“John Harvard -- Founder -- 1638.” The monument became known as the “statue of three lies” because it is not a depiction of Harvard, he was not the school’s founder, and the college was created in 1636.
Herman “Herk” Streitburger was on his final bombing mission and due to go home when his plane was hit by German fighters over Hungary in 1944. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war, enduring starvation, forced marches and a harrowing escape.
The state took over the property in 1901 to create a “school for feeble-minded children” -- which grew into the Laconia State School that operated until 1991. Plans are being drafted to determine how to best repurpose the site.
SHEPPERTON, England — Royal officials clad in scarlet outfits took to the River Thames in traditional boats on Monday for the annual “Swan Upping” ceremony, an 800-year-old tradition of counting the swans owned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.
MANCHESTER, England — Mathematician Alan Turing, who helped Britain win World War II with his code-cracking but committed suicide after being convicted of homosexuality, will appear on the Bank of England’s next 50-pound banknote, the BoE said on Monday.
Lee Morin was a teenager when Neil Armstrong took that “one giant leap for mankind” onto the surface of the moon. He grew up to become a Navy flight surgeon, then an astronaut, flying on a 2002 shuttle mission to the International Space Station.
NASHUA — It has been five decades since man first walked on the moon — a feat that still fascinates people from space enthusiasts to engineers, who marvel at the comparatively simple technology used in the Apollo program.
Back then, in the ’60s, rocket scientists were the baddest dudes of innovation. Just the title was about the highest brainiac accolade that could be conferred. As in, he’s smart, but he’s no rocket scientist.
MOSCOW — More than 200 years after he died of his battlefield wounds in Russia, archaeologists believe they have found the remains of one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s favorite generals buried in a park beneath the foundations of a dance floor.
LACONIA — The oldest unaltered brick textile mill in the country got a boost last month when the city council voted unanimously to give $100,000 to the capital campaign to address maintenance and needed upgrades.
THOMPSON and MESERVE’S PURCHASE — The Cog Railway celebrated a major milestone Wednesday, the 150th anniversary of “Peppersass” becoming the first cog-driven train to carry passengers to the summit of Mount Washington.
TOULOUSE, France — A mystery foreign buyer has snapped up a painting by Italian master Caravaggio that was discovered five years ago in a French attic before it could be sold at auction, the auction house said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON — Marijuana chemical residue has been found in incense burners apparently used during funeral rites at a mountainous site in western China in about 500 BC, providing what may be the oldest evidence of smoking cannabis for its mind-altering properties.
LONDON — British auction house Sotheby’s plans to sell on Tuesday what it says is a “substantial” lock of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair that the German composer himself cut off and gave to a pianist friend in 1826.
Beth Ferreira said she looks forward to continuing the mission of the club, and raising money for community initiatives like scholarships, helping needy families and participating in Londonderry Old Home Day celebrations.
WASHINGTON — When the gigantic, jungle-patterned curtain was pulled away Saturday morning, letting a herd of dinosaur junkies into the refurbished fossil hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Colin Stancil was at the very front.
TILTON — The D-Day landing in Normandy, France was solemnly remembered at the New Hampshire Veterans Home on Thursday by residents including Bob Giguere, who, 75 years ago, was a 17-year old sailor from Laconia who suddenly found himself in the infantry.