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ENGL 1102 - Johnston (Cartersville) - Spring 2020: Welcome/Intro


Hello! My name is Marla Means, and I have put this guide together to help you with your Research Project in Professor Johnston's ENGL 1102 class. Explore the guide and please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if I can be of help! Simply click on the last tab - "Ask Us/Library Help" to reach me or another librarian!

Research Topics

History “Mysteries”:

--The lost continent of Atlantis

--England’s Stonehenge

--Rosslyn Chapel (Do you like Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code?)

--Peru’s Nasca Lines

--El Dorado

--The Oak Island Money Pit

--The mystery of the Mary Celeste (a “ghost ship”?)

--“The Curse of the Pharaohs”:  Truth or Myth?

--The shroud of Turin (is it really the burial shroud of Jesus?)

--What happened to the princes in the Tower (of London)? (medieval England)

--The disappearance of the Roanoke settlement

--The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

--The mystery of D.B. Cooper (only unsolved aircraft hijacking in U.S. history)

--Who shot President John F. Kennedy—and why?

--Looted and confiscated art during the Nazi regime in Germany (unsolved crime)

--What happened to Amelia Earhart?

--Is there really a Bermuda Triangle?

--The Loch Ness Monster—real or not?  (this topic can be expanded to include other cryptids)

--Who was the Jack the Ripper? (focus on him, his possible identity, not the victims)

--Was King Arthur real?

--Bog bodies (bog people)

--Ghost or spirit orbs

--The Ark of the Covenant

--The Voynich Manuscript

--Two English “mysteries”:  Spring-Heeled Jack and the “Devil’s Footprints”

--Easter Island, the moai, & rongorongo

--The disappearing Amber Room (“the eighth wonder of the world”)

Research Topics

2020 Historical Anniversary topics:

--30th anniversary of the first Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm)

--75th anniversary of the death of Anne Frank

--75th anniversary of the death of U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt

--75th anniversaries of the executions/deaths of Adolf Hitler and Benito Musselini

--75th anniversary of the U.S. use of the first nuclear weapon (White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico) & of the bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

--75th anniversary of both VE Day & VJ Day (to end World War II)

--75th anniversary of the Nuremberg War Trials

--80th anniversary of the first appearance of Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, Pinocchio

--100th anniversary of Prohibition in the U.S.

--100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote

--100th anniversary of the births of sci-fi authors Ray Bradbury & Isaac Asimov

--150th anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens

--200th anniversary of the launching of Charles Darwin’s ship, the HMS Beagle

--200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale

--200th anniversary of the death of Daniel Boone

--250th anniversary of the birth of famous German composer Ludwig van Beethoven

--250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre

--400th anniversary of the Pilgrims arriving at Plymouth (Cape Cod, Mass)

--500th anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s becoming the first European to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean

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