Monthly Archives: December 2015

Celebrating Human Rights Day & the Founding of UNICEF

Celebrating Human Rights Day & UNICEF Day

The next few days are milestones for people everywhere, as we celebrate Human Rights Day and the creation of UNICEF. We just looked back on the attack on Pearl Harbor, which was the catalyst for the United States’ entry into World War II. Now, let’s fast forward to the end of the war. On December

Remembering Pearl Harbor Over 70 Years Later

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Remembering “a date which will live in infamy”: Pearl Harbor. On the morning of December 7th, 1941, everything that we knew and trusted, changed. Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes released a two-hour barrage on our naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii. The damage at Pearl Harbor was staggering: over 2,000 lives were lost and almost 20

Celebrating Hanukkah & St. Nicholas Day

Celebrating Hanukkah & St. Nicholas Day

Hanukkah and St. Nicholas Day are just around the corner.  How will you be celebrating? ‘Twas the night before… Hanukkah and St. Nicholas Day! That’s right, tomorrow (December 6th) is both St. Nicholas Day and the beginning of the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah starts tomorrow at sunset and is a celebration of the Israelites’ victory

Tomorrow is Walt Disney’s Birthday!

Tomorrow is Walt Disney’s Birthday!

Celebrate the birthday of one of America’s most beloved creative minds, Walt Disney, tomorrow. Nearly five decades after his death, Walt Disney lives on. We see him in the characters he created, the Disneyland/Disneyworld Parks he built, and the company that still plays a major role in our international entertainment scene. Walter Elias Disney came

December 3, 1967: First Successful Human Heart Transplant

1967 First Successful Human Heart Transplant

On December 3rd, 1967, medical history was made. Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa played host to the first successful human heart transplant surgery. 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky received the heart of 25-year-old Denise Darvall, who was in a fatal car accident. The surgeon was Christiaan Barnard. He had read about a procedure performed

Honoring Rosa Parks

Let’s Learn More About a Civil Rights Hero on Rosa Parks Day

Today, we honor the “mother of the civil rights movement,” Ms. Rosa Parks.  On this day, in December 1, 1955, Ms. Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama public bus, to a white man.  At that time, that was a violation of the city’s racial segregation laws. White riders were allowed