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Category Archives: History

On This Day in History: Prohibition Began

beer on tap

Just What Was Prohibition in America? On this day in 1920, the 18th Amendment prohibiting the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol was passed by Congress.  This ban on alcohol, known as Prohibition, came in response to the alcoholism, family violence, and saloon-based political corruption that religious groups associated with the alcoholic beverage trade.  While

On This Day in History: Milk Bottles Were Delivered for the First Time

milk and cookies

Today is National Milk Day! January 11 is National Milk Day.  This day commemorates the 1878 anniversary of the first time that milk was delivered to homes in sterilized glass bottles.  Prior to the introduction of glass milk bottles, the conditions for storing and delivering milk were unsanitary and oftentimes hazardous.  Fortunately, the move to

On This Day in History: Louis Braille was Born

blind sign

Allow us to share some fascinating facts about this esteemed educator in honor of his birthday. On this day in 1809, Louis Braille was born in Coupvray, France.  At age three, Louis was injured in an accident that led him to lose his sight by age five.  At that time, there were limited options for

Celebrating Henri Matisse’s Birthday

artist in his studio

On this day in 1869, legendary artist Henri Matisse was born. Today marks the anniversary of Henri Matisse’s birthday.  Matisse is best known for being one of the most revolutionary and influential artists of the early 20th century.  During his 60-year career, Matisse worked with various media, from painting to sculpture to printmaking.  While he

On This Day in History: The Federal Reserve was Established

bank

On this day in 1913, the Federal Reserve Act was signed into law. On December 23, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law.  The Act created the Federal Reserve System, which became the central banking system of the United States.  When Congress developed the objectives of the Federal Reserve Act, they

On This Day in History: The Pilgrims Landed on Plymouth Rock

historic boat

On this day in 1620, the Mayflower landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts. On December 18, 1620, the Mayflower landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the Pilgrims aboard began their new settlement, Plymouth colony.  By the time the ship docked, the pilgrims had gone through a 14-year ordeal.  The Mayflower story began in 1606 when a group of

On This Day in History: The South Pole was Discovered

dog sledding through South Pole

Today marks the anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s journey to the South Pole. On December 14, 1911, Norwegian-born Road Amundsen became the first explorer to reach the South Pole.  Amundsen beat out his rival, English explorer Robert F. Scott, who officially landed on the South Pole on January 18, 1912.  While Amundsen was able to successfully