Christmas History

354 AD 25 December is made the official birthday of Jesus 11th Century The word Christmas is first used (previously it was called Yule). However Christmas is just one of many festivals and is not particularly important. 16th Century In Central Europe Christmas trees are decorated with candles, wax ornaments and gingerbread. In England people […]

Date of Nixon Resignation

It was at 9: 01 p.m. in the Oval Office at the White House that President Nixon gave his resignation speech that was broadcast on radio and television. PRESIDENT NIXON’S RESIGNATION SPEECH PDF FILE   PRESIDENT NIXON’S RESIGNATION SPEECH August 8, 1974 Good evening. This is the 37th time I have spoken to you from […]

Fall of Aztec Empire

The omens were many: the devastating destruction of the temple of Huitzilopochtli by fire, Lake Mexico boiled over and flooded homes, a comet soared across the sky, some fishermen discovered a bird with an oddly strange mirror on its head and when the Emperor looked at its reflection, he saw a vision of future destruction […]

Kodak Founder George Eastman

George Eastman was not the inventor of the camera. His genius was in making the less than ideal camera that he first worked with as a bank employee at the age of 24 in  1878 better. Its awkward size was like a “soap box“.  He made it smaller and introduced a compact rolled film with gelatin on a […]

History of Skid Row

The term “Skid Row” derives from Seattle. Washington, where “skid roads” were the places that loggers slid their cut timber to the ports for shipment. By the 1930’s the term referred to the rundown areas of cities, characterized by bars, brothels and the like originally attracted by loggers, and began to include the presence of […]

IBM’s Launch of Personal Computer Model 5150

Researching the history of the personal computer reveals how far along we have come, since IBM launched its first personal computer, model 5150, on August 12, 1981. It was an extravagant affair held at the New York Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The New York Times’ article in August of 1981, NEXT, A COMPUTER ON EVERY DESK, boasted of a […]

King Tut

History of the Egyptian King  started when Tut, full name being Tutankhaten, meaning “the living image of Aten“, was born approximately 1343 B.C. , or cited elsewhere as circa 1341 B.C.E, though no one knows for certain his exact date of birth. His coming of age was during the reign of Akhenaten. He lived in what was then the almost 2000 […]

1951 Historic Flooding in Kansas

History making flood devastates Kansas on July 13, 1951. 500,000 people were left homeless and 24 people died. The Midwestern United States had not seen such destruction from flooding as great as this, since record taking had begun. It was on the unluckiest of days, Friday the 13th, that some call Black Friday, when the […]

Benjamin Franklin’s Electrical Kite

We have all heard the story about Franklin flying a kite in a thunderstorm and proving that lightening is electric and the charge it creates can be collected in a Leyden jar. History purports that this experiment by Franklin took place on June 10, 1752, but there are those who question if Franklin actually ever […]

Reign of Terror

What is the history behind the Reign of Terror or simply the Terror? The time period was from Sept. 5, 1793, to July 27, 1794. The Terror took place in France during the revolution, when democratic reform turned into executions by guillotine. The former ruling royals King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette met their […]

150 years since Abraham Lincoln’s death

The gunshot that killed Lincoln came from John Wilkes Booth’s .44-caliber derringer as the president and his wife watched “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre.  At 7:22 the following morning, April 15, 1865, in the Petersen boarding house across from the theatre, the 16th president of the United States took his last breath, but not before […]

Napoleon’s Failed War: Factors and Foes

Logistics In Lynch Bennett’s article The Grand Failure: How Logistics of Supply Defeated Napoleon in 1812, he points to logistical errors as a primary and often overlooked reason for Napoleon’s “Grand Failure” to invade Russia in 1812. As the popular idiom states “the devil is in the detail”; devilish details grew large and unruly, details that Napoleon […]