Before the Titanic- there was the Sultana. The worse maritime disaster in American History!

As a passionate reader of history, there can be weeks/months that go by where I think I know enough about American history that I can hold my own and be able to tell the stories of our past. Then as I am sitting on my couch, happily eating Pumpkin Spice TicTaks and drinking Pumpkin SpiceContinue reading “Before the Titanic- there was the Sultana. The worse maritime disaster in American History!”

September 5th- the Day The Republic of Texas got its first President.

I watched C-Span this morning (don’t judge) and came across a brief introduction of Sam Houston on the anniversary of his becoming President of the Republic of Texas. Now, while I spend a lot of time studying historical moments- I am not going to lie, the amount of Texas history that I know can easilyContinue reading “September 5th- the Day The Republic of Texas got its first President.”

America’s Unknown Child. Who is the ‘Boy in the Box’?

All that remains of ‘America’s Unknown Child’ is a large plot in the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Cedarbrook, Philadelphia, surrounded by stuffed animals and other small gifts. Ivy Hill Cemetery employees meticulously care for the grave as if it was their own. Unfortunately, no name identifies who is buried below. What happened to the child?Continue reading “America’s Unknown Child. Who is the ‘Boy in the Box’?”

‘I think this would be a good time for a beer!’ My reason why FDR was considered a great President.

On a warm spring day, a hearse pulled from the small town of Warm Springs, GA, while the mournful sounds of an accordion played Dvorak’s Going Home. A military escort led the vehicle down the roadway lined with soldiers as they watched in silence as the American flag-draped coffin was taken to the rail station.Continue reading “‘I think this would be a good time for a beer!’ My reason why FDR was considered a great President.”

The Day a Generation Died- the New London Consolidated School Explosion

March 18, 1937- middle and high school students and teachers in the New London Texas Consolidated School were patiently waiting for the clock to move toward 3:30 p.m, when school would finally be released. Only 13 more minutes…… The elementary school-age children had already been dismissed and were in the process of boarding the schoolContinue reading “The Day a Generation Died- the New London Consolidated School Explosion”

The Professor and the Madman- who were the men behind the story?

What a minute! Why did no one tell me about The Professor and the Madman on Netflix? We have been binge-watching shows like Radioactive and The Trial of the Chicago 7, but we forgot to mention this movie? I am shocked and stunned. I will be watching the movie again!  It has everything to keep you enthralled- the creation ofContinue reading “The Professor and the Madman- who were the men behind the story?”

The man, the myth, the legend…. George Washington

I am not going to lie to you friends, my knowledge of George Washington is limited to only a few things: 1. He had wooden teeth 2. He was President 3. He cut down a cherry tree and told on himself 4. He was a General 5. His wife had a very annoying parrot thatContinue reading “The man, the myth, the legend…. George Washington”

A hard lesson- Collinwood’s school fire in 1908 cost the lives of 175- changing fire safety forever

            One of my favorite things to do in the morning when I am trying to convivence myself to get on the treadmill is to drink coffee and look up what happened today in history.  A lot of things I have no idea ever happened, mostly because the world is very old and I amContinue reading “A hard lesson- Collinwood’s school fire in 1908 cost the lives of 175- changing fire safety forever”

Socialism, Columbus Day, and the Pledge of Allegiance. How are they related?

Sometimes I get inspiration for my blogs from Facebook memes. Sometimes I get it from books that I am reading, or research that I am in the middle of. Sometimes- it is 5:00 am, and I have been killing time on Google since 3:30 am looking up fun trivia in world history for that day.Continue reading “Socialism, Columbus Day, and the Pledge of Allegiance. How are they related?”

The most famous reindeer of alllllll…..Rudolph the Red- Nose Reindeer! The story of his creator

I have always been a fan of the underdog. William Wallace, in Braveheart– even though you KNEW that wasn’t going to end well- no matter how good Mel Gibson looked in a kilt. Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi, a Catholic priest who lived in Brancaccio, Spain, and single-handily took on the local Sicilian Mafia. At the ageContinue reading “The most famous reindeer of alllllll…..Rudolph the Red- Nose Reindeer! The story of his creator”