team, purportedly at the North Pole. From l. to r.: Ooqueh, Ootah, Matthew Henson, Egingwah, and Seeglo.

Explorers sought new passages to the Far East in the far north for centuries before reaching the North Pole became an end in itself. It took until the twentieth century for the first person to reach the North Pole, but exactly who that was and when it happened…well, that’s a tricky question.

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, (“Pathétique”)
Composed in 1893 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Public domain.
Performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Public domain recording. Source.

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058: The Republic of China

Period lithograph depicting a clash between Imperial and Republican soldiers at the Taping Gate in Nanjing in 1911.

After years of plotting, failed uprisings, and repression, the Qing Dynasty is overthrown, and the Republic of China proclaimed.

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The Moon Reflecting in the Second Spring
Composed ca. 1940 by Abing. Public domain.
Performed by Wikipedia User David290,
and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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