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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. 

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

On This Day in History: President Abraham Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address

On This Day in History: President Abraham Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address

On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address. On November 19th, 1863 President Lincoln was invited to speak at the official dedication ceremony for the Soldier’s National Cemetery of Gettysburg. The ceremony was held at the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War, and while Lincoln’s

Let’s Honor the Legacy of – the International Red Cross

Let’s Celebrate the Organization of the International Red Cross

We’d like to share with you some important information about this humanitarian organization. Today marks the anniversary of the first International Conference of the Red Cross in 1875. However, before this meeting could take place, it’s important to understand how the International Red Cross came to be. The idea for the Red Cross was first

On This Day in History: Puerto Rico Became a U.S. Colony

On This Day in History: Puerto Rico Became a U.S. Colony

Here’s where the United States and Puerto Rico’s history blend. Only a year after Puerto Rico was successfully granted self-rule from Spain, the United States took control over the small island nation. Towards the end of the Spanish-American War, U.S. troops launched an invasion of the Spanish colony. With little resistance, American forces were able