The Triangle Waist Factory Fire On March 25, 1911 in New York City

List of 146 Who Died Adler, Lizzie, 24 Altman, Anna, 16 Ardito, Annina, 25 Bassino, Rose, 31 Benanti, Vincenza, 22 Berger, Yetta, 18 Bernstein, Essie, 19 Bernstein, Jacob, 38 Bernstein, Morris, 19 Billota, Vincenza, 16 Binowitz, Abraham, 30 Birman, Gussie, 22 Brenman, Rosie, 23 Brenman, Sarah, 17 Brodsky, Ida, 15 Brodsky, Sarah, 21 Brucks, Ada, […]

Sacred Text

Sacred Text Describes Successful Brain Surgery in Ancient Tibet The history of brain surgery may date back as far as the late Stone Age, and some medical historians consider it the earliest operation ever performed. Recently, a specialist on Tibetan culture uncovered an intriguing account of ancient brain surgery in the 2,900-year-old Tibetan Tripiaka, a […]

SARS Virus

Tracking SARS back to its source January 2006 The previously unknown SARS virus generated widespread panic in 2002 and 2003 when the airborne germ caused 774 deaths and more than 8000 cases of illness. But where did this mystery virus come from? Scientists immediately suspected that it had jumped to humans from some other organism. […]

Meningitis Questions

Need a cheat sheet to help keep it all straight? The CDC thinks you should remember 10 easy bullet points about this surprisingly complex disease. Here they are: 1. There are five “types” of meningitis. Meningitis may develop in response to a number of causes, usually bacteria or viruses, but meningitis can also be caused […]

Christmas Past and Present

This Christmas of 2013 has already brought snow to many peoples’ homes. And there is this Christmas a shorter time to do our shopping by six fewer days. As we settle into our present day Christmas season, I can’t help but think of Christmas past. The first recorded celebration of Christmas appears to have been  […]

Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues

1.Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. 2.Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation. 3.Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. 4.Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. 5.Frugality. Make no […]

American Outlaws: Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid had many names. He was born William Henry McCarty Jr. on November 23, 1859 in New York City. Some of his aliases were Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, and William Bonney. His life of crime started in youth after the death of his mother to tuberculosis when he was only 15. He and […]