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Let’s Learn More About Prohibition on the Anniversary of the 18th Amendment

Let’s Learn More About Prohibition on the Anniversary of the 18th Amendment

On this day in 1919, the U.S. government passed the 18th Amendment that began the Prohibition Era. The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution banned the manufacture, transportation, and sale of intoxicating liquors.  This period is known as Prohibition.  Prohibition came about as a result of the widespread temperance movement, a campaign against the evils

On This Day in History: Amelia Earhart Flew from Hawaii to California

On This Day in History: Amelia Earhart Flew from Hawaii to California

Here’s some information about Amelia Earhart and her flight from Hawaii to California. Amelia Earhart (1897-1939) is best known as a female aviation pioneer and for her mysterious disappearance as she attempted to fly across the Pacific Ocean.  Not only was Earhart the first female to complete a solo trans-Atlantic flight, but she was also

Learn More About “Little Christmas”

Learn More About “Little Christmas”

Learn more about the holiday called Epiphany or “Little Christmas.” Epiphany is a Christian feast day that is celebrated on January 6th every year.  For most Western Christian denominations, this holiday commemorates two Biblical events: the Three Wise Men’s visit to baby Jesus and Jesus’ baptism.  But why is this holiday held on January 6th

Let’s Celebrate Betsy Ross’ Birthday!

Let’s Celebrate Betsy Ross’ Birthday!

Let’s learn more about this famous American Revolutionary era figure in honor of her birthday. While she wasn’t a politician, general or statesman, Betsy Ross (1752-1832) is still considered one of the biggest patriotic icons arising out of the American Revolutionary War.  Ms. Ross is best remembered for her creation of the very first “stars and stripes” United

Chew on This: On This Day in 1869 Chewing Gum Was Patented

Chew on This: On This Day in 1869 Chewing Gum Was Patented

On December 28th, 1869 the world saw the patent of chewing gum. William Finley Semple (1832-1923), a dentist from Mount Vernon, Ohio, was one of the first people anywhere to patent a chewing gum.  Semple’s chewing gum was intended to clean teeth and strengthen the jaw.  Unlike the chewing gum that we know today, Semple’s

Let’s Remember the Anniversary of Apollo 8’s Moon Mission

Let’s Remember the Anniversary of Apollo 8’s Moon Mission

On December 24th, 1968 the Apollo 8 astronauts—Bill Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell—became the first humans to ever orbit the moon. In response to President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 declaration that we would send an American to the moon, NASA made the bold decision to send the Apollo 8 crew into space aboard the

Today in History: The Mercury Thermometer was Invented

Today in History: The Mercury Thermometer was Invented

On December 22nd, 1714 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit invented the mercury thermometer. Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was a physicist, inventor and scientific instrument maker of Dutch-German-Polish descent.  Interested in exact thermometry, he was curious about in creating an instrument that could accurately measure temperature.  In 1714, improved glass working techniques and improved understanding of mercury allowed him