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Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

Let’s learn more about this legendary composer on the anniversary of his birthday. On this day in 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was born.  The famed German composer and pianist is credited with helping to transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in classical music.  Today, he remains one of the most widely recognized and

On This Day in History: The South Pole Was Discovered

On This Day in History: The South Pole Was Discovered

On this day in 1911, explorer Roald Amundsen discovered the South Pole. On December 14, 1911, Norwegian Roald Amundsen and his team were the first to set foot in the South Pole.  While the South Pole’s existence was known, the inhospitable landscape had proven impenetrable until Amundsen’s party trekked across ice and snow to make

How We Can Observe Human Rights Day

How We Can Observe Human Rights Day

Let’s learn more about this global holiday. Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10th to commemorate the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Declaration, a groundbreaking document that proclaimed the inalienable rights of every human being. 

Happy Birthday to Songwriter Ira Gershwin!

Happy Birthday to Songwriter Ira Gershwin!

There’s lots to know about this famous Broadway songwriter and today is his birthday. On this day in 1896, lyricist Ira Gershwin was born in New York City.  Well known for his work alongside his younger brother, George, the Gershwin brothers are credited with creating some of the most iconic songs of the 20th century. 

Learning More About This International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Learning More About This International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Let’s learn more about the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). Since 1992, the UN has celebrated IDPD on December 3rd.  This year, the theme for IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.”  This statement emphasizes the importance of empowering persons with disabilities and creating the inclusive, equal,

Honoring Civil Rights Hero, Rosa Parks

Honoring Civil Rights Hero, Rosa Parks

Let’s remember this civil rights pioneer and hero on the anniversary of her historic stand against discrimination. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was arrested for breaking an Alabama state law that required black bus passengers to give up their seats to white passengers when the bus was full.  Her arrest sparked the 381-day

Let’s Commemorate Author Mark Twain on the Anniversary of His Birthday

Let’s Commemorate Author Mark Twain on the Anniversary of His Birthday

On this day in history, American author Mark Twain was born. On November 30, 1835, Mark Twain was born. Best known for the American classics “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Twain is a beloved literary and historical figure. Famed for his funny, irreverent, and satirical writing style, Twain became one