To start chronologically, conservators last week discovered that a Revolutionary War cannon previously displayed in New York City's Central Park was still, after some 230 years, loaded. The cannon, supposedly recovered in the mid-nineteenth century from the HMS Hussar, which struck rocks and wrecked in the East River in 1780, was disarmed by the police department. You can read the full story and watch a video here. The load of 1.8 pounds of black powder was wrapped in wool, according to the New York Times.
The Central Park cannon. CBS 2 from here.
1.8 pounds of powder removed from the cannon. CNN from here.
Moving forward in history, a collector and photographer recently found a dozen undeveloped glass plate negatives in an antique French camera. The images date to the First World War, and you can see all of them here. The same photographer highlighted some great magic lantern slides of Russia during WWI and the Russian Revolution in this entry.
Newly-discovered photograph of French WWI soldiers with bombs. From The Photo Palace.
Speaking of France, a young Frenchman recently returned a lost duffel bag he found in his grandfather's attic. As it happens, the original owner, William Kadar, is still alive and last saw the bag while in the Army's 36th Division in the fall of 1944. Kadar was captured by the Germans that December, and he lost 80 pounds and while a POW. "It's a miracle I made it back alive," he says. Now, a relic of his service has found him again, and you can watch a video here.
WWII veteran William Kadar with his long-lost duffel bag. Stephanie Dowell/Sun-Times Media, from here.