Learning About Presidents Day

Learning About Presidents Day

Posted by on Feb 16, 2024 in Current Events, Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Each year on the third Monday in February, the United States celebrates Presidents’ Day. This holiday’s history began in 1885. That’s when Congress established February 22 as a day off for all federal government workers to honor George Washington’s birthday.  The Holiday’s History  This was the first federal holiday created to honor an individual’s birth […]

Motel Renovation Highlights Role of A.G. Gaston in the Civil Rights Movement

Motel Renovation Highlights Role of A.G. Gaston in the Civil Rights Movement

The renovation of an important building in the American civil rights movement is nearly complete. The A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, Alabama is now a part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. The motel served as a safe place for African American travelers who were discriminated against in the American South during the 1950s […]

Minnesota’s New State Flag

Minnesota’s New State Flag

Minnesotans will see a new flag flying over schools, government offices, and public buildings this spring. The State Emblems Redesign Commission approved the new state flag design in January 2024.   What Motivated the Redesign?  Government officials and numerous citizen groups believe the new design reflects Minnesota better than the previous design. The old design included […]

Workers in India Rescued After 17 Days

Workers in India Rescued After 17 Days

On November 12, 2023, a landslide and tunnel collapse trapped forty-one construction workers in a tunnel in the Himalayas in northern India. On November 28, after 17 days underground, all of the workers were freed! They emerged through a 3-foot-wide escape tunnel that rescuers had carefully drilled. Although wheeled stretchers were available, the men crawled […]

Thanksgiving Turkey and Traditions

Thanksgiving Turkey and Traditions

Americans love turkey on Thanksgiving, and it’s only fitting that the president pay homage to one of the countries dearest traditions. Just look at some of these turkey facts through American history. One of the country’s founding fathers Benjamin Franklin had proposed the turkey as the United States’ national bird, instead of the bald eagle. […]

Kenya and Other Nations Focus on Planting More Trees

Kenya and Other Nations Focus on Planting More Trees

The east African nation of Kenya has a goal to grow 15 billion trees by 2032. This is part of an effort to restore trees to over 10 million hectares (over 38,000 square miles) of land. On Monday, November 13, 2023, this effort to improve Kenya’s environment received a major boost. Kenya’s government declared that […]

A Pause in Seismic Blasting off Australia’s Western Coast

A Pause in Seismic Blasting off Australia’s Western Coast

Posted by on Oct 19, 2023 in Current Events, Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Australia’s federal court recently ruled that Woodside Energy, Australia’s largest oil and gas company, could not start looking for natural gas deposits under the ocean floor. The court ruled that Woodside Energy failed to discuss the plans with all the affected indigenous groups. Indigenous groups are descendants of the earliest known inhabitants of a region. […]

Maui Wildfire Relief Efforts

Maui Wildfire Relief Efforts

Posted by on Aug 31, 2023 in Current Events, Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

The wildfires on Maui that began on August 8, 2023, have caused extensive damage on this Hawaiian island. Severe drought and high winds from Hurricane Dora created conditions that fueled several fires on the island. Precise causes of the fires are still under investigation.   A rapidly moving fire destroyed the town of Lahaina, Maui. […]

Russian Spy Whale in Danger?

Russian Spy Whale in Danger?

Did you know that several countries, including the United States, train animals in espionage and other military activities? A beluga whale named Hvaldimir is thought to be a Russian spy whale. Hvaldimir faces dangerous conditions in Sweden. Here, btw takes a closer look at Hvaldimir’s story, as well as the role that animals play in […]

Montana Bans TikTok

Montana Bans TikTok

Posted by on Jun 1, 2023 in Current Events, Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

If you’re like many Americans, you probably spend time on the popular social media app TikTok. In fact, about 150 million Americans say they use it regularly. But the governor of Montana has now signed a law banning the app, and other states are likely to follow suit. Is this legal? And how will these […]

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