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On This Day in History: Paul Revere Made his Historic Ride

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Here are some facts about the American hero on the anniversary of his “midnight ride.” On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere became a Revolutionary-era hero when he rode to Lexington, Massachusetts to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were coming.  While Revere was initially able to successfully pass along the message, his

Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci!

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Here’s to celebrating this legendary artist in honor of his birthday. On this day in 1452, the genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was born.  Da Vinci was a man of many talents who was best known for his abilities as a painter, architect, inventor, and scientist.  His natural genius spread across so many different fields

Today Marks the Anniversary of Noah Webster’s First Dictionary

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On this day in 1828, Noah Webster published his first dictionary. On April 14, 1828, American lawyer Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language.  This project took Webster over 20 years, during which he learned 26 languages, such as Anglo-Saxon and Sanskrit, in order to correctly research the origins of his country’s

On This Day in History: The North Pole Was Discovered

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On this day in 1909, American explorer Robert Peary was the first to reach the North Pole… or so he thought. On April 6th, 1909, Robert Peary, his assistant Matthew Henson, and four Eskimos reached what they determined was the North Pole.  Their 1909 success was preceded by several unsuccessful attempts to reach the planet’s

Happy Birthday Vincent van Gogh!

Happy Birthday Vincent van Gogh!

Here’s to van Gogh, the brilliant artist on the anniversary of his birth. On this day in 1853, artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was born to an upper-middle-class family in Zundert, Netherlands.  Van Gogh would go on to become one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art.  In his short

This Day in (Recent) History: The First Ever Tweet Was Sent

This Day in (Recent) History: The First Ever Tweet Was Sent

Here’s some facts about the social media giant, Twitter, on the anniversary of the first ever tweet. Did you know that on March 21, 2006, the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, sent the world’s first tweet?  While the actual tweet was quite simple, reading “just setting up my twttr.”, this message would spark the beginning

Honoring Great Female Heroes This National Women’s History Month

Honoring Great Female Heroes This National Women’s History Month

Let’s honor National Women’s History Month. March is National Women’s History Month, a month that commemorates and encourages the study, observance, and celebration of the important role that women have played in American History. Established in 1987 by Congressional resolution, National Women’s History Month is currently recognized by major U.S. institutions including The Library of Congress,