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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

Celebrating Dictionary Day and Noah Webster’s Birthday

Celebrating Dictionary Day and Noah Webster’s Birthday

Let’s acknowledge the father of the English Dictionary today. October 16th is considered Dictionary Day.  This day was chosen to coincide with the birthday of Noah Webster, the author of the first American-English language dictionary, “An American Dictionary of the English Language.”  This famed reference book contained seventy thousand words and took Webster roughly twenty-seven

Happy Birthday Margaret Thatcher!

Happy Birthday Margaret Thatcher!

We want to acknowledge this influential and, at times, controversial leader in honor of her birthday. Today marks the birthday of the first female prime minister of Britain, Margaret Thatcher.  Thatcher (October 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013) was elected as prime minister in 1979 as head of Britain’s Conservative Party.  During her three terms,