The Life of Sandra Day O’Connor

The Life of Sandra Day O’Connor

Posted by on Dec 14, 2023 in Stuff You Should Know, United States | No Comments

Sandra Day O’Connor, who made history as the first woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, died on December 1, 2023. She was 93 years old.   O’Connor’s Professional Beginnings  Before she became a Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day grew up on a 250-square-mile cattle ranch on the border of Arizona and New Mexico. […]

Remembering Henry Kissinger

Remembering Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger, a prominent figure in American foreign policy for over 50 years, died at the age of 100 on November 29, 2023. He was known for his influential roles as secretary of state and National Security Advisor to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.   Kissinger was born in Fürth, Germany, in 1923. The […]

Remembering Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

Remembering Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter, wife of former President Jimmy Carter, died on November 19, 2023. She was 96 years old. She and the president had been married 77 years. Rosalynn (pronounced ROSE-a-lynn) Carter greatly expanded the role of First Lady of the United States during her husband’s presidency. She fought fiercely for mental health reform, women’s rights, […]

Fighting Wildfires Using Indigenous Practices

Fighting Wildfires Using Indigenous Practices

Wildfires are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity. Since 2015, wildfires in the United States have burned about 8 million acres each year on average. For the past 100 years, the prevailing government policy has been to suppress, or prevent, fires in national parks and other public lands. However, some federal and state agencies […]

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. […]

United Auto Workers Tentatively End Strike

United Auto Workers Tentatively End Strike

Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) labor union went back to work on October 30, 2023. Since September 15, they had been on a historic strike against the “Big Three” U.S. automakers: Ford Motor Company, General Motors (GM), and Stellantis (formerly Chrysler). It was the first time the UAW had gone on strike at […]

Indiana Limestone: An Important Building Material

Indiana Limestone: An Important Building Material

Posted by on Nov 2, 2023 in Stuff You Should Know, United States | No Comments

Architects have chosen limestone from Indiana to construct many buildings in the United States.  Some of the buildings constructed with Indiana limestone include the Empire State Building, the Pentagon, and the Tribune Tower in Chicago.  City halls, stadiums, and a variety of monuments throughout the country are also built of Indiana limestone.  Why Is Indiana […]

The Pima Canals: A Solution for Modern Water Problems in the Southwest

The Pima Canals: A Solution for Modern Water Problems in the Southwest

As early as the 1600s, Spanish missionaries considered the Pima people in southern Arizona as the gardeners of the dry American Southwest. The Pima used canals dug by their ancestors to water their fields of wheat, corn, beans, and fruit trees. That is, until American settlers upstream diverted the water of the Gila River, which […]

Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks Named Ohio’s First UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks Named Ohio’s First UNESCO World Heritage Site

Posted by on Oct 26, 2023 in Stuff You Should Know, United States, World | No Comments

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced the addition of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to the list of World Heritage sites. The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks are made up of eight locations throughout southern Ohio. The earthworks are Ohio’s first World Heritage Site and one of only 25 sites in the United States.   […]

The Johnstown Flood of 1889

The Johnstown Flood of 1889

Posted by on Oct 26, 2023 in Stuff You Should Know, United States | No Comments

On May 31, 1889, the South Fork Dam in southwest Pennsylvania collapsed. The waters of Lake Conemaugh burst from behind the earthen dam with the force of Niagara Falls. When the 40-foot wall of water reached Johnstown, located in a valley 14 miles below the dam, it had already carried debris, people, and animals from […]

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