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Skirt of Queen Elizabeth I Found, Will Be Displayed

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:30pm 1/10/2017 at 4:30pm
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A long lost skirt belonging to Queen Elizabeth I was found in a Herefordshire church. It had been cut up and used as an altar cloth.

It’s believed to be the only surviving piece of clothing from Queen Elizabeth I’s wardrobe.

The Telegraph has the story:

A piece of fabric described as the Holy...

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Pearl Harbor Attack: “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10:33am 12/7/2016 at 10:33am

75 years ago today, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. On December 8, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered one of the most famous speeches, which the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will display until December 31:

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States...

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George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 7:00am 11/24/2016 at 7:00am

This is my favorite time of year. For a brief while the world is grateful. People are kind and patient; willing to look beyond themselves. There’s a collective sense of gratitude. What better place to be than a country who, from her conception, devoted time to thankfulness.

Every year I take a few...

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Titanic Letter From Its Last Days Up for Auction

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10:00am 10/7/2016 at 10:00am

Henry Aldridge & Son will auction a letter written aboard the Titanic right after the massive ship hit an iceberg. Second Officer Charles Lightoller, who survived, wrote his letter to a a friend of assistant surgeon Dr. John Simpson on May 1, 1912:

“I deeply regret your loss, which is also mine,”...

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Yale employee smashes allegedly racist stained-glass window, Yale won’t press charges

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 9:00am 7/13/2016 at 9:00am

A cafeteria worker at Yale’s Calhoun College named Corey Menafee “resigned” from his job last month after using a broom handle to smash a window. The stained glass image in the window depicted slaves working in a cotton field.

Menafee, who is black said the image angered him and that “we shouldn’t...

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Family Discovers Rare Thomas Jefferson Letter in Attic

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 5:30pm 7/5/2016 at 5:30pm

A family found a letter from Thomas Jefferson from 1815 to the U.S. Ambassador to France about the victory in the War of 1812:

“As in the Revolutionary War, [the British] conquests were never more than of the spot on which their army stood, never extended beyond the range of their cannon...

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Remembering John Adams’ Support of the Declaration of Independence

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 4, 2016 at 7:00pm 7/4/2016 at 7:00pm

Thomas Jefferson rightly receives the lionshare of credit for writing the Declaration of Independence, though he wasn’t the only founder who had a hand in its creation.

Following the introduction and debate of Richard Henry Lee’s resolution to dissolve ties with Great Britain, the Second Continental Congress appointed a Committee of Five...

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The Importance of Elie Wiesel’s “Night”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 4:30pm 7/3/2016 at 4:30pm

In honor of the passing of Elie Wiesel, I’d like to share a personal story about how I was affected by his work.

In the early 1980’s I found myself at a new school in the eighth grade. My English teacher required my class to read Wiesel’s major work

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Drunk History: Harriet Tubman Leads an Army of Bad B*tches

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 9:00pm 4/20/2016 at 9:00pm

Harriet Tubman was a badass. And if things go as planned, she’ll be gracing the front of our $20 bills in about ten years or so.

In honor of Tubman’s accension to currency, I present to you Drunk History’s recounting of Harriet Tubman, Union spy.

If you’re not familiar with Drunk History,...

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ISIS Destroys 1,400 Year Old Monastery in Iraq

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 10:00am 1/21/2016 at 10:00am

Fifteen years ago when the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, they destroyed ancient Buddhist statues. Today, ISIS is following their lead in other parts of the region, most recently by destroying a Christian monastery in Iraq.

Jonah Bennett reports at

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History Revived: Original Audio of Hirohito’s WWII-ending Speech Released

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 6:30pm 8/2/2015 at 6:30pm

On August 15, 1945, Japanese Emperor Hirohito ordered Japan’s unconditional surrender, bringing about a formal end to World War II. His speech announcing the ceasing of hostilities was recorded secretly, for fear that violent protests would break out once the army and the people realized that their leader was, indeed, surrendering.

Yesterday,...

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American President Featured during German Tour

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 8:30pm 7/7/2015 at 8:30pm

During my family’s visit of Berlin, Germany yesterday, an American president was prominently featured as part of the tour we took.

Our guide spoke glowingly of a speech that he heard, and one which still resonates with him to this day.

As we passed the Bradenburg Gate, he quoted Ronald Reagan’s 1987 speech...

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Apple pulls Civil War games from App Store

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 1:30pm 6/25/2015 at 1:30pm

And the derpfest rages on.

Apple has joined other retailers in boycotting the Confederate flag by removing Civil War games from the App Store.

Apple’s Tim Cook spearheaded the move. “In a tweet, Cook called to honor the lives of the victims in last week’s tragic South Carolina shooting by “eradicating...

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Paul Revere’s midnight ride happened 240 years ago

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8:50pm 4/17/2015 at 8:50pm

Tomorrow evening marks 240 years since Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride.

Made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Revere’s ride has become an iconic piece of American revolutionary history. Longfellow’s poem was riddled with inaccuracies, but made for an entertaining rhyme.

LISTEN, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight...

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