american-history

Earth Day: Conscientious Thinking Or Conspiracy Theory?

When Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin in the ‘70s, first suggested we observe something he called Earth Day, he could never have imagined…

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When Cuba Built Soccer Fields: Cuban Missile Crisis Caveat 3

That the U.S. spotted Soviet missiles under construction in Cuba using a U-2 spy plane, that is well known. But, we weren’t flying spy…

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Communist North Korea: How We Got Into This Mess

In the wake of World War II, the little nation peninsula formerly occupied by Japanese troops, Korea, scrambled to find an identity. Instead of…

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The USS Beale Vs. The Soviet Submarine: Cuban Missile Crisis Caveat 2

At the time of the Missile Crisis in Cuba, there were other world events converging on that moment like a time vortex. One of…

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When The U.S.A. Lost A Spy Plane Over Soviet Airspace: Cuban Missile Crisis Caveat 1

For anyone who lived through the Cold War (and those who paid attention in history), there is only one answer to the question: What…

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Macario Garcia: The Medal Of Honor Recipient Who Taught Us About Tolerance

When, on August 23, 1945, President Harry Truman presented Staff Sergeant Macario García with the Medal of Honor, he remarked how he would rather…

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The Piltdown Man: That Time A Fraudster Started A Half-Century Lie

In 1953, scientists at the British Natural History Museum and the University of Oxford revealed that the skull was a clever fraud. A man,…

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That Time We Put A Cable Across The Atlantic

On August 16, 1858, President James Buchanan and Queen Victoria exchanged the first transcontinental message, a formal introduction, and some complimentary patter. That first…

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WWI’s Harlem Hellfighters Fought For Equality With Their Very Lives

They fought in both world wars, a unit of mostly black but some Puerto Rican American soldiers. The unit was so feared by the…

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The Colorful Story of Crayola Crayons

The concept was simple. Mix a little oil with some charcoal and pigment, and viola, you have a unique coloring instrument. One hates to spoil…

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