History of Fact Checking in Journalism

A focus on fact-checking in American journalism was spurred on by yellow journalism and muckraking practices of the late 19th century and early years of the 20th century. The Bureau of Accuracy and Fair Play that was founded in 1913 had the assignment to “correct carelessness and to stamp out fakes and fakers”. It served […]

One of the Largest Financial Frauds in United States History

Bernie Madoff was at once family man, trusted friend, business success story, and one of the most notorious Ponzi Scheme Kingpins in history. He was the man behind a deceitful scheme that devastated the lives of thousands including his own family. By all appearances the Madoff’s were to be envied for their lavish jet setting, country club […]

Hitler’s Rise to Reign of Terror

On January 30, 1933 Adolph Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany. Twelve years from his appointment Hitler committed  suicide on April 30, 1945 in Berlin, Germany, but not before using his power to enact the “Final Solution”. The Final Solution is a benign sounding name for an unspeakably evil contemplation. This “solution” as Hitler and the […]

Royal Wedding of the 20th Century

It was on  29 July 1981, a Wednesday, at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, United Kingdom, when Charles, Prince of Wales , and Lady Diana Spencer were married in a celebration on a grand, fairytale level of scale; what was called the “wedding of the century.” The Royal Wedding Program

Elizabeth I Becomes Queen

On November 17, 1558 at the age of 25, Elizabeth I became Queen taking over the throne from her half-sister Mary I, who died after a brief reign of only five years; they share a common father in King Henry VIII of England. Elizabeth’s sister was given the unflattering moniker of “Bloody Mary” because of the protestants executed, or […]

Give Me Your John Hancock

The name John Hancock is synonymous with one’s signature. He was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence and legend has it that he purposely made his signature large and legible, so that King George III would be sure to read it clearly. Born on January 23, 1737 in Braintree (now Quincy), Province of Massachusetts […]

Founding Father Samuel Adams

One of the signers of The Declaration of Independence and an organizer of the Boston Tea Party, it is clear that Samuel Adams was a staunch opponent of Great Britain. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 27, 1722 and President John Adams was his second cousin. He was a graduate of Harvard and went […]

History Today: The Alamo

Texas was once a Mexican state, when a push for independence from within became strong; a desire to be free from the rule of the Mexican government. Colonel William Travis was seen as a vital leader of this uprising. The Texas revolution began in 1835 and in February of 1836 Travis was appointed as a lieutenant colonel of the San […]